Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 20, 2022
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The big 5-0

When Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental opened in 1963, the then 650-room, 27-storey building was the island’s tallest; it was also the first in Asia to have a bathtub in every room and direct-dial phones. How far we’ve come. The luxury hotel — renovated in 2006 at the cost of $150 million — became a landmark instantly and, 50 years later, it still is. Now, to celebrate its golden anniversary, the flagship hotel (that now represents 45 hotels in 28 countries) has a slew of activities and promos scheduled through 2013. In May, it’ll be the official hotel of the city’s first-ever Art Basel and May 6 to 26 its Clipper Lounge will be home to contemporary works by 20 of HK’s leading artists. Art-inspired lunches, dinners and desserts — from chocolate pencils and paintbrushes to artist palettes — will be on the menu too. Through the rest of 2013, Michelin-starred chef Uwe Opocensky will cook up adaptations of 1960’s dishes with a 21st-century twist in the Krug Room. The hotel’s Golden Celebration package (room, breakfast daily, a bottle of champagne, US$50 spa credit and anniversary gift) starts at $575. [CC]

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