The Landmark Mandarin Oriental: Hong Kong Deluxe
Living up to its name, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is indeed a landmark of outstanding hospitality in a city not short of fine accommodation. Having celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2015, The Landmark enters its second decade high on the list of Hong Kong’s most impressive hotels. What sets The Landmark apart from the others?
The location, for one. The Landmark is part of the Landmark shopping mall in Hong Kong’s Central district; the hotel’s life opens directly into this stylish mall full of the top brands in the the worlds of fashion, jewellery, antiques, books, and other products sought by the hotel’s refined guests. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the convenient Airport Express train service via a covered walkway that includes strolls through Landmark shopping mall along the way.
The Landmark is also very well situated for touring the sights of Hong Kong Island. Close by is the famous Man Mo Temple, and just beyond that is the unusual Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, an undervisited but surprisingly enlightening place explaining the advent of medical research in Hong Kong, now a world leader in the field. Also close to The Landmark is the Dr Sun Yat Sen Museum, just up the road; to the east of the hotel is Hong Kong Park and its Flagstaff Museum Of Tea Ware, a beautiful collection of traditional and modern items associated with tea displayed in a splendid building of the British colonial era. Some of the best experiences in Hong Kong, however, are found inside The Landmark rather than out.
The Landmark offers the sophisticated traveller an ideal place to stay whether in town for a short visit or for an extended stay. A recent renovation has lifted rooms and suites to a new level of contemporary luxury; the one-bedroom suites are particularly well designed to seem more like private apartments than hotel rooms. This being a Mandarin Oriental property, one of three in Hong Kong, culinary experiences are exceptional in their high quality and not to be missed. Gourmet travellers will enjoy exquisite options for lunch and dinner at Amber, where Chef de Cuisine Maxime Gilbert has created a stellar menu of options; the degustation menu stands out as one of the best in the world and ends with extraordinary desserts to finish the meal by giving new meaning to the term ‘sweet surrender’. Demonstrating consideration for all guests, Amber offers a degustation menu for vegetarians that is in no way any less remarkable a dining experience.
Similar thoughtfulness is experienced in Cathay Pacific’s Business Class cabins on flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and Cairns to Hong Kong. As one of the world’s leading airlines, Cathay Pacific sets a lofty benchmark of excellence in its services in the air and on the ground at Hong Kong International Airport, where no less than five lounges accommodate the needs of travellers on the move. Hong Kong International Airport is one of the user-friendliest in the world; guests with a transfer arranged to The Landmark pass through a special Limousine Lounge before getting into the car that takes them to one of Hong Kong’s supreme hotel experiences.
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