When Maria Carey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese pitched up for the launch of the US$4.5 billion Studio City in Macau in October 2015, they certainly weren’t spotted standing patiently in the check-in queue. It’s no secret that superstars get treated like royalty in Macau.
They’re whisked hither and thither in limousines and helicopters, granted VIP access everywhere, and lodged in hotels’ most luxurious accommodation, where butlers stand waiting to cater to their every whim and there’s no nonsense about checking the minibar price list.
State-of-the-art hi-tech, gorgeous accessories (and marine and metropolitan views to be reincarnated for) are all part and parcel of the exclusivity that comes with staying in a Presidential Suite.
Of course, such palatial digs don’t exactly come cheap. Here’s a selection life at the top in Macau.
1-Sky Suites, Wynn Macau
Kicking off at MOP41,000 (AUD6970) per night, guests staying at Wynn Macau’s two-bedroom Sky Suites on the upper floors of Wynn Tower can access the VIP entrance and take advantage of the exclusive amenities of the Wynn Club.
The average suite measures 278 square metres, with impeccably furnished living and entertaining areas and a separate media and dining room plus kitchenette.
The bedrooms are dominated by Wynn’s signature king-size bed which is draped with Egyptian cotton, so utterly perfect for romping around on.
Each bedroom has a combination of “his-and-her” bathroom with a dressing area, a glass-enclosed shower, a bathtub with an ultra-deep bathing well and a private toilet.
For entertainment, there’s a 70-inch flat-screen LCD television and an in-room spa therapy suite complete with iPod docking station. Lacking something? Just hum, and the butler’s there in a trice.
2-Star Suites, Hard Rock Hotel
A couple of rungs up the ladder, and perfect for everyone’s inner diva, the Hard Rock Hotel’s Star Suites sell for around MOP58,000 (AUD 9860).
Inside, it’s all about having fun. Both the oval sofa and the rounded bed overlook the city with stunning 180-degree views.
The bar has a neat curve to it too, so guests can get set to rock around the clock.
Naturally, the DVD system has surround sound, and the 65-inch high-definition television boasts plug-and-play capability, while the whole suite is totally Wi-Fi wired.
In need of a good night’s sleep after a long hard performance by day? The duvet and pillows are filled with goose down. Suite dreams.
3-Presidential Suite, St Regis
Slightly more expensive, and opening December 2015, the 477-square-metre St Regis Presidential Suite will set you back a mere MOP60,655 (AUD 10,311), but guests certainly get a lot of bang for their pataca.
On the top floor of the hotel, the Presidential Suite has beautifully crafted oriental-inspired furnishings and eye-catching views of the Cotai Strip.
The suite features three bedrooms including an exquisitely appointed master bedroom, four bathrooms all stocked with Remède amenities, separate spacious living and dining areas that comfortably accommodate up to ten guests and a private entertainment room equipped with up-to-the-minute technology.
A private exercise room outfitted with a TechnoGym allows guests to burn up whatever calories they put on in the hotel’s restaurants, while a private massage room offers guests an Iridium Spa experience. Bespoke St. Regis Butler Service is available any time, day or night.
4-Presidential Suites, Four Seasons Macau
Up a couple of notches, Four Seasons Macao [sic] has two Presidential Suites each priced at MOP63,888 (AUD 10,860) per night.
Located high on the 18th and 19th floors, the three-bedroom Presidential Suites are spread over an area of 314 square metres.
Each suite has a grand foyer, a plush living room and lounge, formal dining room with seating for eight and a pantry.
The suites bask in rich colours and Oriental elegance, highlighted by plush fabric, silky drapery and beautiful objets d’art set off by fresh flowers.
Guests can sit back and enjoy their 42-inch plasma screen television, broadband and wireless Internet connections, in-room voicemail system, IDD, private bar, DVD player, and coffee- and tea-making facilities.
5-Presidential Suite, Banyan Tree
Finally, paramount king of the suites castle, the Banyan Tree’s Presidential Suite weighs in at a hefty MOP88,888 (AUD 15,110) nightly.
Occupying the 30th and 31st floors, the entrance is marked by grand carved wood panel doors and wrought iron chandeliers.
Italian marble columns flank the main living room, which is decorated with hand-painted silk wall coverings and hand-tufted rugs with a contemporary floral pattern.
An impressive chandelier lights the dining area, which also boasts its own refrigerated wine display.
A private gaming room, an informal dining cum breakfast area, and a bar area complete the lower floor line-up.
A sweeping staircase leads to the upper floor’s brace of bedrooms and family area, as well as an oversized relaxation pool.
Naturally, there’s plenty of audio visual entertainment in the suites, but the enticing pool is one of the most private in Macau. Swimming costumes are optional!
Ed Peters is a freelance writer who lives in Hong Kong
1 MOP = AUD 0.17 and USD 0.12
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