Living Atop a Renowned Hotel Provides Unique Luxury Amenities

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Condé Nast Traveler recently selected Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta as one of the top 30 hotels in the south, praising its in-house restaurants and spa as well as the hotel’s proximity to shopping and relaxed, upscale feel so close to a major road.

Residents in the hotel’s luxury condos enjoy the same amenities that come with living in an urban oasis, including an on-site spa, wellness studio and several posh restaurants and bars. They have access to concierge and a first rate food and beverage staff, and can easily walk to the best shopping in the city of Atlanta.

It’s no surprise that these condos are selling quickly; The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta combine the best of two worlds. Residents enjoy privacy and sweeping views in their homes, and have a staff ready to cater to their needs simply a phone call away.

Q&A with Mixologist Lauren Bryson

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Living at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta gives residents access to a top-tier food and beverage staff, as well as several upscale restaurants and bars merely an elevator ride away. In addition, the mixologists at The Café & Bar offer cocktail making classes for individuals or small groups seeking to learn to craft their favorite cocktail while enjoying canapés with their creations.

We spoke with mixologist Lauren Bryson on her approach to craft cocktails.

 

What started you on your path to becoming a mixologist?

Bryson: I have worked in restaurants and bars for several years now, always trying to expand my beverage knowledge and learn the art of making a great cocktail. When I began working at the Mandarin Oriental, I realized our guests appreciated a more sophisticated and creative approach to their drinks, which challenged me to take what I’ve learned and begin to use traditional recipes and elevate and modernize them to set our bar apart.

 

What sets an excellent cocktail apart from a good cocktail?

Bryson: The difference between a good cocktail and a great cocktail is staying true to the classic recipes that have stood the test of time and staying within those parameters and flavor profiles. When setting out to create new and innovative cocktails, one of the hardest things to learn is that more ingredients does not mean a better drink. As with food, keeping it simple and flavorful is key.

 

What’s your favorite cocktail to make at home?

Bryson: At home, I keep it very straightforward and simple. Having a good quality vodka and a nice bourbon/whiskey on hand opens up several options based on what you have hanging around in your kitchen, whether it be fresh fruit and fruit juices, or your favorite soda. However, every now and then I like to infuse a really nice syrup and play around with what I have at home to make something fun especially while entertaining friends or family.      

 

What’s different about working at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta as opposed to a traditional bar?

Bryson: What sets Mandarin apart from a traditional bar is the guest experience from start to finish. Here you receive a level of luxury service that is rarely found in bars, paired with quality, fresh ingredients and a thoughtfully crafted cocktail menu. Our guests expect a high-quality product, and even higher quality service, which keeps us at our best every night.

 

What’s your favorite hors d’oeuvre to enjoy with a cocktail?

Bryson: Pairing food with drink goes far beyond just wine, and there are great opportunities to create some nice flavor profiles with cocktail pairings. When I’m drinking something heavier like bourbon, sliders or anything off the grill hold up nicely. For something lighter like a vodka or gin-based drink, you can’t go wrong with fruit and cheese or some fresh shrimp and scallops.

Classes will be about one-and-a-half hours long, and students will create three cocktails. Pricing starts at $120 per guest, and classes can be held at the resident’s home for an additional charge.

Residents Can Enjoy a Homemade Thanksgiving from a Five-Star Hotel Culinary Team

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One of the perks that comes with living atop a luxury hotel is having a world-class food and beverage staff merely an elevator ride away. The culinary team is happy to provide catering for any event a resident can dream of, making The Residences at Mandarin, Oriental perfect for entertaining a group of any size.

This Thanksgiving, the culinary staff at the Mandarin Oriental is offering a special three-course in-residence menu for condo dwellers including classic turkey, stuffing and cranberry chutney as well as pumpkin pie. For residents desiring a non-traditional holiday, the food and beverage staff is happy to create a customized menu for an intimate or elaborate gathering.

To view this year’s menu, click here.

Buckhead Offers Outdoor Gathering Spaces in a Bustling Urban Center

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The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are located in the busy urban area of Buckhead, where shopping, dining and office skyscrapers abound. However, residents looking to enjoy beautiful fall weather need not look outside of their neighborhood: Buckhead offers several outdoor options for exercise and fresh air without leaving the city.

