Mandarin Oriental to Manage Luxury Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced today that it has signed a management contract to manage, and ultimately brand, the iconic Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Group will take over management of the property starting January 1, 2020. It will be Mandarin Oriental’s second hotel in the United Arab Emirates following the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai in early 2019.

Mandarin Oriental to Manage Luxury Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi

The hotel will be rebranded as a Mandarin Oriental property, following a phased renovation over two years, during which time the hotel will remain open. The work will encompass significant upgrades to guestrooms and recreational amenities, as well as new food and beverage facilities.

The Emirates Palace hotel sits on a 1.3-kilometre private beachfront, featuring 394 guestrooms and suites, 12 restaurants and bars, 40 meeting rooms, a concert grade auditorium and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 2,500 people. Leisure facilities include a marina, two swimming pools, a spa and two fitness centres.

This is a unique opportunity to manage one of the most high-profile properties in the Middle East and will be an excellent addition to our portfolio in the region. We look forward to bringing the Group’s exemplary service standards to Abu Dhabi and to introducing the brand to a new audience,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi is centrally located in the heart of the city, conveniently situated for both leisure and business travellers. The Grand Mosque and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre are a short drive away. The Marina Mall is nearby and the commercial centre of the city is also easily accessed. The hotel is 40 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 90 minutes from Dubai Airport.

The property is owned by Emirates Palace Company, a subsidiary of the government of Abu Dhabi. The hotel, which is a fine example of Arabian design, was conceived to host the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit and remains the preferred venue for several high-profile conferences in the public and private sector. It is also well recognised for welcoming several heads of states, foreign dignitaries and celebrities.

The partnership with Mandarin Oriental represents an important milestone and aims to propel the property’s profile into a new era,” said His Excellency Sultan Dhahi Sultan Al Humairi, Managing Director of Emirates Palace Company (EPCO). “We look forward to a mutually prosperous and fruitful relationship with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group,” he added.

Italian Week at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is delighted to announce a one-of-a-kind culinary collaboration with Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. From January 3 to 10, the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will showcase the creativity of Chef Vincenzo Guarino, Executive Chef at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como during two exclusive starred dinners at Mes’Lalla and an Italian week presenting a special menu available for guests at the Pool Garden restaurant.

Chef Vincenzo Guarino

Promoting authentic cuisine, acclaimed Chef Vincenzo Guarino has been awarded one Michelin star in 2019 for L˜Aria, the resort’s fine dining restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como. This prestigious distinction confirms the great Chef’s talent in marrying high-quality ingredients, precise techniques and inspiring flavours and aromas to produce a multi-sensory experience that pays homage to traditional Mediterranean cuisine and brings it to life.

Vincenzo Guarino’s passion for the culinary arts started at a young age. After attending culinary school, the Chef honed his skills at Michelin-starred establishments both in Italy and abroad. Over the course of his career, Vincenzo Guarino has worked alongside celebrated chefs such as Gualtiero Marchesi in Capri and, in 2019 Chef Guarino took on a new challenge as Executive Chef of the new Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como.

Mes’Lalla Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

During this Italian week, diners can enjoy two exclusive dinners in the cosy atmosphere of the Mes’Lalla restaurant on January 3rd and 4th. The seabass and re-imagined eggplant parmigiana are just two of the delightful dishes on offer.

Mes’Lalla Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

From January 5 to 10 , Lake Como will take over the Pool Garden restaurant and surprise guests with a varied menu offering Mediterranean delights such as the unmissable octopus “Alla Luciana” and the “Acquapazza” seabream.

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Mandarin Oriental, New York Celebrates the Holiday Season with an Array of Festive Packages

Mandarin Oriental, New York invites guests to make it a cheerful holiday season at one of Manhattan’s favorite celebration destinations. Guests of all ages will enjoy the Five-Star property’s festive assortment of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve offerings. A stunning fusion of modern design with stylish Oriental flair, Mandarin Oriental, New York features 244 elegant guestrooms and suites — all with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Five-Star hospitality. Luxurious amenities include Asiate, the hotel’s elegant restaurant; MObar created by noted interior designer, Tony Chi; the Lobby Lounge with dramatic views of Central Park; a 14,500-square-foot, Five-Star Mandarin Oriental Spa; and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a 75-foot lap pool.  In addition, there is premium meeting and event space, including a 6,000-square-foot pillar-less ballroom with three walls of windows overlooking Central Park. Located in Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center, Mandarin Oriental, New York is in an idyllic location just steps away from world-class dining, shopping and entertainment, including the Broadway Theater District, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Time Warner Center’s collection of upscale retail shops and restaurants.

