Give Thanks at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

This holiday season, Residents at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta have a plethora of options for wowing their seasonal guests with delicious dishes. Residents that love to cook can use their beautiful kitchens to whip up a delightful meal for family and friends, and those who prefer to have someone else do the heavy lifting can rely on the world-class food and beverage team at the hotel for an unforgettable holiday meal.

Residents are welcome to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in The Café & Bar on November 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. The seasonal four-course menu features roasted butternut squash soup, grilled Georgia mountain rainbow trout, roasted turkey breast and thigh and chocolate pumpkin pie with pecan vanilla ice cream. The meal is priced at $85 per adult and $35 per child.

For reservations, please call +1 (404) 995 7500 or email

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Receive Multiple Honors at OBIE Awards

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, had a big night at the 2017 Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s OBIE Awards, taking home four awards including two “Best Building Design” honors for the stunning full-floor model, Residence 52. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta offer two product types, each catering to a different lifestyle: the tower residences, which are full and half-floor condos, and the Maisonettes, a set of ground-level homes located within the courtyard. The Residences took home two wins for Residence 52, an impressive full-floor 5,943-square foot tower home with four bedrooms and four and two half baths, as well as an award for a print ad, created by IF Studios, highlighting the distinct features of the Maisonettes.

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association celebrated its 37th annual OBIE Awards this year, recognizing outstanding achievements in marketing, remodeling and personal achievement in new home building in and around metro Atlanta.

A list of The Residences’ 2017 OBIE Awards is as follows:

Building & Model Design Categories:

  • Residence 52 for Best Single Family, Attached ($800,000+) – Gold
  • Residence 52 for Best Interior Merchandising, Attached Model ($800,000+) – Silver

Marketing Categories:

Luxury Housing News

Photo courtesy of Robert Daly – Getty Images

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 to Whip Up a Luxe Outdoor Kitchen by Jennifer Tzeses for Mansion Global


“With luxe properties, an outdoor kitchen affords an owner the ability to host al fresco without having to go in and out of the home throughout an event. With a full fridge, oven, stove, grill, etc., at your disposal, you can focus more on your guests and less on timing a meal.”

Luxury Homes Can’t Keep Up with High Demand by Diana Olick for CNBC


“Sales of homes priced at or above $1 million were up 11 percent from a year ago, while sales of homes priced at or above $5 million were up almost as much at 10 percent.”

Luxury Home Prices on the Rise for Builder Magazine  


“According to a Redfin analysis, luxury home prices increased annually by 4.9% during Q3 2017 to $1.7 million. Redfin staffer Alina Ptaszyski takes note of the fact that the number of homes for sale priced at or above $1 million decreased annually by 18.1% during this same time period, which contributed to this price increase.”

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.

Miracle Two Is on the Way

Christmas pop-up bar Miracle is returning home for the holidays with a festive locale at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, billed as Miracle Two. The holiday cocktail bar concept will open Friday, November 24 and run through Sunday, December 24. Miracle Two will be staffed by team members decked out in head-to-toe seasonal flair and will feature holiday classics like old-school festive tunes and spirited drinks from the city’s top bartenders. Miracle is strictly 21 and up and will be open weekly Wednesday through Sunday. Get there early as lines tend to form out the door!

Amazon Continues to Look at Atlanta

As the Amazon HQ2 decision looms, the company has made plans for an Amazon Books store to open up shop at Lenox Square Mall. The technology giant made plans for the bookstore after success with the Amazon pop-up kiosk at Lenox Square. The new store will sell Amazon devices and accessories, books and more.

Updates Coming to Bobby Jones Golf Course  

Tee up! Buckhead’s historic Bobby Jones Golf Course will soon undergo a $23 million renovation. The course, built in 1932, closed on Oct. 31 and is set to reopen in fall 2018. Plans to grow the game experience include a reversible nine-hole course, a driving range, indoor instruction area and a short game practice area. The renovation will also include a new parking deck built in coordination with the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.

Disconnect with the Digital Mindfulness Retreat at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Feeling stressed? Always on your phone? Disconnect and renew the senses at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta with the Digital Mindfulness Retreat. Residents and guests are invited to disengage from and re-evaluate their relationship with technology through a calming and soothing respite from the demands of a constantly connected, digital lifestyle.

On November 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta invites you to unplug. Retreat attendees will start their mindfulness immersion with a relaxing yoga class lead by instructor Adrienne Everett. After yoga, guests will replenish with a healthy Bento Box lunch followed by a mindful meditation class with journaling lead by renowned mindfulness-based psychotherapist Lena Franklin. Residents and guest will complete their digital mindfulness retreat with a 50-minute Digital Wellness Escape treatment at the spa. Concentrating on the head, eyes, neck, shoulders, hands and feet, this restorative treatment aims to ease stresses and strains resulting from the frequent use of digital devices through healing touch, purifying shungite crystals and a soothing paraffin hand treatment.

