Three Ways to Enjoy Atlanta This Weekend

Need plans this weekend? No need to get stuck in traffic traveling out of town; enjoy all that Atlanta has to offer at one of these summer events. From cocktails in the garden to a top tennis tournament, there’s plenty to do right outside your door.


Cocktails in the Garden

Mix and mingle at the most beautiful cocktail party in the city! Every Thursday through September, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens welcomes guests for a fun-filled evening in the lush setting in the heart of the city from 6 to 10 p.m. Featuring a different area of the magical Garden each month, enjoy specialty cocktails, live music, themed games and activities while exploring The Garden at night during this unique, after-hours social.


Stay Cool at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival 

On Saturday, July 22, Piedmont Park will host the 7th Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival offers a variety of activities for the whole family that showcases how living a balanced lifestyle can include lots of fun. From ice cream eating contests to wellness activities, this is the perfect place to sample sweets and enjoy America’s favorite dessert.


Serve Up Some Fun at the BB&T Atlanta Open

Atlantic Station has once again transformed into a stadium to host the annual BB&T Atlanta Open. July 22 through July 30, catch a game to see some of the world’s best tennis professionals compete for a chance at the title in a one-of-a-kind setting nestled amongst Atlanta’s skyscrapers. This year’s player field is the strongest in tournament history, featuring greats like John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Venus Williams and more. For a true luxury sporting experience, spectators can purchase a Korbel VIP Champagne table to enjoy delicious food and bubbly in an intimate setting courtside.

Dive in to a Match Made in Heaven at The Café & Bar

Need dinner plans this weekend? Join us at The Café & Bar for a Match Made in Heaven! For the month of July, you can enjoy the new Lobster Salad perfectly paired with a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne. The scrumptious salad features Maine lobster tail and claw and is served with frisée, arugula, bacon, shallot, tomato, chervil and green onion topped with oregano dressing and a quail egg.

As an added bonus, guests who indulge in the pairing will also receive a Krug Champagne book detailing the history of the winery. Krug Champagne, which is known for dry, sparkling wines characterized by notes of fresh fruit and citrus, pairs perfectly with the Lobster Salad for a light, summery dinner in the stunning Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta setting.

The hotel is excited to continue its partnership with the luxe French champagne house on the heels of a wonderful Krug Pop Up Garden Party in the stunning English Garden last month.

Priced at $61 a serving, reservations can be made by calling (404) 995-7545 or emailing

Luxury Housing News

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.

Atlanta’s Mandarin Oriental Sells Two Condos For Big Bucks by Phil Hudson for Atlanta Business Chronicle


“Two pads at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta in Buckhead just sold for more than $1.9 million each. Residence 48A, a two bedroom, two and a one-half bath unit, closed for $1.95 million and Residences 35A, a three bedroom, three and a one-half bath unit, closed for $1.98 million.”

Healthy Living the Luxury Condo Way by Beth Landman and Zachary Kussin for New York Post


“Residential developers now incorporate next-level inclusions, as feng shui gardens, as well as nutritionists, built-in aromatherapy and brain fitness for memory and relaxation enhancement – to make physical and mental wellness more of an immersive experience for residents.”

Airbnb Said to Be Planning Tier for Luxury Vacation Rentals by Mark Gurman and Oliva Zaleski for Bloomberg


“Airbnb Inc. is planning to launch a new rental service for mega-homes, mansions and penthouses that will be inspected to ensure they pass muster.”

Top Amenities for Luxury Condo Buyers

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are at the forefront of luxury amenities for high-rise living. According to GROUP KORA’s Karen Rodriguez, below are the most important amenities for today’s luxury condo buyer and how they are demonstrated at The Residences.

Large Terraces

Each Residence boasts at least one oversized, covered terrace. These spectacular outdoor spaces are ideal for entertaining and come fully equipped with a gas grill and fireplace.


Located in the sophisticated uptown Buckhead neighborhood, The Residences put homeowners in the heart of the city’s vibrant culture, food, fashion, art and nightlife. Shop at world-class boutiques, just a short walk away at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.


The Residences offer a haven of complete privacy. A private motor court off Stratford Road allows for discreet arrivals and departures for residents and their guests. Residents also enjoy the use of a separate entrance and lobby, as well as an exclusive parking garage and residents-only elevators with biometric fingerprint access to residences.

