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The Mandarin Oriental is making a splash in the South’s capital city. The newly opened Atlanta outpost of the ultraluxe hotel group occupies 42 towering stories in the heart of the city’s Buckhead shopping district. The hotel (taken over from The Mansion on Peachtree, a Rosewood Resorts & Hotels property) is on-brand with sleek, modern decor; expert service; and delicious cuisine, which blends local, Georgia-grown ingredients with Asian flair. The 127 palatial guest rooms, including 10 suites, are outfitted with cozy Rivolta Carmignani linens, Shanghai Tang bath amenities and surprise touches like flat-screen televisions cleverly hidden in fine-art frames. As with all Mandarin properties, the spa here is a draw, offering inventive and relaxing coma-inducing services that draw from Chinese medicinal principles and natural elements. And, with its reputation for discretion, the hotel is quickly developing a cult following among Atlanta’s many celebrity visitors. It’s the perfect marriage of Southern hospitality and Oriental modernity.

From $400, www.mandarinoriental.com/atlanta