The Vene­tian

Ma­cau

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BACKGROUND Opened in 2007, The Vene­tian Ma­cau is sym­bolic of this spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion in more ways than one. ,t was the Àrst prop­erty built by Sands China at the Co­tai Strip that was once a bar­ren land. Owned and man­aged by the com­pany are ho­tels that in­clude Parisian Ma­cau, Sands and The Plaza. It also owns Con­rad, Sher­a­ton and St. Regis — these are man­aged by Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional though.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The idea is to bring the Ital­ian town of Venice to Ma­cau. Grand and larger than life, this re­sort prop­erty is known for its size. The 39-storey ho­tel is a des­ti­na­tion for trav­ellers who don’t feel the need to leave this place un­til check-out. The exterior wall does re­sem­ble Vene­tian build­ings quite au­then­ti­cally. There is also a canal on which the ho­tel oͿers gon­dola rides to in-house guests. There are two en­trances to the prop­erty, but I al­ways en­tered from the main lobby that con­nects to a walk­way, lead­ing to the rest of the ho­tels on the Co­tai Strip. A large golden globe-shaped wa­ter Àx­ture wel­comes you to the ho­tel. It’s a very busy ho­tel so I was pre­pared to wait in queue for check-in. The Vene­tian has di­vided its 3,000 suites across two wings — North and South for bet­ter man­age­ment. It’s easy to lose your way at this mas­sive prop­erty lined with fa­cil­i­ties de­signed for all types of trav­ellers — in­clud­ing the busi­ness trav­eller who is vis­it­ing Ma­cau for con­ven­tions or a MICE event. WHERE IS IT? It’s a Àf­teen­minute drive from the Ma­cau ferry ter­mi­nal. One of the Àrst ho­tels of the Co­tai Strip, it’s a land­mark that can’t be missed. ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES Be­ing an all-suite ho­tel, the sizes of ac­com­mo­da­tion are fairly large and be­gin at 70 sqm. I stayed in the base cat­e­gory Royale suite that was enor­mous, di­vided into a sunken liv­ing space — sep­a­rated by a step and bronze fenc­ing — and the bed­room. There are paint­ings of the Ital­ian town next to the wooden tele­vi­sion panel that also holds the safe de­posit. Bed­side lamps have USB ports, with two ad­di­tional charg­ing points mak­ing it con­ve­nient to charge my phone next to me as I slept. There is an iron and iron­ing board in the closet along with bath­room slip­pers. The liv­ing space has an ad­di­tional Áat screen tele­vi­sion, lounge seat­ing and a work desk be­sides a glass win­dow. My view over­looked the ho­tel’s mini-golf ground and the ex­hil­a­rat­ing Co­tai Strip dot­ted with its sis­ter ho­tels. Tra­di­tional, Ital­ian pat­terns are used across the suite along with golden touches that spell deca­dence in an ob­vi­ous way. It is a plush space in­spired by tra­di­tional Ital­ian her­itage and el­e­gance. The bath­room has a dress­ing ta­ble for ladies and two sinks, en­closed lava­tory, glass shower area and bath­tub. Touches of gold are used in the white bath­room too. Bella suites (70 sqm), Rialto suites (170 sqm), Verona suite (145 sqm), Fami­iglia suite (70 sqm), Florence suite (290 sqm) and Cielo suite (355 sqm) are its other ex­tremely lux­u­ri­ous and grand ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS

There are 30 restau­rants at this re­sort prop­erty in­clud­ing Golden Pea­cock where I dined dur­ing my stay. It is the only Miche­lin­starred In­dian restau­rant in all of Asia. Since the In­dian mar­ket is in the top Àve for the ho­tel, it also serves Jain cui­sine. Some of the other pop­u­lar restau­rants are Bambu (Ja­panese), Im­pe­rial House Dim Sum (Can­tonese), Madeira Por­tuguese Restau­rant and Vergano Ital­ian Restau­rant.

BUSI­NESS AND MEET­ING

FA­CIL­I­TIES Sprawled across 1,11,500 sqm, The Vene­tian has the largest MICE space in Ma­cau. De­signed to cater to large-scale cor­po­rate events, Co­tai Expo is a two-Áoor ex­hi­bi­tion area cen­tre that has the 6,500 sqm pil­lar­less Vene­tian Ball­room (it can be di­vided into 12 sec­tions). In to­tal, there are 108 meet­ing rooms spread across 18,600 sqm. Some of the sig­niÀ­cant spa­ces are — Hall A , Hall B, Hall C, Hall D, Hall E and Hall F in the Co­tai Expo. There are three ad­di­tional board­rooms (Da Vinci, Casa Nova-Galileo and Marco Polo) on the ground Áoor for pri­vate meet­ings. Capri, Torino and Verona are three more ju­nior ball­rooms, while Mi­lan, Florence, Si­cily and Naples are other four ju­nior ball­rooms on the ground level.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES Mini-golf for sport en­thu­si­asts, a Àt­ness cen­tre, four swim­ming pools and 300 shops are only some of the leisure fa­cil­i­ties here. It has the Vene­tian Theatre that fre­quently holds Broad­way style per­for­mances, Co­tai Arena that can ac­com­mo­date 15,000 peo­ple for con­certs and shows. There are many other ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties for fam­i­lies and chil­dren.

VER­DICT An ideal re­sort for large-scale MICE con­ven­tions in Ma­cau. Un­par­al­leled grandeur ex­hibit­ing world-class life­style fa­cil­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment.

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