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The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - A TRAVELLER’S TALE -

Get­ting there

Vir­gin At­lantic flies daily be­tween Sydney and Hong Kong, with con­nect­ing flights from many Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tions. See vir­gin-at­lantic.com.au The Vir­gin At­lantic Club­house is avail­able to Up­per Class pas­sen­gers to get the very best ser­vice in the air­port. The club­house is on the up­per level of the ter­mi­nal and is split into two dis­tinct ar­eas – an open bal­cony and an in­te­rior cabin space.

Stay­ing there

The Sof­i­tel Ma­cau At Ponte 16 is in the his­toric quar­ter. My club room on the 16th floor had river views. The ho­tel is about a 1km walk from the ruins of St Paul’s and the Ma­cau Mu­seum. The Sof­i­tel is more ho­tel than casino, al­though it does have three lev­els of gam­bling rooms. It also has an amaz­ing Michael Jack­son Gallery with videos and mem­o­ra­bilia – in­clud­ing MJ’s fa­mous glove. The rooms are over­sized with the fa­mous Sof­i­tel Mybed and Her­mes prod­ucts. The ho­tel is of­fer­ing a deal to stay in The Man­sion At Sof­i­tel (from $HK4450) for a night that in­cludes buf­fet break­fast at Mis­tral Res­tau­rant for two; com­pli­men­tary mini-bar; com­pli­men­tary WiFi ac­cess and lo­cal calls; a bot­tle of NV Charles De Fere Re­serve, Bur­gundy; Her­mes gift pack; $300 din­ing voucher a night; and 20 per cent off ac­com­mo­da­tion from Sun­day to Thurs­day. See sof­i­tel.com

Do­ing there

The best bar in town is at the MGM Grand – the Lion’s Bar. It has a great band and some of the best peo­ple-watch­ing in Ma­cau. More: See www.macau­tourism.gov.mo/en

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