Recap: Our Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Instagram Takeover
See how family-friendly Hong Kong really is and why we stay here annually
It was a complete thrill for my daughter and I to take over Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s Instagram account between April 21 – 23. During this timeframe, we showcased family-friendly Hong Kong and why we book into this luxury hotel each year.
To give you a quick overview, it is the flagship hotel of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and responsible for my family’s current love of the brand. Since opening in 1963 a wide range of dignitaries, politicians and celebrities have walked through its gorgeous black marble lobby. We have an over-a-decade-long history here and all three of us love it for different reasons. My husband laid his head in Hong Kong first here (lucky guy lived here for over a month), it was a social hub for us during five years of Hong Kong residency and my daughter is such a fan of everything from the automated curtains to the fresh honey dew juice. I adore its elegance and the fact that they do everything well, as you will soon see.
Follow Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong on Instagram to keep up with this five-star hotel’s latest news (and food… the food is amazing here). Here is a recap of our fun takeover!
Hello! I’m @lajollamom and excited to be taking over @MO_HKG as it is one of my family’s favorite hotels. We spent a lot of time shopping, eating and socializing here when living in Hong Kong. We return every year and can’t wait to showcase why Hong Kong makes a fantastic family vacation especially when you stay here. Stay tuned from 21-23 April! å¤çå®¶å¥½ï¼æˆ‘æ˜¯Lajolla Momï¼Œå¾ˆé«˜èˆˆæˆ‘å°‡æœƒç‚ºæˆ‘å€‘å®¶æœ€å–œæ„›çš„é¦™æ¸¯æ–‡è¯æ±æ–¹é…’åº—é€²è¡ŒInstagram Takeoverã€‚å¾žå‰ä»¥é¦™æ¸¯ç‚ºå®¶çš„æ™‚å€™ï¼Œæˆ‘å€‘åœ¨é€™è£¡èŠ±äº†å¾ˆå¤šæ™‚é–“è³¼ç‰©ã€åƒå–å’Œè·Ÿæœ‹å‹ç›¸èšã€‚ç¾åœ¨æˆ‘å€‘æ¯å¹´éƒ½æœƒå›žä¾†é€™è£¡ï¼Œè€Œæˆ‘äº¦å¯¦åœ¨æ€¥ä¸åŠå¾…è¦èˆ‡å¤çå®¶åˆ†äº«é¦™æ¸¯ä½œç‚ºå®¶åºéŠæ¨‚ç†æƒ³ç›®çš„åœ°çš„åŽŸå› ï¼Œè€Œå…¥ä½é¦™æ¸¯æ–‡è¯æ±æ–¹é…’åº—å°±æ›´ç‚ºç†æƒ³ã€‚4æœˆ21è‡³23æ—¥è¦‹å“¦ï¼ #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofMO #FANofHK #besthotelhk #familytravel #travelHK #HKtodo #DestinationMO #staytuned