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I Love a Parade Package

Experience a bird’s eye view of the famous Thanksgiving Day Parade from Mandarin Oriental, New York’s ballroom with the I Love a Parade package. Rates begin at USD 1,125 per night and include exclusive access to the Mandarin Ballroom’s Thanksgiving Party to watch the parade, a two-night stay and a festive welcome amenity. The I Love a Parade package is valid from November 25 to 28, 2014 and is based on availability plus taxes and gratuities.

Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows Package 

Enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to experience a favorite New York City holiday tradition with Mandarin Oriental, New York’s Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows package. Guests will enjoy a personal tour of the iconic Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows along Fifth Avenue with one of the store’s visionary designers and learn about the inspiration behind this year’s theme. Following the tour, guests are invited for a personal shopping experience at Bergdorf Goodman’s “Trim the Tree” holiday installation on the Seventh Floor and an intimate dinner for two guests at BG Restaurant. A perfect way to round out the festivities, guests will enjoy two nights at Mandarin Oriental, New York in a Premier Central Park View Suite and the special Nutcracker Tea in the Lobby Lounge. The Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows package is valid from November 17 to December 24, 2014 with rates beginning at USD 4,800 for a two-night stay. Additional nights may be booked at Best Available Rates. The package is based on double occupancy, limited in availability and subject to applicable taxes and gratuities.

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Capture the Spirit of the Season Package 

Families are invited to create a lasting snapshot of their holiday visit to New York City with Mandarin Oriental, New York’s Capture the Spirit of the Season package. Experience a private two-hour tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art photography exhibitions led by guides from Art Smart, designers of engaging, personalized museum tours. Following a lesson on perspective from the Art Smart guide, families will then tour the city’s holiday sights in the comfort of a luxury SUV. The Capture the Spirit of the Season package is available from December 1 to December 31, 2014 with rates beginning at USD 3,100 for a two-night stay for two adults and two children under 12. Additional nights may be booked at Best Available Rates. The package is subject to availability and applicable taxes and gratuities.

New Year’s Eve Gala Package 

Mandarin Oriental, New York’s New Year’s Eve Celebration package is the ultimate grand finale to 2014. The evening begins upon arrival to a luxurious guestroom or suite featuring breathtaking views of Manhattan. New Year’s festivities commence on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 with the annual New Year’s Eve Gala in the Mandarin Ballroom on the hotel’s 36th floor. The elegant black-tie evening features an open bar cocktail hour, a multi-course dinner with gourmet delicacies and live musical performances that will have guests dancing their way into the New Year. Rates for the New Year’s Eve Celebration package begin at USD 6,200 and include accommodations for two nights in a guestroom or suite for check-in on December 30 or 31, 2014, two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Gala and daily American breakfast for two guests. Additional nights may be booked at Best Available Rates. The package is based on double occupancy and is subject to applicable taxes and gratuities. For information on purchasing individual tickets to the New Year’s Eve Gala, please call +1 (212) 805 8915.

Gift Cards

Delight loved ones with the gift of legendary experiences this holiday season with a Mandarin Oriental Gift Card. Gift Cards may be purchased at Mandarin Oriental, New York or by visiting http://www.mandarinoriental.com/gift-cards.

For reservations, please call +1 (212) 805 8800 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com.

Mandarin Oriental Celebrates the Holidays with Enticing Offers from Across the U.S.

In celebration of the holidays, Mandarin Oriental invites travelers to enjoy a range of festive delights from the Group’s hotels in the U.S. From coast to coast, guests can select from exclusive packages and inspired offerings designed for those looking to experience the spirit of the season.

In New York, experience a classic holiday tradition with the Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows package from Mandarin Oriental, New York. Guests will embark on a private tour of the iconic Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows, a personal shopping experience and indulge in a dinner for two at BG Restaurant. A perfect way to round out the festivities, guests will also enjoy two nights in a Premier Central Park View Suite.

Head south to delight in the wonderful world of dancing dolls, mischievous mice and sparkling snowflakes with Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, while basking in luxurious accommodations at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Receive a special behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Fox Theatre including a ‘meet and greet’ with The Nutcracker ballerinas.

Festive family activities abound in San Francisco and Boston this season. From the renowned Ferry Building to historic Ghirardelli Square, many of top attractions in the City by the Bay are within walking distance from Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco. With this perfect starting point, families can enjoy the hotel’s Festive Family Fun package and go on an entertainment-filled holiday adventure which features ice skating at the Embarcadero Center’s Holiday Ice Rink and passes to experience the city’s classic cable cars.

