First off, the two-night-minimum entry level package is the the Golden Celebration, which basically ensures a bottle of champagne upon check-in, a $50 spa credit, and a VIP secret gift. (Mandatory for any self-respecting jetsetter, no?) Rates start from $567 US per night (service fee not included), which honestly isn’t bad at all for Hong Kong.
We suggest the next-level package which is the Fantastic and 50 and includes VIP airport transfer service, a retro-glamourous dinner by exec chef Uwe Opocensky, Golden Sparkling Body Treatment for two in the Mandarin Spa, champagne breakfast, a 1963 port flight at former gentlemans-club The Chinnery, and an engraved silver tankard to bring home and drink out of like a BOSS whenever you watch medieval-themed cable dramas in the future. Two-night minimum, starting from $2,566 the first night and $1,276 for any following nights. 10% service fee not included.
Immediately after check-in, we’d basically move into the spa and live there for the rest of our stay. Because the Golden Sparkling Body Treatment is just the first of many treatments specially created to make guests feel like a million bucks. There’s also the Gold Finger mani, the Golden Utopia anti-aging facial, and a Mimosa Champagne Seasonal Pedicure…because even head-to-toe gold gets old without a little sparkle. Drink champagne while soaking your pampered tootsies in fresh oranges, and then do a Champagne grapes exfoliation. Delicious!
Food-wise, we’re loving that Chef Uwe is doing a whole menu of classic 1963 throwback dishes with a modern twist. Bring on the Julia Childs-inspired sexiness! Bring on the “Fruit Loops 2013,” though we are certain it bears no resemblance to actual Fruit Loops. Bring on the Krug…in the Krug Room, natch. A champagne theme always works.
Oh, and ladies: Follow our lead and demand an excellent table in the Chinnery, if only because up until the 1990s you wouldn’t have been allowed in here. To commemorate the 50th , legendary port producer Taylors has done a limited-edition Single Harvest Tawny just for the Chinnery. In honor of the chinless wonders who once congregated here, we say you should lift a glass and toast... yourself, for bringing the sexy to this bar.
All these special experiences, plus many more, plus celebrity culinary and wellness specialist bookings, can be perused on the Special Promotions menu.
Oh, and you know the rule in places like this: If you have to keep asking the prices, you probably can’t afford it.
[Photos: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong]