Macau is a heady mix of Chinese culture, Portuguese heritage and glitzy Vegas-style casinos.
Macau is one of the world’s biggest gambling Mecca with scores of casinos, top-notch restaurants and live entertainment. The Venetian, complete with its recreation of a Venice streetscape, is the largest casino in the world but Wynn Macau, Grand Lisboa and Galaxy are also worth checking out. Culture buffs will want to explore the cobbled streets of the old town extending from Macau’s historic Senado Square. The Ruins of St. Paul’s, a church designed by Italian Jesuits and destroyed by fire in 1835, is still striking, its façade silhouetted on the hilltop. For entertainment, don’t miss the fabulous House of Dancing Water at The City of Dreams.
Eat and Drink
Restaurante Fernando is a Macau institution serving rustic Portuguese food (and legendary garlic prawns). For Michelin-starred fine dining head to Robuchon au Dôme on the 43rd floor of the Grand Lisboa and Tim’s Kitchen, in the Hotel Lisboa, for delicious Cantonese. Albergue 1601 serves Macanese and Portuguese food in a charming courtyard setting.
The elegant Mandarin Oriental has a good waterfront position and is casino-free; the Four Seasons is another oasis of calm, with impeccable service and three huge swimming pools. For more action, the vast Galaxy Macau features several luxury hotels, a plethora of restaurants and a rooftop outdoor wave pool complete with a real sand beach and kid’s play area.
Macau is just an hour away from Hong Kong via TurboJet. There are departures every 15 minutes between 7am and midnight.