The St Regis Macao, Cotai Central
BACKGROUND This 400-room hotel opened in December 2015, the sixth of seven properties built by Sands China Ltd on Macau’s Cotai Strip – all connected on the first floor level by an extensive retail mall called Shoppes at Cotai Central.
WHERE IS IT? In the heart of the Cotai district on the main drag, facing the Venetian hotel. Macau International Airport and the Taipa Ferry Terminal are both between five and ten minutes’ drive away. Macau’s city centre is 15-20 minutes away by road.
WHAT’S IT LIKE? St Regis is billed as the “most prestigious address on the Cotai Strip”. It is certainly more elegant and less brash than the majority, and although with 400 rooms it’s one of St Regis’s largest properties, in Cotai terms it’s almost “boutique” in feel.
ROOM FACILITIES There are two room types (subdivided into queens, kings and Cotai view) and four suite types. I was in a Metropolitan suite (105 sqm) with a grandstand view of the Cotai Strip. The suite was roomy and stylish, with light wood tones, blue accents in the carpet, cushions, etc, and grey silk wallpaper – there’s no sign of the gaudiness found in some of Macau’s large hotels. A large, attractive cabinet held drinks, snacks and an Illy coffee machine (though your butler will deliver your choice with a simple phone call), and the round table and chairs served well enough as a work space, with sockets and a lamp on the sideboard nearby. A useful Handy smartphone is also provided for use in and outside the hotel.
The bedroom was big enough for a massive bed, a chaise longue and sofa, one of the suite’s two 55-inch TVs, plus a B&O bluetooth sound system. Off the walk-in wardrobe and dressing area was the white marble-clad bathroom, sporting Laboratoire Remède bath products, an LCD TV built into the mirror, a roomy shower and large bath.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS With so many F&B outlets in the Shoppes at Cotai Central mall, accessible through a door on Level 1, the hotel only needs to offer one restaurant and one bar – but each is exemplary. The Manor is split into sections, with the Verandah, the Dining Room, the Wine Gallery and the Library all offering a slightly different ambience. The food is excellent – I tried a fantastic meat plate comprising six cuts from different countries (including Miyazaki wagyu A5) and a gorgeous turbot dish, and I recommend both.
Also on the first floor is The St Regis Bar, a dark, comfortable refuge of calm with a beautiful stained-glass panel behind the bar, and an intimate area called The Vault that can be booked for private casual meetings.
MEETING FACILITIES The Study on the fifth floor is a business centre with four workstations, and business amenities can also be brought directly to your room. St Regis has nine meeting spaces on the fourth and fifth floors, the largest 628 sqm in size (the Astor Ballroom). However, the fifth floor is also connected to the Sheraton Grand’s enormous meeting facilities as well.
LEISURE FACILITIES On the eighth floor is a private outdoor deck containing two heated pools, whirlpools, loungers and cabanas, as well as a pool bar offering light snacks and drinks. The 190 sqm St Regis Athletic Club is also on this floor, with a large gym stocked with Technogym equipment, an exercise studio and saunas in the changing rooms.
On the 38th top floor of the hotel, accessed by a separate lift from the 37th floor, is Iridium Spa, with ten treatment rooms including a Thai massage room, and a choice of custom-made “Gemology Cosmetic” oils.
VERDICT In the larger-than-life fantasy world that is Macau’s Cotai district, this hotel is an oasis of calm and refined style, with top-quality service, rooms, dining and leisure options. As a corporate refuge for those doing business in the Cotai area it is highly recommended.
PRICE Internet rates for a Metropolitan suite in mid-June start from HK$3,125 (US$402) per night including tax and surcharges
CONTACT Estrada Do Istmo, Cotai, Macau; tel +853 2882 8898; stregis.com/macao
St Regis is billed as the “most prestigious address on the Cotai Strip” and is almost “boutique” in feel