38 Lounge Banyan Lounge
The Altira Macau is already removed from the busy drag of Cotai and the main peninsula, but its spacious 38th-floor cocktail lounge offers even more of an escape. With high ceilings, plush furniture and a large al fresco terrace overlooking the water, it’s a comfortable place to while away an evening—there’s even a billiards table for a few games in between drinks. On most nights, a live jazz band provides the background music. Whisky and cognac fans will note that the selection is extensive. The bar snacks menu is a little different from the standard fare, too, with options such as deep-fried Vietnamese spring rolls and bacalao croquettes among the list. With a modern Thai feel, the lounge at the Banyan Tree is a great, cosy spot for a rendezvous, whether for a business meeting or a social gathering. There are afternoon high tea sets and a choice of pastries from 3–6pm daily, as well as an extensive snack and noodles menu. In the mood for drinks? An excellent wine list is available, including a broad selection by the glass as well as some hard-to-find Thai wines, in addition to the classic cocktails and mocktails. On our visit, the waitress was attentive and faultless.