Mandarin Oriental To Acquire Namesake Boston Hotel

Mandarin Oriental International Limited announced that it is to acquire the freehold interest in the property that houses Mandarin Oriental, Boston together with its hotel business (the ‘Hotel’) for US$140 million.28a4f352-fb86-4bdd-8379-3686ac15cfe2

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand, the Group now operates, or has under development, 47 hotels representing 11,000 rooms in 25 countries, with 21 hotels in Asia, 10 in The Americas and 16 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 17 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

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Exterior of the Mandarin Oriental, Boston Hotel

Mandarin Oriental has managed the 148-room Hotel, which is situated on Boylston Street in Boston, under a management contract since its opening in 2008. The Group also manages 85 privately owned Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to the Hotel.

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Mandarin Oriental Boston – Oriental Suite Living Room

Mandarin Oriental has exercised its right under its long-term management contract to acquire the Hotel from CWB Hotel Limited Partnership. The Hotel had been offered for sale by auction, and a number of bids had been received. Under Mandarin Oriental’s management contract, it has the right to acquire the property for a sum equivalent to the highest bid. Completion of the sale and purchase of the Hotel, subject to final court approval of the terms agreed at auction, is currently expected to take place in the first quarter of 2016.

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Mandarin Oriental Boston – Oriental Suite Bedroom

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Mandarin Oriental Boston – Oriental Suite Bathroom

Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive, said, “We are delighted to acquire the property that houses our luxury hotel in the heart of Boston. This acquisition ensures the continuity of our position in Boston, and we look forward to maintaining our award-winning service in this key gateway city.”

Mandarin Oriental’s total investment of US$140 million will be funded through a mixture of existing cash reserves and debt. The acquisition of the Hotel is anticipated to have a positive impact on the Group’s earnings. For the year ended 31st December 2014, the Hotel generated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (‘EBITDA’) of US$5.0 million. For the same period, the Group received management fees and other contributions of US$2.3 million, which were charged against the Hotel’s EBITDA.

Mandarin Oriental International Limited is incorporated in Bermuda and has a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange as its primary listing, with secondary listings in Bermuda and Singapore. It is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

Mandarin Oriental Announces New Hotel And Residences In Boca Raton, Florida

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new luxury hotel and branded residences currently under development by Penn-Florida Companies in Boca Raton. Scheduled to open in late 2017, the project provides the Group with a unique opportunity to further extend its reach in this key tourism and business destination in southern Florida.

Located in Palm Beach County, Florida, Boca Raton’s warm tropical climate and coastal setting make it a popular tourism destination. There are a range of golf courses, pristine beaches and parks, together with myriad cultural and recreational activities to enjoy. The city is a gateway to Latin America and other international destinations, and is serviced by multiple international airports. With a sophisticated infrastructure, Boca Raton is also renowned as a national corporate and regional business center.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand, the Group now operates, or has under development, 46 hotels representing 11,000 rooms in 25 countries, with 21 hotels in Asia, nine in The Americas and 16 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 16 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

Penn-Florida Companies  a full service owner and developer of high-profile real estate for almost 30 years. “Penn-Florida is excited to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to create a hotel and residences that will set new standards of luxury and sophistication in Boca Raton,” said Mark A. Gensheimer, President and CEO of Penn-Florida Companies. “Via Mizner will be one of the premier mixed-use projects in the country, and the arrival of Mandarin Oriental will raise the bar for hospitality and contemporary living in South Florida,” he said.

The project comprises two adjacent towers located in downtown Boca Raton, surrounded by the city’s most affluent, residential neighbourhoods and a short walk from miles of pristine beaches. The buildings will form part of an upscale mixed-use development that will include 65,000 square feet of luxury lifestyle retail as well as a world-class private club offering social, fitness and championship golf amenities.

Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton will feature 158 well-appointed rooms and suites, all with magnificent ocean or city views, and designed in a sophisticated and contemporary style, with exacting attention to detail that is reflective of the Group’s oriental heritage. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental will be located in the adjoining tower, connected by sky bridge to the hotel, and will provide 100 of the most luxurious and desirable private homes in South Florida.

SB Architects have been selected for the hotel and residential components of the project, and the design will reflect a sense of sophisticated, urban resort living, that pays tribute to the Mediterranean-influenced architectural heritage of Addison Mizner, for which the city is particularly well-known.

Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton will offer some of the finest dining in the region including a signature rooftop restaurant with an outdoor terrace and bar affording spectacular ocean, golf course and city views. There will also be a chic lobby lounge, a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop, and a spacious Club Lounge. Extensive banqueting and meeting space will include an expansive 4,500 square-foot ballroom and a variety of adaptable conference rooms.

