Ramadan specials at Mandarin Oriental

THE Mandarin Oriental Munich is going out of its way to make Arab visitors feel welcome particularly during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The hotel, which is running a stay seven pay six promotion until September 12, will offer cold towels and sparkling date juice on arrival with Arabic-speaking front-desk staff and an Arabic chef in the kitchen.

At night guests can enjoy bakhlava and Arabic chocolate and a date menu featuring around 30 different types of dates such as Mactoumi, Dekkini and Khidri.

A selection or Arabic sweets and traditionally-made tea and coffee will also be available along with a choice of 30 Arabic newspapers and magazines and Arabic television.

Those who are fasting will be offered a selection of fresh dates at sunset and for Iftar Michelin-starred chef Tobias Jochim has created a special Ramadan menu with Arabic and Lebanese specialties which are available throughout the hotel including through room service and at the rooftop terrace.

And the rooftop terrace at the newly-created outside café is the ideal place to enjoy non-alcoholic cocktails and a large sheesha selection, including apple, melon and mint, with a 24-hour sheesha butler on call.

All guest rooms include signage pointing the direction to Makkah and for Friday prayers the hotel offers a transfer, at a nominal cost, to the mosque at prayer times. Prayer mats are also available.