The cost of the full-day retreat including all classes, food and beverage and one 50-minute spa treatment is 235 UDS. For reservations, more information or a complete retreat schedule, please call +1 (404) 995-7526 or email

Trick, Treat and Drink: Celebrate Halloween in Atlanta

Need spooktacular plans for your friends and family this Halloween? We’ve got you covered. Eat, drink and be scary right here in Atlanta at one of these local events.

Fall Festival Brunch at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Residents and their families are invited to enjoy festive food and fall fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 20 at The Café & Bar. Little guys and ghouls will enjoy cookie decorating, exploring in the Garden pumpkin patch and watching a Halloween movie. Children are encouraged to attend dressed in costume to win prizes. For reservations, please call +1 (404) 995 7500 or email

Dia de los Muertos at Atlanta History Center

Experience the Day of the Dead Festival at the Atlanta History Center on Sunday, October 29 from 12 to 5 p.m. Enjoy traditional dancing, crafts, and authentic Mexican food and entertainment. View a display of altars honoring lost family and friends that are decorated with vibrant flowers, favorite foods, and beverages. Admission is free and more information can be found here.

Dia de los Muertos at Ponce City Market

Join The Roof at Ponce City Market for a special Day of the Dead celebration on Saturday, October 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Catch unparalleled moonlight views of Atlanta’s skyline and enjoy festive food, drink and live entertainment inspired by the iconic celebration. Tickets are priced at $50 at the door and costumes are encouraged. This is a 21+ and up event.

Boo! At the Zoo

Visit the Atlanta Zoo and experience Zoo Boo Town on Oct. 28-29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sample treats throughout the zoo, and enjoy the sights, characters and adventures with 1,000 animals from around the word. Don’t forget to dress up to compete in the costume contest! For more information, visit

Fall Luxury Design Trend Roundup

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

Bold, Earthy Colors  

Don’t be afraid to let bold-colored décor confidently take the spotlight. Emerald is the it color of the season and is the perfect anchor for other jewel tones that are trending. Designers are loving jewel toned accent trims and furnishing as contrast to monochrome walls. Colors like moss, teal, mustard, chartreuse, and even fruity hues, like deep plum, cherry and berry are going to be big for fall and winter.

Versatile Velvet

Velvet has been one of 2017’s hottest interior design trends and it isn’t going anywhere. Both luxurious and dramatic, velvet can be a funky furniture piece or a royally elegant addition, guaranteed to warm up any space. Try bringing a bold pop of velvet into your space by adding jewel-toned throw pillows and curtains, or go for the statement piece, like this headboard in one of the residences.

Plant Roots

Houseplants are evergreen in design and are trending year-round. Not only do they act as a natural air filter, they also add the perfect decorative element to every room. Liven up your space this autumn and decorate with a pretty fringed fern palm, or maybe opt for some sweet little succulents.

Q&A with Mindful Meditation Instructor Lena Franklin

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 lifestyle, and we are proud to partner with renowned mindfulness-based psychotherapist Lena Franklin for Mindful Meditation Mondays. As a mindful healer, Lena encourages her students to practice presence. We sat down with her to hear more about how she can help our residents find peace.

What made you want to devote your career to mindfulness and meditation?

Franklin: I grew up in a hybrid Buddhist/Christian home and was introduced to meditation at a young age. I would witness my mother meditating at the family altar, cultivating daily presence and compassion. This cultural foundation eventually blossomed into a deep passion to guide others on that transformative journey inward. During my schooling to become a psychotherapist, my mother suddenly passed away. This is when yoga and meditation became daily practices, as I was searching for something more than the constrictions of traditional talk therapy. It was through my mom’s teachings, a master’s education in clinical social work and formal training in Buddhist Meditation, that became the perfect convergence to birth my mindfulness-based business!

What is mindfulness to you?

Franklin: Mindfulness is paying intimate attention to the present moment, intentionally and without judgement. I often use the word presence to describe mindfulness. Presence is our true nature as human beings. When we practice mindfulness, we’re truly coming home to ourselves.

What are some of the key benefits of regular mindful meditation?

Franklin: Cultivating a consistent meditation practice has all kinds of benefits – it’s truly amazing! You’ll decrease chronic stress and increase emotional balance while simultaneously finding profound meaning, joy and love in your life. When we’re able to “be with what is” – including thoughts, feelings and body sensations, without needing to change the present moment, we become liberated from our chaotic minds. Meditation is a way to come back to the love affair of life!

What are some ways we can practice being mindful on the go or at the office?

Franklin: I often teach mindful portable practices because most of us live perpetually busy lives. There’s a technique that I call the “3 P’s” that you can integrate into daily life. Whether you’re standing in line at the grocery store or driving to work, you can practice this. It’s simple but impactful, you 1.) Pause wherever you are and stop what you’re doing. 2.) Practice 5 deep slow breaths into the belly 3.) Presence then flows over you naturally. I do this dozens of times a day…no meditation cushion or yoga mat necessary!

