In this first part of our exclusive week-long THE 5 FACES OF MACAO series, we reveal the ultra glamorous and luxurious high-end face of this fascinating destination.
Whether your clients are high rollers, fine foodies, luxury-loving families, couples or solo travellers, or planning a girls’ (duty free!) shopping getaway, Macao obliges – and all in one incredible destination, so close to Australia. One of the wealthiest regions in the world, per capita, Macao exudes glamour and luxury – not exclusively, mind you – but for those who seek the finer things in life, Macao offers it all – across accommodation, dining, experiences, art, fashion and designer shopping.
Did you know …
- Macao’s Cotai Strip is known as the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’. Many of Macao’s ultra luxury hotels and integrated resorts are located here, along with fine dining and designer shopping. Just like Vegas, the strip here – Estrada do Istmo – buzzes with a unique vibrancy.
- Macao boasts 19 Michelin Star restaurants in the 2019 Michelin Guide. Two restaurants have risen to three stars, four restaurants earned two stars for the first time, and six restaurants debuted in the one-star category.
- Macao has no fewer than 30 ultra-luxe 5-star and 5-star+ hotels – that’s approximately one luxury hotel per square kilometre!
- Macao is a duty free destination – luxury and designer goods can be purchased with huge savings, across thousands of high end retailers
- Macao has over 40 casinos including the biggest integrated casino resort in the world – The Venetian Macau
- Macao’s Wynn Palace, the 5-star hotel owned by billionaire, Steve Wynn, houses one of the world’s largest privately owned art collections, with everything from globally renowned artworks to priceless Chinoiserie on display in the hotel
- Macao can be reached from Hong Kong by helicopter in only 15 minutes. Sky Shuttle Helicopters operates 42 flights a day between Macao and Hong Kong, and also offers private charter services
For more background information on Macao, including Destination Guide Fact Sheet and video CLICK HERE.
Luxury Macao Accommodation
Luxury hotels abound in Macao but, for ultra luxe and glamour, the following hotels are simply sensational.
This luxury integrated resort is modelled on its sister resort, The Venetian Las Vegas, and includes all-suite (3,000 suites) accommodation, world class entertainment and shopping, and the largest (and most luxurious) casino in the world.
Like its counterpart, The Venetian, The Parisian Macao is another spectacular luxury offering from the Sands Group (Sands Resorts) and is linked via walkways to The Venetian Macao, other resort hotels and a world of dining and shopping. The hotel’s authentic half-scale Eiffel Tower replica of the Paris icon is a landmark in Macao.
Towering over the Cotai Strip, this impressive 35-storey resort boasts a luxury casino, 1400 rooms, nightclubs and beautiful restaurants.
A futuristic, ultra-luxe experience, Morpheus drips with contemporary elegance, and is home to two dining experiences by Chef Alain Ducasse.
This sophisticated hotel in Cotai is the recipient of six Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star Awards across its rooms and suites, dining offerings and spa and wellness.
The stylish 213 room-and-suite hotel towers over the picturesque Macau waterfront, offering spectacular views of Nam Van Lake and Macau Bay from each of its guestrooms.
Located within City of Dreams in Cotai, the hotel features 791 luxury rooms and is home to Macao’s famous, and breathtaking, The House of Dancing Water Show.
Located at Sands Cotai Central in the centre of the Cotai Strip, Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel was constructed by Las Vegas Sands and is managed by Marriott International. With over 3,900 beds it is the largest hotel in Macao.
Situated on the Cotai Strip, the hotel offers luxury accommodation and Michelin-star dining.
TOP IMAGE: Four Seasons Macao/MGTO
Macao’s provenance as the first Asian nation to be colonised, by the Portuguese in 1557, has resulted in a heritage that blends eastern and western culture, evolved over almost 500 years.
In fact, Macao is recognised as the birthplace of the first ‘fusion food’ – and the Macanese cuisine is now designated as Macao’s intangible heritage by the local government, and Macao is listed as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
In 2018 Macao celebrated the Year of Gastronomy and, in 2019, the revered Michelin Guide revealed 19 Macao restaurants who were recognised for their excellence in cuisine with coveted Michelin stars awarded.
Macao has also played host to large-scale gastronomy events including the Macao Food Festival – a landmark event gathering local and international chefs and key sector stakeholders from across Asia and Europe.
While it is fair to say that every dining experience in Macao is a guarantee of fine cuisine, for the ultimate 3-star Michelin experience, these are the 2019 Top Three:
Within the Grand Lisboa Hotel, Robuchon au Dôme boasts the most extensive and exclusive wine collection in Asia with over 17,000 labels, and has been honoured with the Wine Spectator’s “Grand Award” yearly since 2005. The restaurant offers a superb menu of French gastronomic cuisine, meticulously crafted by the world’s most Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon. The restaurant has been included in the Michelin Guide for 11 consecutive years.
Also located within the Grand Lisboa Hotel, The 8 Restaurant is the first and only Chinese restaurant in Macao to be awarded three Michelin stars for six consecutive years. The 8 also shares the exclusive wine cellar with Robuchon au Dôme.
Making its 3-star debut in the 2019 Michelin Guide, Jade Dragon is renowned for its elegant and exquisite Cantonese cuisine, stunning decor and exceptional service. Jade Dragon is located within City of Dreams in Coloane-Taipa.
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Balenciaga, Prada, Van Cleef & Arpels, Mont Blanc, Bvlgari, Girard-Perregaux, La Mer, Valentino, TOD’s, Givenchy, Chanel, De Beers, Jimmy Choo, Moschino, Tiffany & Co, Miu Miu … the list of high end brand names, each gracing the facade of almost limitless designer retail stores in Macao, is staggering!
To be a shopper in Macao is like the proverbial kid let loose in a candy shop – and remember, Macao is a Duty Free port so considerable savings on designer fashion, shoes, leathergoods, perfume and cosmetics and so much more are assured.
Sands Shoppes Macao is the largest duty free, luxury shopping experience in Macao, with over 850 retailers featuring the world’s best brands. For impressive luxury goods all in one spot, your clients can make their way to Shoppes at Four Seasons, as well as other Shoppes under the Sands Retail banner – Shoppes at Venetian, Shoppes at Parisian, Shoppes at Sands Macao and Shoppes at Cotai Central.
The third annual Sands Macao Fashion Week (SMFW19) will be held from 17 October to 23 October, 2019, and showcases the many retail outlets at Sands Shoppes Macao and the upcoming autumn/winter collections. The week will be launched with a glamorous event for VIP guests, media and key industry influencers.
Aimed at both the fashion industry and the general public, SMFW19 will present a series of ready-to-wear group runway shows spotlighting current collections together with various retail workshops and initiatives across the integrated resort. Apart from the opening night invitation only event, all other events are free and open to the general public.
Learn more about Macao HERE.