In keeping with the Group’s award-winning spa concepts, a spacious Spa at Mandarin Oriental will offer holistic rejuvenation and relaxation, together with a state-of-the art fitness centre and a rooftop pool providing guests with outstanding views.

We are delighted to be opening a new luxury hotel in south Florida’s key tourism and commercial district, and look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s legendary levels of hospitality to this exciting project,” said Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental.This new development complements the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Miami, and will provide a sophisticated and elegant retreat for guests and residents alike,” he added.

Delight in Holiday Offers from Mandarin Oriental Hotels in the U.S. This Winter

Mandarin Oriental invites travelers to experience a wide range of festive delights at the Group’s U.S. properties. From enticing getaway packages to stylish offerings to ring in the New Year, guests will enjoy special moments this holiday season.Mandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_gold_logo

Plan for a sunny holiday escape at Mandarin Oriental, Miami. The hotel’s Miami Holiday Fun package includes private beach cabana service, a cookie decorating workshop, daily American breakfast and special nightly holiday treats. Additionally, lavish menus paired with sweeping bay and city views will be available at acclaimed Peruvian restaurant La Mar by Gastón Acurio and Five-Star Azul.

In Las Vegas, guests can celebrate New Year’s Eve at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire with an exclusive dining experience with Chef Pierre Gagnaire. Enjoy a private six-course dinner and champagne toast with the three Michelin-starred chef. The six-course menu is priced at USD 525 per person and a wine pairing is available at an additional USD 200. Reservations are required.

Ring in the New Year in grand style with the New Year’s Eve Celebration package from Mandarin Oriental, New York. The ultimate finale to 2015 begins upon arrival to a luxurious guestroom or suite featuring views of the Manhattan skyline. The festivities begin on Thursday, December 31, 2015 with the annual New Year’s Eve Gala in the Mandarin Ballroom on the hotel’s 36th floor. The chic black-tie evening features an open bar cocktail hour, a multi-course gourmet dinner and live performances.

Explore Atlanta’s 2015 Home for the Holidays Show House, a beautifully decorated English Manor featuring décor by national and locally renowned interior designers while basking in luxurious accommodations at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. The hotel’s Atlanta Design package starts from USD 355 per night and is valid from November 20 through December 13, 2015. For reservations, please contact the Reservations Department at +1 (404) 995 7555 or moatl-reservations@mohg.com.

At the Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Boston, guests can enjoy the luxurious comforts of home with the Home for the Holidays package. Connected to The Shops at Prudential Center and surrounded by the fashionable boutiques, art galleries and restaurants on Newbury Street, the hotel’s convenient Back Bay location is ideal for exploring the city’s festive performances, local shops and historic streets aligned with sparkling holiday lights.

For those looking to indulge during the holidays, head to Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC where culinary delights abound. Empress Lounge will be offering Holiday Afternoon Tea Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Highlights include a three-tier stand with green apple & cinnamon tartlets, lemon scented madelines and pumpkin cheesecake. In addition, the tea service will feature specialty drinks including the Hot Toddy, Peppermint Martini and Ganache Hot Chocolate with assorted toppings tableside. Holiday Afternoon Tea is priced at USD 38. A special children’s afternoon tea with mini-chocolate chip sandwiches, cake pops and more is available for USD 19.

Spend Christmas Getaway At The Excelsior, Hong Kong

With the lead-up to Christmas well underway, The Excelsior, Hong Kong (A Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group property) launches an enticing festive package for those looking to indulge in Hong Kong’s glittering Christmas lights and exciting holiday atmosphere.

 The Excelsior, Hong Kong (A Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group property)

The Excelsior, Hong Kong (A Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group property)

Situated in the heart of Causeway Bay, the shopping center of Hong Kong Island, The Excelsior, Hong Kong is only a five-minute drive from the city’s central business district and 40 minutes by MTR from Hong Kong International Airport. The hotel features five exclusive Executive Floors with a private lounge, a fully equipped business centre, a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre featuring advanced fitness equipment and dedicated spa facilities, as well as extensive meeting and banquet facilities.

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West Night View

Executive Floor Side Harbour View Room

Executive Floor Side Harbour View Room

Book the hotel’s Christmas Getaway Package from HKD 2,180* for a two consecutive nights’ stay to enjoy the following:

  • One night’s accommodation in a Superior Side Harbour View Room
  • Complimentary daily breakfast for two at Café on the 1st
  • Festive welcome amenities and a bottle of red wine upon arrival
  • Exclusive The Excelsior Christmas gift
  • Complimentary in-room Internet access and local telephone call
  • Priority reservations in all hotel restaurants
  • A special supplement of HKD 200 for an upgrade to a Deluxe Harbour View Room

Rates are valid from 18 December 2015 to 3 January 2016 and subject to availability. All bookings must be guaranteed by credit card.

