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Best Of The Best 2006: Smart Choice

Jessica Taylor

Just as Mandarin Oriental closed its 43-year-old flagship hotel in Hong Kong for a yearlong overhaul in December 2005, the company opened a sleeker, smaller, and decidedly more high-tech property only a block away. Nearly everything at the 113-room Landmark Mandarin Oriental—designed by Adam Tihany and located in the heart of the city’s financial district—operates via the push of a button. At a touch, you can call for service, dim the lights, raise the shades, or turn on any one of the LCD televisions (a minimum of three per accommodation). Also included in each room are an iPod-compatible hi-fi surround-sound system and a technology kit that features adapters for your computer and other electronic gadgets. 

The Landmark’s 21,000-square-foot spa, which occupies two floors and includes Pilates and yoga studios, relies on less contemporary concepts. Based on the Roman baths of antiquity, the spa abounds with H20—a bubbling vitality pool, scented hot and cold rain showers, amethyst crystal steam rooms, crushed ice scrubs, and Turkish Hamam baths. The spa also offers a 700-square-foot VIP suite with a plasma TV and private sauna.

In the Landmark’s restaurant, designer Tihany suspended 4,200 golden tubes in a wave formation from the ceiling and constructed a lotus pond and glass drawbridge in the bar downstairs.  The guest rooms, however, offer the ultimate in modernity at the hotel. And should all of that technology prove daunting, the staff network specialist is only a push button away.

Landmark Mandarin Oriental
866.526.6567, +852.2132.0188
($515–$5,400)
www.mandarinoriental.com

Photo by Jim Fets
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