A little about things to do in Kowloon with kids here:
@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: I took this photo of Hong Kong’s iconic junk from the Star Ferry, which is a quick walk from @MO_HKG, as we headed over to see friends, shop kids’ fashion inside Harbour City and explore family-friendly sights in Kowloon. It’s small and not fancy, but my daughter has always liked the hands-on exhibits in the Hong Kong Space Museum as well as the Hong Kong History Museum (my favorite) which covers the city’s prehistoric past to present day post-colonialism. And, now that she’s 9, we take a few market detours in between because there are so many to choose from on this side of Hong Kong. I like to browse kitchenwares and trinkets on Shanghai Street and walk through the stunning Flower Market. These days, you can even tour multiple Kowloon markets with a guide! Lajolla Momå ±å°Žï¼š æˆ‘åœ¨é¦™æ¸¯æ–‡è¯æ±æ–¹é…’åº—ä¸é è™•æä¸Šå¤©æ˜Ÿå°è¼ªï¼Œä¸¦æ‹åˆ°äº†é€™å¼µç…çç‰‡ã€‚ç•¶æ™‚æˆ‘å€‘æ£è¦åˆ°æµ·æ¸¯åŸŽé‚£é‚ŠåŽ»èˆ‡å‹äººè¦‹é¢ï¼Œä¸¦è³¼è²·å…’ç«¥æœé£¾ç‰ã€‚ æˆ‘å€‘ç¸½æ˜¯å–œæ¡åˆ°é¦™æ¸¯å¤ªç©ºé¤¨å’Œé¦™æ¸¯æ·å²åšç‰©é¤¨ï¼ˆæˆ‘çš„æœ€æ„›ï¼‰çœ‹é‚£äº›å¸¶äº’å‹•æ¨¡å¼çš„å°å±•è¦½ã€‚æ·å²åšç‰©é¤¨æ›´æ¶µè“‹äº†é€™å€‹åŸŽå¸‚çš„éŽåŽ»ï¼Œä»¥åŠç›´åˆ°ç¾åœ¨çš„å¾Œæ®–æ°‘æ™‚æœŸçš„æ•…äº‹ã€‚ å†è€…ï¼Œç¾åœ¨æˆ‘çš„å¥³å…’å·²ç¶“9æ²äº†ï¼Œæˆ‘å€‘é€™æ¬¡å¾žçœ¾å¤šå¸‚é›†ä¸æŒ‘äº†å¹¾å€‹ä¸€é€›ã€‚æˆ‘ç‰¹åˆ¥å–œæ¡åˆ°ä¸Šæµ·è¡—é¸è³¼å»šæˆ¿ç”¨å“å’Œé£¾å“ï¼Œä¸¦åˆ°èŠ±å¸‚åŽ»èµ°èµ°ã€‚æ‚¨ç¾åœ¨ç”šè‡³å¯ä»¥æ‰¾ä¾†åš®å°Žå¸¶æ‚¨éŠè¦½å¸‚é›†å‘¢ï¼ #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofHK #VictoriaHarbour #familytravel #travelHK #sailboat #starferry #HKSpaceMuseum #HKHistoryMuseum @harbourcity
Some of the many amazing treats we find in our room:
@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: Our rooms always feel like home, assisted this time by a truly thoughtful welcome amenity including my daughter’s favorite honeydew melon juice on ice in clever little vials (she’s really into science at the moment), gummy bears, Mandarin Cake Shop treats for me and even a gift for our dog–his favorite toy. Thank you to @MO_HKG’s Guest Relations team! Lajolla Momå ±å°Žï¼š