In addition, the hotel’s other restaurants will be offering a number of celebratory dining options for guests to choose from.

ToTT’s and Roof Terrace

On New Year’s Eve, ToTT’s and Roof Terrace will be hosting a Countdown Gala Dinner, priced at HKD 2,388*, including one glass of champagne upon arrival and a countdown party with live music entertainment.

Café on the 1st

Guests can savour the Seafood Buffet Dinner starting on Christmas Eve, featuring an array of appetizers, freshly shucked oysters, hot dishes and a sumptuous choice of desserts. Prices start at HKD 588*.

*Prices are subject to 10% service charge.

Room reservations can be made by contacting the hotel’s reservations hotline at +852 2837 6840, by e-mailing exhkg-reservations@mohg.com or through the hotel’s direct online reservations service at www.mandarinoriental.com/excelsior. Restaurant reservations can be made by contacting +852 2837 6787 or e-mailing exhkg-xmas@mohg.com.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand, the Group now operates, or has under development, 46 hotels representing 11,000 rooms in 25 countries, with 21 hotels in Asia, nine in The Americas and 16 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 16 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

Mandarin Oriental’s Star-Studded Restaurant Line Up Honored by 2014 Michelin

Mandarin Oriental hotels have long been renowned for their excellence and innovation in food and beverage, and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s passion for creating memorable dining experiences has once again been recognized, with ten restaurants being honored in the 2014 Michelin Guides, bringing the current total number of restaurants in the Group’s portfolio to 11 with 16 Michelin stars. This is more than any other hotel group in the world.

In Europe, Moments restaurant, headed by the renowned chef Carme Ruscalleda and chef Raül Balam retained its two Michelin star status in the 2014 Spanish Guía Michelin. A testament indeed to the enthusiasm and passion of this dedicated culinary team.  Dinner at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London where Heston Blumenthal and Executive Chef, Ashley Palmer-Watts, serve historic gastronomy with a 21st century twist, was delighted to be honored with its second Michelin star in the 2014 guide.Mandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_gold_logo

At Mandarin Oriental, Geneva Rasoi by Vineet, the first fine dining restaurant in Geneva to offer contemporary Indian cuisine, also maintained its coveted one star status in Michelin’s 2014 Guide for Switzerland. In Munich, Restaurant Mark’s under the direction of Executive Chef Simon Larese, also retained its one Michelin star status.

In Asia, the Group’s flagship property, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, now has three Michelin-starred restaurants. Pierre, which features the bold cuisine of multi award-winning, three Michelin starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire was awarded a second Michelin star in the 2014 guide. Man Wah, the hotel’s Cantonese restaurant offering exquisite local and regional specialities was also awarded one Michelin star,  while the Mandarin Grill + Bar, a Hong Kong dining institution, where artistic Executive Chef Uwe Opocensky serves a modern interpretation of grill classics and the city’s finest seafood, retained its one Michelin star for the fifth consecutive year.

In addition, Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, also maintained its coveted two Michelin star status. The restaurant features the innovative and exhilarating cuisine of talented Chef Richard Ekkebus.

Finally, at Mandarin Oriental, TokyoSignature serving contemporary French cuisine maintained its single star status for the seventh time, and Sense, featuring contemporary Cantonese cuisine set against the city’s dramatic skyline, achieved one-star Michelin status.

At Mandarin Oriental, Paris, the hotel’s signature restaurant Sur Mesure, under Chef Thierry Marx stewardship, was awarded two Michelin stars in the 2013 Michelin Guide, bringing the current number of Michelin starred restaurants in the Group’s portfolio to eleven, and the number of stars to sixteen.

We are truly delighted to once again receive these prestigious accolades,” said David Nicholls, the Group’s Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. “It reflects the dedication to fine dining excellence that Mandarin Oriental hotels offer around the world.

Michelin has been in the business of evaluating and recommending restaurants and hotels for over a century. They employ full-time professional inspectors who anonymously visit restaurants and hotels, and evaluate them on a range of criteria, using an evaluation process that has been honed over time to identify consistently high-quality establishments to suit a range of budgets and across a range of styles and cuisines.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. The Group has grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand and now operates, or has under development, 45 hotels representing over 11,000 rooms in 26 countries, with 20 hotels in Asia, 11 in The Americas and 14 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 13 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Wins 2013 International Award At The Hong Kong Business Awards

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group was honored to receive the 2013 International Award at the prestigious Hong Kong Business Awards ceremony held recently in the city. Established in 1990 by DHL and the South China Morning Post, the Hong Kong Business Awards aims to encourage and sustain the region’s entrepreneurial spirit and recognize excellent standards of corporate management and governance. The awards honour individuals and companies who are maintaining and expanding the economic viability and international stature of Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the Hong Kong-based award-winning operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, Mandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_black_logoresorts and residences around the world and was chosen as the 2013 International award recipient on a number of counts, including having achieved significant increases in revenue and profitability from successfully developing new markets, thereby enhancing Hong Kong’s international reputation. The Group was also commended for sound business understanding and effective risk management.

