When the sun is shining in the city, pick up a sumptuous gourmet picnic from your Mandarin Oriental hotel and head to a neighbouring park or riverbank

With the onset of summer comes the opportunity for packing up a picnic basket, spreading out a blanket, lazing under a tree in the dappled sunlight and enjoying a meal outside with friends and family. Ideas of the perfect picnic vary, but, whatever your taste, Mandarin Oriental hotels around the globe have something for everyone. From the food to the service to the location, nothing quite beats an MO picnic, and here are our highlights of some of the best.

Picnic charcuterie from Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Picnic charcuterie from Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

For those basking in the heat of the Big Apple this summer, consider heading outdoors to Central Park for a ‘Picnic in the Park’ created especially for Mandarin Oriental, New York by Bouchon Bakery. Featuring a selection of sandwiches, snacks and sweets, guests can choose from a family picnic or an intimate spread for two. Those staying further up the East Coast can indulge in the delights provided by Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental, Boston and take lunch on the bank of the Charles River. Freshly baked bread, a Bar Boulud charcuterie selection, provençale salad and Gâteau Basque can all be included in your individually prepared hamper.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’s picnic basket

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’s picnic basket

For guests staying in Europe, make the most of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’s enviable location next to the leafy 350-acre Royal Park. The hotel’s Guest Relations team offer a picnic basket equipped with all the essentials, including a blanket for when the British summer breeze inevitably picks up. Just a hop across the Channel, Mandarin Oriental, Paris is offering guests the choice of either a French or Asian picnic menu. What could be better than settling down for a spot of lunch in the beautiful Tuileries Gardens?

Picnicking at the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris

Picnicking at the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris

And for those in Asia this summer, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta is preparing a ‘#MINIpicnic’, in collaboration with iconic British automative company MINI. Families can enjoy a gourmet affair in the green and pleasant parkland of Taman Suropati, all the while being tended to by your personal butler. Now that is what Destination MO calls picnicking in style.

A Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta picnic basket

A Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta picnic basket

And it seems, if proof were needed, that Mandarin Oriental hospitality extends beyond checkout, as our intrepid editor, Zoë Manzi, recently discovered when she was handed a picnic basket from Amber restaurant to take with her to the airport upon her departure from The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

So for those experiencing the MO way of life this summer, our advice would be to indulge in a little bit of al-fresco gourmet luxury… while the weather permits. Happy picnicking!

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