Boutique Fitness Spots to Work Up a Sweat Near The Residences


While the Residences offers its own spa and fitness experiences like Saturday morning yoga and a detox retreat with Tammy Stokes, founder of West Coast Workout, residents seeking alternative fitness experiences have a myriad of options in the neighborhood. Buckhead is home to some of Atlanta’s best studios from yoga to cycling to full-body with amenities and flexible schedules designed to keep exercisers coming back.


Cyc Fitness

Located inside the Forum Athletic Club at Lenox Square Mall, Cyc Fitness is hailed as one of the most fun ways to get fit in Atlanta. The class departs from traditional spinning and introduces a party on a bike, with bumping music and movements that work the entire body. Best of all, the class is only 45 minutes, so it can easily be worked into a busy schedule.


Pure Barre

Pure Barre has gained a massive following with its ballet-inspired workout classes that tone each individual muscle and encourage balance and good posture. The technique is low-impact and designed to create long, lean ballerina muscles. In addition, Pure Barre focuses on giving clients an hour-long break in their busy day, where they can focus on improving themselves mentally and physically.


CorePower Yoga

CorePower Yoga in the Shops Around Lenox offers a wide array of yoga classes that combine traditional yoga with intense core exercises in a heated room that encourages maximum calorie burn and detox. Classes are available for beginners and seasoned yogis alike, with different variations such as candlelight yoga and power yoga with weights. These fusion workouts strengthen the mind and body while improving balance and flexibility.


Orange Theory

Like a typical gym workout, Orange Theory fitness uses treadmills, free weights and rowing machines to get its clients in shape. Unlike a gym, there’s no waiting in line, trainers are there to motivate every step of the way, and a heart rate monitor is provided to measure the workout’s impact. The hour-long sessions maximize time by combining cardio and strength changing for visible results quickly.


West Coast Workout

Celebrity trainer Tammy Stokes has brought her West Coast-style exercise regimen to Atlanta, including a Detox Retreat at Mandarin Oriental. Her classes focus on using one’s own body as weight and resistance, and range from barre to LIFT, which combines weights and movement to achieve results. Try a Best of the West class to get started and experience LIFT, barre, yoga and core workouts.

Five Places in Buckhead to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth


The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are located in one of the best neighborhoods for dining in not only the city, but the entire region. Buckhead is known for it’s wide variety of chef-driven restaurants, so there are plenty of options to satiate a craving for something sweet. From decadent cupcakes to delicate sorbet, there’s a dessert for every preference.


Le Bilboquet

This charming European hotspot in the heart of Buckhead Atlanta is known for its classic French fare and expansive patio. If you’re not in the mood for steak frites, stop by later in the night and split a bottle of rosé and an order of profiteroles, a light French pastry filled with sweet cream and drizzled with chocolate.


Georgetown Cupcake

Known for their TLC reality show and free cupcake promotions, Georgetown Cupcake arrived in Atlanta last year to much excitement, and the line for sweet treats often trails out the door. With flavors like Pumpkin Spice and Coffee Cookies & Crème, there’s something for everyone at this adorable shop.


Pie Shop 

Pie Shop serves up hot, crusty pies reminiscent of grandma’s house both whole and by the slice for a dinner accompaniment or a quick snack. From savory tomato pie to classic apple and key lime, Pie Shop is an easy way to enjoy a homemade treat without turning on the oven.



Gerry Klaskala’s Aria is one of Buckhead’s most upscale restaurants, with a seasonal menu that’s updated nightly. The selection of fresh sorbets rotates with the seasons as well, but it’s always a light, sweet dessert perfect for an after-dinner treat. Right now, Aria is serving up Meyer lemon, peach, grapefruit and passion fruit sorbets.


True Food Kitchen

At True Food Kitchen, dessert doesn’t have to be high-calorie to be highly delicious. Stop by after a day of shopping at Lenox Square Mall and enjoy a healthy treat, like their vegan, gluten-free chia seed pudding made with organic banana and coconut.

