Why we love Macao and why you should too!

17 February 2017
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For some, the City Port of Macao is no more than a by-word for lavish hotels, decadent distractions and high-stakes thrills provided by the numerous casinos that can be found there. But, there is another, less fast-paced side to this fascinating and historical city, a city whose origins are steeped in a combination of two seemingly disparate cultures, which will delight as much as it will surprise even long-time visitors to the region. By stepping away from the bright lights and the tempting turns of the roulette wheel on the Cotai Strip, and into the town of old Macao, you will discover the unique history behind the Mediterranean-infused traditions of the region, and how they have influenced architecture, arts and crafts and, of course, the singular local cuisine. Head out of the city, beyond Taipa, and into Coloane, the city’s ‘green lung’ - an area fit-to-burst with photo-opportunities - for a bucolic take on the locale that will challenge everything you thought you knew you about Macao. This destination offers so much more than its reputation as a gaming and entertainment hub might suggest.

  Why I love Macao
by Phil Ingram: Director, Global Marketing for Remote Lands
Macao does not get a fair shake in tourism circles; slogans like “The Las Vegas of Asia” have been branded, literally and figuratively, into the subconscious of the traveling public and their travel advisors. Yet, unlike Las Vegas, which sprang up out of the desert less than 200 years ago, and is known for little else than a century of casinos and gambling, the origins of Macao trace back to the Qin dynasty of 221 to 206 BC.

The seeds of the Macao we know today were sown in 1535, when Portuguese merchants were first given permission to drop anchor and establish a permanent settlement, in order to develop trade relations between the two nations. This was over 300 years prior to the British Empire’s possession of Hong Kong in 1842, so while it may have the greater reputation, Hong Kong is a young baby compared to its neighbour across the Pearl River Delta.

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Classic Macao

Step onto a road less travelled and discover a destination rich in history and culture with our Classic Macao itinerary. Take a trip up the Fortaleza do Monte hills and visit the Macao Museum at the Fort for a glimpse into the captivating past of this former Portuguese colony. Feast on a traditional Macanese lunch while soaking up the atmosphere of old Macao on a walking tour of St Dominic’s church and the ruins of St Paul's. Stay in the glamorous confines of either Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis Macao for a night's rest, before making your way to Coloane and the golden sands of the beautiful Cheoc Van Beach for a little rest and relaxation.  Cap off your three day away-break with an evening in the company of The House of Dancing Water, one of the biggest and most exciting shows on the planet.

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Macao With Kids

See Macao through a child’s eyes with the family-orientated Macao with Kids itinerary. Begin your three-day vacation with a gourmet meal at the hotel of your choice before heading to House of Dreams resort for an electrifying performance of the world-famous stage show ‘The House of Dancing Water’. Discover the pioneering past of Portuguese Macao at Fortaleza do Monte, the hilltop garrison charged with defending the colony against pirates and Dutch invaders during the 17th century.  Promenade through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of old Macao and sample the delectable street food for lunch, then hit the tarmac for an afternoon of racing at the Macao Go Kart Track. Create treasured memories for your young ones by finishing the trip with Shrekfast, an extra special morning feast featuring a cast of DreamWorks greatest animated stars and hosted by the loveable troll himself.

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Glitz at The Ritz

Since its launch in 2015, the Ritz-Carlton Macao has quickly become one of Macao’s most celebrated luxury hotels. With a reputation for excellence the world over, the Macao site had a lot to live up to, but with its dedication to guests, extensive facilities and the majesty of its extravagant décor, set off by the most extraordinary views of the Cotai Strip, Ritz-Carlton Macao has hit the ground running - not only meeting the high standards of expectation, that come with decades of impeccable service, but surpassing them. Highlights of the exclusive accommodations include the Cantonese restaurant Lai Heen, which has made a name for itself by way of Michelin starred food and a fabulous interior, and the Ritz Carlton Café - a faithful recreation of the Gallic-tinged original at the old Ritz-Carlton Hotel Hong Kong. To achieve this level of operation and service in such a short time is a wonderful achievement, and makes the Ritz-Carlton Macao one of, if not the, best hotel in the region.

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Macao – ever more connected   With its proximity to Hong Kong, Macao has become closely associated with the hustle and bustle of the Fragrant Harbor, and a place many travellers see only worthy of a side excursion or quick island hop to catch a show and test their luck on the green baize of the city’s many casinos. But, with Macao International Airport providing links, flights and private-jet facilities which cover so many other exciting destinations, Macao can be seriously considered as an alternative central base from which you can explore the region. As a travel hub, guests can reach most of Asia’s major cities including, but not limited to, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila and Tokyo, as well as whole host of exotic towns and countries throughout the continent. So, while it may only be just over an hour’s ferry boat ride from Hong Kong, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t linger a little when you disembark at the Macao or Cotai docks and strike out for further adventure, continuing forward on your travels instead of retracing your steps back to Hong Kong.

To plan your great Asian adventure with a stop in Macao call us on +1 646 415 8092, email us at [email protected], or send us an enquiry at our web site.

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