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South of Macao Peninsula, the island of Taipa is accessible via three bridges over the Pearl River. Connected to Coloane island to the south by the Cotai Strip, Taipa is home to most of Macao's residents, as well as the region's international airport.
From its rural beginnings, the 20th century has seen Taipa undergo major redevelopment and these days it is considered an alternative city to the Peninsula, with its own hotels, casinos, shopping malls and the Macao Jockey Club racecourse.
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For a “flutter” of another kind, visitors can place their bets on a horse at Macao’s elegant race course. Complete with a sand track and turf track, and with two clubhouses, the Macao Jockey club is open all year round.
Museum of Taipa and Coloane History
Visitors interested in the islands either side of the Cotai Strip, and their stories before the casinos and hotels were built, should make a stop here. The exhibits and displays provide an informative and interesting insight into early Macao.
Taipa Houses Museum
This row of restored colonial houses has been made into a museum through which visitors can explore and discover the lifestyles of their early-20th century owners.
Hiking and cycling
Taipa’s hills provide a picturesque retreat for outward-bound adventurers. On the east of the island, near the airport, the larger of the two hills has a number of unpaved hiking trails suitable for hiking and mountain-biking. To the west, the smaller one is encircled by a paved road popular with cyclists and runners.
For a more local flavor of gambling in the “Las Vegas of the East”, the casinos of Taipa are more likely to be frequented by the island’s residents. Crown Macau, Casino Taipa and New Century all boast floors packed with slots and games for an evening’s enjoyment.
Explore the diverse and contrasting mix of European and Eastern culture of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Macao. This three-day itinerary promises to thrill your senses and expand your mind, as you discover the beguiling history of the former Portuguese colony by day, and revel in the decadent distractions of the Las Vegas of the East by night.
Excitement abounds in this fun-packed, three-day adventure across magical Macao. Stay at your choice of either the Mandarin Oriental or the Ritz-Carlton, both ideal for families of all ages, during a long-weekend of world-class entertainment, go karting and historical walks which will captivate and delight kids young and old.
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.