Live the High Life at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Lauren Deloach Interiors

Living atop a luxury hotel is a unique and rewarding experience. Buyers have the option to purchase a finished condo, or create their own dream home in the sky. Transforming a large raw space is no easy task, which is why buyers enlist interior designers with an eye for making an empty condo feel like home. 

Lauren DeLoach recently outfitted a luxury condo near the top of the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, creating a warm, relaxing home in a brand new space that was featured in the October issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

The Residences are a designer’s dream, with high ceilings and oversized windows. The layout and design lend themselves to many different styles of décor, from classic southern to ultra modern to world traveler chic. The raw units also allow for maximum customization, including crown molding and pediments.

DeLoach was inspired by the blue and grey shades of the expansive views of the Atlanta skyline from the high-rise condo, and incorporated those colors into her design. To view the finished condo, visit Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

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.


Baby Boomers Driving Luxury Condo Sales by Michelle Ervin for Condo Business. 


“The $1-million-plus condo promises luxury amenities and low maintenance, which appeals to the typical baby boomer buyer, who plans to spend some time away travelling or in a second home. Also important to these buyers are quality and choice, adds [Elton] Ash, to which the presale market owes its strength.”


Atlanta Home Prices Continue Steady, Modest Rise by Michael Kanell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


“The Federal Reserve has been debating an increase in interest rates, yet that first boost might be good for the housing market, [Rajeev Dhawan] said. 

‘That will be a sign to fence-sitters: This is the time to buy, because this is the lowest rate,’ he said. ‘The cost of renting has been going up and the cost of buying has been going up, so the time is now.’”


Condo Developers Targeting Wealthy Parents by Realty Today staff.


“Meanwhile, a few parents have also opted to acquire apartments or condo units for their children who are going off to college, reports the Wall Street Journal.  These parents are looking to have their kids stay in their own apartment instead of a college dorm.  Aside from having a residence for their children during college, the real estate property can also serve as possible retirement location for the parents or a future rental property.”

Personal Shopping Experiences Abound in Buckhead for Residents of Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta


The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are located in the heart of Buckhead, one of the nation’s premier shopping districts with a variety of high-end retail destinations, so many that top retailers are providing exclusive personal shopping experiences that allow clients to avoid hours of browsing large stores. From Neiman Marcus to Topshop, there is a Buckhead personal shopping experience for every shopping need, whether it’s a wardrobe revamp or snagging a trendy handbag.



Through the “At Your Service” program, Bloomingdale’s personal shoppers are at-the-ready for any fashion fiend’s needs, pre-shopping the massive Lenox Square Mall department store according to clients’ own style and budget. The program is free and offers no obligation to purchase any of the carefully selected items, so shop away.



While not as large as a typical department store, UK export Topshop has a large array of clothes from basic British staples to lines from Kate Moss and Beyonce, so browsing the racks at this two-story outpost at Lenox Square Mall can eat up time. Topshop’s complimentary personal shopper program offers 10 different customized appointment types, from basic styling to event preparation and even a bridal package for showers, bachelorette parties and more.



In a large store with a wide variety of brands, Nordstrom’s personal stylists are equipped to get shoppers in and out of the store quickly by sending them straight to a well-stocked fitting room with options for their style and price point. Appointments are complimentary, can be made with little notice and range from thirty minutes to two hours long.


Neiman Marcus 

Naturally, Neiman Marcus – arguably the most luxurious of the department stores in Buckhead – hosts an enviable private shopping experience that curates head-to-toe designer looks or simply helps shoppers find that one perfect item without digging through the racks themselves.

Q&A with Fitness and Nutrition Expert Tammy Stokes


This fall, the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta will host an all-day detox retreat with Tammy Stokes, founder of West Coast Workout. Residents and guests will experience several workout and yoga sessions, and rejuvenate themselves with Tammy’s line of soups, juices and other healthy fare.