Over the years, The Group has grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand and now operates, or has under development, 45 hotels representing over 11,000 rooms in 26 countries, with 20 hotels in Asia, 11 in The Americas and 14 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 13 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

We are delighted to receive this award, particularly as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our flagship hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.  Over the years, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has grown from a well-respected Asian-based hotel company into a truly global brand,” said Stuart Dickie, Chief Financial Officer for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, who accepted the award on the Group’s behalf. “We believe these awards reinforce the reputation of Hong Kong as a leading world city for international business,” he added.

The Group’s parent company, Mandarin Oriental International Limited, is incorporated in Bermuda and has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, with secondary listings in Bermuda and Singapore. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Limited manages the activities of the Group’s hotels.

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French Michelin-Starred Chef Christopher Hache to Guest-Chef at Vida Rica Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, Macau

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MACAU presents the renowned French chef, CHRISTOPHER HACHE as guest chef at VIDA RICA RESTAURANT from 20 to 24 November 2013. Chef Hache is from the Michelin-starred restaurant, LES AMBASSADEURS at the HÔTEL DE CRILLON in Paris.

The MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MACAU is ideally situated in the heart of Macau’s business, entertainment and high-end retail

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CHRISTOPHER HACHE

districts, offering easy access to all major tourist sites and transport hubs. Both MACAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT and the Macau-China border are only 10 minutes by car, while the HONG KONG-MACAU FERRY TERMINAL is just a short five-minute drive away. From here, Hong Kong’s airport can be directly accessed by ferry in 45 minutes and Central Hong Kong in just one hour. Designed with a tasteful blend of East and West, VIDA RICA RESTAURANT is an all-day dining destination that highlights exquisite French cuisine created by Dominique Bugnand, Director of Culinary Operations and Food & Beverage. Various dim sums, Chinese specialties and Portuguese delicacies are also served to delight. Vida Rica Restaurant is open from 6:30am to 10:30pm daily.

CHEF HACHE was determined to become a chef from a very young age, influenced by his grandmother who cooked for a family-run guesthouse and encouraged by his father who ran a restaurant in the Parisian suburbs. After receiving rigorous academic training in culinary techniques, he began his career working with some of the most outstanding French Michelin-starred chefs, including ERIC BRIFFARD, ALAIN SENDERENS, ERIC FRÉCHON and FRÉDÉRIC ROBERT.

Whilst learning the fundamentals of fine cooking from Chef Eric Briffard at the ELYSÉES DU VERNET, he was inspired by the top-quality, highly creative cuisine served at PALACE DE LA MADELEINE under the reins of Chef Alain Senderens. Later with Chef Eric Fréchon’s team, where his skills were further enhanced, he participated in the tremendous challenge of earning a third Michelin star at LE BRISTOL PARIS. Most recently, he worked alongside Chef Frédéric Robert at the GRANDE CASCADE where he took charge of banquet menus and restaurant development, as well as learnt about management and essentials of profitability.

With his exquisite and diversified culinary creations that have constantly won applause from the most discerning diners, Christopher Hache was only 28 years old when appointed as Head Chef of the centuries-old Hôtel de Crillon. The talented young chef was awarded his first Michelin star one year after he and his team reopened the hotel’s prestigious restaurant, LES AMBASSADEURS in 2010, making him one of the most promising chefs on the global culinary scene.

To indulge in the full range of Chef Hache’s legendary creations, guests can enjoy a six-course degustation set priced at MOP1,288 per person including one glass of MOËT & CHANDON CHAMPAGNE. The exceptional dining journey includes dishes such as SEA BASS CARPACCIO MARINATED IN TAHITIAN VANILLA BEAN OLIVE OIL WITH BAMBOO CLAMS, GREY SHRIMPS AND CRISPY FENNEL, WARM ABALONE CRUSTED WITH OYSTER TARTAR, ROASTED BRESSE PIGEON WITH CARAMELIZED YOUNG ONIONS and QUINCE AND CRISPY HAZELNUT BISCUIT WITH MILK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE AND BANANA-LIME ICE CREAM. Continue reading