Macau is just an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong. Yet, compared to its neighbour, staying in Macau is relatively cheap. You also tend to get more room for your money. For a five-star stay that won’t break the bank, opt for Macau – especially on weekdays.
Stay in style
Multibillion-dollar casino resorts are at every turn in this city. If you want to live like a VIP and stay in style – you’ve come to the right place. For a classy option, Wynn Palace is the ticket. As the name implies, it’s rather on the palatial side – but a night or two living like royalty never harmed anyone.
Opened in August 2016 at a staggering cost of US$4.1 billion, it’s the most elegant of the casino resorts in the city. The hotel offers 1,706 rooms, suites and villas – some are big enough for you, your friends, and their friends, etc. For those partial to a little indulgence, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s also home to Macau’s largest spa. What’s more, you can enter the resort in style, too. Hop on one of the skycabs (cable cars) at the entrance, and it will whisk you around the eight-acre performance lake before you descend into the resort – from there your palace awaits you.
Wynn Palace, Avenida Da Nave Desportiva, Cotai, Macau +853 8889 8889
On a budget
The best thing about staying at Sofitel Macau is that, despite it being a five-star hotel, the room rates, especially on a weekday, are a relative steal. Based in the heart of old Macau, the hotel is within walking distance from the historic city centre, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. It’s a great place to rest your head in relative luxury while having the best bits of Macau right on your doorstep.
Sofitel Macau, Rua do Visconde Paco de Arcos, Macau +853 8861 0016
Beyond the casinos
Grand Coloane Resort
There is more to Macau than its casinos. If you venture to the city’s greenbelt – Coloane – it’s like stepping foot in a completely different world. It’s lush and green with beaches, hiking and nature trails, a quaint Portuguese-style village and even a panda pavilion, which is home to giant pandas and a couple of rare red pandas. It’s a perfect place to come and take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the town centre and tourist zones. Also, it’s home to a real gem of a hotel called the Grand Coloane Resort.
The Grand Coloane Resort is its own little oasis. Every room here has a private balcony (generously sized) that offers views overlooking the South China Sea or the neighbouring Hac Sa Beach (black sand beach). You could quite easily while away the hours on the balcony enjoying breakfast, sunbathing, lunch, dinner – all uninterrupted as the balconies are both spacious and offer great privacy. Seac Pai Van Park, Macau’s largest natural green area, is within walking distance of the hotel as are several hiking trails and the Hac Sa Beach – the largest beach in Macau.
Grand Coloane Resort, 1918 Estr. de Hac Sa, Macau +853 2887 1111
The Venetian Macao
If you’re a firm believer that ‘bigger is better’ than look no further than Macau’s landmark casino resort – The Venetian Macao. This megaresort is the largest casino resort on earth. To give some idea of its scale, The Venetian’s total floor area is the equivalent of 56 football fields. The 39-storey building, which boasts 3,000 suites, cost US$2.4 billion to build and is styled on the famous Italian city of Venice, complete with its own indoor canals and gondolas. The casino space inside the Venetian resort measures upwards of 34,000 square metres. It’s home to 878 gaming tables and 3,300 slot machines and is three times the size of the biggest casino in Vegas.
At a cost of USD$3.4 billion, MGM Cotai is the latest multibillion dollar megaresort to open in the city. The resort is home to 1,390 room and suites – among them are 16 skylofts and, in a separate wing, 27 mansion villas that are the first MGM Mansions in Asia. They can comfortably accommodate a VIP and his or her entire entourage – you get the picture.
The resort is a must-visit for art lovers, as it features the world’s largest indoor art garden, comprising 25 LED screens that showcase an array of digital art from some of the world’s top artists. In total, there are over 300 artworks on display at the resort, including modern and contemporary Asian paintings, newly commissioned pieces and even 28 Chinese imperial carpets from the Qing dynasty that were once housed at the Forbidden City in Beijing. In addition, the resort is also home to the MGM Theatre. Billed as ‘Asia’s first dynamic theatre’, it can seat up to 2,000 people and houses the world’s largest 4K (or ultra HD) LED screen and has two resident daily shows called ‘Experience’ and ‘Destiny’.
MGM Cotai, Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Cotai, Macau +853 8806 8888