Our fa­vorites among the slew of shiny new (and im­proved) ho­tels that have el­e­vated the city sky­line.

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Man­darin Ori­en­tal

Since 1984, the grand dame of Ma­cau has al­ways been one of the few ho­tels with­out a casino, and, in its new­est it­er­a­tion opened last year, con­tin­ues to of­fer respite from the dizzy­ing adren­a­line rush of gam­ing. The sole restau­rant, Vida Rica, serves de­light­ful fare from dim sum to mod­ern Eu­ro­pean, while the bar of­fers reg­u­lar cock­tail pop-ups. It also has un­ri­valed views of sun­sets over the Ma­cau Tower and front-row seats for the fire­works dur­ing the fes­tive season. man­dari­nori­en­tal.com; dou­bles from HK$2,500.

MGM Co­tai

The gleam­ing jew­elry box grac­ing the Co­tai sky­line is this MGM whose 1,390 rooms in­clude Skyloft du­plexes and vil­las. The cen­ter­piece of the in­te­grated re­sort is “The Spec­ta­cle,” a vast four-story atrium with beau­ti­ful in­door­plant land­scap­ing, the world's largest per­ma­nent in­door LED screen, retail, en­ter­tain­ment and celebrity chef–led din­ing un­der its nat­u­rally lit canopy. The per­ma­nent art col­lec­tion of more than 300 pieces bridges East and West. Retail op­tions in­clude the überexquisite Chi­nese cou­turier Guo Pei and Sin­ga­porean de­signer Ethan K. mgm.mo; dou­bles from HK$2,000.


The fu­tur­is­tic steel-struc­ture by Zaha Ha­did is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the Co­tai strip. The ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­piece is the world's first high-rise sup­ported by free-form steel ex­oskele­ton, with two tow­ers con­nected by a sky bridge, and 770 rooms and vil­las, the lat­ter of which be­gin at 582 square me­ters. Din­ing op­tions are top notch: be­sides the Alain Du­casse floor, there's a Pierre Hermé Lounge with an ex­ten­sive spread from the patis­serie mae­stro, and his cre­ations are served ex­clu­sively at break­fast as well as for in-room din­ing. city­of­dreams­macau.com; dou­bles from HK$3,000.

The Parisian

Sands Re­sorts' lat­est project on the Co­tai Strip, The Parisian Ma­cao is decked out in gold and red, with op­u­lent old­world in­te­ri­ors and an eye­pop­ping 3,000 rooms. Out­side is a Tour d’Eif­fel that, half the size of the orig­i­nal in Paris, holds La Chine, a Frenchin­spired Chi­nese restau­rant. The mini-Tower is linked to the ho­tel by a foot­bridge that show­cases the de­sign of in­dus­trial mastery. The 1,200seat the­ater hosts many in­ter­na­tional acts, and kids' ac­tiv­i­ties. parisian­macao.com; dou­bles from HK$1,300.

Wynn Palace

Wynn Palace on the Co­tai

Strip has a glo­ri­ous façade lined with ca­ble cars of­fer­ing the best view of their foun­tain spec­ta­cle. Home to Ma­cau's largest flo­ral art, their eclec­tic art col­lec­tion is not too shabby ei­ther; check out the rare Ming vases and Jeff Koons's psy­che­delic Tulips. The mas­sive spa of­fers treat­ments fit for roy­alty, such as a di­a­mond-and-gold fa­cial. Each of the 1,706 rooms and suites has an in­tu­itive touch­screen panel to con­trol ev­ery­thing; and the three-bed­room Gar­den Vil­las have 24-hour but­lers, 800-thread count Frette sheets and, of course, pri­vate pools. wyn­npalace.com; dou­bles from HK$1,700.

Look down on an Eif­fel Tower at The Parisian.

Man­darin Ori­en­tal, a calm­ing clas­sic.

MGM has an East-meets-West aes­thetic.

Mor­pheus, a new ar­chi­tec­tural won­der in Co­tai.

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