The City that Crosses Historical and ModernBy Jenny Chen & Rick Lin / Photographs courtesy Macau Tourism I have been to Las Vegas four times in my life and I love the scene in Las Vegas so much. At first, I thought Macau would be the same since they have something in common: the various entertainments and casinos. However, my trip to Macau told me that I was wrong. Macao is the city that criss-crosses between historical and modern, and probably more.
Bacalhau is a kind of dried and salted cod (bacalhau is cod in Portuguese), and is very common in Portuguese cuisine. Fried Bacalhau Ball is a mixture of potato and bacalhau, and has a refreshing taste. African Chicken is a dish of Portuguese cuisine, which is barbecued chicken coated with spicy piri piri sauce. The taste may be a little strong but it won’t make you feel oily and it’s actually good with fries.
Be sure that you don’t forget to eat the famous Portuguese Egg Tart, or “pastel de bata” in Portuguese. I tried this at the two most famous tart eateries, Margaret’ Café e Nata and Lord Stow’s Bakery. Portuguese Egg Tart is not like a normal tart that I’ve had before. It’s more of a crispy tart with creamy filling. It’s most famous characteristic is the black color on the surface caused by heated sugar.
Experience Macao like never before and interact with your favorite DreamWorks characters.
Become an honorary Ogre and join Shrek and friends for a fairytale feast fit for a king. Guests staying with a DreamWorks Experience Package at either Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central or Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central will have the chance to enjoy an amazing breakfast with all of the DreamWorks Gang. Guests of all ages are sure to have a blast at this exclusive experience like no other!
Upon check-in, guests will be assigned to one of two Shrekfast seatings. The breakfast begins with a DreamWorks character performance on stage, after which the characters make their way through the seating area to interact with guests.
Culture and Marvel
Stay in Luxury
Times change, but the Mandarin Oriental’s dedication to perfecting the travel experience continues. One of the most exclusive hotels in Macau, Mandarin Oriental, Macau is a truly elegant and lavish resort. Its chic, contemporary design, fabulous rerstaurants and legendary service provides a sophisticated atmosphere with an unbeatable sense of relaxed luxury. The Mandarin Oriental, Macau is ideally located for all of Macau’s major attractions. The hotel has 186 spacious rooms, each with large floor-to-ceiling windows, offering serene views over the lake and bay. Dining options include gourmet Asian cuisine at Vida Rica, cocktails and lite bites at Vida Rica Bar, refreshments and afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge, and delicious delicacies at the Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop.
The Mandarin Oriental, Macau, continues to set the standard for luxury in Macau.
The Four Seasons
Much admired, and not easily replicated, the Four Seasons culture is firmly grounded in their staff – in who they are, what they believe, and how they treat their guests. The Four Seasons Hotel Macau, Cotal Strip allows its guests to enjoy the amazing sights from within its 19-story tower, and bask in rooms with neo-classical decor with Oriental accents. The hotel has up-to-the-minute technology, including broadband wireless Internet connections and 42 inch plasma screen televisions in every room and suite.
With five pools, including a lagoon and two shallow wading pools, there’s a place for every member of the family to cool off. The lagoon pool, located adjacent to the hotel lobby, also boasts a hot tub.
You’ll find their fitness center on the fourth floor, complete with cardiovascular equipment, weight – training machines, and free – weights. Machines feature individual LCD televisions and headphones for your personal enjoyment.
The Four Seasons Hotel, Macau, Cotal Strip offers memorable experiences and access to one of the most captivating places on earth.
Galaxy Macau is the World-Class Asian resort destination in Macau.
Galaxy Macau™ includes more than 2,200 rooms, suites and villas across three World-Class Asian hotels: the award-winning and ultra-exclusive Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, Japan’s legendary Okura Hotels & Resorts, and the five-star Galaxy Hotel. Facilities include a selection of more than 50 food and beverage outlets, including the widest selection of pan-Asian cuisine in Macau; distinctive retail shopping; lush oasis gardens covering 52,000 square meters, and the world’s largest Sky Wave Pool covering 4,000 square meters and featuring a 350-ton white sand beach.
Galaxy Macau is your premier destination for luxury by the beach.
Spa at Mandarin Oriental
Providing holistic therapies in a peaceful setting, their tranquil spa offers a comprehensive range of treatments
The award-winning Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Macau offers a seductive escape from day-to-day stress by introducing you to a healing sanctuary of calm. The spa’s atmosphere is one of tranquillity, inviting you to relax as soon as you set foot inside.
Your experience begins in their heat and water complex, where you can dissolve stress and soothe aching muscles. We recommend you arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of your treatment to take full advantage of these facilities.
You will then be taken to your luxurious treatment room where, following a consultation with one of their experienced therapists and a relaxing foot ritual, your highly personalised treatment will begin.
Includes four single treatment rooms and three treatment suites with private changing facilities, steam shower and Jacuzzi
One Oriental Spa Suite with heated scrub table, Thai massage beds, steam room and an experience shower for two.
A separate men’s and women’s heat and water experience, including vitality pool, amethyst crystal steam room, sauna room, and rainforest experience shower. There is also a Nail Spa offering luxurious manicures and pedicures.
Banyan Tree Spa
Located inside Banyan Tree Macau, the renowned award-winning Banyan Tree Spa offers a myriad of Asian health and beauty treatments and therapies as well as Banyan Tree Gallery products, which help make Galaxy Macau™ the most complete holiday destination in the city. Discover a Sanctuary for the Senses amidst 3,400 square meters of treatment rooms and facilities, staffed by gracious and professional therapists and framed by twin tropical pools. It’s world-class relaxation delivered with an Asian heart…only at Galaxy Macau.
More Macau’s Attractions
1. Night tour, including a stop at the Hotel Wynn Macau for the in-house shows “The Dragon Show”, “Music Fountain”, and “Tree of Prosperity”.
2. A Portuguese barbeque style dinner at Manuel Restaurant on Taipa Island
3. “Eight”, a 3-star Michelin rated Chinese restaurant located in
the Grand Lisboa Hotel, the only hotel property with 3 Michelin- rated restaurants under one roof.
4. Macau Science Center
5. Bird’s eye view of Macau from the Macau Tower – the world’s most exciting tower and the venue for the world’s highest commercial Bungee Jump.
6.International buffet dinner at the Macau Tower’s revolving restaurant.
7. The Old Chinese Neighborhoods and the Old Christian City in Macau
8. Inner Harbor, with visits to the Chinese temple dedicated to the Monkey King, followed by a visit to Camoes Garden and opportunity to participate in a local Tai Chi class.
9. Café Litoral in Taipa Island (Macanese Cuisine)
10. Taipa Village
11. Portuguese fine-dining at Antonio with live performance of Portuguese Fado
12.The Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
13. The Tasting Room restaurant in the City of Dreams (French fine dining)
14. Eat Tai Pai Tong Chinese seafood style dinner at Ng Tim al fresco restaurant on Coloane Island.
Special thanks to Macau Tourism for sponsoring this trip.
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