A holiday trip to Boston is not complete without a skate at the famed Frog Pond in the Boston Common. Mandarin Oriental, Boston welcomes families to experience the Hoppin’ Holidays package which includes luxurious overnight accommodations and special kid-friendly amenities such as a mini bathrobe, slippers and an Xbox game console. The package also features Frog Pond admission and ice skate rentals, and a frog-themed packed snack for the family to enjoy.

For those looking to relax and indulge this holiday season, pay a visit to the nation’s capital and experience the new Peppermint Scrub & Massage at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. Guests at The Spa will ensure their holiday glow is extra bright this year with this full-body exfoliation and are sure to leave feeling completely recharged.

One of the best ways to celebrate the season is with food. Mandarin Oriental, Miami invites guests to enjoy lavish holiday menus perfectly paired with sweeping bay and city views. Savor the authentic flavors of Peruvian cuisine at La Mar by Gastón Acurio and the very best of French-Asian fusion at Azul. Chic new MO Bar + Lounge will set the stage for a high-energy New Year’s Eve party with sumptuous offerings including the VIP package, providing plush table seating, an opulent seafood platter and Piper-Heidsieck champagne.

Ring in the New Year at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. The Forbes Triple Five Star resort is delighted to welcome back three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire to his only restaurant in the US, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. Enjoy an exclusive dinner and celebrate 2015 at the New Year’s Eve Gala with prime seating to view The Strip’s fireworks show.

New Year’s Eve Celebration: Ring In The New Year With Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Boston invites locals and visitors alike to raise a glass and celebrate the New Year in style.

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Celebrate the New Year in true VIP style at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. An intimate, luxurious hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Boston combines classic New England elegance with refined Oriental touches to create one of the most distinctive hospitality experiences in the region.  Awarded both Forbes Five-Stars and AAA Five-Diamonds, Mandarin Oriental, Boston features 148 guestrooms and suites over 14 floors, delighting its guests with the finest facilities and service, innovative dining experiences and an unparalleled holistic Five-Star awarded spa.  A short, 15-minute drive to Logan International Airport, Mandarin Oriental, Boston connects guests to the city’s finest shopping, cultural venues and business institutions from its prime location in the heart of the chic Back Bay on Boylston Street.

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Celebrate Christmas and New Year at Mandarin Oriental, Macau

Mandarin Oriental, Macau

Mandarin Oriental, Macau

To celebrate this festive season in style, Mandarin Oriental, Macau has lined up delightful menus, themed afternoon teas, and gorgeous goodies and hampers, all designed by DOMINIQUE BUGNAND, DIRECTOR OF CULINARY OPERATIONS AND FOOD & BEVERAGE. The award-winning Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Macau has also prepared special hampers featuring the most popular aromatherapy products of all times for guests to further pamper their loved ones. In addition, photo opportunities abound in the hotel, which highlights both a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and a visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Restaurant Vida Rica-01 At the hotel’s signature Vida Rica Restaurant, diners can enjoy a sumptuous six-course Christmas Eve dinner and an exquisite four-course Christmas Day dinner. Menu highlights include duck liver terrine with Gluehwein reduction, blue lobster with caviar, and pan-seared wild sea bass with champagne risotto. The Christmas Eve dinner is priced at MOP1,088 per person, and the Christmas Day dinner set is MOP 788 per person. Champagne and wine pairings are available, and diners who order the set menus will receive a complimentary glass of Gluehwein and specially prepared “goodies pouch” of assorted festive sweets.

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Vida Rida Restaurant Bar

To mark New Year’s Eve, Vida Rica Restaurant is offering an extravagant eight-course spread at MOP1,350 per person which includes a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne. The delectable dishes on this menu include langoustine consommé with sea urchin and charcoaled abalone, and char-grilled smoked Wagyu beef strip loin with Perigord black truffle. At the chic Vida Rica Bar, which boasts stunning views of Macau Tower and the city’s waterfront, a chocolate and tapas afternoon buffet is available on 24, 25 December 2013 and 1 January 2014. Priced at MOP498 per person, the delicious afternoon buffet with its dazzling array of festive fare is a great choice for celebrations with family and friends. Guests looking for a more luxurious experience should not miss out on the chef’s tapas menu, which features a fine selection of delicacies such as Gillardeau oyster, tuna toro confit with Alba white truffle, Beluga caviar, Wagyu beef tartar and a 30-month Iberico ham. This menu is priced at MOP1,488 for two, from 1 to 30 December 2013, between 6pm and 11pm, and MOP1,588 for two on 31 December 2013, from 6pm to midnight. Both options include a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne.

