Restaurant Round-Up

Kyma-Entrance 2The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are located in the heart of the bustling Buckhead neighborhood, a shopping and dining mecca. The center of Atlanta’s burgeoning food culture, renowned chef-driven restaurants surround the Mandarin Oriental, providing residents with a myriad of culinary options. To showcase the dining experiences Buckhead has to offer, we’ve rounded up the top five must-try restaurants located within a mile of the Residences.

 Bone’s

The premier Buckhead steakhouse, Bone’s has received the Best of Atlanta Steakhouse award each year for the past sixteen, and they are recognized by Zagat for having the highest rating for food and service of any steakhouse in America. Chef Leonard Lewis has crafted classic a menu of fine steaks and seafood paired with an expansive wine list. 

Seven Lamps

Chef Drew Van Leuven emphasizes quality at his Shops Around Lenox craft restaurant, creating a menu that begins with artisan cheese and cured meats, delves into small plates and continues with four rotating entrees using seasonal ingredients. Unique cocktails with components like pineapple-Szechuan peppercorn, dillweed and chocolate bitters round out the experience.

Kyma 

Kyma’s dazzling interior (pictured) attracts diners, but the upscale Greek fare from Chef Pano Karatassos has cemented it as a Buckhead institution. Traditional Mediterranean dishes like spanakopitas and grilled whole fresh fish join cuttlefish, sweet bread “briam” and a multitude of table spreads combine to create a menu made for seafood lovers.

St. Cecilia

Atlanta legend Ford Fry’s Buckhead mainstay serves up food inspired by the coasts of Italy, Spain and France. Chef Craig Richards’ menu is ingredient-driven and rooted in tradition, featuring a selection of crudo, upscale pasta and proteins paired expertly with seasonal produce.

Aria

Helmed by Chef and Restaurateur Gerry Klaskala, Aria is widely recognized as one of Atlanta’s finest restaurants, serving expertly prepared modern American food. The menu changes nightly, but guests can expect a three-course meal with inspired dishes such as crisped Carolina quail, first of the season zucchini and basil soup, slow braised Kurobuta pork shoulder, and warm chevre cheesecake.

Chinese Buyers Looking for Luxury Real Estate in Atlanta

Due to the availability of EB-5 visas, which allow foreign buyers to obtain a green card through a $1 million investment, luxury real estate has become popular with international buyers. Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood is an ideal destination for Chinese buyers due to its proximity to top-tier schools – many of these investors are purchasing condos now for their children to use in a few years once they reach college – and the general safety of the area. 

Graphic by Inman.
Graphic by Inman.

To capture this audience, the sales team at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, has made their website and collateral available in two forms of Mandarin Chinese, incorporated feng shui blessing ceremonies in select homes, and is working with the local chapter of the National Association of Chinese Americans to partner on events.

 

To read Karen Rodriguez’s Inman piece on this topic, click here.

Q&A with Greer Craig

Photo by Jennifer Morris Photography.
Photo by Jennifer Morris Photography.

 

Beginning in August, the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta will host fitness classes with personal trainer Greer Craig of Go With Greer in our gorgeous English Garden. Residents and guests can experience this total body workout every Saturday at 8 a.m. for $25, rejuvenating themselves and working up a sweat while enjoying the garden atmosphere.

Greer is a personal trainer that specializes in pre- and post-natal, bridal, and partner and group training, as well as nutrition planning and corporate wellness. She also enjoys motivational speaking, encouraging people to take control of their health as a top priority.

We spoke with Greer about her personal fitness mantra and why she’s excited to promote health and wellness at the Mandarin Oriental.

 

What started you on your path to becoming a fitness instructor?

Craig: I’ve been an avid athlete and leader on sports teams my whole life. However, following several life-threatening ankle surgeries in 2008, I found my true calling inspiring others to not take their health for granted and lead them towards their happiest, healthiest self.

What do you do differently than other trainers? What is unique about your fitness classes? 

Craig: I treat the body as a whole and incorporate physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual elements into my training style. My mission is for my clients to achieve their optimal physical health while elevating other aspects of living so they feel empowered and ready to conquer anything life throws at them. I enjoy helping each client feel like a kid again and I always end with a few therapeutic stretches and a happy message.

 

What will be different about teaching at the Mandarin Oriental as opposed to a traditional studio or home environment?

Craig: The experience will feel like a getaway to strengthen the body, mind, and soul. Think of it as a vacation from the everyday grind that will leave you feeling refreshed and powerful.

 

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

Craig: I try and stick to whole foods as much as possible, but on the go I always have a Larabar or Quest Bar on hand – clean, simple ingredients to fill me up and give me lasting energy without weighing me down.

Snapshots of Vibrant Buckhead Atlanta

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, are proud to call Buckhead – one of Atlanta’s most vibrant, exclusive neighborhoods – home. Dating back to the 1830s, Buckhead is not only a shopper’s paradise, but also a walkable area with a myriad of renowned retail and restaurant options from Georgetown Cupcake to Hermès. Located near modern shopping and dining destination Buckhead Atlanta, the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, is at the heart of this bustling community.

Buckhead Atlanta, located about a mile from The Residences, recently opened several high-end luxury stores and chef-driven restaurant concepts. To showcase these upscale restaurants and stores, we have created a neighborhood gallery, featured below.

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Photos L-R:

Buckhead Atlanta, Georgetown Cupcake, Alice + Olivia

Bilbo to Go, Hermès, Corso Coffee

Buckhead Atlanta, The Southern Gentleman, Le Bilboquet

Join Mandarin Oriental for a Summer Garden Q

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Next week, the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, is throwing its first backyard barbecue of the summer in the heart of bustling Buckhead. Experience the beautiful English Garden at the Summer Garden Q, featuring music, barbeque, handcrafted cocktails and local beer on Friday, July 24. The outdoor bash will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., allowing residents to experience the lush gardens firsthand. Local brewery Monday Night Brewing will provide samples of their craft beer while a DJ spins lively summer tunes. Guests can stop by the outdoor bar for refreshing specialty summer cocktails, and enjoy bites of southern-style barbecue. Don’t miss out; RSVP by July 22 by emailing moatl-rsvp@mohg.com

Luxury Housing News

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The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta is at the forefront of trends and technology in luxury high-rise living. Below are links to three noteworthy real estate stories that caught our eye recently.

 

· How Fast Internet Affects Home Prices by Ryan Knutson of The Wall Street Journal. 

Excerpt:

“What people want in a home can vary a lot, and values can depend heavily on broader market forces. But real estate professionals say there are certain features that can be a deciding factor—like an extra bathroom or pool. And broadband is starting to figure into that same calculus.”

 

· 7 Hot Trends In The Real Estate Market: Hotel, Condo And Vacation Rental Booms And More by Jeff Collins of The Orange County Register.

Excerpt: 

“The Chinese real estate investment boom keeps getting bigger, as measured by the amount spent buying U.S. homes and investing in U.S. mega-developments. Chinese home shoppers spent $28.6 billion on U.S. homes in the year ending in March, double the amount two years earlier, the National Association of Realtors reported.”

 

· Neighbors and Property Lines: Higher Fees for Higher Floors by Ronda Kaysen of The New York Times.

Excerpt: 

“Residents living in units on the upper floors might use more services than those on the lowest floors, theoretically riding the elevator more, for example. But that is not why they pay more. Those units are considered more valuable because living higher up in a building is considered an amenity. These apartments frequently have better views and better light and are quieter than those on lower floors.”

Q&A With Yoga Instructor Elizabeth Rowan

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At the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, providing an array of luxurious amenities to residents is a top priority. Fitness and wellness are an important part of this feature, and we are proud to partner with renowned yoga instructor Elizabeth Rowan to provide a vinyasa flow class every Saturday in the intimate studio on the property.

Elizabeth teaches yoga at several top Atlanta studios, leads yoga retreats around the world, and has written about yoga and wellness for several publications including the Huffington Post. We spoke with Elizabeth about her path to becoming a yoga instructor, and why practicing at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is unique.

What started you on your path to becoming a yoga instructor?

Rowan: I discovered yoga as a counter to the stresses of corporate life while living and working in Hong Kong. The inner transformation for which yoga is known was soon underway, and I began to pursue a new direction of teaching yoga full-time. Initially hooked on the mind-body balance yoga provides in our modern world, my interest grew to intelligent sequencing, physical adjustments, philosophy and history of the field. I now teach yoga around the world at workshops, conferences and retreats and adore the personal interaction and endless study that comes with living as a teacher.

What is different about practicing yoga at the Mandarin Oriental as opposed to a traditional studio environment? 

Rowan: Classes at the Mandarin Oriental offer the elegance of a beautiful hotel setting with a complete yoga practice. The entire experience is exquisite and serene from the moment I arrive.

What is your favorite yoga pose? 

Rowan: My favorite poses at present involve backbends and chest openers to improve posture, and generate compassion and vulnerability.

The Residences Offer Full-Floor Units with Penthouse-Style Features

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Following the sale of the first full-floor residence at The Residences at The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, construction is underway on Residence 52, a 5,955-square-foot, four-bedroom unit featuring two terraces and 360-degree views of the Atlanta skyline.

The exquisite penthouse-style home will include an expansive master suite, along with four full-baths and two half-baths, a spacious living area, and study with access to one of the outdoor terraces. Its high-end features will include a temperature-controlled wine wall, two hidden large-screen televisions, solid quartzite countertops, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and Provenza Palazzo Verona hardwood floors.

For homeowners who desire a fully customizable home, The Residences are offering two unfinished full-floor units, Residences 49 and 50, for sale. Residence 51 is available for $4.18 million. Contact Karen Rodriguez for more information.