COTAI CHIC

The St. Regis Ma­cao is an ideal haven for more in­ti­mate, lux­u­ri­ous stays on the Cotai Strip.

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Cotai may be known for its en­ter­tain­ment, shop­ping, and su­per- sized ho­tels, but The St. Regis Ma­cao stands out for its level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion and at­ten­tion to de­tail. Step­ping into the dou­ble- height lobby, with its sweep­ing stair­case and modern, hand- sculpted chan­de­lier, is to ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent side of Ma­cau. Up­stairs, 400 el­e­gantly ap­pointed guest rooms are char­ac­ter­ized by con­tem­po­rary Asian decor and no short­age of crea­ture com­forts. As with other St. Regis prop­er­ties, the dis­creet, 24-hour St. Regis But­ler Ser­vice is a high­light, and but­lers can help with un­pack­ing and pack­ing, clothes press­ing, and other spe­cific needs. Guests seek­ing a re­laxed drink in plush sur­round­ings should head to The St. Regis Bar on the first floor, where the sig­na­ture cock­tail Maria Do Leste (Por­tuguese for “Mary of the East”) pro­vides a uniquely Ma­canese in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Bloody Mary. The con­coc­tion is spiced with lob­ster salt, pow­dered cin­na­mon, pa­prika, and pink and black pep­per­corn, a heady blend that speaks to Ma­cau’s long his­tory as a melt­ing pot of Euro­pean and Asian cul­tures. Minia­ture bot­tles of pre­mium vodka and Tabasco sauce al­low pa­trons to cus­tom­ize their Maria Do Leste, which is served with a sautéed Por­tuguese chouriço and a lob­ster egg tart on a plat­ter that evokes the tra­di­tional tiled paving known as calçada. That cel­e­bra­tion of Por­tuguese heritage ex­tends to The St. Regis Ma­cao’s sig­na­ture restau­rant, The Manor. As part of the ho­tel’s Afi­cionado ex­pe­ri­ences, an ex­clu­sive port- and wine-pair­ing din­ner is of­fered with bot­tles sourced from the fam­ily-run es­tate Quinta da Se­queira in Por­tu­gal’s Douro re­gion. The St. Regis Ma­cao also boasts the ter­ri­tory’s high­est well­ness venue on its 38th floor. Here, Irid­ium Spa of­fers sweep­ing views of the Cotai Strip from its 10 treat­ment rooms, while the per­son­al­ized gem­stone ther­apy is of­fered nowhere else in the ter­ri­tory. Avail­able for stays un­til Septem­ber 30, 2017, the Stay Ex­quis­ite pack­age prom­ises a pam­per­ing ex­pe­ri­ence from just HK$1,898++ (about US$244++), with ac­com­mo­da­tion in a Deluxe King room, a sump­tu­ous daily buf­fet break­fast at The Manor, along with wel­come drinks of Maria Do Leste and a sig­na­ture af­ter­noon tea set at The St. Regis Bar, all for two peo­ple. Also in­cluded are an in-room wel­come gift, an evening turn­down ser­vice, and the op­tion of two one- way first- class ferry tick­ets from Ma­cau to Hong Kong aboard Cotai Wa­ter Jet or ex­tra ho­tel credit of HK$ 300 for din­ing or spa treat­ments. Guests can up­grade to a suite with the ad­di­tion of HK$1,100++ (roughly US$141++). For more in­for­ma­tion, visit streg­is­macao. com/stay- ex­quis­ite

In­side the op­u­lent St. Regis Suite. Clock­wise from top: the taste­fully fur­nished dou­ble- height lobby; a tran­quil spot for an evening dip.

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