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Destination Spotlight: Macao

In light of the news of Typhoon Hato, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Macao and all of those affected by the tragic storm. Macao and its residents offer a beautifully diverse destination, which is why we selected it in our editorial calendar as this month’s Destination Spotlight. Five Star Alliance sends our condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and well wishes for all those impacted.

Mixing Chinese and Portuguese traditions, Macao (Macau in Portuguese) offers an eclectic combination of classic Portuguese, ancient Chinese, and modern Western styles and cultures, along with international shopping, casinos, and nightlife. For almost 500 years, Macao was a Portuguese territory, and in 1999, Macao became a Special Administration Region of China. Easily reachable by direct flights from the U.S., Macao is located just 35 minutes from Hong Kong. Considered Asia's Las Vegas, the area offers a unique East meets West destination. 

Visitors can choose from a variety of attractions, including the Historic Centre of Macao, one of Macao's 25 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There's meandering streets with Portuguese colonial-style buildings, Buddhist and Taoist Temples amidst Christian Churches, lush gardens, beaches, fortresses, and parks. For museums, there's everything from he history of wine to ancient Chinese art, and no trip to Macao is complete without a trip The House of Dancing Waters--a water show spectacular with aquatic acrobats. Feeling adventurous? Try the world's highest commercial bungee jump. Plus, the Cotai Strip with Vegas-like casinos, resorts, shopping, and entertainment. 

Home to 19 Michelin-starred restaurants as well as Michelin-mentioned street foods, Macao is ideal for foodies and gourmands. An international mix of cuisines can be found throughout the area, but visitors should be sure to try Macanese cuisine which combines ingredients from around the world, and paired with Portuguese wines. 

Throughout the year Macao hosts a variety of events, including the longest running Grand Prix and the Dragon Boat Festival. In late September to early October, the Macao Fireworks Display Contest lights up the sky with nightly international firework displays, and the Macao Food Festival is held in November. There's also the Light Festival and International Film Festival in December.

To compliment Macao's attractions, Michelin restaurants, and cultural experiences, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Downtown Properties, Cotai Strip Resorts, and Stylish Retreats. 

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Downtown Properties

Wynn Macao

Wynn Macao

Offering more than 1,000 guest rooms and suites, Wynn Macao has a Performance Lake with nightly spectacles, premium dining options including Wing Lei, Golden Flower, and Mizumi, and ultra-luxe boutiques. There's a sprawling outdoor swimming pool surrounded with lush tropical gardens, and the property has been awarded eight Forbes Five-Star Awards. Located within the city center, the property has easy access to ferry terminals, border gates, and the airport with frequent shuttle service. 

Learn more about Wynn Macao

 

MGM Macau

Grand Praca at MGM Macau

Reflecting the hues of the South China Sea on its three-tiered gold exterior, MGM Macau is a luxury resort blending artistry with service and amenities. At the heart of the resort is Grande Praça with a grand glass ceiling, staircase, shops, and restaurants crafted in the styling of Lisbon's Central Train Station, which pays homage to the city's Portuguese heritage. There are seven signature restaurants and bars including Square Eight, the MGM Art Space, an infinity pool with 180-degree views of the sea, and the Tria Spa with signature treatments. 

Check rates and availability at MGM Macau

 

Mandarin Oriental Macau

Deluxe Suite at Mandarin Oriental Macau

Featuring a premier location on the NAPE waterfront, Mandarin Oriental, Macau has a contemporary design infused with atmosphere of oriental calm. Providing tranquil views of Nam Van Lake and Macau Bay, guest rooms and suite have state-of-the-art technology, large windows, mood lighting, walk-in wardrobes, large LCD TVs, and bathrooms with tubs and walk-in showers. Within the One Central development, the property is steps from colonial streets and chic boutiques. There's also a spa, multiple restaurants, and large outdoor pool with discreet service within the hotel. 

Learn more about Mandarin Oriental Macau

 

Cotai Strip Resorts

Venetian Macao

The Venetian Macao

Inspired by the city of Venice, the Venetian Macao offers Italian grandeur with gondola rides through the Grand Canals of Shoppes, San Luca, and Marco Polo. There are four outdoor pools with lounge areas and cabanas, a fitness center, mini golf course, kids' club, and the TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital with a comprehensive approach to wellness. In addition, the Venetian Theater and Cotai Arena offer a range of entertainment events from concerts to theatrical performances, and there's an array of dining options from casual grab-and-go to six signature restaurants. 

Check rates and availability at Venetian Macao

 

Four Seasons Hotel Macao 

Four Seasons Hotel Macao

Providing an intimate setting on the Cotai Strip, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao offers five outdoor pools along with 11 poolside cabanas equipped with flat-screen TVs. There's a spa with a private spa suite outfitted with a vitality pool, as well as a range of signature rituals and treatments for men and women. Guests are invited to discover Macao's Portuguese and Chinese heritage through the hotel's cuisine options, and the resort offers walking tours of Coloane Village, private tours of the Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage, and bicycles for exploring the area. 

Learn more about the Four Seasons Hotel Macao

 

Banyan Tree Macau

Guest suite at the Banyan Tree Macao

Offering skyline views, Banyan Tree Macau is a high-rise urban resort featuring an expansive outdoor pool with eight lavish private cabanas as well as sun loungers and palm trees. The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa is a modern and tranquil space with 19 treatment rooms and a variety of exclusive services, plus a a state-of-the-art health club on the 31st floor with an indoor pool overlooking Macao. Afternoon Tea is served in the Banyan Lounge, while Saffron is the property's signature restaurant with authentic Thai cuisine. Belon specializes in seafood, fine steaks, and grilled specialties, and Cabana has finger foods, barbeque packages, and direct pool access. 

