MO BAR at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, recently listed on World’s 50 Best Discovery will launch the second volume of its menu series, drawing inspiration from the travels taken by Bar Manager Michele Mariotti and his team since the bar’s opening in late 2018. Building on the first menu’s theme of “People of the Sea”, the progressive new menu concept invites guests on a whimsical journey across Asia Pacific.
In each destination, the group partnered with local experts to explore the markets and meet purveyors to discover herbs, spices and ingredients unique to the location. This menu has been curated to pay homage to the cities visited and features 16 drinks, including non-alcoholic options, ensuring a beverage to appeal to every palate. Highlights include:
The T And T was inspired by Hong Kong, when Michele worked alongside Jay Khan of COA. With a tequila base, the drink utilises lemon verbena and fig leaves, ingredients sourced from a farm in northern Hong Kong.
The Harvest Queen features Agricole Rhum from south of Hanoi, combined with apple and guava in a shaken, fruity tipple.
The Chiang Mai-inspired Expedition celebrates the coffee plantations of the region and combines green coffee, grapefruit and vermouth.
The Silk Market, a temperance cocktail with Mandarin cordial, fermented honey and corn is served in a unique vessel made of preserved cloth from pineapple fibre.
Widely known as “the city in a garden”, Singapore is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway or luxurious retreat. Located in the heart of Marina Bay, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore’s prestigious address is highly accessible to various attractions and fun-filled activities. Bed and breakfast rates are available at the hotel, priced from SGD 429 for two people sharing.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is one of the world’s foremost luxury hotels. It is the only hotel in the city that has been awarded Five-Star status for both accommodation and spa in the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide for eight consecutive years (2012 to 2019). This award-winning property has a prime location, close to the financial hub, with easy access to nearby luxury boutiques and entertainment venues, and minutes away from Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. The hotel features an impressive atrium lobby with 527 rooms and suites. Facilities also include the Oriental Club Lounge, an intimate spa, extensive meeting and banqueting facilities, five renowned restaurants and two lounges overlooking the spectacular Marina Bay.
Inspired by Valentine’s Day,Mandarin Oriental, Parisis offering a romantic accommodation package in collaboration with Guerlain. Guests booking the February 2020 Be my Valentine by Guerlainoffer will take home the new La Petite Robe NoireSo Frenchy limited-edition fragrance created by the perfume and cosmetics house and enjoy other romantic treats during their stay in the ‘City of Love’.
Since 1828, Guerlain has explored, innovated and perfected. In Fragrance, Skincare and Makeup. Daring creators, mythical creations, timeless know-how. Culture of Beauty as its signature. Their teams, “Explorers by nature” combine day after day luxury and sustainable development. In the Name of Beauty for our Clients, In the Name of Beauty for our Creations, In the Name of Beauty for the Planet.
On arrival, Be my Valentine by Guerlain package guests will be welcomed to their room with rose petal arrangements and other romantic treats, including sweet-tasting delights and pink champagne, and receive their bottle of La Petite Robe Noire So Frenchy. A take on timeless French chic, this eau de parfum combines sultry rose with dark notes of black cherry, patchouli and black tea. The new Rouge G lipstick in a matte soft pink, decorated with cherry blossom on both the stick and case, will be presented to guests too.
Also included in the package is a perfume consultation at Guerlain’s Vendôme boutique, a few steps away from the hotel, where guests will be warmly welcomed and have their perfume bottle engraved with their names or a message. Back at the hotel, guests can indulge in pure relaxation at The Spa, with EUR 100 credit per day.