Tammy is a personal trainer known for her extremely popular west coast-inspired approach to balanced living. Her signature, body-based workouts combine with her clean meal plans to transform her clients inside and out. Tammy has been featured on MSNBC, CNN and Fox, and has written a book called Live Your Healthiest Life.

We spoke with Tammy about her personal fitness mantra and why she’s excited to promote health and wellness at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Mark your calendars – Tammy’s one-day detox will take place on November 7.


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

Stokes: I started teaching fitness aerobics classes in the early 80s when I was only 16 years old. Inspired by Jane Fonda and her videotapes, I would create my own aerobic workouts. I was driven by pure passion for health and wellness, and it showed in my classes. People lined up outside the studio to get a spot. I went on to study physical education and nutrition during my college years and I was hooked forever.


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

Stokes:  I create very carefully. I spend time in my studios designing workouts that train the body with functional combination moves that really deliver authentic results. I spend just as much time creating workouts as I do teaching them.

I do not like machines. You won’t find treadmills, ellipticals or fancy weight machines in my studio. Instead, I like body weight work that uses all aspects of physical fitness and does it in an hour or less with little to no equipment. I have always believed that your body is your gym and fitness happens anywhere. I never want a workout to be incomplete or dependent on anything else but a healthy body and some energy.


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

Stokes: There are a few workouts integrated into the Mandarin Oriental one-day detox event, but the purpose is rooted in the learning experience. Even though we spend a short time together, people go home inspired towards a lifetime of change. This is a mind, body and spiritual event that includes highly nourishing, healing foods. When you eat light, clean and healthy, your mind opens up doors that you never thought were possible. There are a lot of takeaways. I highly encourage everyone to give it a try.


What’s your favorite healthy snack?

Stokes: Without hesitation, one of my Magic Muffins and a cup of green tea. They are low calorie, gluten free, loaded with fiber, and packed with superfoods and clean ingredients. Yum!

Residents at Mandarin Oriental Can Enjoy All That Buckhead Has to Offer


The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are located in the heart of Buckhead, a neighborhood known for its high-end shopping, dining and nightlife options. However, Buckhead and its surrounding areas are also home to a variety of attractions that are perfect to enjoy on a Labor Day weekend staycation.

From museums to fabulous theaters, residents can experience many significant aspects of Atlanta culture without straying far from home.


Swan House

The Buckhead mansion constructed in 1928 for the wealthy Inman family is one of Atlanta’s most recognizable homes, most recently due to its use as a setting in films such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Open houses are offered every day, featuring costumed tour guides who initiate conversations that bring the history of the site to life.


Buckhead Theatre

Midtown’s fabulous Fox Theatre gets most of the attention from tourists, but the Buckhead Theatre located in the heart of Buckhead Village is an institution as well. Originally opened in 1931, the venue was restored and re-opened in 2010, and hosts shows from every musical genre, plus hot concerts and events such the upcoming Taste of Buckhead.


Chastain Park 

During the day, the largest park in Atlanta is full of joggers, tennis fiends and playing pooches, and it’s a great spot to stretch your legs or enjoy a picnic. Certain nights, however, legendary acts such as Willie Nelson and Janet Jackson take the stage at Chastain Park Amphitheatre for unforgettable shows in a lush outdoor venue.


Atlanta History Center

Uniting decades of Atlanta history, the center includes the famed Swan House, but also allows guests to explore a farm dating back to the 1860s, 22 acres of gardens and trails at the Goizueta Gardens, and the Centennial Olympic Games Museum. The Atlanta History Center also occasionally hosts event such as Party with the Past in conjunction with Red Brick Brewing, a chance to learn about Atlanta’s history and sip local craft beer.


Legoland Discovery Center

 For children and kids at heart alike, Legoland in Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza is perfect indoor fun. Building enthusiasts can explore fifteen different themed rooms full of Lego sculptures, and then imagine their own amazing Lego creations.