Friday, June 6, 2003
Luxury Living: Mandarin Oriental
Looking for a Luxury Living getaway without leaving South Florida? We've got just the place...an exclusive destination that's winning big awards. We'll take you there.
(WSVN) -- Service...service...service....that's what separates Miami's Mandarin Oriental from the rest....and that's why this hotel, and it's restaurant Azul, is a triple a five diamond destination....the only place in South Florida to earn the coveted travel award.
Mandarin Oriental General Manager, Jorge Gonzalez says, "Luxury it's very important you understand luxury...
Belkys: "Oh I understand it darling the problem is I don't get enough of it Jorge...but I understand it completely...
Jorge adds, "Luxury is something that has to be handled with tender loving care because it doesn't just happen by itself.."
But it's happening for celebrities like John Travolta, will smith and Sean P-Diddy Combs who love it here....
And what's not to love, plush rooms starting at about 400 bucks a night...
Not one but two great restaurants.
And the spa --- don't get me started on the spa...during my visit I had the Mandarin's signature Balinese synchronized massage in one of the VIP suites.
"I feel better already and they haven't even done anything yet...what's in this tea exactly..."
It starts with a foot ritual...sea salts and restorative oils get rubbed in to help you relax.
"The oil is supposed to balance my emotions...pour more in there ok..."
Then two sets of hands rub away all the stress in your body in a Zen like atmosphere....
No wonder Christy Turlington is a fan ---
And as of now -- I am too..
From the rub down it was time for a good stretch with a Thai massage...if this one's good enough for Jennifer Lopez then it's good enough for me...
My new best friend, Jongrak the therapist, twisted and turned me in more ways than I thought were possible...
"I think I can join the circus after this..."
It looks like it hurts but trust me she stretches just enough to put you in a deep relaxation zone...
Mandarin Oriental Spa Manager, Osa Mallo says, "Mandarin Oriental has been able to build a beautiful combination of spa facilities of course with expertly designed treatments they blend the cultures from all over the world.."
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel-- it may be a 5 diamond resort
But it gets a gold star from me...
Now's your chance to experience a little luxury for less...the Mandarin is offering special rates for Florida residents through September...they include some meals and deals on spa treatments...
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Fantastic Florida Escape Package
500 Brickell Key Drive
Fantastic Florida Escape Pkg Through September:
From $229 Dollars
20 Percent Off Spa Treatments