How is practicing meditation at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta a unique experience?

Franklin: The Monday class I teach at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is truly a unique experience designed for you to shed layers or stress and busyness that tamp down your innate sense of boundless joy for living life. I often give a short teaching at the beginning of class to cultivate a powerful, healing environment. By integrating Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga for Mood Management and Chinese Energy Medicine together, the meditations are customized to enhance your human potential. As I often say, presence is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and the world – when we come home to presence, we transform.

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.

A Tale of Two U.S. Housing Markets from Seeking Alpha


“The high-end [housing market] is booming. It’s easy to understand why. Luxury consumers have been a boon for the U.S. economy all year. According to the latest numbers complied by Hedgeye, luxury goods consumption is up almost 12 percent overall in 2017.” 

Homebuilders Opt to Deliver Luxury Homes as Building Costs Increase by Lauren Marshall for AZBig Media


“A new study from the National Association of Realtors shows that sales for cheap housing options are decreasing while luxury housing sales have increased by 20 percent during the month of July.” 

Electric Cars Are Forcing Real Estate to Change Gears by Tina Casey for Inman


“Electric vehicles (EV) will eventually be like any other appliance in the market. The demand for ‘smart home’ and remote-controlled technology is already pushing EV-ready features into the market for new luxury homes.”  

Sip Champagne Under the Sun at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Consider yourself a Champagne connoisseur? Join us at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta for another exclusive private dinner and Champagne tasting in the lush English Garden. On Tuesday, October 10, experience a Champagne sunset in the garden hosted by Ruinart Champagne brand ambassador, Lacey Burke. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. residents, guests and locals are invited to sip on Ruinart cuvées and exclusive Dom Ruinart while enjoying gourmet canapes and small plates.

The prestigious House of Ruinart Champagne is the oldest established Champagne house in France, exclusively producing champagne since 1729. Ruinart produces some of the region’s most beautiful Blanc de Blancs as well as rosé Champagnes. The House of Ruinart only distributes its champagnes through selected outlets and we are thrilled to have them at this exclusive event.

Tickets are priced at $95 per person and can be purchased by emailing,

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.

Donuts Rolling In

Duck Donuts Franchising Company, a brand known for its made-to-order doughnuts, is opening its doors at the Tuxedo Festival Shopping Center off Roswell Road. In addition to savory custom doughnuts, the story will also offer Duck Donuts’ signature coffee blends, espresso, tea, breakfast sandwiches and more. The store will host the public at its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 7, from noon to 4 p.m.

Furniture Franchise Coming to Buckhead

BoConcept furniture company is making its debut in the Georgia market with a storefront coming soon to Buckhead. A company spokesperson says the brand will offer customized, coordinated and affordable furniture and accessories and bring stylish and modern designs to the ever-growing millennial population in Atlanta. The Denmark-based furniture franchise will be situated in Buckhead’s recently renovated 309 East Paces development. BoConcept has more than 250 stores in 60 countries worldwide.

Enjoy Craft Beer at Lenox Square

Lenox Square Mall’s food court will soon be ‘open container’ to accommodate the new beer-on-tap concept, Peachtree Pint. The new concept will offer over 30 international and domestic beers and prepackaged snacks prepared by local chefs. Peachtree Pint is slated to open by the end of the year in the mall’s food court.


HGTV Falls In Love with Wine Wall at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta can’t get enough of the jaw-dropping interiors at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. This week, featured the one-of-a-kind wine wall in their “Wine Walls That Wow” article. The writer spoke with Robert Tretsch from Harrison Design Atlanta who comments on the infamous wine wall’s inception. Tretsch explains how the developer of The Residences was inspired by the wine wall at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and wanted to incorporate a modern floor-to-ceiling wine encasing as a focal point in one of the last remaining full-floor residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.


“Wine is moving from out of sight to being seen and appreciated as part of the overall interior design, says Robert Tretsch with Atlanta’s Harrison Design. The Bellagio in Las Vegas inspired an extensive wine wall encased behind glass and steel doors in a contemporary condo’s dining room that he designed in Atlanta. ‘I wanted it to be the backdrop of the dining room,’ Tretsch says. The floor-to-ceiling metal racks hold more than 600 bottles, giving another graphic element to the modern space. The freestanding racks, which have a cooling system, allow people to see the length of the bottle and the full label, compared to slipping bottles into a rack and having the tail end show. For extra drama, he used a Bianco Carrara marble behind the racks. The wall spans 13.5 feet, taking up the width and height of the room, but Tretsch says the look could be done on a smaller scale, such as one or two racks and a glass door.”

Read the full article here and learn more about the featured home here.