Mandarin Oriental was, until 2019, little known in UAE – other than to Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, who always chose the brand when travelling and they became such fans that they gave Emirates Palace to MOHG to manage, but that’s another story. Anyway in February 2019 a determined Austrian, Werner Anziger, above, opened MOHG’s first hotel in the area, and the brand took off.
Today, MANDARIN ORIENTAL JUMEIRA BEACH DUBAI is a leader of style. Yes, the 256-room hotel is right on the beach and the whole thing, a bigger version of the all-mirrored glass house in Buffalo NY’s AK Gallery, is light and bright. but the lobby, supervised by lifesize glass trees, is where success stories and fashionistas hang out (and the caviar bar is managed by the father of the Hadid supermodel siblings, Bela and Gigi)
They’re always creating, Werner Anziger and his crew. They have just re-numbered a second-floor suite #1755, the birthdate of Vacheron Constantin watches. For 18 months this gorgeously-decorated trio of rooms will be used to entertain and cajole current and potential clients of the timepiece marque, now owned by Richemont. Founder Jean-Mac Vacheron followed a motto that is still used in the company, Faire mieux si possible, ce qui est toujours possible (do better if possible and that is always possible.
Werner Anziger does not waste time. He rushed up to the hotel’s indoor-out Portuguese restaurant, Tasca, glanced around at half-clad sunworshippers on loungers sandwiched between the cantilevered oudoor swimming pool and tables filled with casual-chic dining business folk, devoured three Portuguese crudo-filled bite-sized cones, shared details of ‘his other hotels’ and then, still rushing, he went off-stage. As his emulating his hero Napoleon, he recounted details of Dubai’s forthcoming second Mandarin Oriental, and the reflagging of AL-FAISALLAH in Riyadh, and what will be conversion of a venerable building in his home town. Amazingly, he also has time to create at base. His hotel’s Bay restaurant will be bisected, to give another restaurant, and there’s an after-party bar and more.
Honestly, Girlahead was exhausted just listening to the happy happenings….