Sun is back in Paris. The occasion for luxury hotels to open their garden-terrace. The Mandarin-Oriental, which is to celebrate its first anniversary, decided to animate it with a jazz quartet, on some dates.
Jazz but also blues, Latin and African rhythms … Music lovers will also be able to have a taste of the new cocktail “Springtime In Paris”, offered by the Bar 8, under the shade of the bushes. The bar with golden and silver drops also launches its street-food offer, Thierry Marx’s speciality.
The Chef, Restaurant Director, also oversees the “Camélia”, and its said accessible food, ideal for lunchtime (45 euros menu in 45 minutes). For a relaxing lunch, try to book the “Garden Table”, with its raised great round sofa. The menu is more colourful to fit the season : “Black tea infused langoustines, green pea ravioli, plum tomato and burrata » …
Gourmets are welcomed at the « Sur Mesure » (42 seats). A true “haute-couture” cocoon, white and quiet, dressed with a light well. The doubled starred food, which claims to be “techno-emotional”, is made of tradition and innovation: “Iceberg Tomato”, “Soy Risotto”, “Oeuf Eclat”… (from 75 to 180 euros for the menu). The plates designed by the agency Jouin-Manku here become haute-couture jewellery: French porcelain with white and gold shades, a symbol of purity and timelessness.
A beehive on the roof
The palace will soon harvest its own honey, having settled beehives on its roof at the end of April, and thus contributing to protect the bees, which are not affected by Paris’ insecticides. Regarding the care to preserve the environment, Mr Chapalain drew attention to the “High Environmental Quality” certification the Mandarin Oriental received for the building construction, the management style, the waste sorting and the purchasing policy.
Little gifts at the spa
For Mother’s Day, the customers of the spa (900m²) can be offered by their loved ones the “Paris Passion” treatment, lasting 3 hours and 20 minutes, which ends with a Guerlain facial treatment, the “Orchidée Impériale”. For the purchase of this gift between May 21st and June 3rd 2012, the hotel will offer the new “Rouge Automatique” lipstick by Guerlain, partner of the Mandarin.
Fathers are not forgotten. For each purchase of a “Mandarin Oriental Signature” treatment between the 4th and the 17th of June, they will leave with an Aromatherapy Associates gel.
The couture state of mind
The Mandarin Oriental Paris is part of the eponymous group, mostly settled in Asia, that wishes to reach 45 hotels in 10 years. Also present in the United States, it has just announced a new luxurious decoration for its San Francisco’s palace to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Next year, it will settle in Milan. In France, the hotel, built in four years, is resolutely Parisian and modern unlike the historical palaces of the capital. Due to its 1930′s architecture, the Mandarin has been inspired by the creativity of this period in the world of women’s fashion or by photography, with embroidered butterflies, emblems of the hotel, as a main thread. Those inspirations can be found in the rooms and suites, with the Man Ray style, from the famous American photograph who lived in Paris in the 1930′s. If they are all uniquely arranged and decorated, the rooms have in common the luxurious decoration and the “couture state of mind” : taupe silk cushions, embroidered taffeta, silk-threads carpets, mosaic and white marble in the bathrooms (from 950 euros per night). The suite intended for great personalities reaches 350m² with a bar, a fitness room and a terrace with a breathtaking view over Paris’ rooftops, the Garnier Opera, the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower (20 000 euros per night).
Nathalia Bienvenu-Kapferer, May 2012
Photos credits : PLL and Le Mandarin Oriental Paris for the “Garden” and the “Garden Table”
Le Mandarin Oriental : 251, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1er.