A destination of contrasts, modern-day Macao is both a glittering metropolis of casinos, skyscrapers and malls - earning itself a reputation as the Las Vegas of Asia - and a historic center that maintains its fascinating cross-cultural roots. Located about 40 miles across from Hong Kong on the western side of the Pearl River delta, Macao was granted to the Portuguese by Ming China in the mid-16th century as a colony and traders' enclave. A prominent trading post, the area quickly became a thriving cultural center, with three official languages: English, Portuguese and Chinese. In addition to the linguistic mix, Macao became known for its unique fusion cuisine, combining Portuguese and Chinese flavors and cooking techniques. The last European colony in Asia, Macao was returned to China in 1999, when it was designated a "Special Administrative Region" (SAR), under which it operates its own legal system, and customs and immigration policy - all independently of China, which handles military and foreign affairs. Since then, it has established itself as one of the world’s richest regions, and since 2006 it has become the world’s largest gambling center - with a number of high-end casinos, many of which are housed in world-class hotels. Despite rapid development, though, Macao still retains its colonial and cultural charms, with historic churches and temples to discover, mosaic-tiled boulevards to explore, and delicious, diverse food to sample.
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Classic Hong Kong & Macao
Take in the spectacular sights and sounds of incredible Hong Kong, and the fascinating colonial history of charming Macao, on this action-packed 5-day journey.
- 5 days / 4 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $8,000
Experience the best of what Macao can offer in this 3 day classic journey which explores the cobbled streets of UNESCO-designated sites, colonial heritage fusion cuisine, and the glitziest casino strip in all of Asia.
- 3 days / 2 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $6,000
A Jubilee Wanderlist Across Asia
Gather your closest loved ones and go on a 13-day adventure that celebrates the best of life, from bustling cities to postcard-perfect natural landscapes. Tap into the electric pulse of busy cosmopolitan cities whose frenetic energy is even more lively at night. Taste the fragrant cuisines that tell a story of the people’s past and present. Slow it down to soak it all in with moments of serenity in misty mountains and turquoise lagoons. Relish these good times with friends and family and create fond memories that will be unforgotten.
- 13 days / 12 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $20,900
Macao with Kids
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.
- 3 days / 2 nights
- Price Per Person
- Extension: Optional add-on to your itinerary.
Banyan Tree Macao
Part of the Galaxy Macao, this exclusive resort comprises 246 suites, including the ultra-exclusive Presidential Suite and 10 pool villas. Banyan Tree Macao is the first high-rise urban resort in Macao to feature private indoor Relaxation Pools in all its expansive suites, and the only luxury hotel with full-sized resort villas amidst their own gardens complete with a private swimming pool. Located in the vibrant Cotai city, 15 minutes from Macao International Airport and a mere 10 minutes from Taipa Ferry Terminal and Macao Heliport, Banyan Tree Macao is a "sanctuary for the senses" for visitors to Asia's premier entertainment and gaming destination.
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.
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
Weather in Macao
The best time to visit Macao is March/April and mid-October to November, when humidity is lower and the weather is pleasant.
- Hong Kong and Macao lie off the southeast coast of Mainland China, where the climate is subtropical with relatively warm temperatures and higher humidity all year round. Weather patterns often shift rapidly, pushed by coastal currents, and it is possible to experience myriad weather conditions in the same day. All public interiors and many homes are air-conditioned year round, which is especially necessary during the extremely muggy months of July and August. There are, however, four distinct seasons:
- Fall: from late September to mid-December it is warm and dry with low rainfall and average temperatures in the vicinity of 75°F (24°C).
- Winter: from December to February is the coolest time of the year, with little rainfall, low humidity, and relatively cool temperatures of around 64°F (17° C). It is possible, though unlikely, for the temperature to occasionally fall below this and for frost to appear on the highest peaks in the New Territories.
- Spring: from March to May, spring brings heavy rainfall, sporadic thunderstorms, and temperatures rising from 60° to 86°F (15° to 30°C) by June.
- Summer: from June to August is not a recommended time to visit, as both the humidity and the temperatures soar, rainfall is heavy, and there is the possibility of typhoons —tropical cyclones that can be as severe as Atlantic hurricanes — that occasionally bring high winds, pelting rain, and the threat of power outages, floods, and landslides.
- The local authorities have a comprehensive tracking and warning system, and in the event of a typhoon, broadcast symbols from T1 (a storm is several days off) to T10 (direct hit) appear on all TV stations. T10s are rare, however, and the area is very accustomed to this part of its annual weather; everything will be business as usual until a warning of T3 or higher. Typhoon Season, like Hurricane Season, lasts through September and occasionally tails into October or November.
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Why I love Macao
- Phil Ingram
For nearly 500 years, after Portugal first established their colony on the western side of the Pearl River Delta, Iberian and indigenous Chinese traditions have evolved alongside each other, creating a way of life in Macao that is so utterly unique that there is no other like it, anywhere on Earth.
Macao with the Kids in Tow
The Las Vegas of Asia has plenty of wholesome treats for families on the lookout for sun, fun, food, and culture.
Daredevilry and Dining at Mocha Macao Tower Bungee Jump
- John McMahon
Whether you jump on a full stomach or an empty one is up to you, but the Mocha Macao Tower’s death-defying bungee feats pair well with suckling pig.