[UPDATE: The Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio at The Oriental Spa, Hong Kong is the first to feature BGA InSoles, tailor made to slot inside your shoes. Studio manager Albin Brion will custom make the insoles to fit your feet and address your specific needs after assessing your posture and weight distribution. Turns out the ballerinas by a very famous designer that Chopstix has been wearing religiously have been terrible for our feet as they provide no support whatsoever.
The insoles are designed for flats rather than heels and we suggest taking a pair that are one size bigger than your usual shoe size – luckily we had pair of Common Projects leather sneakers in our usual size but which tend to fit a size too large. Following the 30 mins consultation your unique insoles will be made in an hour. Wearing them, Bastien says, will result in improved comfort and stability. We certainly found them immediately comfortable and after a month a chronic foot pain has improved.]
The Oriental Spa at the Landmark Mandarin hotel is Chopstix’s favourite spa in Hong Kong. As well as the spacious, gorgeously designed heat and water rooms there’s another reason to love it: Bastien Gonzalez who tends to the talons of celebrities and supermodels has a mani pedi studio here.
The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong
Redesigned suite at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
[UPDATE: To celebrate the reopening of Harvey Nichols at the Landmark, a kitten heel’s throw away from the The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, the hotel is offering VIP access to Harvey Nics including discounts, personal styling, beauty treatments and champagne, sweetie. Stay & Shop at Harvey Nichols is valid from 1 November 2016 until 31 March 2017. Rates start from HKD 5,380: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/landmark/hotel-offers/stay-and-shop-at-harvey-nichols/?kw=HarveyNicholsLMHKG&htl=LMHKG&eng=Oct16Room&src=email&lid=1 ]
There are several good reasons to stay at The Landmark Oriental when you’re in Hong Kong. First there’s the location, slap bang in the centre of the Central district with all the shops and restaurants you could wish for on your doorstep. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the hotel’s Amber, number 38 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Then there’s the brilliant Bastien Gonzalez mani pedi and the spa which is second to none, not just in Hong Kong but any city. And of course the boutique size which makes it feel very personal.
And now there’s another reason: The Landmark has become even swisher with new guest room designs by Joyce Wang.
The new look is softer and a teeny bit more feminine with the feel of those stylish apartments in glamorous 1930s films. Art Deco details are dotted throughout from the cabinets and side tables to the lights and glass screens.
Clever touches include a chic vitrine chiller cabinet in which delectable treats made by executive chef Richard Ekkebus and the Amber team will be left in your room. And the bed headboards are reminiscent of First Class flatbeds on the plane – complete with adjustable reading light.
Wisely, the huge bathrooms with their eye catching circular tubs have been kept as they are with Wang working her magic on the rest of the room.
Thankfully though, Wang has done away with the confusing multi blind system. The result is a pretty near perfect home from home in the heart of Hongkers.
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The Oriental Spa at the Landmark Mandarin hotel is Chopstix’s favourite spa in Hong Kong. As well as the spacious, gorgeously designed heat and water rooms there’s another reason to love it: Bastien Gonzalez who tends to the talons of celebrities and supermodels has a mani pedi studio here. Read more