The Be my Valentine by Guerlain package is priced from EUR 1,175 per night and includes:
Daily breakfast for two, in-room or at Caméliarestaurant
A 50 ml bottle of the new La Petite Robe Noire So Frenchy eau de parfum and a Rouge G lipstick to take home
A personalised bottle engraving and fragrance consultation at Guerlain’s Vendôme boutique on 356 rue Saint-Honoré
Complimentary bottle of Louis Roederer Pink Champagne and sweet-tasting treats delivered to guests’ room upon arrival
Romantic room set up, including rose petal arrangements
The package is available between February 1-29, 2020, subject to availability. Rates are based on two people sharing. For enquiries or bookings, please visit the website.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris is a celebration of Paris today and tomorrow, inspired by fashion and artistic creativity and underpinned by the brand’s legendary service. This truly Parisian five star hotel provides an oasis of tranquillity and a cocoon of luxury. The 96 chic and elegant rooms and 39 spacious suites offer guests an exceptionally stylish Parisian experience with their nod to couture and unique art pieces. Located in the very heart of the city, the hotel’s best kept secret is its inner garden providing a sanctuary from the bustling city and a peaceful dining haven. A wide range of dining options are overseen by celebrated Chef Thierry Marx, including two-Michelin starred, fine-dining restaurant, Sur Mesure, all-day dining Camélia, a Cake Shop by Mandarin Oriental, a cool cocktail bar, as well as L’Honoré serving health conscious cuisine. Finally, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental offers unique wellness and relaxation experiences, in a soothing, contemporary environment, featuring luxurious private treatment rooms, an indoor pool and a state of the art fitness centre. Mandarin Oriental, Paris is the preferred choice of discerning travellers who believe they have found the city’s best kept secret address.
The Peninsula Hotels has announced a calendar of fun festive activities and experiences for all to enjoy this season, including bountiful brunches brimming with festive fare; celebratory cocktails crafted by on-site mixologists; gingerbread making classes led by each hotels’ professional pastry chefs; and live story-telling sessions of The Peninsula’s digital storybook for children ‘The Gingerbread Man’s Tale,’ available to download on a complimentary basis via Peninsula.com’s festive webpage.
Putting The Spice Back Into Life The hero and leading character of this year’s story – which has been specially written for The Peninsula Hotels – is the Gingerbread Man. A familiar sight hanging within decorated trees, the Gingerbread Man represents the ‘Stories from within the Tree’ chapter of The Peninsula Hotels’ three-year festive campaign titled ‘Stories from the Tree’.
After kicking-off with ‘Stories from Under the Tree’ last year and closing with ‘Stories from the Tree Top’ next year, this year’s theme is about sharing the joy and fun of the season. Adding a Scandinavian touch to the festivities, The Peninsula Hong Kong will welcome Santa Claus from Finland Santa Claus Village on December 11 at The Lobby as the Grande Dame joins hands with Finnair this winter. More collaboration will be announced by the end of December 2019 for a truly Nordic celebration.
In line with this, the magic of the festive season will be celebrated at each of the ten Peninsula hotels around the globe with giant Christmas trees erected in the grand lobbies, and resplendent decorations on view for all to enjoy. To prolong the festive joy throughout the season, the hotel mascot, The Peninsula Bear will appear at The Lobby, giving adorable surprises spontaneously to guests.
A Time Of Reflection Often, the joy and fun of the season is felt most strongly by the children in our lives. In support of those less fortunate, the six ‘Stories from the Tree’ characters will be available to purchase at each hotel in the form of tree decorations and pins, with US$5 from each purchase being donated to Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong and Room to Read. Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong, an organization that grants one life-changing wishes for children aged between three and 17 with critical illnesses in Hong Kong and Macau, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Room to Read, a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.
In The Peninsula Hong Kong’s legendary lobby, the much-loved tradition of Afternoon Tea will be given a festive makeover to present ‘Teas of Hope’ Afternoon Tea. Available now through to December 20 and December 27th to 30th 2019, the set is priced at HK$ 398* per person or HK$ 718* for two, and includes a festive pin. For each tea set sold, US$5 will be donated to the above charities.
The Joy Of Festive Gastronomy The festive sounds of Rhythm and Harmony will also be a feature of the lobby, with the big band performing live each evening from December 24th to 31st. Guests can enjoy movie theme-tunes, bossa nova hits, and popular songs from the 70s and 80s. The nightly live entertainment of top performers will make this place the live lounge music capital of Hong Kong. Guests who enjoy a more traditional approach to Christmas are well catered for too, priced at HK$ 508* per person, the classic afternoon tea will be served in The Lobby from December 21stto 26th.
