That little place across the water with Portuguese and Chinese influences ain’t so little any more – Macau keeps growing, and there’s more to it than casinos. A great weekend getaway option from Hong Kong for a taste of Europe, Macau has some truly opulent accommodation options with excellent restaurants and sumptuous spas. Prepare to be impressed with our list of some of the best hotels in Macau.
The name Mandarin Oriental, no matter where in the world, is synonymous with impeccable service and luxury. It applies as well to the Mandarin Oriental in Macau, which boasts the usual top-notch restaurants and legendary service we’ve become used to here in Hong Kong. Located in Macau’s downtown core, upon arrival at the striking building you will no doubt look up and scratch your head – yes, it is indeed shaped like a ship – fitting in nicely with the harbour setting of Nam Van Lake and Macau Bay nearby. Rooms are luxe, how could they not be, it’s a Mandarin Oriental after all, and each offers a waterside view. Start on the lower end of the price spectrum with a Deluxe City View Room, still very nice with a spacious bathroom and mood lighting, or go large and book the Presidential Suite, containing two of each: bedroom, sitting room, bathroom and some Asian-inspired artefacts set against 270-degree panoramic views. After check-out, don’t forget to stop by the world-famous Mandarin Cake Shop for beautifully-packaged and equally delicious homemade chocolates and pastries.
Another luxury pick in the environs of the Cotai strip, many come here not to just stay overnight in extravagant surroundings, but for one Michelin-star dining at Zi Yat Heen. Executive Chef Cheung Chi Choi serves creative dim sum beyond char siu bao, and the service is impeccable. Rest your satisfied bellies in a cozy poolside cabana, each equipped with a flat-screen TV, then go for a dip in one of five outdoor pools, including a lagoon-style one in a tropical setting and two shallow ones for kids. Bedtime will be all about sweet dreams when you dive into lush bed linens and slumber among soothing white tones.
The Ritz-Carlton Macau is housed on the top floors of the sprawling Galaxy Macau, a retail theme park/entertainment zone with no shortage of things to do. It’s a great bet for families with deep pockets, and those who don’t like to venture far when they’re travelling, as you’ve got all your holiday needs at your doorstep. Mums can head to the Cherry Afternoon Tea Buffet at The Ritz-Carlton Café, where posh chefs create French-inspired pastries highlighted by sweet summer cherries, from cherry foie gras to cherry and chocolate tarte. Dads will easily waste an afternoon away on the Galaxy Macau’s Grand Resort Deck for some al fresco organic beers and wines, and kids can have their own fun on a Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventure package, an in-room tent affair complete with luxurious Ritz-Carlton bedding and complimentary breakfast.
Wynn has made a name in the hotel and casino scene in Las Vegas, and for good reason, as they don’t skimp on luxury. The Wynn Palace on the Cotai Strip carries on the tradition with 5-star service and a setting that is reported to have cost over $4 billion to create. When you enter one of their suites, like the jaw-dropping Fountain Salon Suite, you’ll believe the hefty price tag. The 269 square metre-space is equipped with a private spa room with surround-sound audio to complement in-room custom spa treatments, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer a gorgeous view of the fountain show outside. Relax post-treatment on 800 thread count bed sheets as you check out the water show, murmuring contently on custom pillows from the exclusive Pillow Menu. Call up your 24-hour private butler for whatever your needs further require, be it dining reservations, personal-shopping appointments and more.
Mums and dads, your kids will be very happy that you booked this hotel, as it boasts the longest rooftop water ride, the Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Ride, along with the Skytop Wave Pool, a white-sand beach, and a kids-only aquatic zone, at the hotel’s Grand Resort Deck. Have a poolside lunch with light salads, sandwiches and sustainable seafood at The Pool Bar, and some Cantonese delicacies at the signature Man Ho restaurant. After a long day of water-related shenanigans, you’ll love nothing more than settling into your large, comfy beds in one of the well-priced rooms or suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows to gawk at the Macau skyline.
A stay at Morpheus is an experience, to say the least. The theme is futuristic, from the innovative guest rooms and suites, brilliantly designed by Remedios Studio of Hong Kong, to the building itself. Late architect Dame Zaha Hadid’s creative vision is behind the unconventional structure, the world’s first high-rise supported by a free-form steel exoskeleton. The focus, and a point of interest for many who simply come by to gape at this architectural feat at the City of Dreams, is the criss-crossing voids that shape the skyline into two distinct towers, connected by a sky bridge. You have to see it for yourself to really know what we’re talking about, along with the high-speed panoramic lifts that whip you up to your room or the Chinese restaurant Yí on the 21st floor Sky Bridge. More visual treats reside at Art on 23, a contemporary art gallery on the 23rd floor displaying privately-owned, iconic art, and for the ultimate in indulgence, book one of Morpheus’ nine villas to lap up private indoor pools, salons and personal 24/7 butler service.
Great for families and those who don’t desire large-scale extravagance, but the spacious rooms come equipped with fluffy robes and spa amenities for a special touch. The Conrad has a prime location in the heart of the Cotai strip, with more than 100 dining options and 600 (!) stores in the vicinity, and it’s a hop and a skip away from popular tourist sites like the Macau Eiffel Tower. The 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel has been designed with Himalayan influences, notably in the tranquil Bodhi Spa, where heavenly body wraps, steam treatments and soothing massages await to calm your senses from the bright lights and sounds of the casinos, also within walking distance of the hotel.
Forget shopping and Blackjack, you’ll easily spend your entire holiday at the Banyan Tree’s opulent poolside setting, where inviting cabanas line the massive Relaxation Pool and palm trees provide soothing shade. The reputable hotel, located within the Galaxy Macau, makes claim to being the first high-rise urban resort in the city, where guests can get a taste of deluxe sky-high living with contemporary pool suites providing thrilling views of the city’s skyline. Or opt to stay in your own private villa, surrounded by a lush garden, a personal pool that leads into a crystal jet pool, and lazy sun loungers to absorb the soothing tropical setting. Inventive poolside drinks and fabulous food will lure you back for many getaways to come.
The St Regis, smack in the city centre, is unlike the many gargantuan resorts that decorate Macau, and that is its appeal. The location is tops, near the Cotai Strip action, so you can access all the shops and restaurants, and the rooms are pleasing and comfortable – the Presidential Suites even more so. Done up in gold with crystal chandeliers, the suites also contain your very own karaoke lounge, spa salon and mini-gym, so you may never leave your room. Fans of the Bloody Mary should definitely hit up The St. Regis Bar, home of the best Bloody Mary in the city, according to many. Here it’s called Maria do Leste (Mary of the East), and their interpretation blends traditional Portuguese ingredients into the mix. Kick back with a couple in the chic bar setting, with a stunning mural comprised of more than 8,000 pieces of painted glass as its backdrop.
The massive and incredibly popular City of Dreams shares space with the Grand Hyatt Macau. Two wave-inspired towers greet you at this entertainment resort with an aquatic theme featuring an aquarium with swimming mermaids, a bubble fountain, and the main draw, the Dancing Water Theatre and its renowned “House of Dancing Water Show” Keep the water theme going with daily swims in the hotel’s 40-metre pool, a relaxing soak in the outdoor hot tub amid serene greenery, and then retire to your own private oasis in a deluxe room or suite, with awesome Cotai skyline or fountain views. Got a big family in tow? Take them up to the 37th floor for luxurious private dining in one of four stylish penthouse suites. Up to 12 family and friends can enjoy a unique meal from a specially designed menu of Chinese, Asian and international dishes, or you can customise your own gourmet menu from any of the hotel’s restaurants.