Macau’s hotels are looking pretty wild now, but things are only going to get blinger. The city’s tycoons are vying with each other in a prolonged tussle of one-billion-upmanship to see who can build the flashiest resorts. With all this competition, Macau is shaping up to have some of the best hotels in the world.
Five-star barely seems adequate to describe the latest generation of accommodation, with designs reaching for the uppermost pinnacles of luxury.
Ritz-Carlton Macau – new kid on the block
The new 250-key Ritz-Carlton Macau is a prime example. Opened last May , it’s the city’s first all-suite accommodation, perched on the upper floors of the Galaxy Resort hard by the Cotai Strip, ground zero for Macau’s entertainment.
The hotel is adorned with Azulejo tiles, a form of Iberian ceramic tile synonymous with the heritage décor found in Macau.
There’s no loitering in Reception – during their in-room check-in, guests are served Chinese tea and local snacks.
The outdoor pool provides spectacular views over Cotai, while the poolside cabanas make for an intimate retreat.
The spa hosts ten treatment rooms and three couples’ suites, which celebrate elements of design rooted in traditional Chinese and Portuguese architecture.
As might be expected, the hotel aims to provide some stunning gastronomic experiences with classic Cantonese fine dining at Lai Heen, high-teas and cocktails at The Ritz-Carlton Bar & Lounge and organic fare and seafood at the Pool Bar.
Galaxy Macau Skytop Wave pool
There’s more fun to be had elsewhere in the Galaxy Macau. Macau’s short on beaches, so the owners decided to build their very own sun-n-sand oasis on the resort’s podium. Known as the Grand Resort Deck, it’s home to the world’s largest Skytop Wave pool, which has recently been joined by Adventure Rapids, which at 575 metres is the world’s longest aquatic adventure river ride.
The deck’s wildly popular with Mainland Chinese youngsters, many of whom live well inland and almost all of whom are whiling away the hours till Dad, and maybe Mum too, are finished winning a fortune at the tables.
Grand Coloane Resort golf course
Amazingly, there’s room for a golf course in Macau, tucked away on the southernmost one-time island of Coloane. Guests at the Grand Coloane Resort – which is set into the hillside overlooking the South China Sea – can simply step into the lift, ride it to the top floor, and stroll out onto the first tee.
The 18-hole, par-71 course – site of the annual Macau Open – provides both a challenging game with a number of strategically placed bunkers and lakes, and a very scenic experience, given the abundance of natural flora. Resort guests enjoy easy access – it must be all of 100 metres from the furthest guestroom to the start of the course – and special course privileges all year round.
1-Studio City Macau
Looming on the horizon is a crop of new resorts that put the flash in cash. Studio City Macau, scheduled to open later this year , is a cinematically-themed leisure and entertainment complex, which will integrate a family entertainment centre, TV studio, five-star hotel, nightclub, extensive dining venues and shopping mall.
The art-deco style complex will feature 1,600 rooms spread between two towers and will centre on Asia’s highest Ferris wheel, the 130-metre Golden Eye.
2-Hollywood Roosevelt Macau
Hollywood glamour is set to come to the former island of Taipa with the Hollywood Roosevelt Macau, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2016.
Set in a 12-storey tower, the boutique property will have 373 rooms and suites with dedicated balconies and a style described as a modern take on “Hollywood glam with a 1950s retro twist”.
And in 2017 the 20-storey, five-star, 270-room Palazzo Versace – the world’s third after the Gold Coast and Dubai – will host a gourmet restaurant, spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, retail spaces and other luxury facilities and amenities consistent with the Palazzo Versace style.
4-Karl Lagerfeld hotel
Swankier still, the first ever Karl Lagerfeld hotel will open around the same time, comprising some 270 guestrooms and suites in a 20-storey tower reflecting the sort of design that might be expected from one of the world’s top fashion gurus.
5-Louis XIII resort
Saving the best till last, Hong Kong tycoon Stephen Hung hit the headlines in late 2014 when he put in a US$20-million order for 30 extended-wheelbase Rolls-Royce Phantoms, which will head the limousine fleet at his Louis XIII resort. Set to open in 2016, the resort will include a 1,860-square-metre villa (proposed rack rate US$130,000) and is being designed with intellectual input from a direct descendant of the 17th-century French monarch.
Now, who can possibly go one better than that?
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