Review: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

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One of the world’s greatest hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is the flagship property for Mandarin Oriental and commands a prime position on Victoria Harbour. Situated in the heart of Central district on Hong Kong Island, it really does live to its reputation, combining elegance with refined warm and friendly service.

Reception is always buzzing with activity, but our check in was swift and efficient and in an instant we were escorted to our room. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is big hotel with 434 rooms and 67 suites. Our luxury room with harbour view was offered picture perfect views. It’s definitely worth the upgrade on the room rate. The rooms are decorated to embrace the hotel’s oriental heritage and it was very spacious, and I loved the double vanity unit in the bathroom, there’s a large bath (big enough for two). The comfy beds are perfect to sleep off any jet lag.

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Dining delights

Dining is a delight at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. The breakfast buffet may add a few inches to your waistline (check out the dim sum). For a once in a life time meal, head to Man Wah the impressive Cantonese restaurant serving some of the finest local and regional specialties you will ever eat. It boasts one Michelin star too.

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The spa at Mandarin Oriental Hong, Kong

The Mandarin Oriental Group really knows how to do spa and the flagship here is no exception. It’s sets the standard for others to follow. Set over three floors and covering 2,100 square metres, The Mandarin Spa is also home to The Mandarin Salon and the famous Mandarin Barber for fine tuning hair, beards and shaves.  The spa facilities include the compact but perfectly pleasant indoor swimming pool and the large 24-hour fitness centre (ideal if you have jet lag and want a workout at any time day or night).

It’s popular with hotel guest and locals, so book ahead to guarantee your preferred treatment time.  It has nine treatments rooms including two couples’ suites with private vitality pools, Chinese herbal steam room, experience showers, jacuzzi, heated tepidariums, steam sauna and relaxation area. Plenty of things to sooth the soul and ease your jet lag.

There is a real Zen feel throughout with low level lighting, soothing aromatherapy scents and dark wood punctuated with contrasting colour to give it a thoroughly luxurious feel.  The menu also features many treatments developed according to the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine with other Asian healing philosophies. The treatment menu features some of the UK’s leading spa brands including: Aromatherapy Associates, Elemental Herbology and The Refinery.

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The treatment at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

The staff were exceptional at every touch point from arrival at reception, to the delivery of the welcome drink and everyone made me feel welcome and at ease. Your shoes are swapped for slippers and then you are guided to your treatment room. The treatment rooms are huge and feature a seating area, shower and changing room. I chose The Chinese Meridian Massage as it’s a signature of the spa so an ideal way to get to truly expericne the spa concept.

The focus of the Chinese Meridian Massage is on acupressure points and directional flow of the Qi in the body. You are given a choice of oils (I picked Deep Relax from Aromatherapy Associates). You jump onto the bed and it starts with a foot cleansing ritual with towels.

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It then begins with an acupressure massage, dry (with no oil) which allows the therapist to really work on the muscle structure applying deep pressure on various points across the meridian to release tension and more importantly to release the Qi in the body, allowing energy to flow freely once again.

Focussing on the back, hips and legs it then introduces cupping techniques. This helps to ease the flow of Qi and also promotes the elimination of toxins and tension. It’s an intensive session and not for the feint hearted. It is however, invigorating and enlivening. You may bruise on the cupping points, but it only lasts a few days.

A full body massage using quality oils from Aromatherapy Associates continues which soothes the muscles, easing tension. Towards the end you turn over and experience the most divine head and shoulder massage. I have to say it was the best head massage I have ever had. A quick foot cleanse with hot towels and the treatment concludes. It was relaxing, but left me feeling alive, revived and excellent as a jet lag remedy.

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The best bits

Chinese Meridian Massage

The excellent introduction to the treatment by my therapist

Breakfast buffet – what a treat

The incredible views of Victoria Harbour

24 hour fitness centre

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Room to improve

The rooms are a touch corporate looking

I know its constrained by space but I wish the pool was bigger

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The details:

Harbour View Room is priced from HKD 3,825 plus 10% service charge

Chinese Meridian Massage

60 minutes – HKD1,350* (Monday to Thursday), HKD1,400* (Friday to Sunday)

90 minutes – HKD1,770* (Monday to Thursday), HKD1,820* (Friday to Sunday)