Man­darin Ori­en­tal Ma­cao

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BACK­GROUND Opened in 2010, Man­darin Ori­en­tal Ma­cao is away from the chaos of Co­tai Strip, on Ma­cao is­land. There is another prop­erty on this is­land called Grand Lapa Ho­tel that was op­er­ated by the Man­darin Ori­en­tal Ho­tel Group un­til 2014.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? Si­t­u­ated on the NAPE (Novos Ater­ros do Porto Ex­te­rior) wa­ter­front, the ho­tel prides it­self on its un­par­al­leled vis­tas of the Ma­cao tower and the Nam Van Lake from its rooms and fa­cil­i­ties. The ho­tel is de­signed by Kohn Ped­er­sen Fox, an Amer­i­can ar­chi­tec­ture firm. The ex­te­rior sym­bol­ises the ho­tel’s re­la­tion­ship with water through rip­pled, re­flec­tive glass win­dows that al­most ap­pear blue when seen from far. I vis­ited this prop­erty af­ter a busy day at Co­tai Strip, and was glad to en­ter a realm of calm. The lobby is con­tem­po­rary and chic, with scat­tered seat­ing and ab­stract art­work be­hind the two re­cep­tions. The two chan­de­liers here fur­ther brighten up the nat­u­rally lit lobby that’s lined with ceil­ing-to-floor glass win­dows. Un­like the other hotels of Ma­cao, the casino-less Man­darin Ori­en­tal is com­pact, but feels more in tune with trav­ellers who value an over­all “hos­pi­tal­ity” ex­pe­ri­ence.

WHERE IS IT? The ho­tel is lo­cated within the One Cen­tral de­vel­op­ment of Ma­cao, and is close to the re­tail stores at this multi-use com­plex. It is a ten­minute drive to the Ma­cau ferry ter­mi­nal and is 15 min­utes away from Co­tai Strip. ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES There are 213 rooms in­clud­ing 26 suites and one Pres­i­den­tial suite. I was of­fered a re­fresh­ing wel­come drink soon af­ter my check-in. My Deluxe Lake View room com­forted me with un­der­stated lux­ury and

mod­ern ameni­ties. The room, dec­o­rated in shades of brown and gold, over­looks a stun­ning view of the Ma­cao Tower and Nam Van Lake. This view is best en­joyed while soak­ing in the bath­tub that is fit­ted with hy­drother­apy mas­sage fit­tings. Toi­letries are by Aro­mather­apy As­so­ciates. Al­ter­na­tively, the two lounge chairs fac­ing the French win­dow also of­fers a beau­ti­ful city view. A jew­ellery box with hand­crafted desserts from Man­darin Ori­en­tal Cake Shop was kept en­closed on the work desk, which I only dis­cov­ered later. An HDMI con­nec­tion from the panel of the desk connected my iPod to the 42-inch flat-screen tele­vi­sion that cre­ated sur­round sound in the room. It also has USB ports and power sock­ets to charge var­i­ous de­vices. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS

Vida Rica Restau­rant and Vida Rica Bar are the ho­tel’s snazzy F&B of­fer­ings that over­look the tower and lake. They’re de­signed by the Tokyo-based De­sign Stu­dio SPIN and em­anate a dif­fer­ent look and feel from the rooms and suites that are de­signed by Sin­ga­pore­based LTW De­sign­works. An in­ter­est­ing fea­ture here is the metal bam­boo in­stal­la­tions that re­flect the sym­bol of Man­darin Ori­en­tal — the ori­en­tal fan when viewed from cer­tain an­gles. The bar has some in­ter­est­ing cock­tails, a few of which, such as Legend of Krem­lin (served in a vin­tage book) and The Ru­ins of St. Paul (served in a frame­work of the mon­u­ment) are pre­sented uniquely and shaken in front of guests. I de­voured the chef’s four­course de­gus­ta­tion menu that started with a salad with sum­mer veg­eta­bles plated as a gar­den. Next on the menu was the wild mush­room tea that was light and flavour­ful, fol­lowed by pan-fried tooth fish that was de­lec­ta­ble and fresh. The meal ended with pear “belle he­lene”, which is vanilla ice cream with poached pear, served with hot cho­co­late sauce and Chantilly cream — it is as de­li­cious as it sounds. There is also a Lobby Lounge on the ground level and Man­darin Ori­en­tal Cake Shop. BUSI­NESS AND MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES There is a 320 sqm ball­room called Ocean Room that can be par­ti­tioned into two, along with two meet­ing rooms that can be com­bined — Har­bour Room (47 sqm) and Bay Room (47 sqm), a board­room (60 sqm) with a pre-func­tion area (173 sqm). LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES

Out­door tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled swim­ming pool, whirlpool, fit­ness cen­tre with sauna, steam and in­door Jacuzzi and a spa fea­tur­ing Aro­mather­apy As­so­ciates’ prod­ucts.

VER­DICT So­phis­ti­cated lux­ury in a city known for its chaos. An al­ter­na­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in Ma­cao, fit­ted with busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties.

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