Check rates and availability at Banyan Tree Macau

 

Stylish Retreats

Grand Coloane Beach Resort

Grand Coloane Beach Resort Pool

Situated 10 minutes from the Cotai Strip, Grand Coloane Beach Resort is a full-service property offering family rooms, kids' club, children's playground, and childcare services. Surrounded by natural beauty, the property has multiple dining options, spa and wellness center, tennis, hiking, bicycle rentals, and indoor and outdoor pools. 

Learn more about Grand Coloane Beach Resort

 

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

Located on the waterfront, Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is set amidst the Macau historical quarter. Blending French style with Portuguese and Chinese culture, the property offers international cuisine at the Mistral Restaurant, and outdoor dining on Le Terrace with views of the inner harbor. There's also a lavish outdoor pool, and a spa with French beauty treatments. Steps from the St. Paul's ruins and the A-Ma Temple, the luxury property is ideal for exploring the area. 

Check rates and availability at Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16

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Venetian Macau
Large enough to hold ninety Boeing 747 jumbo jets, nowhere else in Asia will you find such a rare combination of facilities, attractions and amenities than at the 3,000 suite Venetian Macao Resort Hotel. There are more than 350 shops of unmatched premium retail experience set in elegant streetscapes reminiscent of Venice. There are over 100,000 square meters (1,000,000 square feet) of convention, exhibition, and meeting facilities. Featuring over 30 world-class restaurants, with award-winning chefs from every major culinary tradition creating dishes with flair and imagination.

So indulge in all that this luxury resort has to offer with the hotel's Discover Macao offer. 

Book a minimum two-night stay and you'll get

- Half-day Macao Discovery Tour for two

- Breakfast for two at Cafe Deco or Fogo Samba, or Lunch buffet at Bambu or Golden Peacock, OR MOP200 Shopping and Dining Dollars

- Almond cookies from the famous Choi Heong Yuen Bakery

- In-suite Wi-Fi internet access and 2pm late check-out (subject to availability)

- Access to the lush pool deck with four pools and heated Jacuzzi

- Access to theV Gym fitness center

- Shuttle Services from major Macao arrival areas

- Book an additional night and get an upgrade to the spectacular Cotai View Suite

Rates for this offer start at $309 per night


Banyan Tree Macau is the city's first high-rise urban resort to showcase private
indoor relaxation pools in every suite and swimming pools with serene gardens in every villa. 

Banyan Tree Macau

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Wynn Macau

Gamblers at Wynn Macau are aided by the resort's Tree of Prosperity. Designed to thrill and excite guests, the Tree of Prosperity is a choreographic masterpiece of music, video and light. Rays of light illuminate the tree and change into vibrant colors to represent different seasons of the year. The sparkling chandelier, composed of 21,000 crystals, adds glitter and glamour. 

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The Raleigh South Beach
Legendary Fashion Designers Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger have joined colleagues Armani, Versace, and Missoni (among others) in the hotel business. Lagerfield has  just inked a deal to design a 270-room signature hotel in Macau. Lagerfield will be going for a 19th Century design aesthetic with a modern twist. Karl Lagerfeld isn't brand-new to the hotel-design business. He recently spruced up Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo's new pool. China is currently is quite popular with designers and designers. Bulgar is opening a new hotel in Shanghai in 2015, and Versace plans to open Palazzo Versace Macau, in 2017.

American sportswear designer Tommy Hilfiger isn't just designing The Raleigh, he has purchased it. The art deco hotel is a South Beach icon, and Hilfiger has plans to add a destination spa, fine dining outlets, and possibly a private club to the hotel. The hotel will most likely undergo interior redecoration to reflect the Hilfiger style.

Other fashionable luxury hotel spots include the Oscar de la Renta-decorated villas at Tortuga Bay, a Dior suite at The St Regis New York, a Diane Von Fursternberg suite at Claridge's, and Ralph Lauren's Round Hill Hotel and Villa's accommodations. 

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Venetian Macao Resort Hotel offers leisurely ride through, the San Luca, Marco Polo or Grand Canals, aboard their beautifully crafted Venetian gondolas. The romantic boat rides are enhanced by a singing gondolier.

Venetian Macao

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Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is located in the center of the city and admist the charming historical quarter and walking distance to St. Paul's Ruins and A-Ma Temple. 

Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 

Fall rates at Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 start at $199 per night >>

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Wynn MacauIn 2006 Las Vegas was eclipsed by Macau as the gaming capital of the world. Not far from Hong Kong, the former Portuguese colony of Macau attracts millions of visitors from mainland China keen to wager their bets at legal casinos. In fact, The Wall Street Journal reports that gambling revenue in Macau just hit an all-time record high- at $3 billion in the month of May. Little wonder then that casino mogul Steve Wynn has been investing heavily in his resorts there. (Wynn Macau looks hauntingly similar to its Vegas predecessor.) The latest? Wynn shelled out $12.8 million at a London auction recently for a set of four 18th-century Chinese porcelain vases that will adorn his new Cotai Resort Hotel, scheduled to open in 2015 in Macau. Bloomberg has the skinny on the vases:

The 4-foot (1.2 meter) vases, painted with Buddhist and Taoist emblems and embellished with 19th-century gilded metal mounts, were the most expensive of 50 lots at Christie’s International’s “Exceptional’’ sale in the U.K. capital. Sold by a private collector, the Jiaqing period (1796-1821) vases had formerly been in the collection of the Scottish aristocrats, the Dukes of Buccleuch, and had been estimated at 600,000 pounds to 1 million pounds.