Contemporary Finishes

Each Residence is customized in one of three classic styles. From sleek lines of a contemporary aesthetic to an elegantly timeless look, each design reflects a distinct personality with a palette of quality finishes and fixtures that make each home a true one-of-a-kind.

Luxury Lighting Trends Take Shape at The Residences

From the sleek lines of a contemporary aesthetic to an elegantly timeless look, each of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta has a distinct personality with a palette of quality finishes and fixtures. Thoughtful attention to detail infuses each room with the warm glow of expert craftsmanship. Below are a few lighting trends approved by the industry’s top publications and how they are incorporated at The Residences.

Bursting Bulbs

Elle Décor claims that Bursting Bulb chandeliers, similar to this one at The Residences, are the perfect way to add sparkle to your modern home year-round. These fun light fixtures are the perfect way to add a little fun to any room.

Break Tradition with Bronze

The Washington Post says luxury homes are breaking with tradition and ditching delicate, crystal chandeliers that are too fussy for modern needs. Instead, designers are focusing on larger, centerpiece lighting fixtures in metal tones with an industrial feel.

Don’t forget your Bedroom

Centerpiece worthy chandeliers in bedrooms are increasingly popular among luxury home owners. Forbes lists statement chandeliers as one of this month’s most popular decorating trends, especially to add a dramatic touch to a master bedroom.

Atlanta Business Chronicle Recognizes Sales Success at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Phil Hudson caught up with GROUP KORA’s Karen Rodriguez to discuss recent sales success at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta and the luxury condo market in Atlanta. The paper published a great piece highlighting two big sales we made for over $1.9 million each, and discussed how high-rise towers are currently en vogue throughout the city thanks to the lock-and-leave lifestyle they provide.

In Atlanta’s Mandarin Oriental Sells Two Condos For Big Bucks, Rodriguez detailed to Hudson how two pads at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta in Buckhead just sold for more than $1.9 million each. Residence 48A, a two bedroom, two and a one-half bath unit, closed for $1.95 million and Residence 35A, a three bedroom, three and a one-half bath unit, closed for $1.98 million. This comes after the developer took back four floors earmarked for hotel expansion and built out eight additional condos to keep up with demand at the end of last year.

Rodriguez also lent her expertise to the paper in Inman Park, O4W Condos Compete with Buckhead, Midtown Towers, saying to developers: “You want to be successful? Price your magnificent homes correctly.”

To read these stories, pick up today’s Atlanta Business Chronicle. To contact GROUP KORA about The Residences, click.

Sip and Celebrate the Summer Solstice in the Garden

Celebrate the advent of summer with bubbles and bites and join the team at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta for the Krug Pop Up Garden Party! On June 29, residents, guests and locals are invited to sip on Krug Champagne and enjoy a traditional pig roast feast with succulent summer sides in the lush, private English Garden at 7 p.m.

Krug Champagne dates back to 1843, when it was founded by Joseph Krug in the prestigious Champagne region of France. They are known for dry sparkling wines, characterized by notes of fresh fruit and citrus. Krug Grand Cuvée is a blend of over 120 wines, some up to 15 years old, and three grape varieties, aged for six years in Krug cellars. It’s known as one of the world’s best Champagnes, with a 94 percent rating on Wine Searcher. The house’s Rosé is described as a “gastronomic Champagne” – perfect for enjoying with succulent food on a summer night. Krug’s mission, according to Huffington Post, is to “create a Champagne that would be of the same consistent excellence year after year by using only the best wines from the best vineyards, tasted separately plot by plot.”

To purchase tickets, for $300 per person, please email

What’s New in Buckhead

One of Atlanta’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Buckhead is known for its posh culture scene, including dining, nightlife and wellness. It’s no surprise that luxury condos in Buckhead are in high demand, given that most have easy access to unique experiences, chef-driven restaurants and world-class shopping. Here’s what’s new in Buckhead this month.

The Service has arrived at the Shops Buckhead

Guests at the Shops Buckhead can now take advantage of complimentary personal styling and shopping with one of the top stylists in the industry Amy Nelson along with her talented team. This new service is just another way to elevate the luxury experience at the Shops.

Farmers Market at the Shops Around Lenox

The Shops Around Lenox invites you to join them on June 25 from 9a.m. to 1p.m. for their Farmers Market. Shop from a variety of local goods from farmers, producers, crafters and artisans while enjoying live entertainment and participating in health and wellness activities.

The North Face moves to Lenox Square

The North Face is scheduled to open a new store at Lenox Square Mall later this summer. The popular outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear retailer will open a large 4,452-square-foot space on the upper level.

