From sky-high thrill seeking to world-class food, designer shopping and luxury spa treatments, it’s easy to live it up in Macau.
The former Portuguese colony of Macau spreads across three islands an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong. At night, its towering buildings are bathed in neon lights and can be seen well before the high-speed ferries from Hong Kong arrive at the pier. Yet its night life is far from the only attraction. You can live the high life in Macau, any time, day or night, thanks to world class restaurants, lavish lounge bars, and adrenalin-pumping activities that take you to dizzying new heights.
Get your heart pumping at Macau Tower with the Skywalk X, created by Kiwi dare devil and bungy inventor AJ Hackett, that allows you to walk around the 1.8 metre wide outer rim of the tower 233 meters above the city. You can also climb the Macau Tower’s mast, do the Skyjump controlled descent, or go all out with the Macau Tower Bungy Jump.
Make a beeline for the Golden Flower at Wynn Macau, quite possibly the best Chinese restaurant in the world. Specialising in Tan “royal” cuisine, the culinary team took two years to assemble and have been dubbed the Seven Warriors. Master Liu Guo Zhu and his seven gastronomic disciples prepare dishes that pay tribute to regional specialities. Combined with stunning interiors by Roger Thomas, the result is a gourmet dining experience that surprisingly won’t break the bank.
Splash some cash at the Shoppes at the Four Seasons with its lavish showcase of luxury brands and signature boutiques, selling everything from vintage fine wines and Chinese art and antiques, to the latest fashion labels from the catwalks of Europe. You’ll enjoy the added benefit of duty-free shopping and, when you’re all shopped out, take time out in the signature Moët Bar, which serves a range of the champagne house’s most sought-after vintages.
Reach a wellness high at The Spa at Encore at Wynn Macau, one of most indulgent spots in Asia. Each guest has access to a private treatment suite complete with changing room, whirlpool bath, experience shower and treatment room. Be sure to try the unique Macanese massage, which uses geranium and fennel oils to relax and rejuvenate, or the signature synchronised four-handed massage, both of which will have you floating on air in no time.
Did you know Macau has beaches? Dine by the ocean at Fernando’s, a Macanese institution that’s as popular with local expats and celebrities as it is with tourists with its homely Portuguese cuisine, friendly service and laidback ambiance. Fernando’s doesn’t take bookings so be prepared to take an aperitif – perhaps the legendary house sangria – at the bar before your table is ready. Once it is, settle back with the likes of Portuguese sausage, fresh clams with garlic, African grilled chicken and the ever-popular roast suckling pig.
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