What: This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel stands as a testament to true Southern luxury. Sporting polished black-and-white marble floors, deep brown leather seating and light gold and cream interiors, the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, features 117 rooms and 10 suites equipped with goose-down bedding, separate baths and walk-in showers, Shanghai Tang bath products and much more. The hotel’s courtyard is a lush oasis, bursting with flowers and featuring a shimmering reflection pool.
When: Atlanta will welcome you with sunny weather nearly all year round. But if downtown traffic gridlock leaves you hot under the collar, the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s 60-foot indoor lap pool will certainly cool you off. At the same time, a visit to The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta for an apricot kernel exfoliation or Ocean and Earth Body Wrap will drain away any stress from the holiday shopping season.
Where: Centrally located in the Buckhead neighborhood (just a 35-minute drive from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport), Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, rests in the heart of one of the city’s toniest neighborhoods. Walk to Lenox Square mall and Phipps Plaza for upscale shopping or take a short drive to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Aquarium and the High Museum of Art.
Why: Slide into one of The Café & Bar’s white leather dining chairs after a packed day of exploring Atlanta’s boutiques or taking in one of the many neighborhood festivals. Dishes such as roasted half chicken and cast-iron pekin duck are succulent main courses while the Sense of Heritage tasting taps into Mandarin Oriental’s Eastern inspiration with ahi tuna sashimi, red duck curry and more.
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