For lovers of classic Cantonese cuisine, there are few better places in Hong Kong to ring in the New Year than at Spring Moon. The New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on December 31st will see the Spring Moon Band performing a blend of Shanghai classic songs and American music, to celebrate ‘East meets West’. A festive lunch and dinner will also be available from December 24th and 25th.
French fine dining institution Gaddi’s offers the perfect Christmas Eve treat with a six-course festive dinner on December 24th created by Chef Albin Gobil, in addition to a four-course festive lunch and five-course dinner menu on Christmas Day. Guests can enjoy ‘new vintage’ music performed by the Gaddi’s band, which mixes 1940s jazz and classic pop in a roaring 20s-style adaptation.
Those with a penchant for the avant-garde can enjoy a Christmas meal created by Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez in Felix on December 25th, choosing between a three-course early seating from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, or a five-course dinner from 8:00 pm onwards. Those dining between 24 to 31 December will also be treated to live music each evening from 8:00 pm onwards.
Explore the Best Restaurants and Bars Around the World
50 Best, the brand behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars annual ranking and awards, announces the launch of 50 Best Discovery.
For 17 years, 50 Best has been compiling authoritative rankings based on the votes of its extensive international network of experts. Until today, 50 Best only revealed the restaurants and bars which received sufficient votes for them to be ranked. With the launch of 50 Best Discovery, the organization now provides a deeper, richer library for people to draw on for eating and drinking inspiration as they traverse the world.
50 Best Discovery is the world’s most exciting database for eating and drinking and operates as an unranked extension of the annual 50 Best rankings of restaurants and bars. The venues featured on 50 Best Discovery have all received votes from the experts who create the rankings of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars, as well as Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Bars and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. The digital collection is compiled from the results of these five annual 50 Best rankings but extends far beyond the elite establishments celebrated in each list. The result is a more diverse range of expert-recommended restaurants and bars across the world, offering everything from emerging talent and local favourites through to fine dining and fine drinking establishments. To qualify, a restaurant or bar needs to receive a significant number of votes in the most recent round of polling for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants or The World’s 50 Best Bars, or appear on one of our other annual rankings. Restaurants and bars cannot apply to be part of 50 Best Discovery.
50 Best Discovery gives discerning diners and drinkers the chance to explore restaurants and bars that have received votes from 50 Best experts across the world, featuring more than 1,600 reviews of venues in 75 countries. The library combines destinations from all the lists’ rankings and other far-flung locales to comprise a diverse and tempting range of restaurants and bars, empirically recommended by its Academy. This 1,700-strong Academy comprises the world’s leading food and drink writers, chefs, restaurateurs and bar owners, global gastronomes and regional cuisine specialists.
A new website features a powerful search engine, which allows users to search by city, town and region to find restaurants and bars in a destination they may be travelling to, or to look for a reliable new dining or drinking experience closer to home. Locations and reviews sit side by side to allow easy-to-navigate functionality with each entry displaying location, price, contact details, imagery and a bite-size profile.
Whether searching for the hottest back-street ramen bar in Tokyo, boundary-pushing fine dining in San Francisco, or the best martini in Madrid, 50 Best Discovery allows adventurous gourmets to explore hidden gems, secret spots and timeless classics, providing a unique itinerary for culinary and cocktail adventures.
William Drew, Director of Content for 50 Best, says: “This exciting new way to explore the world is completely guided by the recommendations from the 1,700-plus independent expert voters behind the 50 Best restaurant and bar rankings. Never before have the best local and international destinations in which to eat and drink been featured in one place, on one intuitive website. We are confident that it will become a go-to resource for anyone looking for a reliable gastronomic experience almost anywhere in the world.
“When The World’s 50 Best Restaurants was established in 2002, it started a journey that would see us showcase the very best places to eat and drink. Gastronomic tourism has become a cultural phenomenon in recent years, evident in the rapid expansion of our social media followers to more than two million and the continued growth of our global events. For the first time, we are now able to offer a comprehensive library featuring a vast number of restaurants and bars. For food and drink lovers this is the ultimate map of the world; essential for planning gastronomic adventures.“
The 50 Best family includes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, The World’s 50 Best Bars, Asia’s 50 Best Bars and the #50BestTalks and 50 Best Explores series, all of which are owned and run by William Reed Business Media. Since 2002, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has reflected the diversity of the world’s culinary landscape. The annual list of the world’s finest restaurants and bars provides a snapshot of some of the best destinations for unique dining and drinking experiences, in addition to being a barometer for global gastronomic trends.
Denver’s Newest Holiday Attraction – A 110-Foot Digital Tree – Amplifies The Excitement Around The City’s Seasonal Blockbuster Exhibitions, Events And Performing Arts
year, along with hundreds of holiday traditions and festivities, The
Mile High City will feature two
brand-new lighting attractions illuminating downtown, making the city
look and feel more festive than ever. The Mile
High Tree – the tallest digital tree in North America –
will feature pre-programmed LED light shows choreographed to
multicultural holiday music; and Night
Lights Denver – an outdoor projection mapping
installation featuring local artists – will also light up the city
new attractions complement the already robust programming that makes
up Denver’s Mile High Holidays.
There are also world-class exhibitions, like Claude Monet: The
Truth of Nature and The Science Behind Pixar, at the
city’s museums; innovative and immersive performing arts like Camp
Christmas and movies with the Colorado Symphony; and
plenty of local gifts to be found in neighborhoods, galleries,
boutique shops and marketplaces.
are just a few experiences to be found during Mile High Holidays.
For more information on how to spend a night or a long weekend in
Denver, and to take advantage of holiday hotel deals starting at $99,
Monet: The Truth of Nature, through February 2, 2020
Denver Art Museum is the sole U.S. venue for the most
comprehensive exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades.
The exhibition features more than 100 paintings spanning Monet’s
entire career and focuses on the celebrated French impressionist
artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the
varied and distinct places in which he worked. In connection with
Denver Art Museum, several hotels have created VIP packages
that include untimed, skip-the-line tickets, which allow access to
the exhibition even if the date is sold out to the general public;
these packages can be found at https://monetindenver.com.
Science Behind Pixar, through April 5, 2020
a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and
technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their
characters with The Science Behind Pixar at Denver Museum
of Nature & Science. This interactive exhibition showcases
the science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used by
the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s
award-winning films to the big screen. With more than 50 interactive
elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the
filmmaking process to give you an unparalleled view of the production
pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun,
engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from
members of the studio’s production teams, and even come face-to-face
with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including
Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E.
Sports: Beyond Human Limits, through April 12, 2020
will be put to the test as they jump, fly, dive, climb and explore
some of the riskiest activities in the world at this Denver Museum
of Nature & Science exhibition. Physical, multimedia and
creative challenges place guests inside the minds and bodies of
extreme athletes and their passions such as wingsuit flying, ice and
rock climbing, parkour, and free diving. Amid exhilarating speeds,
breathtaking heights, and profound depths, the stories of these
passionate athletes will leave visitors inspired to push their own
Here! Brewing the West, through August 9, 2020
Colorado’s brewing industry from the saloons of the Gold Rush
through Prohibition to today’s booming craft beer scene at
History Colorado Center‘s Beer Here! Brewing the West.
Learn about the Centennial State’s brewing past, present and future
through historical artifacts, interactive elements and more.
Christmas, November 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020
newest indoor immersive installation from Denver Center for the
Performing Arts, Camp Christmas, will feature mesmerizing
displays of decorations that shift time and reality. Performed at
Stanley Marketplace, Camp Christmas is Denver’s newest holiday
experience, where yuletide traditions of the past and present get
merrily mashed together in a massive 10,000-square-foot wonderland.
All ages are welcome at this family-friendly experience.
