Saturday, July 2, 2011

MANDARIN ORIENTAL PARIS OPENS!

kee@fswmag.com

PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHT, THE CITY OF LOVE AND THE CITY WHERE MONEY CAN BUY NEAR EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING, NOW HAS ANOTHER FEATHER IN ITS STAR-STUDDED CAP----THE NEW MANDARIN ORIENTAL HAS NOW OPENED!
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With Eiffel Tower winking in the background, no wonder Paris is the city of romance, more so from your private balcony of the new Mandarin Oriental!
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The glamorous and sleek facade of Mandarin Oriental Paris
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This is the kind of bedroom to rekindle old flames for long married couples or to light new passions!
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The inner courtyard
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The Mandarin Oriental Spa is world class

OF COURSE THIS BEING PARIS AND MANDARIN ORIENTAL BEING THE TOP TWO HOTEL BRANDS IN THE WORLD TOGETHER WITH SHANGRILA, A NEW HOTEL IN PARIS CANNOT BE A HO-HUM PLACE TO HANG YOUR HAT AND JUMP INTO BED.

LOCATED IN RUE ST HONORE, THE FINEST AND MOST INTERESTING SHOPPING IS RIGT AT YOUR DOORSTEP. TURN RIGHT AND YOU SEE FAB BOUTIQUES. TURN LEFT AND YOU SEE FAB BOUTIQUES!

THIS IS THE SORT OF HOTEL I LIKE MOST. NO NEED TO TREK HALF A KILOMETRE TO GET TO THE NEAREST LOUIS VUITTON, CHANEL OR GUCCI.

FOR HIGHCLASS PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU, AHEM, PARIS IS QUITE SMALL AND MANAGEABLE. ALL YOU NEED ARE RUE ST HONORE, AVENUE MONTAIGNE WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE EVEN CLASSIER AS IT IS AN 'AVENUE' WHICH DENOTES STATELINESS AND TREE LINED STREET AND CHAMPS ELYSEES WHICH IS CONVENIENTLY NEXT TO EACH OTHER.

IN FACT, YOU CAN WALK FROM MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PASS BUDDHA BAR AND YOU ARE WITHIN THROWING DISTANCE TO AVENUE MONTAIGNE. TAXIS ARE PLENTIFUL BUT IT DEPENDS ON YOUR FENG SHUI HOW LONG YOU NEED TO WAIT TO JUMP INTO ONE. ALLOCATE 1 MINUTE TO 30 MINUTES! AND THEY CAN BE CRANKY. THEY NORMALLY DON'T ALLOW ANY PASSENGER IN THE FRONT SEAT SO IF THERE ARE FOUR OF YOU, START BEGGING. I ONCE SAT IN THE FRONT SEAT AND STARTED TO COMB MY HAIR AND GOT A SCOLDING AS THE TAXI DRIVER FEARED I WOULD SHOWER HIS CAB WITH DANDRUFF! PLUS BROKEN HAIR! AND MY HAIR IS STRONGER THAN STRONG!

AS MANDARIN ORIENTAL OPENED LAST MONTH IN MAY, IT IS OFFERING A SPECIAL DEAL---875 EUROS (RNM 3,633 OR SO) WHICH IS PRICEY BUT YOU GET 300 EUROS CREDIT PER DAY FOR YOU TO DINE, WINE AND ENJOY THE SPA. AN EFFECTIVE BUT SNEAKY WAY OF FORCING YOU TO PAY IN ADVANCE FOR FOOD, DRINKS AND SERVICES! BUT YOU WOULD BE TRYING OUT THE HOTEL'S RESTAURANTS ANYWAY SO THIS IS OK. YOU WOULDN'T BE STAYING HERE AND EATING AT 'QUICK' WOULD YOU? 'QUICK' IS THE FRENCH EQUIVALENT TO MCDONALD.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PARIS MAKES ITS DEBUT


Jean-François Legaret, Mayor of Paris’ first arrondissement joined senior executives from Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Société Foncière Lyonnaise on 28 June 2011 to officiate at the opening of Mandarin Oriental, Paris, bringing the Group’s legendary service and elegance to the City of Light. An opening ceremony and ribbon cutting marked the official debut of the stunning new 138-room hotel located on famed rue Saint Honoré.

During the ceremony, Philippe Leboeuf, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Paris stated:I am very proud to be at the helm of this wonderful ship, and to carry the values of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. A hotel is most importantly about those who work there, and we are extremely honoured to have been able to recruit a wonderful team, diverse both in culture and professional background. We look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s levels of award-winning service to Paris”.

Christoph Mares, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Director of Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa added: “We are delighted to inaugurate today the latest Mandarin Oriental hotel in the heart of Paris, one of the world’s premier destinations. This opening marks a major step in the growth strategy of our Group”.

Bertrand Julien -Lafferière, CEO of the board of owning company Société Foncière Lyonnaise added, ‘The Société Foncière Lyonnaise is very pleased to have facilitated the opening in Paris of one of Mandarin Oriental’s most strategic properties in its international portfolio.’

To celebrate the opening, Mandarin Oriental, Paris is offering an enticing opening package, ‘J’aime Paris. Available from 17 July to 28 August 2011 each reservation includes a cash credit of EUR 300 for any room reservation, or EUR 500 for suite reservations. These credits may be redeemed on rooms or at the spa, bar or one of the restaurants. A minimum length of stay may be required on certain dates.

About Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Mandarin Oriental, Paris is ideally situated in the heart of the city’s entertainment and high-end retail districts, offering easy access to all major tourist sites and the city’s business centre. The original, magnificent Art Deco façade of this luxury hotel has been beautifully complemented by chic, contemporary interiors, making this the most luxurious, glamorous, and truly Parisian experience in the city.

The hotel’s 138 luxurious rooms are some of the largest in Paris, providing elegance, comfort, space and light. The design combines Parisian sophistication, with art deco details and oriental touches. The hotel has worked with the foremost international names in architecture and design.

The architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte supervised the renovation of the building, facade and patio. Sybille de Margerie imagined the interior design and decoration of the rooms, spa and public spaces, while Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku lent their talent to the bar and restaurants. The hotel's indoor garden of oriental inspiration was created by Wilmotte & Associés, in association with the landscape artists François Neveux and Bernard Rouyer.

Mandarin Oriental, Paris offers a choice of two restaurants and bar along with a delightful cake shop all brilliantly led by Executive Chef and Culinary Director Thierry Marx: Sur Mesure, a haute-couture restaurant for 40, Camélia, serving light French cuisine, and the vibrant Bar 8, which is set to be the place to ‘see and be seen’.

The hotel has a holistic Spa at Mandarin Oriental complete with a 14m swimming pool, a comprehensive fitness centre and a range of stylish event space.

About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world's most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, 41 hotels representing over 10,000 rooms in 26 countries, with 18 hotels in Asia, 12 in The Americas and 11 in Europe and Middle East. In addition, the Group operates, or has under development, 12 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.