Mandarin Oriental Opens Sky-High Hotel in Shenzhen

The latest luxury property to grace China’s tech hub offers five-star comforts within a contemporary, pared-back setting.

A Club Skyline View Room at the Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen. (All photos courtesy of the hotel)

Panoramic views aren’t the only draw at the newly minted Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen. Occupying the uppermost floors of a 79-storey tower in the Upperhills development between two large parks in the city’s Futian district, the M.O. also has a sleek destination spa and no less than eight restaurants and bars.

Each of the 178 guest rooms and suites come with vistas of the surrounding city and nearby parkland; the entry-level Deluxe View rooms start at a generous 56 square meters, while the 16 suites offer between 114 and 400 square meters of space. All accommodations feature marble bathrooms, walk-in closets, and Diptyque toiletries, alongside 55-inch Samsung LED TVs, Bose Bluetooth speakers, and Dyson Supersonic hairdryers. The Mandarin Club, located on the 78th floor, has a lounge and dining space where guests can enjoy afternoon tea and evening cocktails, as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks throughout the day.

A view of the hotel from the slopes of Bijiashan, a nearby hill.

At the entrance to high-end Cantonese restaurant The Bay by Chef Fei.

Headlining the culinary lineup is The Bay by Chef Fei, the hotel’s signature Cantonese fine-dining restaurant. Its menu was conceptualized by the same maestro behind Jiang by Chef Fei, the two-Michelin-starred venue at the Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou. All-day eatery Bazaar dishes up international fare with an Asian focus, while European-inspired Opus 388 — so named for its elevation above sea level — specializes in premium steaks and seafood. Classic Japanese restaurant Rin serves everything from teppanyaki to sushi and tempura, and patrons at Tapas 77 will tuck into authentic Spanish dishes. Up on the rooftop, the vintage-style MO Bar is the ideal spot for travelers and Shenzhen residents alike to sip on craft cocktails and malt whiskies while taking in the sky-high views from its terrace. Guests can also enjoy Chinese-influenced afternoon tea service at Lian Lounge and decadent desserts from The Mandarin Cake Shop, which has its own café space just off the lobby.

Perched on the 68th floor, The Mandarin Spa features a fitness center stocked with the latest Technogym equipment, an indoor lap pool with a 30-meter-high cathedral-like ceiling, and seven treatment suites (including one for couples). Here, spa-goers have an extensive range of facials and wellness therapies to choose from, not least the Spirit of Shenzhen. Inspired by the city’s subtropical climate, this signature treatment uses warm quartz sand to detoxify the body, combining it with singing bowl therapy and a jade and gua sha massage for deeper relaxation.

On-site event spaces at the Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen include The Gallery — a 77th-floor banquet room with floor-to-ceiling windows in the main tower — and a trio of pillarless ballrooms. The latter are housed inside The Cube, which is a standalone building that also features a 900-square-meter covered outdoor area known as the Terrace.

Doubles from US$423; mandarinoriental.com/shenzhen

Inside the living room of a Deluxe View suite at the Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen.

The hotel takes up the highest floors of a 79-story tower in the Futian district.

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