Lobby Lounge

Lobby Lounge

As an ideal spot for relaxed meetings and leisure time, Lobby Lounge is serving a festive afternoon tea set, featuring a myriad of delicate desserts such as candied Christmas fruitcake and gingerbread sable with Valrhona chocolate ganache, coupled with a choice of freshly-brewed coffee, fine tea or hot chocolate. This menu is available from 1 December 2013 to 7 January 2014 between 2pm and 5:30pm, and is valued at MOP388 for two.

Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop

Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop

Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop helps guests send their seasonal greetings to family, friends and business associates by offering the Mandarin Oriental Deluxe Hamper and Mandarin Oriental Supreme Hamper, priced at MOP2,988 and MOP4,088 respectively. These luxurious hampers include treats like Christmas rum and dried fruitcake, homemade stollen, Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial, and more. Custom-made hampers are also available, as well as Christmas pudding, gingerbread house and Christmas mince pies for those with a craving for festive sweets.

Everyone needs a little pampering, especially during the festive season. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Macau’s Radiant Face & Body Spa Hamper and Revitalising Body Spa Hamper, both priced at MOP1,998, are packed with therapeutic delights that will help relax and rejuvenate the body and mind, which are perfect for lovers of beauty and skincare. Prices are subject to 10% service charge, except for gourmet hampers and takeaway items. Prices of the spa hampers are subject to 5% government tourism tax.

For reservations, please call Vida Rica Restaurant at +853 8805 8918, Vida Rica Bar at +853 8805 8928, Lobby Lounge at +853 8805 8938, Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop at +853 8805 8948 and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Macau at +853 8805 8588. Mandarin Oriental, Macau is ideally situated in the heart of Macau’s business, entertainment and high-end retail 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.

Learn Original Czech Glass-Making at the Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Designed for families and travellers seeking something educative and truly out of the ordinary, Mandarin Oriental, Prague’s SECRETS OF CZECH GLASS-MAKING PACKAGE provides entertainment through this celebrated Czech tradition. The two-night package offers guests luxurious accommodation in the inspiring ambience of this once Dominican monastery, as well as a glimpse inside Anezka, the private workshop of one of the most famous Czech architects and designers – Bořek Šípek, who has won many design awards and has repeatedly exhibited works at world famous exhibitions.

The MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PRAGUE is an intimate hotel located in a former Dominican monastery set amidst the palaces and gardens of Prague’s historic Malá Strana district.

The MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PRAGUE is an intimate hotel located in a former Dominican monastery set amidst the palaces and gardens of Prague’s historic Malá Strana district.

Professor Bořek Šípek is a cosmopolitan architect and designer. He taught design at universities in Hannover, Essen and later, in Prague for many years, and has worked for the prestigious Italian design company, Driade. Šípek has won many design awards, repeatedly exhibited works at world famous exhibitions and continues to collaborate with some of the best design companies.
Ideally situated for exploring the city’s best offerings, Mandarin Oriental, Prague provides a comfortable and relaxing retreat with Mandarin_Oriental_Hotel_Group_black_logoluxurious rooms and stylish dining options. Set amidst the picturesque Malá Strana neighbourhood and steps away from the famed Charles Bridge, the calm ambience of this one-time monastery inspires guests to enrich their knowledge about Czech traditions and hidden charms.

Guests who book this package will be comfortably transported by limousine to the Anezka in Novy Bor, and welcomed with a glass of Czech sparkling wine. A guide will provide a tour and lecture on glass-making and the specifics of Czech designs. There will also be an interesting show of glass master teamwork and those who wish to, will also have the opportunity to blow glass with the glass masters. The trip concludes with an Asian lunch at Šípek’s gallery restaurant, Kokoro.

Valid year-round, the SECRETS OF CZECH GLASS-MAKING PACKAGE is available from EUR917 and includes:
Two nights in a luxury Deluxe room
Daily breakfast at Essensia restaurant
Return limousine transfer to Anezka glass factory in Novy Bor
Private tour of the Anezka glass factory with a welcome drink and optional glass-blowing
Lunch at Šípek’s design restaurant Kokoro in Novy Bor
Keepsake from designer Bořek Šípek

The package is subject to availability. Rates are based on double occupancy and a stay of two consecutive nights, and are inclusive of service charge and tax. The Secrets of Czech Glass-Making package can be booked via Reservation department at +420 233 088 888 or via e-mail on moprg-reservations@mohg.com.

Guests are also welcome to unwind and recover from this exciting day at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, which offers a wide range of treatments where East and West blend in harmony to soothe both body and soul.