Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is nothing but impressive: the rooms are furnished with leather armchairs and Asian artwork; the glittering lobbies are full of fresh exotic flowers; and it has the chicest and most social bars you’ll find in Hong Kong. But it’s the little things that make your stay truly luxurious.
Here are five things we love about the Mandarin Oriental’s beautiful flagship hotel in HK.
Dim sum overlooking Hong Kong
Hong Kong is awash with high-end Cantonese eateries, but none are as beautiful as Four-Star Man Wah. Mandarin Oriental’s elegant restaurant sits on the 25th floor, offering a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour.
The space is purposely dark to allow the bright lights of the city skyline to be easily admired. Golden birdcage lanterns hang above your head.
Divine dim sum is served at lunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. every day. But if you miss the afternoon session, chef Chi-Kwong Hung’s dinner courses are polished and guarantee to impress the most seasoned diner.
Spacious and equipped with two shower heads, an enormous bath, a marble counter and plenty of Hermès spa-quality amenities, the Superior unit’s bathroom is on a new level. (Just imagine what facilities look like in one of the 861-square-foot suites.) Enjoy the fluffy robes after luxuriating in a bath of fragrant salts and Hermès’ Jardin Du Nil bubble bath while watching TV. It’s simply heavenly.
Who doesn’t love a thoughtful gift? It’s wonderful to come into the room each night and see what delightful little treat was left on the sideboard. From opulent bath oils to cute boxes of chocolates from the in-house patisserie, you never know what turndown service has in store on a nightly basis.
Spa and salon
The Mandarin Spa is one of the premier pampering addresses in town. The Five-Star spa somehow manages to make a three-hour keratin hair treatment feel like a holiday.
We recommend a signature spa therapy. Developed by master aromatherapists and specialists in traditional Chinese medicine, the treatments are pure bliss. Try the Imperial Jade Ritual, a full-body treatment that consists of a Chinese massage, an herbal compress and an algae body mask to eliminate toxins. It finishes with a ginseng face mask and an application of cool jade rollers to lift and tone the skin.
After your service, indulge in the 24th-floor view of HK and the finest tea and coffee service before you walk out feeling like a princess.
Location, location, location
If you’re staying here, you’re ensured a central spot. The luxury hotel is only a three-minute walk to the banks and oddities in Central Hong Kong, and just eight minutes to the nightlife hub of Lan Kwai Fong. You’re also close to the ferry terminal for trips to Macau or the surrounding islands.
Kind attendants at Mandarin Oriental’s taxi rank will be happy to point you in the right direction for any of these destinations.