Sher­a­ton Grand Ma­cao

Business Traveller (India) - - TRIED & TESTED -

BACK­GROUND The largest ho­tel un­der Star­wood Hotels and Re­sorts, Sher­a­ton Grand Ma­cao opened in 2012. It was con­structed by Las Ve­gas Sands and is man­aged by Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional. Some of the other hotels owned and man­aged by Las Ve­gas Sands are Sands Ma­cao, The Vene­tian Ma­cao and The Parisian.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? Grand like its name. Its ex­te­rior re­sem­bles an Ori­en­tal man­sion be­side two tow­ers. The lobby is huge with a cen­tral lounge called Palms with palm trees that tower up to the high glass ceil­ing. At any given point, there are hoards of tourists queue­ing for check-in at the oval shaped re­cep­tion area that’s em­bel­lished with elab­o­rate light in­stal­la­tions. For­tu­nately, my check-in process was smooth at the Sher­a­ton Club Lounge. Be­ing a fam­ily-friendly ho­tel, it has col­lab­o­rated with DreamWorks Stu­dio — the Amer­i­can an­i­ma­tion house. Fre­quently, “stars” of an­i­mated movies can be found walk­ing around the prop­erty, pos­ing for pic­tures. Sim­i­larly, the prop­erty has a lot of pro­grammes planned around chil­dren — such as SPG Kids Pass (kids’ din­ing dis­counts) and a Kids’ Sa­lon. A busy ho­tel with 4,001 rooms, it is al­ways buzzing with en­ergy. I got

lost on the prop­erty a cou­ple of times try­ing to find my way around, how­ever the staff was ami­able and helped out. WHERE IS IT? On the Co­tai Strip, about 1km to Ma­cao Air­port and around 9km to Ma­cao Ferry Ter­mi­nal. The ho­tel of­fers free shut­tle ser­vices for its guests to the air­port and the ferry ter­mi­nal. ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES

Ac­com­mo­da­tion cat­e­gories be­gin from Deluxe rooms (42 sqm) and con­tinue to Deluxe Co­tai rooms (42 sqm) and Sher­a­ton Club rooms (42 sqm). There are seven suite types in­clud­ing Deluxe suites (125 sqm) where I stayed. Types up­ward of the Sher­a­ton Club room can ac­cess Sher­a­ton Club Lounge on level four that of­fers break­fast, check-in fa­cil­ity, all-day re­fresh­ments, af­ter­noon hors d’oeu­vres and a meet­ing room. There are also OSIM foot mas­sagers, tele­vi­sions and work-sta­tions here. My suite had sub­tle Chi­nese el­e­ments like the bed’s bright red head­rest and up­hol­stery. The de­sign other­wise is quite con­tem­po­rary. Be­side the bed is an iPod dock­ing sta­tion to which I connected my phone to play mu­sic. The liv­ing room is a plush space with a round din­ing ta­ble and lounge area with tele­vi­sion. A marble bath­room

fea­tures a large bath­tub in the mid­dle. There is a sep­a­rate me­dia-room with a queen-sized sofa where I watched the evening news. The win­dows of my suite over­looked the bustling Co­tai Strip. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS

Xin is its Asian restau­rant that spe­cialises in hot­pot cui­sine, Feast serves in­ter­na­tional flavours, the pre­vi­ously men­tioned Palms has cock­tails, tea and cof­fee. I en­joyed the salad buf­fet at its Ital­ian restau­rant Bene and break­fast was at Sher­a­ton Club Lounge. BUSI­NESS AND MEET­ING

FA­CIL­I­TIES The ho­tel has 13 flex­i­ble meet­ing spa­ces with three out­door event venues. Out of th­ese, there are six ball­rooms and three ju­nior ball­rooms within the Sands Co­tai Cen­tral com­plex that sprawl across 20,000 sqm. They can be di­vided into 166 meet­ing rooms. The ho­tel has three pool ar­eas — Jaya, Sala and Tiki — that can also be used for host­ing ca­sual af­fairs. LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES The ho­tel has three out­door pools as men­tioned ear­lier. Shine Spa of­fers holis­tic treat­ments. Sher­a­ton Fit­ness is its gym.

VER­DICT Busi­ness-friendly ho­tel in a city known for leisure and en­ter­tain­ment.

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