Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major motion picture by Oscar-winning director Bruce Beresford. Since then, she’s penned a plethora of bestsellers, including Mad Cows , Nip ‘n’ Tuck, Dead Sexy, and most recently, Men – A User’s Guide.
The Mandarin Oriental, located in the centre of Knightsbridge, is positioned in the heart of girl heaven – Harrods, Harvey Nichols and virtually every designer boutique you can imagine is within strolling distance.
The hotel has just undergone a $92 million USD restoration. The palatial interior decoration, complete with carved marble columns and frescoed ceilings is just magnificent. My room was as beautiful as the lobby. The plush carpets and ornate four poster bed with a carved head and embroidered canopy made me feel like a Sultana (the female version of a sultan).
The staff were attentive, discreet and ever so courteous. They bent over backwards for me – at times so far backwards I thought they were gymnasts. For example, a concierge overheard it was my daughter’s 18th birthday and a cake immediately materialized in our room. Classy.
We all need to de-stress now and Zen. And the hotel’s spa is a soothing haven of pampering tranquility. Treatments are tailor-made for each visitor. Although I do think it’s a bit unfortunate that guests have to pay to use the vitality pool and steam rooms. The gym is adequate, but with Hyde Park in the backyard, who needs a treadmill?
The causally chic Bar Boulud with its bistro menu, proved excellent value. The open kitchen lets you watch the chefs at work and you can eat at the bar, ideal when dining alone. And is there any chef more wow or hip than Heston Blumenthal – the Damien Hurst of divine dining? Be sure to book early.
The hotel promised an elegant, sophisticated experience and totally delivered. Pack your High Life Visa and go and be treated like a princess.
A Part of the Ambassador Review Series