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Buckhead: now with Oriental extravagance

Offering sweeping views of the city and direct access to luxe shopping at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square, the 42-story Mandarin Oriental mixes a Far Eastern attention to detail with good ole fashioned Southern hospitality.The Café & Bar features sophisticated and contemporary décor, with plush carpets, dark wood walls, and baller white leather dining chairs perfect to close any business deal, but not doing your business on. Cause they're white. And other people have to sit on them.Accommodations are exactly what you'd expect from the international brand: paying meticulous attention to detail, the 117-room tower with residences is opulent as hell, and offers 10 spacious suites with sprawling balcony views of the city. A therapeutic journey awaits you in the spa, which promises to bring you increased vitality through relaxation, unlike the seedy parlors on BuHi, which increase your vitality in a complete different way.Taipan's an all-day lounge offering exquisite views of the Mandarin's English Garden......and bites of pork belly braised in Chinese five-spice......and cocktails like the Green-Eyed Serpent, created for the hotel's yearly Chinese New Year celebration.photos: MandarinOriental.com