æˆ‘å€‘å…¥ä½çš„å®¢æˆ¿ç¸½æ˜¯æœ‰å®¶ä¸€æ¨£çš„æ„Ÿè¦ºï¼Œè€Œé€™ä¸€æ¬¡ï¼Œæˆ‘å€‘æ›´æ”¶åˆ°ä¸å°‘è¿Žè³“ç¦®ç‰©ï¼ŒåŒ…æ‹¬ä»¥å°è©¦ç®¡é€ åž‹é€ä¸Šæˆ‘å¥³å…’æœ€å–œæ„›çš„å†°å‡èœœç“œæ±ï¼ˆå¥¹æœ€è¿‘è¿·ä¸Šçç‘å¸ï¼‰ã€ç†Šä»”æ©¡çš®ç³–ã€æ–‡è¯é¤…åº—çš„ç”œé»žï¼Œç”šè‡³ç‚ºæˆ‘å€‘çš„å¯µç‰©ç‹—é å‚™äº†ä»–æœ€å–œæ¡çš„çŽ©å…·å‘¢ã€‚éžå¸¸æ„Ÿè¬é¦™æ¸¯æ–‡è¯æ±æ–¹é…’åº—çš„è³“å®¢æœå‹™åœ˜éšŠï¼ #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofMO #FANofHK #MOviews #familytravel #travelHK #HKtodo #welcomeamenities #MOfoodies #MandarinCakeShop @scoobydillon
A trip to the Big Buddha:
@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: The Big Buddha is another kid-friendly Hong Kong thing to do. My daughter loves the ride up in the glass bottom cable car (skip the queue with a prepaid voucher from the @MO_HKG concierge desk), climbing the stairs, vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery, spotting roaming water buffalo and dogs, as well as burning incense as a tribute. Speaking of these stairs, how many do you think there are? It’s a workout! Lajolla Momå ±å°Žï¼š å¤©å£‡å¤çä½›æ˜¯èˆ‡å©åæ–¼é¦™æ¸¯ä¸€åŒéŠæ¨‚çš„å¥½åœ°æ–¹ã€‚æˆ‘å¥³å…’å–œæ¡ä¹˜åçŽ»ç’ƒåº•çš„çºœè»Šï¼ˆé€éŽé¦™æ¸¯æ–‡è¯æ±æ–¹é…’åº—çš„ç¦®è³“éƒ¨è¨‚é–€ç¥¨ï¼Œæ‚¨ä¾¿ä¸ç”¨æŽ’éšŠäº†ï¼‰ã€çˆ¬ä¸Šé•·é•·çš„æ¨“æ¢¯ã€åˆ°å¯¶è“®å¯ºäº«ç”¨ç´ é£Ÿåˆé¤ã€çœ‹çœ‹é–’é€›çš„æ°´ç‰›å’Œç‹—ï¼›ç•¶ç„¶åˆ¥å¿˜äº†å…¥é„‰éš¨æ—ï¼Œç‡ƒé»žé¦™ç‡ã€‚ èªªèµ·é€™æ¢æ¨“æ¢¯ï¼Œæ‚¨åˆæœƒå¦çŸ¥é“å®ƒæœ‰å¤šå°‘ç´šå‘¢ï¼Ÿé€™å¯æ˜¯ä¸€æ¬¡é›ç…‰å•Šï¼ #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofHK #familytravel #travelHK #HKtodo #BigBuddha #np360 #polinmonastery @np360hk
A little about kid-friendly necessities in the hotel and nearby:
@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: In addition to exquisite 5-star luxury, did you know that @MO_HKG is an incredibly kid-friendly hotel? Little travelers have their own menu choices (a coloring/activity menu in Café Causette and Clipper Lounge), a fun scavenger hunt to do around the hotel for a Cake Shop prize, and the coolest craft set left in the room upon arrival that my daughter looks forward to building every year! All ages love a swim in the indoor pool, too. Plus, the many stores inside the Prince's Building next door are an excellent source of baby and kids’ gear, also making visiting Hong Kong with