April 30, 2009

Named for the Central district complex it's built above, the glass-sheathed, 113-room Landmark Mandarin Oriental elevates hotel style both figuratively and literally. Masculine guest rooms (zebrano and ebony cabinetry, wenge-wood floors) by Hong Kong interior designer Peter Remedios are complemented by his understated spa with tropical-rain saunas, a Turkish hammam, and amethyst crystal–accented steam rooms. In the mahogany-paneled Amber restaurant, a free-form chandelier of 3,000 hanging golden rods creates a honey-hued backdrop for dishes such as crisp chicken skin and sesame oil–seared tuna with soy reduction by Dutch chef Richard Ekkebus. The hotel's long list of services—highly connected concierges, in-room shopping from the likes of Chanel and Celine—make the new Harvey Nichols next door seem extraneous. Who would have thought in this shopping mecca that fashion would come to you?Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 15 Queen's Rd., Central, Hong Kong; 852/2132-0188; www.mandarinoriental.com/landmark; doubles from $513. —ROB MCKEOWN

Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Home to some of the largest hotel rooms in Hong Kong, this stylish sanctuary, just two minutes’ walk from Lan Kwai Fong (the city’s bustling nightlife nucleus), epitomizes contemporary design. Many of the 113 guest rooms, all with clean lines and neutral tones, contain sunken hourglass tubs and sleek, LCD flat-screen TVs. Visit the sprawling spa, which spans the hotel’s fifth and sixth floors, and choose from one of the most extensive treatment menus in Asia, ranging from Experience Showers (an exhilarating combination of colored lights, therapeutic scents, and cold and warm body jets) to Hamam Scrubs. Chef Richard Ekkebus’ in-house Amber restaurant earned two Michelin stars in 2012 for the modern French menu (don’t miss the duck foie gras). The hotel’s MO Bar serves cocktails and afternoon tea, and eclectic à la carte items including Moroccan chicken and a decadent Wagyu beef burger.

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