Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Is it possible to feel spoiled by a hotel room? It is, after all, an inanimate object, incapable of sharing feelings. But at Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, you’ll swear your room is working hard to please you, one 480-thread-count sheet, aromatherapy amenity and downtown city view at a time.
After a day out shopping, stop in at the MObar for a martini — or a MO-tox. Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is simply an exquisite hotel; everything at the 113-room property seems to be tailored to the good life. In a city where personal space is an extravagance, the guestrooms start at 450 square feet and have floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. The entire room — lights, curtains, temperature — can be controlled from an intuitive bedside panel, and the bathrooms have large tubs and amenities that most hotels no longer stock, such as toothbrushes, mouthwash, shaving supplies and nail care kits. Even the safe deposit boxes in the spacious closets have Ronald Abram jewelrycare cloths.
The Oriental Spa is a destination in its own right. An hour in the vitality pool (free for guests), where water jets and Tepidarium lounge chairs allow for self-administered massages, is a sure cure for jetlag. Or splurge on a massage; we like the Dermo Lifting treatment. (As an aside, the spa’s signature scent is so addictive that guests can buy reed diffusers of the exclusive Fresh Ginger Mod fragrance.)
Decadence continues at Amber Restaurant. Artful dishes such as Hokkaido sea urchin in a lobster jelly with cauliflower, paired with caviar and a crispy seaweed waffle are met with delicious design — the walls are wood-paneled, and golden tubes are suspended from the high ceilings in a mesmerizing wave shape.
When you’re ready to hit Hong Kong’s busy streets, lean on the concierge team, which can suggest a range of options for dining, from a dim sum classic to a new and under-the-radar secret kitchen: private apartments where chefs create family-style menus for small groups of diners. And upon your return, “good night” takes on new meaning with the turn-down truffles from Paris’s Maison du Chocolat on your pillow.
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