Review: Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Hotel

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel is the chic, sparkling younger version of its parent hotel, the nearby historic Mandarin Oriental. It’s also much smaller, with only 113 rooms and suites. 

 

Suite

The brand new Apartment Suite is redefining luxury at the Landmark. Designed by award-winning Hong Kong architect Joyce Wang, the 139-square metre suite has a slick cocktail bar, dining table for six, high-spec Gaggenau kitchen and an impressive two-metre circular spa bath. The colour palette of blue, caramel and gold feels suitably royal and it’s texturally rich with hand-tufted rugs and a padded leather headboard. 

 

L600 Deluxe Room

 

Locale

The hotel is right in the centre of the CBD, making it a favourite for travellers who are keen to dig their teeth into the world class shopping and dining that Hong Kong is so famous for. Directly accessible from the hotel lobby is adjoining shopping mall Landmark, a famous hub of high-end designer outlets. The Central MTR station is directly beneath the mall and a web of elevators, escalators and undercover walkways connect the surrounding buildings. 

 

Look & feel

The architecture is sleek, modern and sophisticated. Guests ascend a flight of stairs into a quiet, fragrant lobby and reception area, leaving behind the bustling crowds and pressing humidity of the streets. Wang’s redesigned rooms and suites are some of the largest in the city – the L900 Landmark Suites feature marble entrances, circular glass-walled bathrooms and a chilled glass cabinet, replenished daily with treats from the hotel’s Michelin- starred restaurant. 

 

Eat in

Breakfast is served in MO Bar, an all-day casual dining venue that becomes a hotspot for local businesspeople in the evenings. The star of the show, however, is fine- dining restaurant Amber. No. 24 on e World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and in possession of two Michelin stars, Amber’s  degustation menu features seafood delivered fresh daily from markets in Japan and artfully presented dishes like langoustine and Miyazaki wagyu beef. 

 

Treat yourself  

While The Oriental Spa is a two-floor oasis of elegance, warmth and light. The Spa features 15 treatment rooms (using products from cult Australian line Sodashi), vitality pools, ice fountains and amethyst crystal steam rooms alongside a traditional Turkish hammam, Moroccan rasul and Roman laconicum. There is also an 18-metre indoor lap pool and gym with yoga and pilates classes. My tip: the 90-minute Jet Lag Cure is the perfect way to recover from a long flight. 

 

Special touches

My butler drew me one of the hotel’s signature Cocktail Bathtubs. A relaxing and indulgent experience featuring vanilla scented bath salts and two bath side cocktails. 

 

A second apartment suite is currently under construction. It is set to be the hotel's largest and is scheduled to open by the end of the year. 

 

Illustration by Taylor Conacher

The Checklist

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pillow menu
  • Turndown service
  • Complimentary newspapers
  • 24-hour reception 

Stay here

Price: Suites from HK$32,300 (A$5,215) per night

mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/the-landmark

Upgrade

The Apartment Suite can be expanded into a two-bedroom, 186-square metre palace through an interconnecting door to the adjacent guest room. 

 

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Weather to go

There are four distinct seasons in Hong Kong. The best time to visit is during autumn, which provides cool, dry and sunny weather from late September to November. Between December and February temperatures are cool and sometimes unpredictable. Spring occurs between March and May with warm temperatures and humidity that often turns to fog and drizzle. May to September is the hottest time of the year and sees high humidity and frequent thunderstorms.

 

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