little ones easy. Lajolla Momå ±å°Žï¼š æ‚¨æ˜¯å¦çŸ¥é“é¦™æ¸¯æ–‡è¯æ±æ–¹é…’åº—é™¤äº†æ˜¯ä¸€æ‰€ç²¾ç·»è±ªè¯çš„äº”æ˜Ÿç´šé…’åº—å¤–ï¼Œå®ƒæ›´æ˜¯ä¸€é–“ååˆ†æ¡è¿Žå°æœ‹å‹çš„é…’åº—å‘¢ï¼Ÿå°è³“å®¢å€‘é™¤å¯æŒ‘é¸ç‰¹åˆ¥ç‚ºä»–å€‘è¨è¨ˆçš„èœå–®ï¼ˆæ–¼Café Causetteå’Œå¿«èˆ¹å»Šæ›´æœ‰å¡«è‰²ç‰éŠæˆ²æä¾›ï¼‰å’ŒåƒåŠ æœ‰è¶£å¥½çŽ©çš„å°‹å¯¶éŠæˆ²è®“ä»–å€‘éŠéé…’åº—ä¸¦åˆ°æ–‡è¯é¤…åº—é ˜å–çŽå“å¤–ï¼Œä»–å€‘æ›´æœƒæ”¶åˆ°é…’åº—ç‚ºå°æœ‹å‹å€‘é å‚™çš„å·¥è—ç®±ï¼æˆ‘çš„å¥³å…’æ¯å¹´éƒ½æœŸå¾…è‘—å›žä¾†è£½ä½œå„å¼å·¥è—å‘¢ï¼ç•¶ç„¶ï¼Œå¤çå®¶éƒ½å–œæ¡åˆ°å®¤å…çæ¸¸æ³³æ± åŽ»æš¢æ³³çš„ã€‚ æ¤å¤–ï¼Œåœ¨éš”å£çš„å¤ªåå¤çå»ˆè£¡äº¦æœ‰å„å¼å”®è³£å¬°å…’å’Œå…’ç«¥ç”¨å“çš„å•†åº—ï¼Œä½¿å¾—å®¶åºä¾†è¨ªæ›´ç‚ºä¾¿æ·ã€‚ #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofMO #FANofHK #familytravel #travelHK #HKtodo #MOdetails #chandelier #kidsfriendly #besthotelhk
Tips for visiting Hong Kong Disneyland:
@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: Each of our trips include a half-day or so visit to Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s our favorite Disney park because the queues are *usually* shorter, the overall experience feels more relaxed than at other Disney parks, you can buy tickets in advance from the @MO_HKG concierge desk and it’s easy to arrive via MTR from Central. Most major rides are represented like Space Mountain and Jungle Cruise. Autopia is particularly fun for us because the cars are right-hand drive! Tip: Guests are allowed up to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle before the park's official opening. Position yourself here a few minutes early to watch the ribbon cutting, then immediately head to a favorite popular attraction and be among the first in line! Lajolla Momå ±å°Žï¼š æˆ‘å€‘æ¯æ¬¡ä¾†æ¸¯éƒ½ç¸½æœ‰èŠ±åŠå¤©åˆ°è¨ªé¦™æ¸¯è¿ªå£«å°¼æ¨‚åœ’ã€‚é€™æ˜¯æˆ‘æœ€å–œæ„›çš„è¿ªå£«å°¼æ¨‚åœ’ï¼Œå› ç‰å€™æŽ’éšŠçš„æ™‚é–“æ™®éè¼ƒçŸï¼Œä»¤æ•´é«”æ„Ÿè¦ºæ¯”è¼ƒè¼•é¬†ã€‚æ³ä¸”ï¼Œæˆ‘å€‘å¯å…ˆæ–¼ç¦®è³“éƒ¨è³¼è²·é–€ç¥¨ï¼Œæ–¼ä¸ç’°ç«™æä¹˜åœ°éµç›´é”æ¨‚åœ’ã€‚æ¨‚åœ’å…çæœ‰å¾ˆå¤šæœ‰ä»£è¡¨æ€ççš„æ©Ÿå‹•éŠæˆ²ï¼Œå¦‚é£›è¶Šå¤ªç©ºå±±å’Œæ£®æž—æ²³æµä¹‹æ—…ç‰ï¼›å°æˆ‘å€‘è€Œè¨€ï¼Œé¦³è»Šå¤©åœ°ç‰¹åˆ¥æœ‰è¶£ï¼Œå› ç‚ºæ‰€æœ‰è»Šè¼›éƒ½æ˜¯å³è»šçš„ï¼ å°è²¼å£«ï¼šè³“å®¢æ–¼å…¬åœ’æ£å¼é–‹å¹•å‰å¯åˆ°ç¡ç¾ŽäººåŸŽå ¡å‰èç€å…‰ã€‚é ç•™å¹¾åˆ†é˜çš„æ™‚é–“ï¼Œæ‚¨ä¾¿å¯èç€è³žåˆ°å‰ªå½©ä¸€åˆ»ï¼Œä¹‹å¾Œæ‚¨ä¾¿å¯ç«‹å³å¥”å‘æ‚¨æœ€å–œæ„›çš„æ¨‚åœ’è¨æ–½äº†ï¼ #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofHK #familytravel #travelHK #HKtodo #hkdisneyland @hkdisneyland
