MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PARIS MAKES A STUNNING DEBUT

 –  WITH A STAR STUDDED GALA OPENING PARTY

Hong Kong, 23 September 2011 – Mandarin Oriental, Paris celebrated its entry into Paris society yesterday with a glamorous gala attended by more than 500 celebrities, dignitaries and society guests.

 
Photo: Maggie Cheung

Located on rue Saint-Honoré, one of the most fashionable streets in the world, surrounded by haute couture and only a few steps away from the city’s famous attractions, the red carpet event drew a stellar crowd. Celebrities included: Alain Delon. Liam Neeson; Maggie Cheung; Vanessa Mae; Kenzo Takada; Helene Grimaud; Bruno Frisoni; Pierre Gagnaire; Mireille Darc; Patricia Kaas; Frank Leboeuf; Aurélie Dupont and Julie Depardieu just to name a few.

 
Photo: Edouard Ettedgui and Mo Fans

Guests were treated to a delightful evening of entertainment which included a performance from internationally renowned virtuoso violinist Vanessa Mae, an amazing display by the award winning Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China and a “dance of the fans” invoked by choreographer Blanca Li, whose show was inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s fan symbol.

 
Photo: Vanessa Mae

The menu was designed by celebrity ChefThierry Marx, the hotel’s resident chef, while music was provided by renowned French sound designer Béatrice Ardisson.

 
Photo: Liam Neeson, Alain Delon and Freya St Johnston

“This chic gala was the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of our luxury brand to Paris,” saidEdouard Ettedgui, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Chief Executive. “We look forward to welcoming guests to our newest address, and to establishing the hotel as a benchmark in the city for service excellence, elegance and style,” he added.
About Mandarin Oriental, Paris 
Mandarin Oriental, Paris has a premier location on Rue Saint-Honoré, surrounded by history and fashionable shopping.  Mandarin Oriental, Paris offers the ultimate in service and design, with a strong sense of place, and a style and personality of its own.  The hotel’s 138 rooms and suites are among the most spacious in Paris, incorporating state-of-the-art technology. A vast inner courtyard will offer outdoor dining, with a choice of restaurants and bars under Executive Chef and Culinary DirectorThierry Marx.  The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris brings relaxation in a peaceful, modern setting.  An indoor pool and a fully-equipped fitness centre complete the hotel’s leisure facilities.  The project’s architect is the internationally-acclaimed Jean-Michel Wilmotte.  Decoration in the rooms, spa and public areas is by the interior designer Sybille de Margerie at SM Design, and in the bars and restaurants by Jouin-Manku.  The General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Paris is Philippe Leboeuf.

About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, 41 hotels representing over 10,000 rooms in 26 countries, with 18 hotels in Asia, 12 in The Americas and 11 in Europe and the Middle East. In addition, the Group operates, or has under development, 12 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

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