Luxury Design Trend Roundup

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are at the forefront of luxury design trends in high-rise living. Below are luxury trends approved by the industry’s top publications and how they are incorporated at The Residences.

Outdoor Fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces turn a covered outdoor space into an outdoor room. Fireplaces offer warmth in winter and covered terraces offer shade in the summer, allowing homeowners to take advantage of their outdoor space year-round. Residences at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta include a state-of-the-art gas grill and fireplace, perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Perfectly Style Bookshelves

To create a strikingly simple shelving display, arrange books in small groups rather than filling every shelf end to end. Try pairing mismatched books with a brass bookend to complete the look.

Luxury Bathrooms

When it comes to fixtures like sinks and tubs, be inspired to “go big” in a luxury bathroom. Double sinks are often a must and large standalone tubs act as gorgeous focal points. When it comes to showers, use glass walls to create an open, large space.

Luxury Housing News

Residence 52 at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

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.

Five Things Wealthy Americans Look For When Buying Luxury Homes For Over $10 Million by Harold Clarke for CNBC


“Here are the top five qualities that today’s high-end buyer is looking for in a home: Location, beautiful views to bring the outside in, generous bedrooms, minimalist design and the latest technology.”

30 Luxury Design Trends And Features Adorning 2017 by Caroline Feeney for Inman.


“Wine cellars in the basement have always been popular; however, now I find many buyers want chilled glass enclosed wine rooms on their main floor to showcase their collection.”

Five Luxury Homes With Outrageously Beautiful Libraries by Eustacia Huen for Forbes.


“While many people read from their kindles and other e-book readers nowadays, the most prime real estate still sees beautiful libraries as a key feature.”

Celebrate Wellness at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Living at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta makes maintaining your wellness routine a breeze by offering unique opportunities for fitness to rejuvenate your mind and body without ever leaving home. As Global Wellness Day approaches this weekend, here are our favorites ways to stay mindful at Mandarin.

MOvement in the Garden

Global Wellness Day is an international event created by volunteers who are dedicated to driving awareness about the universal value of human wellness. Join us this Saturday, June 10 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for a Tai Chi class in the garden with instructor, Mike Shallow, followed by a Mindful Meditation class in the yoga studio with instructor, Lena Franklin from 11 a.m. to noon. Classes are complimentary and reservations are required.

Mindful Mediation Monday

Beginning on Monday, June 12, The Spa at Mandarin will introduce weekly mindful meditation classes at 7 p.m. in the yoga studio to set a positive tone for the week ahead while aligning the mind, body and heart. Through meditation, we can tap into our fullest potential as human beings, enhancing our capacity to live successful lives from the inside out.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Every Saturday, enjoy Vinyasa Flow Yoga led by one of Atlanta’s top instructors, Elizabeth Rowan. Elizabeth teaches yoga at several top Atlanta studios and leads yoga retreats around the world. Saturday yoga takes place in our tranquil garden from 10 to 11 a.m. and is priced at $30 per person. Residents who want to go deeper in their yoga journey can book private yoga classes in their homes with Elizabeth, who will tailor custom rituals to support intention, healing and growth.

For more information or reservations to any of these events or classes, please call (404) 995-7526.

Art, Music & Food Festivals in Atlanta This Weekend

Looking for plans this weekend? We’ve compiled a list of opportunities to shop for art, taste delicious chef-driven bites and listen to local tunes right here in Atlanta.

Wine and Dine at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Don’t miss out one of Atlanta’s largest food and drink festivals this weekend in Midtown. Enjoy a weekend full of savory food and wine at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Sip, savor and sample the South with award-winning chefs, sommeliers, beverage innovators and foodies. Check out the VIP Connoisseur Lounge and Dinner Series for an exclusive experience.

Virginia-Highland SummerFest

Celebrated as one of the best artists’ markets in the Southeast, the Virginia-Highland Summerfest features works by local artists and activities for the entire family. While exploring the historic Virginia-Highland neighborhood and listening to live music, peek into the diverse shops and local dining scene that gives the neighborhood its quirky charm.

Candler Park Music + Food Festival

This Friday and Saturday, Candler Park hosts a varied musical line-up and over 20 food trucks and local restaurant vendors. With a portion of proceeds benefiting City of Atlanta parks and Candler Park community organizations, you can give back while enjoying delicious neighborhood bites and sounds.