Our favorite dishes at the hotel:
@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: We have a few foodie traditions when in residence at @MO_HKG. The first thing we order is nasi goreng, a dish that is hard to come by in San Diego and happens to be REALLY good here. We also eat Hainanese chicken rice via in-room dining, croissant-donuts from The Mandarin Cake Shop, dim sum and honeydew melon juice at Clipper Lounge breakfast buffet among other things! Food is a good reason to travel, don’t you think? Lajolla Momå ±å°Žï¼š æˆ‘å€‘åœ¨å…¥ä½é¦™æ¸¯æ–‡è¯æ±æ–¹é…’åº—æ™‚ï¼Œç¸½æœ‰å¹¾å€‹å°å°çš„ç¾Žé£Ÿå‚³çµ±ï¼Œè€Œé¦–è¦çš„å°±æ˜¯é»žé¸å°å°¼ç‚’é£¯ã€‚é€™é“èœè‰²æ–¼è–åœ°äºžå“¥æ˜¯å¾ˆé›£æ‰¾åˆ°çš„ï¼Œè€Œé…’åº—æŠŠå®ƒåšå¾—ç‰¹åˆ¥ç¾Žå‘³ã€‚æˆ‘å€‘åŒæ™‚æ–¼æˆ¿å…çç”¨é¤æ™‚äº«ç”¨éŽæµ·å—é›žé£¯ã€åˆ°æ–‡è¯é¤…åº—ç´°å‘³ç‰›èç’å†¬ç”©ã€æ–¼å¿«èˆ¹å»Šè‡ªåŠ©æ—©é¤äº«ç”¨äº†é»žå¿ƒå’Œèœœç“œæ±ç‰æ»‹å‘³ç¾Žé£Ÿï¼äº«å—é£Ÿç‰©æ˜¯ä¸€å€‹å¾ˆå¥½çš„æ—…è¡Œç†ç”±ï¼Œæ‚¨èªåŒå—Žï¼Ÿ #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofMO #FANofHK #familytravel #CafeCausette #MOfoodies #nasigoreng #HCR #croissantdonuts #MandarinCakeShop
A visit to Man Mo Temple within walking distance:
@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: Local religion has been of interest to my Hong Kong-born daughter lately, so a stop into Man Mo Temple, easily walkable from @MO_HKG, was definitely in order. Not to mention, you can browse the antique shops on Hollywood Road along the way and nearby Cat Street Market for inexpensive trinkets. Lajolla Momå ±å°Žï¼š æœ¬åœ°å®—æ•™æ–‡åŒ–è¿‘ä¾†æˆç‚ºæˆ‘é‚£é¦™æ¸¯å‡ºç”Ÿçš„å¥³å…’æ„Ÿåˆ°ç„¡æ¯”èˆˆè¶£çš„é¡Œç›®ï¼Œæ‰€ä»¥æˆ‘ç‰¹åœ°å¸¶å¥¹åˆ°è¨ªé›¢é¦™æ¸¯æ–‡è¯æ±æ–¹é…’åº—ä¸é æ¥è¡Œè·¯ç¨‹çš„æ–‡æ¦å»Ÿã€‚æ›´ä½•æ³ï¼Œæ‚¨æ›´å¯æ²¿é€”çœ‹çœ‹è·æŽæ´»é“çš„å¤çŽ©åº—å’Œé™„è¿‘æ‘©ç¾…è¡—å”®è³£çš„ç‰©ç¾Žåƒ¹å»‰çš„å°é£¾å“å‘¢ã€‚ #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofHK #familytravel #travelHK #HKtodo #manmotemple #temples #chineseculture
Finding green in Hong Kong:
