Oriental is one of the top global luxury hotel groups recognized
for its outstanding service and quality management. In all,
the Group operates twenty luxury hotels in key business and
leisure destinations - nine in Asia, seven in The Americas and
four in Europe. Each of these hotels and resorts is steeped
in the values of the orient and yet has a distinct personality
of its own.
The first Mandarin Hotel was opened in 1963 in Hong Kong and
it wasn’t long before it earned the reputation for exemplary
service. In 1974 Mandarin International Hotels Limited was formed
as a hotel management company with the intention of expanding
in Asia. This intention was soon realized when it acquired 49%
interest in The Oriental, Bangkok, which was already a legendary
property and acknowledged as one of the world's great hotels.
The two prestigious properties were combined in 1985 under a
common name - the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and two years
later the company was floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
under the same name. In 1995, a parent company, Mandarin Oriental
International Limited, was incorporated in Bermuda and was listed
in London, Singapore, and Bermuda.
The company expanded in 2003 with the launch of The Residences
at Mandarin Oriental. These are 65 luxurious condominiums located
above the 251-room Mandarin Oriental, New York, where owners
are treated as permanent guests of the hotel and are offered
custom-made services and amenities to complement their lifestyles.
There are plans of opening more Residences.
Mandarin Oriental International Limited is headquartered in
Hong Kong, from where it manages the Group’s Hotels.
There is a Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Oahu located in the posh
Kahala district of Honolulu - the Kahala Mandarin Oriental.
The history of this luxurious resort starts in 1964 when it
opened its doors as Kahala Hilton. It was originally a Hilton
hotel started by Conrad Hilton, who wanted a place where guests
could enjoy serenity, privacy, an uncrowded strand. So he opened
Kahala Hilton in an exclusive enclave just minutes from Waikiki
with environs that included a secluded sandy beach and a posh,
private golf course. Initially bookings were slow because of
its distance from Waikiki, but this drawback was soon turned
into an asset by Conrad when he turned it into a celebrity hideaway
for Hollywood stars. The hotel soon became a well known exclusive
and elegant resort for discriminating travelers from all over
the world. By 1967, it achieved a remarkable 90 percent occupancy
rate and sealed its reputation as a watering hole for the extremely
wealthy and hugely famous, including besides the stars, the
royalty, heads of state, and legends of the sporting, musical,
and literary worlds. In the 1990’s the hotel was bought
by Mandarin Oriental, renovated extensively and then opened
again as Kahala Mandarin Oriental. Under the banner of this
Hong Kong based Hotel Group, the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel
has maintained its privileged position among the rich and famous.
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