It may be in the neighbourhood of its glamorous sister, the original Mandarin Oriental, but the Landmark is no slouch. The dramatic glass façade – lit up like a Christmas tree at night – is the first thing you’ll see, and things only get better in the lobby; here, cool marble and plush fabrics add comfort to a contemporary design with distinctive Oriental flourishes.
Set in the heart of Central on Hong Kong Island, the Landmark is a great base for either business or pleasure. Within walking distance of the city’s top boutiques and designer stores, the hotel is also close to happening restaurants and bars, not to mention attractions. Best of all, it’s an easy walk to a host of public transport options, including the Star Ferry terminal, the metro and Hong Kong’s classic “ding ding” trams.
The Landmark Oriental offers some of the largest rooms in Hong Kong, each kitted out with marble bathrooms with sunken tubs, dark-wood furniture and wooden sliding doors. At the top of the range is the Presidential Suite. With 186 square metres to call their own, the rooms feature a private spa, with attendants at your beck-and-call, and a private living area. The Presidential Suite and the Landmark Suite both have city views of the Landmark Atrium. New to the hotel are the six Executive rooms, with an open plan living and bedroom area, walk-in wardrobe, three flat-screen LCD TVs and surround-sound, as well as a large round bathtub. And then there are the views of the Atrium and Queen’s Road.
The Landmark may only be home to two restaurants and bars, but both punch well above their weight in style and substance. With two Michelin stars to its name, Amber serves some of the city’s finest mod-French fare, prepared by notable chef Richard Ekkebus. Enjoy exciting renditions of dishes such as duck foie gras and mieral bresse pigeon in a sleek dining room overhung with a provocative ceiling sculpture. For something slightly less formal, but equally as chic, MO Bar offers all-day dining spread across a double-storey space where there is often live music on offer.
When you’ve sampled all that these have to offer, the Landmark offers a high-tech fitness centre, an 18-metre indoor pool, and a yoga and pilates school.
The Landmark is home to one of Asia’s best spas with an extensive spa menu to ensure that none of the 2,300-square-metre facility goes to waste. There are 15 treatment rooms, including a Sanctuary Suite for couples, and a Roman laconium. There are also a range of vitality pools, an amethyst crystal steam room and Zen relaxation rooms. Our pick? One of the spa’s signature Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, utilising oils specially blended for each guest.