Live Like A King On A Prince’s Salary In Macau

23 April 2014
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Macau has long been favoured as a recreation retreat, ever since mid-16th Century European merchant-explorers doing business on China’s Silk Road went there to kick back, relax and stock up on tea and Chinese luxuries.  Today, Macau remains a luxurious retreat for many Chinese visitors, but has also caught the eye of the Western world with its mega Vegas-style hotels, such as the Venetian, MGM and Wynn.

That’s just the beginning of it! Karl Largerfeld recently announced he will build his first hotel in Macau and a third Palazzo Versace Resort will soon follow. No matter how you look at it, Macau is making its mark on the world map for luxury and entertainment.

East meets West

The Portuguese administered Macau from the mid-16th Century right up until the handover in 1999. The mix of traditional Chinese with the romanticism of Portuguese architecture is a beautiful culture clash in the Historical Centre of Macau. Some points of interest to check out are the ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral, Senado Square, the A-Ma temple and the beautiful Bayan tree lined waterfront of Taipa Island.

 Colourful tiled Portuguese style architecture in Macau's Historical Centre

The best of both worlds

What’s even more spectacular about the integration of Chinese and Portuguese culture is the incredible fusion cuisine known as 'Macanese'. It's the perfect blend of Portuguese cooking using Asian ingredients – think clams and roasted potatoes cooked to perfection with olive oil, chilli and coriander.

Macau is also the home to a three Michelin star Macanese restaurant, called Eight. If you've ever wanted to eat your way through eight courses of Michelin quality meals, skip Europe and the thousand Euro bill and head straight to Macau.

 Three Michelin star Macanesse restaurant, Eight

Opulence on a budget

A 5-star hotel may mean one thing in the West and a whole other level of luxury in Macau. Staying in a jaw-dropping, 5-star hotel in Macau will set you back only about $250 per night for a room that would comparatively cost upward of $500 per night in Las Vegas.

The photo below captures Macau’s hotel opulence perfectly, as many hotels put on ‘shows’ for visitors in their foyers. This particular show has a Jumanji-style ceiling that rotates apart to reveal a LCD screen, which splits into two for a giant chandelier to appear from above, and a giant money tree to rise up from the ground. Entertainment and opulence is certainly not hard to come by in Macau!

 The Good Fortune foyer show at the Wynn Hotel, Macau

The lay of the land

Macau is made up of three small mountainous island areas: Central Macau, Taipa and Coloane. Beautiful community gardens occupy the hilltops of each island with views of the mountains of Guangdong, China over the Pearl River.

Check out the Camoes Garden, where the locals go to do Tai Chi or play chess under the shade of Bayan trees. It’s the perfect juxtaposition of Chinese temples and Portuguese grottos and statues, all overlooking the Historic Centre of Macau.

 View of Macau from the Macau Tower

Millie Yervantian

Millie is a Social Media Specialist who has travelled to more than 30 countries. When she travels she likes to dive straight into the deep-end and experience a destination as the locals do. Art, history, food, gardens and natural landscapes are what she seeks out on her journeys.