Go back to the enewsletter On Wednesday 13 July 2

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn Wednesday 13 July 2016, LATTE was among the select media guests invited to learn the latest from Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group over lunch at Bennelong restaurant, Sydney. Sally de Souza, Group PR Manager, joined media in enjoying Peter Gilmore’s signature carrot salad and other sumptuous share plates as part of her visit to Australia to celebrate Mandarin Oriental’s beautiful hotels, share news of the restoration of the historic Authors’ and Garden Wings in Bangkok, and provide a preview of the new spa and wellness developments across all properties.Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok restores its historic Authors’ and Garden WingsMandarin Oriental, Bangkok has completed a comprehensive renovation of the historic Authors’ and Garden Wings. Designed to significantly enhance the facilities and services of this award-winning hotel, the renovation has restored the historic heart of the property to its original splendour. The project comprised a significant room reconfiguration resulting in the creation of new spacious suites, including a Grand Royal Suite in the Authors’ Wing and 12 suites with balconies in the Garden Wing.Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong introduces exclusive Suite Escape packageMandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s new Suite Escape Package ensures a luxurious experience for guests, allowing them to escape the tedium of modern travel, with Fast Track arrival service, private car transfers and a 24-hour check-in and departure service. Once whisked to any of the hotel’s six signature suites, guests will enjoy breakfast in bed, a fully stocked complimentary mini-bar and internet access for multiple devices.Digital Detox RetreatMandarin Oriental recently announced the launch of a Digital Detox Retreat at all of its spas worldwide from 5 September 2016. The programme is designed to help guests find new ways to manage their relationship with technology and the stress that can come with a constantly connected digital lifestyle.“Technology has brought us many great advances;” said Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa and Wellness, “But the expectations for instant communication and the increasing pace of change in the world is causing additional stress which can overwhelm our lives.”As an antidote, the new Digital Detox Retreat encourages guests to use their visit to the spa as a chance to disconnect with technology. On arrival at the spa, guests will be asked to surrender their phones, thus removing any online distractions, and will be encouraged to fully relax into this restful treatment. This 1 hour 20 minute experience focuses on grounding both body and mind through the power of human touch, and is designed to provide a calming and peaceful respite from the outside world and the stress of repetitive movements.MO Panda ClubYoung travellers are invited to tailor their own adventure and explore the Big Apple with Mandarin Oriental, New York’s MO Panda Club. Launching 1 July 2016, this exclusive kids’ programme features Pocket Panda, a whimsical paper cut-out character inspired by MiniMO the Panda. Younger fans ages four to 16 can embark on a sightseeing and photography quest alongside Pocket Panda, and enjoy a selection of welcome amenities, immersive on-property experiences as well as access to some of the city’s top attractions.Land, Sea and Air packageGo on the ultimate expedition through Singapore with the new Land, Sea and Air package launched by Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, where guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation and delectable dining, while exploring the city through three different perspectives.Guests are first brought on a colourful rickshaw journey through the vibrant and bustling streets of the city, where they can be immersed in a rich melting pot of local cultures. The exciting adventure continues on a local Singapore river ‘bumboat’, which will take them on a leisurely cruise along the Singapore River. Discover the heritage behind iconic quays, bridges and landmarks with a live commentary of the river’s history, as they experience Singapore’s transformation from a little fishing village to the global trading port it is today. Finally, enjoy a relaxing evening and soak in the views atop the Singapore Flyer, offering a visual spectacle of the magnificent cityscape.The Oriental legend lives on in BangkokIn the middle of the 19th century, when Thailand was still known as Siam, a rest house for foreign seafarers was established on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It was to become one of the world’s greatest hotels: The Oriental. To celebrate the 140th anniversary of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, the hotel has released a package for guests, which includes:Luxurious accommodations with personal butler serviceDaily buffet breakfast for two at the VerandahAfternoon tea for two (Thai or traditional) once per stayA take away of the hotel’s home-made Jam with 140th anniversary packaging (one piece per room per stay)Additional nights at the special package rate inclusive of daily buffet breakfastMinimum two-night consecutive stayLocal taxes applyWhat’s coming in 2016 and 2017?Mandarin Oriental ended 2015 on a high, with two newly opened hotels (Mandarin Oriental, Milan and Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech), redesigned guestrooms at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and plenty of plans for 2016. James Riley was brought in as new Group CEO in April 2016, and renovations are planned for Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London later this year. Hotel Ritz, Madrid, which was purchased by the group in May 2015, is also planning to undergo a refurbishment in 2017 that will maintain all the elegance of the Spanish grande dame, while Beijing (Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing), Beirut (due to open in 2018) and Doha are new destinations glimmering on the horizon. The Group claims its greatest strengths are in dining and spa/wellness; Mandarin Oriental boasts 16 Michelin stars across 11 restaurants, more than any other group (the Noma pop-up restaurant in Tokyo alone yielded 74,000 booking enquiries last year), and lays claim to The Oriental Spa, one of the first hotel spas in Bangkok, and which has recently introduced the Spa Studio for express treatments.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img

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