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Located at the very south of the region of Macao, Coloane used to be separated from Taipa, until the Cotai Strip was built from reclaimed land in-between - connecting the two islands. This is the region's most peaceful and least developed area, home to scenic, mountainous terrain, and popular with hikers and outdoorsy visitors seeking an escape from the bustle. Originally a haven for pirates, its beaches and coves are now a pleasant getaway destination, and in Coloane village, pastel-colored houses line the narrow streets and alleys.
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Hac Sa and Cheoc Van beaches (Black Sand and Bamboo Bay respectively) hug Coloane’s southern coast. Hac Sa is larger, but Cheoc Van is prettier - with clear waters and a curved public swimming pool next to the sand.
This sleepy seaside village is the focal point of the island, and attracts visitors with its narrow lanes and quaint shops and houses. Along the main street, Avenida de Cinco de Outubro, the Chapel of St Francis can be found on a square lined with restaurants, around a monument dedicated to the fight against piracy.
Coloane’s cultural village comprises a number of temples and religious buildings of interest, and at the pinnacle of Alto de Coloane is a statue of A-ma, which stands at 65-feet high.
Seac Pai Van Park
A huge draw for weekend visitors, this large park sprawls over 20 hectares along Estrada Seac Pai Van. There is a medicinal garden, a mini zoo and a lake - and Macao’s Museum of Nature and Agriculture is also accessible from the park.
Hiking and mountain biking
The central terrain of the island is mountainous and hilly, with countless trails for hikers and mountain bikers of all abilities - a popular escape from the concrete jungle that lies further north in the region.
Lunch at Fernando's
A visit to this famous family-style Portuguese restaurant is a must for any food lovers. Here, only Portuguese wine is served, and the menu includes chorizo, feijoada, charcoal-grilled chicken, pork ribs, suckling pig, seafood and salads. The bread all comes from the restaurant's own bakery.
Mandarin Oriental Macao
One of the most exclusive hotels in Macao, Mandarin Oriental Macao is a decidedly elegant and lavish retreat. With a chic, contemporary design, gourmet restaurants and personal service, our hotel exudes a sophisticated atmosphere and a sense of relaxed luxury. Located on the waterfront just 15 minutes from the airport, the hotel boasts 213 rooms and suites all with large floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular bay views. The hotel’s Vida Rica restaurant offers gourmet Asian cuisine and snacks, and there is also a cake shop and a Lobby Lounge bar/café. The hotel also has a luxurious spa/fitness centre and a small 25m lap pool.
Reminiscent of the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, sharing its classic lines and restrained opulence, the Ritz Carlton in Macau is complete with little touches that will surprise and delight those familiar with the seminal home of Asian luxury. The all-suite hotel has over 250 large and supremely appointed accommodations, replete with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms and high-tech entertainment systems. Echoing the abundance of gastronomic innovation found on the Cotai Strip, the hotel has four different dining options, presenting a choice of local delicacies, Western favorites and fine dining, to keep guests satiated day and night. To complete the indulgence, guests can lounge in the waters of the heated pool and jacuzzi, and be pampered with a myriad of rejuvenating treatments in the ESPA.
St. Regis Macao
The largest property in the brand’s portfolio, The St. Regis Macao is one of the most impressive pieces of real estate in Macao. Standing 38 floors high, the hotel commands panoramic views of the striking luminescence of Cotai Strip, the entertainment hub of the city, presenting a cornucopia of shopping, leisure and dining choices, and compounding Macao’s reputation as one of the preeminent hot spots for the elite international traveler, and absolutely perfect for major events like the International Fireworks competition and Macao Grand Prix. All 700 rooms and suites equipped with the latest technology and swathed in the finest linens and soft furnishings, creating an atmosphere of refined opulence that is second to none. Days can be spent lounging in the opulent surroundings of the pool, or guests can treat themselves to one of a wide range of treatments in the Iridium Spa.
Theatrical spectacle awaits amid the iconic golden curves of Wynn, Macao's acclaimed five-star resort. Illuminated and animated works of art and entertainment include The Dragon of Fortune, The Tree of Prosperity, an aquarium of moon jellyfish and, of course, Performance Lake. Located in the center of the city, Wynn is easily accessible from the airport and ferry terminal, and upon arrival guests will be instantly whisked into luxurious surroundings. The verdant poolside gardens sprawl alongside the palatial lobby, while the opulent rooms and suites are spread between the resorts two towers: Wynn and Encore. Dedicated butler service and access to Wynn club is available in all suites, and while many accommodations feature private massage rooms, both towers also feature a fully-equipped spa. The dining options span the spectrum from casual eateries and laid-back lounges, to world-class, award-winning gourmet restaurants serving delights from around the world.