Opened in 1963 as the first Mandarin Oriental, this flagship property is legendary. Gaze out at the cityscape through the floor-to-ceiling windows of your Western- and Asian-inspired suite. Or savor the views while dining at the hotel’s world-renowned restaurants. Sample creative French fine-dining plates at the eponymous, two-Michelin-starred restaurant of Pierre Gagnaire; tuck into dim sum at silk-, lacquer- and gold-adorned Cantonese restaurant, Man Wah; or indulge in a tasting menu with champagne pairing in the intimate Krug Room.
No less impressive is the 1930s Shanghai-style Mandarin Spa. Unwind in the dreamy pool area of this three-story retreat.
Top suite: Mandarin Suite from $9,945 per night
Sunday brunch: Sample Sunday brunch in the Clipper Lounge. Locals and guests gather each week for this lavish spread of western and Asian delicacies.