TRAVEL | MANDARIN ORIENTAL MIAMI , HOTEL REVIEW, SPA & DINNER AT LA MAR RESTAURANT
Miami is my favorite city in the whole world. I travel most of my time and in average I spent only one week or even less home in Berlin. I see many places and meet many people and discover different cultures. However, from all the places I have been so far, nothing could beat the Miami vibe. As Miami is such a trendy and cool place, there are also hotspots one shouldn't miss. The Mandarin Oriental Miami is one of those places, one needs to be at when coming to Miami. I discovered the hotel for one day and share my impressions within this article..
The hotel opened in November 2000. Believe it or not it is located on a 44-acre island in one of the trendiest and most popular areas named Brickell Key. It is an urban and luxury neighborhood of Greater Downtown Miami.
The director of communications Alexandra Wensley was so kind to give me a tour and overview of the 326-room waterfront hotel, which is a home for celebrities. Sadly she was unable to show me any rooms, as it was close to Miami swim week and the hotel was fully booked.
The glamorous and elegant designed entrance hall covers a Shanghai Tang boutique and the house owned MO bar and lounge, which is featuring live music and overlooks Biscayne Bay.
The architecture of the Mandarin Oriental Miami is reflecting the signature logo of the Mandarin Oriental hotel group, the fan. The design has influences of Asian luxury. The building has a size of 244 ft. The hotel has thirty-one suites coming in four sizes, from 628 square feet to 2,365 palatial square feet in the ultimate Oriental Suite.
The pool and private beach area are only accessible for guest. However, during my visit I was allowed to also head to these areas and take a rest in the pool and beach area, which has a great service by the way. The beach are provides the hotel guests with a magical view.
Also the pool area is inviting for chilly drinks and a wide space with comfortable day beds and tables for light snacks and lunch.
Guest are provided with complimentary cooled water and supported with a great service team. Various magazines, sun screen protection and other amenities are given. The Mandarin Oriental also offers a fitness center for additional sporty activities.
After spending some time in the beach and pool area I was kindly invited to take a rest in the five star spa, and to be spoiled with a 60 minute massage. Accessible from the pool area it was only a few steps into the spa.
Within the spa a blissful harmony and quietness is given, that made me clam immediately. I was already very excited for my treatment. I have to admit, that I was coping with a lot of stress and long distance flights within the last month and my body was definitely craving for this treatment.
The spa offers various treatments, with durations from 20 minutes up to half day programs with a total duration of 3 hours and 50 minutes.
The spa has a size of 15,000 square-feet and features 11 private treatment rooms, 6 suites and two suites on 3 floors. I was lucky to be booked for a treatment in one of the suites, one of the most beautiful treatment rooms and spas I have ever seen.
After spending the whole day at the mandarin oriental I had a culmination with a dinner invitation for the restaurant la mar. La Mar by Gastón Acurio is a lively waterfront restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Miami, which brings the flavors of Peru to the Five-Star city resort.
Within 245, the restaurant is giving spa for gourmets and fans of good and fresh food. Guests are invited to enjoy their food in- and outdoor. I decided to enjoy my courses outdoor.
I was really surprised, as the chef created a vegan menu for me. Without knowing what I will be served, I allowed the chef to embrace the opportunity to express his creativity and surprise me.
I have to admit, that I mostly stick to the same dishes, as I'm always a little afraid to try new vegan dishes in foreign countries. I take care of a well based diet and sometimes I can be a little picky and difficult.
The chef only knew about a few of my preferences. As he knew I'm vegan, he also had to cope with the fact that I do not eat sugar, gluten and wheat.
I assumed the chef to be prepared for that but honestly never I would have expected such a fantastic menu, as the one that was put together for me.
I felt more than indulged and I wish this day would have never ended. I truly thank the Mandarin Oriental Miami for setting up such a perfect day for me. I will definitely come back in near future to also stay at the hotel.