 

Chastain Park

By far the largest park in Atlanta, Chastain Park is home to concerts, a golf course, recreational sports leagues and plenty of people exercising and picnicking. It’s easily accessible from Buckhead and provides a green oasis in the midst of a concrete jungle.

 

Tanyard Creek Park

At the moment, Tanyard Creek Park is home to the northernmost stretch of the Atlanta BeltLine, and the 1-mile path winds over a lovely creek and through the green park, providing an area for runners and walkers to feel at one with nature right off Peachtree Street.

 

PATH400

An award-winning trail running parallel to the interstate, PATH400 offers a safe, car-free outdoor running and walking space for Buckhead residents. The tree-lined trail will eventually be over five miles long and connect to the Atlanta BeltLine.

 

Atlanta Memorial Park

A spot known best for top tier tennis and golf facilities, Atlanta Memorial Park also offers two hundred acres of green space perfect for running or relaxing. A creek runs through the property, which is currently undergoing renovations to plant more trees and preserve the park for the future.

Residents Can Relax and Rejuvenate at a Detox Retreat with Tammy Stokes

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Spots are filling up quickly for the Fall Detox Retreat at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Nov. 7 with fitness guru and nutritionist Tammy Stokes of West Coast Workout, who we spoke with last month. The full-day retreat will include several fitness classes using Tammy’s celebrity-approved methods, from yoga to barre to cardio, juices and soups made with superfoods to refuel after exercising, and a fifty-minute spa treatment. The day ends with a workshop where participants will learn how to live their healthiest life with Tammy, after which they will leave renewed and refreshed.

The cost of the full-day retreat is $285. For reservations and more information, visit the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s website.

Karen Rodriguez on Why Atlanta is Not at Risk for a Housing Bubble

Karen Rodriguez, leader of the sales team at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, recently wrote an article for the Atlanta Business Chronicle on why Atlanta is not at risk for a housing bubble. Drawing on her experience as a luxury condo realtor, Karen outlines five reasons why despite rising prices, another housing bubble is not on the horizon: lack of inventory, strict lending practices, largely affordable prices, rising interest rates and lack of “flippers.”

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To read about the state of the Atlanta housing market and probability of a bubble, read Karen’s piece in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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.

 

Condos & Townhomes: Demand For Different Housing Options Continues To Grow by Kathy Dean for Atlanta Intown.

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“’The new construction condo market has given buyers the opportunity to purchase a product that was previously unavailable in Atlanta,’ [Anne] Schwall said. ‘These condominium projects offer buyers more square footage and outdoor space, enticing those homeowners looking to leave behind the maintenance and upkeep of a larger, single family home to simplify their lifestyle without sacrificing indoor and outdoor living space.’”

 

Serious Art Lovers Design Homes Around Their Collections by Candace Jackson of the Wall Street Journal.

Excerpt:

“The intensity has ratcheted up as values of both high-end art and high-end real estate rise. Royce Pinkwater, founder and CEO of a high-end global real-estate company that consults with homeowners on home renovation and design, says in the past five years she’s seen an uptick in clients who are highly focused on displaying very valuable collections. ‘Art and property are the two top hard-asset classes people are investing in most now,’ she says.”

 

Technology Booms, Steady Prices Lead To Surge In Property Sales by Forrest Cardamenis of Luxury Daily.

Excerpt:

“The market for high-end real estate has changed drastically over the past decade, and differences between boomers and millennials play a considerable role in influencing current trends. After a brief post-recession rebound in recent years, the luxury real estate market is now settling into steadier pace that will require professionals to cater to millennials’ new preferences.”

Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Residents and other Atlantans are encouraged to join Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta this month for an exciting array of promotions benefitting the American Cancer Society. From pink cocktails to relaxing spa treatments, Mandarin will be introducing luxurious ways to ‘think pink’ this October.

TopCocktailRecipe.com - Spiked Strawberry Iced TeaThe award-winning spa will be offering a Mind, Body & Pink treatment including a body scrub and a head, neck and scalp massage designed to release blocked energy and encourage relaxation and serenity. At The Café & Bar, the chic restaurant in the high-rise will offer a special pink cocktail menu including Pretty in Pink, a vodka drink enhanced by pomegranate and lychee, and the Strawberry Splash made with champagne, strawberries, lemon and cranberry juice.

Lastly, residents are invited to participate in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 24.

For more information, visit the hotel’s website at mandarinoriental.com/atlanta/.