Hip Hop Nutcracker, November 23-24
digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A.
Hoffmann‘s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to
the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City.
Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic,
performed at Buell Theater in the Denver Performing Arts
Complex, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take
audience members on a journey that celebrates love, community and the
magic of a New Year.
Nutcracker, November 30 – December 29
and adults will enjoy Colorado Ballet‘s 58th annual production
of the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker, held at the
Ellie Caulkins Opera House and
featuring unforgettable characters, classic choreography, exquisite
sets, dazzling costumes and Tchaikovsky’s extraordinary arrangement
performed live by the Colorado Ballet
Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, December 3-8
Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical returns
to the Buell Theatre in Denver to steal Christmas after a
blockbuster debut in 2014. More than 2.5 million theatre-goers across
America have been delighted by this heart-warming holiday musical,
featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch”
and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated
TV special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming
Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to
steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos. Magnificent sets
and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations transport
audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind them of
the true meaning of the holiday season.
at the Symphony: Home Alone in Concert, November 29; Love Actually
in Concert, December 6
holiday classic, Home Alone will feature renowned composer
John Williams‘ charming and
delightful score performed live by the Colorado Symphony at
Boettcher Concert Hall as the
film is shown on large suspended screens in Boettcher
Concert Hall. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin
McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who is accidentally left
behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must
defend his home against two bungling thieves (Joe Pesci and
Daniel Stern). Hilarious and heartwarming, Home Alone
is holiday fun for the whole family.
Actually is the ultimate romantic holiday comedy. Featuring an
all-star cast, the film will take audiences on a tour of love’s
delightful twists and turns. The score will be performed by the
Colorado Symphony and conductor Christopher Dragon.
Dances to a Holiday Drum, December 7-22
28 years, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble has been
blending dance, live music, spoken word and seasonal celebrations and
customs from around the world into a memorable holiday tradition like
no other. A Denver original, Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum
is a family favorite that inspires audiences of all ages to discover,
celebrate and honor the holiday traditions of cultures from around
Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour, December 8
celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing group, Celtic
Woman, will be coupled with the Colorado
Symphony in Denver’s stop of The
Best of Christmas Tour. The performance at Boettcher
Concert Hall will feature music from the all-female ensemble’s
most favorite Yuletide songs.
Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, December 13-14
one and only Moscow Ballet will present the Great Russian
Nutcracker at Denver’s Paramount Theatre. Featuring world
class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and
jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the
Christmas spirit to life for all ages.
Christmas and New Year celebrations are on offer at the glamorous
Oriental Jumeira, Dubaithis
festive season. A majestic canopy of frost-white lights and other
seasonal decorations will create the perfect festive atmosphere for
guests to enjoy a series of activities and culinary treats at the
resort over the holidays.
a merry holiday gathering, Noor
will be available starting
featuring a delectable array of scones, finger sandwiches, cakes and
other tasty bites.
decorated Christmas cakes, petit gâteaux, gingerbread houses and
panettones will be available at The
Mandarin Cake Shop.
Guests can spoil loved ones by gifting them an elegantly wrapped
packed with Christmas biscuits, chocolates, Panettone and other
mouth-watering seasonal delicacies.
Christmas menus will be offered at the resort’s highly acclaimed restaurants on December 24 and 25, including an extravagant buffet of international festive favorites at The Bay, the relaxed brasserie-style restaurant with two terraces overlooking the beach. On Christmas Day, Santa will delight children by making a special appearance at the restaurant to bring them gifts.
Historic Hotels and Recipients Honored at the Awards Ceremony and Gala at Pinehurst Resort (1895)
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
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:
Hotels of America New Member of the Year: Blackburn Inn (1828)
Historic Hotel (76-200 Guestrooms): Historic Hotel Bethlehem
(1922) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Historic Hotel (201-400 Guestrooms): The Wigwam (1929) Litchfield
City Center Historic Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel (1910) Nashville,
Historic Hotel (Over 400 Guestrooms): Grand Hotel Golf Resort &
Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama