Mandarin Oriental Announces New Hotel and Residences in Dallas

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a luxury hotel in Dallas, Texas. The project, which will also feature branded residences, is scheduled to open in 2022.

The new development will comprise a 25-storey mixed-use tower located in the exclusive Turtle Creek neighbourhood. The project is within close proximity to the central business district and a number of cultural attractions including the Dallas Theatre Centre and Arts District.

We are delighted to announce a Mandarin Oriental property in this dynamic and sought-after Dallas neighbourhood, together with a premier residential project. We look forward to extending the Group’s presence into one of America’s most important business and leisure destinations,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental. “Mandarin Oriental, Dallas and the Residences at Mandarin Orientalwill provide guests and owners with a range of luxurious amenities coupled with world-class service for which the Group is renowned,” he added.

Mandarin Oriental, Dallas will have 176 guestrooms and suites, four restaurants and bars including an all-day dining option, a lobby lounge, MO Bar and speciality restaurant. There will also be extensive meeting and function facilities and a spacious spa offering the Group’s award-winning signature wellness programmes. Other recreational facilities include a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool.

The tower will also house 100 luxuriousResidences at Mandarin Oriental located on the upper floors of the building, all with city or park views. These will be designed as some of the most exclusive homes in the city. Owners will enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service and direct access to the hotel’s facilities. In addition, there will be a range of private and bespoke resident amenities including an outdoor pool, club lounge and private gardens.

The owners and developers of the project are JMJ Development, LLC, a real estate company that engages in the development of real estate projects in the United States, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.

We’re proud Mandarin Oriental is now part of our luxury portfolio,” said Timothy L. Barton, CEO of JMJ Development. “This development will be a welcome addition to the prestigious Turtle Creek neighbourhood and will set a new standard for luxury service in Dallas. It will offer a preferred choice to clientele who demand the finest accommodation.”

Experience An Award-Winning Chef’s Table Experience With The Peninsula Hong Kong’s Spring Moon’s Newest Culinary Star, Lam Yuk Ming

Spring Moon Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour by Chef Lam Yuk Ming

Spring Moon at The Peninsula Hong Kong (1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong) is one of that city’s most beloved Chinese restaurants. Since opening its doors in 1986, the Michelin-starred destination has delighted diners with exquisite cuisines served in a stunning art deco-inspired setting. Joining Spring Moon as the new Chinese Cuisine Executive Chef is Lam Yuk Ming. An admired culinary maestro, Chef Lam’s two-decade long career has seen him helm the kitchens at iconic Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing. Most recently, Lam’s imaginative cooking philosophy earned a Michelin star at Macau’s top Cantonese restaurant.

At Spring Moon, Lam promises diners a delicate balance of tradition and innovation by placing the spotlight on authenticity and seasonality. An uncompromising stance on only using the freshest ingredients underpins Lam’s winning combination of classic Cantonese cooking styles and contemporary presentations to highlight their inherent flavors. Each carefully crafted dish is elevated to an art form, marrying striking aesthetics with a nuanced layering of tastes and textures.

This season, guests are invited to experience Lam’s world-class culinary expertise with the Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour. Designed to offer an interactive, behind-the-scenes perspective, the Chef’s Table offers over 30 choices of Cantonese creations for guests to choose 6 or 8 courses from it. Then the discovery begins, as diners accompany Lam to one of Hong Kong’s famed wet markets in Kowloon City; where the chef will guide guests through the art of spotting and selecting the very best ingredients. With its engaging experiences and delectable cuisines by Chef Lam Yuk Ming, the Spring Moon Chef’s Table promises a truly unforgettable dinner date. Based on the day’s market visit, Lam will create an entirely bespoke menu for each Chef’s Table, taking into account each individual guest’s own preferences.

Beginning with an artistic tea ceremony by Spring Moon’s resident tea master, also a certificated National Tea Artist, a series of table-side presentations offers thrilling performances for Chef’s Table guests. Flaming drunken Kuruma prawn creates a fiery, tantalising spectacle pairing the natural sweetness of prawns with rose liquor and Chinese herbs. A tricky choice follows between two exquisite creations – Poached sea conch in Cordyceps soup or poached spotted garoupa in chicken soup – with the seafood simmered at the table for ultimate tenderness. The thrills continue with a hands-on dim sum making class in the Spring Moon kitchen.

With a dedicated tea counter featuring over 25 selected Chinese teas, Spring Moon’s selection adds to its traditional Cantonese culinary experience with expert tea pairing by the restaurants highly trained tea masters. The tea counter also features The Peninsula’s collection of over 200 miniature Chinese clay teapots, including designs based on Chinese legends and inspired by elements of nature.

In the opulent setting of Spring Moon, Chef Lam will prepare a selection of signature dishes. Highlights such as Pan-fried bird nest with crab meat and egg white (HK$380*), Fried Australia lamb fillet with Sichuan pepper (HK$360*) and Pan-fried chicken fillet stuffed with minced shrimp and crab roe sauce (HK$660*) marry Chef Lam’s expert Cantonese cooking skills with a passionate culinary imagination.

The large collection of porcelain on display throughout the restaurant consists of reproductions of Chinese items (Ming and Qing Dynasties) and 18th Century French Royal Family and Portuguese armorial pieces, together with Chinese export porcelain from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.

Spring Moon’s Chef’s Table – Authentic Cultural Tour is priced at HK$ 3,388* (6 courses) and HK$ 4,388* (8 courses) per person, including Chinese tea pairing. The wet market tour supplement is priced at HK$ 2,680* per person. Chef Table seats a minimum of four guests and maximum of six guests. Only one Chef’s Table Experience is available daily from Monday to Sunday, with a required advanced reservation of at least three days.

For enquiries, please contact Spring Moon on +852 2696 6760 or email springmoonphk@peninsula.com.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Is The Ultimate Home Away From Home For The Holidays

Centered in the city’s prime shopping district, popular parade routes and seasonal celebrations, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is the perfect place for guests to wrap themselves in holiday spirit. Let the expert concierge team help plan a festive winter getaway or staycation to enjoy everything the season has to offer.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Is The Ultimate Home Away From Home For The 2019 Holidays. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Festive Feasts and Seasonal Surprises at YEW

With Restaurant Chef Evan Morgan and Executive Pastry Chef Suraj Karmakar at the helm, YEW seafood + bar is serving up special holiday menus with no shortage of decadent dishes and special events this season. The YEW team is excited to begin prepping pristine holiday meals so guests can focus on enjoying the company of loved ones. With seasonal cocktails, culinary surprises and effortless group dining packages, YEW is the perfect gathering place this holiday season.

Skyview of Vancouver. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Lobby. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Upscale Christmas Menus

YEW’s three-course Christmas Eve Dinner on December 24, 2019 will be one to remember with butter-poached lobster, roasted duck breast and short rib pappardelle mains to choose from, priced at CAD 110 for adults (CAD 55 for kids).

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The epic Christmas Day Brunch Buffet returns on December 25, 2019, and guests can dive into a decadent spread of pastries, seafood raw bar, carvery station, seasonal sweets and more savoury surprises for CAD 105 for adults (CAD 50 for kids). Later on, diners can savour in holiday classics such as chestnut stuffed turkey or a bounty of seafood options for a three-course Christmas Day Dinner, priced at CAD 115 for adults (CAD 55 for kids).

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Call 604 692 4939 or click here to make a Christmas reservation.

Unforgettable New Year’s Celebrations

Whether it’s a family affair or a date night with dancing, YEW has several New Year’s options for guests to enjoy on December 31, 2019.

Diners at the Early New Year’s Eve Dinner can begin their four-course meal with a glass of sparkling wine before moving on to decadent dishes such as sea urchin risotto with scallops for CAD 100 per adult. Children can dine for CAD 50, which includes a special hot chocolate, poured tableside. Groups of 12 or more adult guests for this early seating may also be eligible to receive complimentary dinner for children under five and valet for two cars. For full details on group bookings, call 604 609 5480.

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For those heading out later, celebrate New Year’s at YEW with a lavish dinner, dancing and a fabulous array of champagne offerings. The Late New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration is CAD 160, with limited space available.

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New Year’s reservations are filling up quickly, so call 604 692 4939 or click here to save a seat at the table.

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Mandarin Oriental, Milan Launches a Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels

Mandarin Oriental, Milan has launched the ultimate luxury accommodation package for jewellery lovers this festive season. Guests wishing to immerse themselves in the hotel’s five-star comforts, an extraordinary exhibition by elite jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels and everything else Italy’s fashion capital has to offer can book A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Main Entrance (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

Available until 23 February 2020,A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels features complimentary access tothe jeweller’s exhibition Time, Nature, Love, accompanied by an expert guide. Other package benefits include accommodation in an elegant Deluxe Room, with breakfast and a limited-edition book of the exhibition.

Time, Nature, Love is an amazing collection, entirely signed by Van Cleef & Arpels, which through this event exhibition — in the halls of the Appartamento dei Principi and the Sala degli Arazzi of Palazzo Reale from November 30, 2019 to February 23, 2020 — celebrates all that world of creativity which the Van Cleef and Arpels maison has given shape, from 1906 to today. (Image courtesy of Van Cleef and Arpels)

Taking place at the city’s Palazzo Reale, the Time, Nature, Love exhibition showcases more than 400 of Van Cleef & Arpels’ most exceptional and beautiful creations. Running until the end of February, the exhibition traces the maison’s artistry from 1906 to the present day, with jewellery, watches, archival documents and line drawings on display.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Lobby (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

After visiting the exhibition, guests can relax at Mandarin Oriental, Milan’s spa and enjoy Italian fine dining at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred Seta restaurant. Only a few steps away from the elegant boutiques of Milan’s fashion district, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring city sights and for Christmas shopping. With haute couture fashion labels, high street shops and independent retailers, Milan is the perfect place to find gifts for loved ones.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan Interior (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels is priced from EUR 670 per night, and includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Room or above with views of the city or leafy courtyard
  • Breakfast for two served daily in guests’ room or convivial Mandarin Bar & Bistrot
  • Complimentary access to Van Cleef & Arpels’ exhibition Time, Nature, Love accompanied by an expert guide
  • A limited-edition book of the exhibition, Time, Nature, Love
Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Exterior Facade (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

The package is available until 23 February 2020. Minimum two-night stay required. For reservations, please visit www.mandarinoriental.com/milan

Holiday 2019 Travel: Graceland Celebrates the Christmas Season with Annual Holiday Lighting, Holiday Concert Weekend

There’s no place more magical than Elvis Presley’s Graceland® in Memphis at Christmastime. Recently nominated as one the Best Holiday Historic Home Tours in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, Graceland celebrates the Christmas season this year with two festive holiday events.

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The holiday season kicks-off on November 21 with the time-honored tradition of Graceland’s annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony. This year’s ceremony features a special performance from country music star Chase Bryant, who will be joined by cast members from Hallmark Channel’s new movie “Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays” to help light Graceland Mansion for the holidays. Cast members expected to appear include Lori Beth Sikes, Alan Wells, Nina Thurmond, Trace Masters, Laney Malone, Hailey Harris, Anniston Almond, and Shaleen Cholera. This year’s holiday celebration features a 100 percent chance of snow, a special visit from Santa Claus, kids crafts and fun for the entire family.

Following the lighting ceremony, the festivities continue into the night with the world premiere of Hallmark Channel’s all-new holiday film at the Soundstage at Graceland – “Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays.” Shot on location at Graceland and other locations throughout Memphis, the film stars Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”) and Kaitlin Doubleday (“Empire,” “Nashville”), as well as a special appearance by Priscilla Presley. “Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays” premieres Saturday, November 23 at 8 PM EST (7 PM CST), as part of Hallmark Channel’s annual “Countdown to Christmas.”

Graceland’s Lighting Ceremony is free and open to the public. The premiere event for “Christmas At Graceland: Home for the Holidays” is a ticketed event, however complimentary tickets will be made available that night at the door, based on availability. A limited number of reserved seats are also available to anyone who purchases advanced tickets to any Graceland attraction for November 21, subject to availability. Tickets must be reserved by calling 901-332-3322 or 800-238-2000. For additional information visit Graceland.com/Christmas.

Graceland’s celebrations continue into the holiday season when the annual Holiday Concert Weekend returns December 13-14, and for the third year, fans and visitors can enjoy a festive weekend filled with two incredible concerts, holiday-themed evening tours of Graceland Mansion, carolers, a holiday brunch and more.

The Home for the Holidays with Elvis Concert on Friday night is an unforgettable concert experience conducted by Robin Smith of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy Elvis’ holiday favorites performed live on stage with Elvis’ vocals, backed by the full, rich sound of a 32-piece orchestra, featuring local Memphis musicians, plus vocalists, a choir and dancers.

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2019 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence Winners Announced

Historic Hotels and Recipients Honored at the Awards Ceremony and Gala at Pinehurst Resort (1895)

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Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. Recipients were honored at a special ceremony and gala at Pinehurst Resort (1895) on Thursday, November 7. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels from across the United States of America and from around the world. Honors were given in multiple categories ranging from Hotelier of the Year and Hotel Historian of the Year to Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotelier of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and others.

These 2019 winners represent more nearly 500 years of history and include the finest legendary and iconic historic hotels from across the United States of America and from around the world” —Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide.

From more than 200 nominees, the following Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide hotels and hoteliers were honored with these prestigious annual awards for 2019:

Blackburn Inn (1828) Staunton, Virginia (Photo: Business Wire)

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year: Blackburn Inn (1828) Staunton, Virginia

Hotel Bethlehem, Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Photo: Business Wire)

Best Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms): Historic Hotel Bethlehem (1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The Wigwam (1929) Litchfield Park, Arizona (Photo: Business Wire)

Best Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms): The Wigwam (1929) Litchfield Park, Arizona

The Hermitage Lobby, The Hermitage Hotel (1910) Nashville, Tennessee (Photo: Business Wire)

Best City Center Historic Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel (1910) Nashville, Tennessee

Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama (Photo: Business Wire)

Best Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms): Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama

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Mandarin Oriental, Munich Launches Two Luxury Accommodation Offers for Christmas, Including “A Nutcracker Christmas” Ballet Package

Mandarin Oriental, Munich is launching two luxury accommodation offers for the upcoming festive season, including a ballet performance package. Guests booking A Nutcracker Christmas room package will enjoy The Nutcrackerballet by Tchaikovsky and other seasonal indulgences on selected dates in November and December, while A Magical Christmas includes a seven-course dinner on Christmas Eve and other festive treats over the Christmas holidays.

A Nutcracker Christmas

When booking A Nutcracker Christmas, guests can make the most of their stay by shopping for gifts and sampling local delicacies at Munich’s famous Christmas markets. In the evening, they can experience The Nutcracker ballet from the best seats at the historic Gärtnerplatztheater. On returning to the five-star hotel, a special late-night bento box awaits each guest at the highly acclaimedMatsuhisa Munich.

For a perfect holiday experience, Christmas decorations will adorn each guestroom and suite and a specialty hamper filled with stollen and seasonal biscuits will be presented to guests on arrival.

Mandarin Oriental, Munich

The A Nutcracker Christmas offer is priced from EUR 798 per night, and includes:

  • Luxury Accommodation for two in a room or suite
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A speciality Bavarian Christmas hamper
  • Time to visit Munich’s Christmas markets
  • First category tickets to The Nutcracker ballet at Gärtnerplatztheater on 28 November, 12 December or 13 December
  • A post-ballet late-night bento box at Matsuhisa Munich

A Magical Christmas

The hotel’s A Magical Christmas offer is available from December 23 – 26. So guests can immerse themselves in the festive spirit from the moment they arrive, they will be presented with a specialty hamper in their sumptuous room or suite, which will be filled with Christmas decorations.

Matsuhisa Munich will serve an exquisite, seven-course Japanese-Peruvian feast for A Magical Christmas guests on Christmas Eve, December 24th. A festive interpretation of award-winning chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s innovative cuisine, it will feature John Dory, Ox Cheeks and other extraordinary culinary delights. For December 26th, an extravagant brunch will be offered, with special menu options including the restaurant’s signature dish, Black Cod, which will be served with gingerbread crumble, as a Christmassy twist.

The A Magical Christmas offer is priced from EUR 1,078 per night, and includes:

  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A speciality Bavarian Christmas hamper upon arrival
  • Festive decorations in all rooms and suites
  • A seven-course Christmas menu at Matsuhisa Munich on Christmas Eve, 24 December

Quietly tucked away in a side street, yet centrally located near the famed Maximilianstraße, Mandarin Oriental, Munich is an elegant gem, combining timeless, sophisticated charm with a contemporary, modern design and subtle oriental accents. Mandarin Oriental provides the highest levels of personalized service in the very city center and is home to a selection of stylish, elegant restaurant and bars, including the city’s hottest new restaurant Matsuhisa Munich by world renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The hotel’s elegant and spacious 48 guestrooms and 25 suites offer the finest in international luxury and, along with the stunning rooftop pool, feature views that stretch across the picturesque surroundings of the old town.

A Nutcracker Christmas can be booked for overnight stays on November 28, December 12 or 13 December 2019. A Magical Christmas is available from December 23-26, 2019 for a minimum two-night stay. Both offers are subject to availability. Reservations for both offers can be made online, by e-mail to momuc-reservations@mohg.com or telephone to +49 (0)89 29098 820.