Macao, once a busy fishing village and Portuguese settlement, is now a glittering urbanized metropolis and the most densely populated region in the world. Spend three days soaking up the unique heritage of the Chinese city, imbued with Mediterranean pizzazz and influence. Peruse the sights of old Macao and Taipa for a glimpse into the fascinating history of the former colony, then indulge in gastronomic delights from your choice of Michelin star restaurant or fusion local favorite. When the sun sets, spend your evenings with a world-class show, or court the hand of lady luck at the gaming table.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Arrive at Macao international airport where you will be picked up by private guide and vehicle. Stop first at your luxury hotel to relax and freshen up. When you are ready, begin exploring the city at its roots in old Taipa village. One of the best-preserved areas, it is here amongst pastel-colored Portuguese houses you can feel the old Macao spirit as you stroll down winding quiet backstreets. Just south is another pedestrian-friendly historic village, Coloane. It is also home to two of Macao's best beaches and offers seaside restaurants and the perfect backdrop for a post-prandial stroll. Spend the afternoon exploring Chinese temples, colonial churches, museums, art galleries, and souvenir shops in these atmospheric villages.
Today, check off Macao's famous UNESCO landmarks from your list. Head north to the Historic Center of Macao, a collection of other twenty sites deemed significant architectural legacies of the city's cultural heritage from St. Paul's Cathedral and Chapel of Our Lady of Penha to Senado Square and Monte Fort. While seeing the sites, also get a taste of this fusion heritage along the way. Try delicious staple snacks such as juicy pork chop buns, flaky egg tarts, and fragrant almond biscuits. For lunch, take the opportunity to try Macanese cuisine at one of the many traditional restaurants that serve quintessential dishes such as African chicken, minchi, and salted cod fritters. Also visit A-Ma temple, one of the oldest temple in Macao constructed in 1488. It is said Macau was though to be derived from the name of this temple. Splash out this evening starting with VIP seats at the award-winning House of Dancing Water show followed by a tour of the Cotai Strip's Vegas-style mega hotels and casinos.
Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying more of Macao's cuisine or one last egg tart before your private transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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.
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.
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.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, and breakfasts. Street food tour, evening show tickets, and evening touring with private car and guide are included as mentioned. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including lunches and dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling.
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