@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: Believe it or not, there is green space to be explored beyond Hong Kong’s famous skyline so bring your walking shoes and let the kids blow off some steam in between sights. The trail leading to the Wisdom Path near the Big Buddha, is often times enclosed by a dense canopy of gorgeous trees. There are also two scenic walks we like to take at The Peak, another HK must-do, including a leisurely walk (it's stroller-friendly) around the Peak Circle Trail and a lengthier walk back downhill to Central on the Morning Trail through loads of nature along the way. But Hong Kong also has quiet beaches, geoparks, great hiking, wetlands and outer islands to see outside of the urban areas that I would definitely recommend! Lajolla Momå ±å°Žï¼š ä¿¡ä¸ä¿¡ç”±ä½ ï¼Œé¦™æ¸¯é™¤äº†è‘—åçš„å¤©éš›ç·šï¼Œé‚„æœ‰ç¿ ç¶ çš„èµ°é“ã€‚å¸¶ä¸Šé‹å‹•éž‹ï¼Œè®“å©åå€‘æ–¼éŠè¦½æ™¯é»žé–“çš„ç©ºé¤˜èµ°ä¸€èµ°åçã€‚æ–¼å¤©å£‡å¤çä½›é™„è¿‘èµ°åˆ°å¿ƒç¶“ç°¡æž—çš„é“è·¯ä¸Šï¼Œå¾€å¾€é‚„ç›¡è¦‹æ¨¹å† èŒ‚å¯†çš„æ¨¹æž—å‘¢ã€‚ #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofHK #familytravel #travelHK #HKtodo #wisdompath #PeakCircleTrail
And, finally, a fun birthday surprise for my daughter in our hotel room:
@lajollamom for @MO_HKG #IGTakeover: A perk of having a birthday near spring break when we usually travel to Hong Kong, is that she gets to celebrate (albeit a little early this year) in hotels. After a morning at Disneyland, we found this fantastic display in our room including an American cheesecake from The Mandarin Cake Shop, which is the same cake I bought for her first birthday celebration when we lived in HK. Thank you, @MO_HKG for always taking such good care of us. See you next year! Lajolla Momå ±å°Žï¼š æˆ‘å€‘ç¶“å¸¸æ–¼æ˜¥ç¯€å‡æœŸåˆ°è¨ªé¦™æ¸¯ï¼Œè€Œæ–¼é€™æ®µæ™‚é–“å·¦è¿‘ç”Ÿæ—¥çš„å¥½è™•å°±æ˜¯å¥¹å¯ä»¥æ–¼é…’åº—æ…¶ç¥ç”Ÿæ—¥ï¼ˆé›–ç„¶ä»Šå¹´æœ‰é»žæ—©äº†ï¼‰ã€‚ä¸‹åˆå¾žè¿ªå£«å°¼æ¨‚åœ’å›žä¾†å¾Œï¼Œæˆ‘å€‘ç™¼ç¾æˆ‘å€‘çš„æˆ¿é–“è¢«é€™äº›å¯æ„›çš„æ“ºè¨æ‰€ä½”æ“šäº†ï¼Œç•¶ä¸åŒ…æ‹¬ç¾Žåœ‹èŠå£«è›‹ç³•ï¼Œäº¦æ˜¯ç•¶æˆ‘å€‘é‚„ä½åœ¨é¦™æ¸¯çš„æ™‚å€™æˆ‘è²·çµ¦å¥¹çš„ç¬¬ä¸€å€‹ç”Ÿæ—¥è›‹ç³•ã€‚è¬è¬é¦™æ¸¯æ–‡è¯æ±æ–¹é…’åº—ï¼Œåç‹çµ‚å¦‚ä¸€çš„å¥½å¥½ç…çé¡çæˆ‘å€‘ã€‚ æ˜Žå¹´å†è¦‹ï¼ #LJMMandarinOriental #FANofMO #FANofHK #MOviews #familytravel #springbreak #birthdaygirl #surprise
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