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Mandarin 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 wasnt 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 Groups 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 1990s 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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Kahala Mandarin Oriental - 5000 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu HI 96816-5498 US
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Built in 1964, and remodeled in 1995, the luxurious Kahala Mandarin Oriental has been recognized as Oahus only AAA Five Diamond hotel. Spacious and elegant accommodations, legendry service, and exquisite facilities are just few of its many features ... more

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