This contemporary hotel in the financial and luxury heart of Central, Hong Kong, goes above and beyond five-star requirements. The design juxtaposes marble, dark wood, and light leather with pops of gold and statement art pieces such as an installation of 4,320 copper rods that shoot down from the ceiling of Amber restaurant like a chandelier on steroids. Amber has other claims to fame, including two Michelin stars and a four-year streak on S. Pellegrino’s list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The spa is something to write home about, too. It covers two floors and features a Turkish hammam, Moroccan rasul, Roman laconium, and glittering steam rooms with seats that encircle an amethyst crystal. There’s even a celebrity nail stylist from France who’s made his home at the hotel.
Surrounded by some of the biggest names in fashion, the Landmark draws a stylish crowd and often hosts fashion-related events. In 2013, MO Bar put on a high tea for which it crafted pastries to look like stilettos and handbags from a Jimmy Choo collection. It has also booked live performances by the likes of Alicia Keys, and hosts the Masters of Mixology cocktail extravaganza each June.
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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is located in the heart of Central, one of the biggest business, shopping, and nightlife districts in the world. The hotel is connected, via air-conditioned walkways, to the largest collection of luxury stores in Asia. More than 100 are housed within the Landmark Atrium. Central is packed with great restaurants and art spots, such as the Karen Weber Gallery, and it abuts Soho (South of Hollywood Road) and Wan Chai, where quaint restaurants and shops are tucked into narrow streets. Guests looking to escape the rat race will find peace at the Man Mo Temple, a short walk from the hotel. A little farther, the former Police Married Quarters (PMQ) was recently transformed into an arts and culture center that houses more than 100 artist studios, along with a night market every Friday and Saturday that brims with designers, craftspeople, food vendors, and performers.
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Rooms: 101 rooms, 12 suites; from $632. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Amber is a multi-award-winning French restaurant that’s been ranked one of S. Pellegrino’s 50 Best Restaurants for four consecutive years. Specialties include frog legs in crispy kataifi dough, and seared squid with bell pepper puree. MO Bar—defined by a red light in the shape of an “O” that signifies harmony and togetherness—serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night drinks. The breakfast buffet includes congee, dim sum, and pastries as well as international favorites, and the lobster lunch on Sundays is popular with families. Spa and gym details: The fitness center offers all the weights and machines one could ask for, as well as Pilates, yoga, and personal training. At the 25,000-square-foot spa (which has a separate section for men) guests experience personalized "Time Rituals" that incorporate Eastern traditions and Sodashi natural skincare products. Guests can book the deluxe Sanctuary Suite or relax in the hammam or Moroccan rasul. The Landmark is also the exclusive home to French nail guru Bastien Gonzalez, whose sought-after pedicures draw on podiatry as well as French philosophies.
Who's it best for: Fashion-conscious travelers and Francophiles who appreciate contemporary design and luxury add-ons. Our favorite rooms: Shoppers should book the L600 Executive room, an open-plan suite with dark wood floors, oatmeal and marigold upholstery, and windows overlooking the name-brand stores of the Landmark Atrium. The L900 suite is one of the most striking, however, with its seven-foot-wide circular tub between the bedroom and sitting room (facing one of the room’s three TVs) and a marble entrance that feels like a catwalk. It’s no surprise that Janet Jackson and French chef Joël Robuchon have both stayed here. Plan ahead: Guests who want to dine at the two-Michelin-star Amber restaurant need to book a table three weeks ahead. MO Bar is most popular for weekday meetings, so arrive early or make advance arrangements to hold a breakfast gathering here.