F__K I just cheated on SPG and I really, REALLY LOVED IT...Mandarin Oriental

I adore SPG hotels, I'm in love with the St. Regis. It is MY hotel, like seriously, but this past week I had the opportunity to try the Mandarin Oriental and well. Do I dare say the words: if I would have married the St.Regis;  we would be in divorce proceedings right now, as I have a new lover...the Mandarin Oriental. MO takes customer service to a new level. for instance I had my laundry done by the hotel, and THIS is how I get my underwear back:

Are you kidding me? They look like I just bought them from a store off of 5th Ave in NYC. #dead #icantevenbutIamandLOVINGit

Are you kidding me? They look like I just bought them from a store off of 5th Ave in NYC. #dead #icantevenbutIamandLOVINGit

The above is what sent me over the edge, but it all started with the check in. First, and here is a hint when checking into high end hotels. CHECK IN AS LATE as possible, even if it may mean missing a part of your first day. Remember the early birds are getting their worm, sure they check in early, then next thing you know the hotel is oversold in your price range, so the only option is FREE UPGRADE. This seems to happen to me more often than not when I check in late, so play around with it. I bet it works for you. So instead of King bedroom with park views, I was upgraded to a corner room PLUS executive club privileges. OMG...the executive club is beautiful with a great morning buffet, afternoon deli lunch, high tea followed up with an evening cocktail service. The staff is amazing and every day they said hello and welcome back. It was awesome, well actually better than awesome. Sad to say I was too busy eating and making new friends to take pictures. But Lexie did not miss an opportunity and I found her in the club for high tea:

Lexie Loves Luxury

Lexie Loves Luxury

 

The room was twice the size and less than half the cost of my NYC apartment:

My new home away from home but better....

The place is not onlu beautiful but the staff is first rate and the concierge had me a reservation at Nobu withing an hour, and the hotel also has a great Japanese restaurant called "Wasabi" where the fish literally MELTED IN MY MOUTH. I also tried the gym and spa which includes sauna, steam room, plunge pool, whirl pool and regular pool.

The pool in paradise...

The pool in paradise...

 

It was absolutely spectacular. This was how I stared every morning followed by breakfast in the executive club, followed up by a tour or shopping, back to Executive club for lunch or high tea, nap, then exec club for cocktails then dinner. All in all a wonderful day in and out.

Also, I decided to live my best life and had a choice between tennis or golf. Honestly, I thought golf would be something that I would work on so I decided to take a couple of lessons. And I think I have found my new sport:

All in all, my entire time was amazing. And I'm not going to lie. I went a little overboard and bought one little treat in the jewelry gift shop Amee Philips. I saw it, it fit and had to be MINE:

A beautiful little trinket for me :-)..now my trip is complete

A beautiful little trinket for me :-)..now my trip is complete

 

 

Thank You Hong Kong ...I DO Count

Sad that it takes going to another country to feel as if you matter. In NYC, I go thru life feeling very small at times, almost insignificant. Maybe it's because I am overweight, maybe it's because I am female, maybe because I'm black...however I feel like it's all three and perhaps even more. It's not a defeated or defeatist attitude, it's just my reality.

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