WHERE TO SLEEP in Macau
In March 2018, the Census Economic Information Centre (CEIC) recorded 115 hotels in Macau with some 38,600 rooms – and more are being built. These range from five-star masterpieces right down to those for the more budget conscious, so finding one to fit your requirements is not hard. While most hotels in Macau are attached to a casino, plenty also offer family attractions including playgrounds and kids’ clubs. Here are two that dish stayed at.
1 HOTEL OKURA MACAU Part of the Japanese Okura Hotel chain, Hotel Okura Macau epitomises the ‘harmonious combination of functionality and comfort’ that its parent brand aims to achieve. With
429 rooms and 59 suites, it’s considered on the smaller side by Macau’s hotel standards, which is refreshing if that’s more your thing. Nevertheless, its location within the Galaxy Macau mega-complex means restaurants, hotels, casinos, food halls, spas and shops are all on your doorstep. A stay at the Okura therefore affords access to the Galaxy’s fabulous Grand Resort Deck with its 575m-long Syktop River Ride and Skytop Wave Pool (both the world’s largest). There is also Kidz Island aquatic play area and the Skytop Waterslide, making it a great hotel choice for families. Recreational facilities include an indoor swimming pool and gym – an extra enticement to the latter is that a run on the treadmill is rewarded by panoramic views across the river to mainland China. hotelokuramacau.com
2 THE LEGEND PALACE HOTEL This recently opened hotel is five-star: luxurious and grand. Situated at the Fisherman’s Wharf complex, it’s a two-minute walk from the ferry terminal. Rooms have their own balcony with views over the city – the casinos’ preponderance for massive exterior signage in flashing neon makes the city’s night views spectacular. Expect all the mod cons along with high thread count linen, plush carpet, heavy drapes, soft bathrobes and sumptuous bathrooms. Indulge in a foot massage at the Senses Heal th Club for a glorious way to wind down after shopping. legendpalace.com.mo
The ruins of St. Paul’s.