Five festive gift ideas
By Ellie Day
December 16, 2021
The festive season comes around faster every year. One minute it’s the height of summer, the next you’re grappling for gift inspiration. Panic not – the Mandarin Oriental Gift Card, Shop MO and Fans of M.O. have it covered from luxury dining options to cultural and wellness experiences
A much-needed getaway
With travel having been extremely limited this year, book a trip as soon as you (or your loved ones) feel ready. Make their next holiday extra special with a Mandarin Oriental hotel stay. Treat them to a night (or three) at the remodelled Mandarin Oriental, Munich to immerse themselves in the art of Felix Rehfeld that’s featured in every room. Feeling generous? Add on the hotel’s unique Champagne trolley experience. For a stay Stateside, check out the newly renovated Mandarin Oriental, Boston. The elegant chinoiserie transformation has made this hotel more inviting than ever.
A dose of TLC
For the friend or relative who works flat out and gives far more than they take, give them some well-deserved rest and relaxation with a wellness experience. The Ayüulen treatment – an aromatic native Mapuche healing full body massage – at Mandarin Oriental, Santiago will leave them deeply serene. While a Muay Thai massage at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok rejuvenates energy and relieves tension (be warned – it uses elbows and knees to work deep tissue). Those that need to relax both mind and body will enjoy a Mour Akouch experience at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech – it incorporates a traditional hammam, full body wrap, head massage with argan oil and a deep rhythmic massage.
A wining and dining experience
Impress the gourmet in your life with an extra-special meal at two-Michelin-starred restaurant Seta at Mandarin Oriental, Milan. Expect a creative, contemporary take on classic Italian cuisine. Or wow them with warayaki – traditional Japanese straw fire cooking at Netsu at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. Try the four-course menu featuring wagyu, wine and sake pairings. Indulge gin enthusiasts with a visit to Jin Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou to taste their way through the 42 varieties on offer. Tea lovers, on the other hand, can savour an authentic experience at Phoenix Tea House at Mandarin Oriental, Sanya – including tasting tea leaves that are up to a century old.
A little bit of luxury – with an exclusive benefit
If you aren’t already a Fan of M.O. member, then you’ll want to be in time for Christmas shopping. By enrolling, you’ll access savings, complimentary upgrades and exclusive experiences across Mandarin Oriental hotels and its partners. For the man who likes to swim in style, purchase a pair of Orlebar Brown swim shorts – many designs feature MO hotels – with a generous discount. Or select from designer pieces at online boutique FARFETCH and enjoy free shipping or ten per cent off. Exclusive experiences curated by Mandarin Oriental change regularly but, currently, you can book to enjoy stand-up paddle boarding in Abu Dhabi, a Thai cooking class in Bangkok and rum tasting in Canouan.
An at-home MO experience
Please globetrotters who’ve been grounded this year with a taste of Mandarin Oriental destinations from the comfort of their homes. Many MO hotels now have their own online retail stores, where you can purchase local delicacies and exclusive branded gifts for national or local delivery. Pick up a pair of comfy Mandarin Oriental slippers or a bottle of the trademark room fragrance at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s shop. Or treat your loved one to a pamper hamper, packed with festive cookies, sweets and beauty items from Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta. If you have a friend or relative in the local vicinity of an MO hotel, why not gift them a delicious at-home MO dining experience? Many of Mandarin Oriental’s renowned restaurants are offering delivery of their signature dishes, such as sublime ceviche from La Mar at Mandarin Oriental, Miami.