The St Regis Ma­cao, Co­tai Cen­tral

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - TRIED & TESTED - Jeremy Tredin­nick

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

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