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Macau's back, here's what to look out for

It's been a quiet few years for Macau as it languished under China's strict zero Covid restrictions. But Hong Kong's ritzy, glitzy neighbour reopened this weekend, unveiling a number of major new attractions.

The Londoner Macao

The Londoner Hotel has opened on the Cotai Strip in Macau.

The Londoner Hotel is a brand new British-themed hotel and part of the US$2.2 billion Londoner Macao project transformation of the Sands Cotai Central resort.

This fun, brash new addition channels every cliche in the (British) playbook, from collaborations with David Beckham, to Coldstream Guards dancing to Robbie Williams in the foyer and mock-ups of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben's Elizabeth Tower gracing the facade of the property.

Construction of the hotel began pre-Covid and continued throughout the pandemic. Phase one was completed earlier last year and included the Crystal Palace atrium, restaurants and London-themed attractions.

The ambitious Londoner Macao project features a 6,000-seat arena, British-themed boutiques at Shoppes at The Londoner retail mall replicating the UK capital’s most famous shopping streets, including Bond Street, Mayfair and Savile Row, and a number of restaurants, including British-style restaurant Churchill’s Table and a Gordon Ramsay gastropub. The theatre, part of the hotel’s business offerings, will eventually host West End shows.

The Londoner Macao incorporates five hotel brands offering more than 6,000 rooms. The brands include two all-suite hotels, The Londoner Hotel and Londoner Court, as well as existing properties Conrad Macao, Sheraton Grand Macao and The St Regis Macao.

The Londoner Hotel looks to offer a top-notch stay. Its 600 suites include separate living room and bedroom with marble nightstands, Chesterfield sofas, Victorian-style bath tubs, Aromatherapy Associates amenities and an in-suite spa service. The suites range in size from the 75sqm Louis Suites and Victoria Suites to the 113sqm Windsor Suites.

And one of the world’s most famous ‘Londoners’ (he was actually born in Essex’s Leytonstone, but it’s close enough), David Beckham, worked with London-based design firm David Collins Studio to create 14 exclusive ‘Suites by David Beckham’. The posh pads range from 113 to 298sqm and reflect “the best of British design” as well as incorporating Beckham’s own special touches.

The Londoner Hotel also boasts its own club, The Residence, for exclusive use of hotel guests. It joins fellow location-themed hotels, The Venetian Macao and The Parisian Macao.

“Sands China has a successful track record of creating themed properties,” said Dr Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China. “London is an iconic city and we anticipate this addition will further raise the profile of Macao.”

The Londoner Macao, Cotai, Macau.

Raffles at Galaxy Macau

Raffles is a glamorous addition to Hong Kong's neighbouring SAR.

The glamorous, all-suite Raffles at Galaxy Macau will be opening soon. The sleek, contemporary property is a far cry from the colonial-style, sparkling white original Raffles hotel in Singapore, but it certainly adds a touch more glitz to bling-loving Macau.

The 450-suite property serves up plenty of up-to-the-minute luxury. All suites include a Samsung The Frame screen, which switches from picture frame to tv screen at a flick of the remote. A selection of suites have private pools and gardens and there are a limited number of 'loft suites' with double-storey windows. And Raffles' famous butler service will be offered to guests.

Enjoy a Raffles afternoon tea and the hotel has also developed its own ‘sling’, after Singapore’s famous tipple served in the historic Long Bar. Follow up a cocktail or two with dinner at Raffles Macau's speciality Japanese restaurant.

Breakfast is served in the Glass House, which is set within a Mediterranean-inspired garden and is steps away from the Raffles infinity-edge pool. And of course there's also a spa in which to while away your stay.

“This collaboration with Galaxy Entertainment Group marks an important milestone for Raffles Hotels & Resorts and creates a stunning addition to the excitement in Macau,” commented Sebastien Bazin, chairman and chief executive officer with Accor. “As a future flagship of Accor’s luxury portfolio, we are confident that Raffles at Galaxy Macau will exceed our guests’ expectations.”

Raffles at Galaxy Macau is located on the east promenade of the Galaxy Entertainment Group’s integrated resort in Macau and joins prestigious Raffles properties that have opened over the past 133 years all over the world. They include hotels in Shenzhen and Hainan in Greater China, as well as Paris, Istanbul, Dubai, Warsaw, Jakarta and Seychelles. Raffles London is also scheduled to open in 2023.

Studio City Water Park

Soak-up the good times at Studio City Water Park.

The much anticipated Studio City Water Park at Studio City Macau splashed down last year with a bucket-full of family friendly rides, including a towering 20 metre slide complex.

Thrill seekers can hurl themselves around Highpoint Twister with five attractions including Tornado, a free-fall body slide with a 360 degree body loop and the fastest ride in the park. Super Typhoon is a family-friendly raft that zig-zags its way through spins and turns and finally plummets into a zero-gravity free fall. And high-speed rides Hurricane, Storm Chaser Gold and Storm Chaser Silver complete the complex.

Meanwhile, littlies will enjoy Little Lagoon, a child-friendly playground with a fountain and a mini replica of the high-octane Super Typhoon ride, as well as plenty of lounge seating and shade.

And don’t miss the Golden Bucket, which tips out nearly two tonnes of water every five minutes. It also boasts more than 60 water spray features, two mini racing slides and two body slides.

Or enjoy RiverScape, a 450m ‘action river’ with hidden beaches and splash pools (and - note to mums and dads - a swim-up bar).

Studio City Water Park, Level 3, West Wing, Studio City Macau; Daily Pass MOP388, Season Pass MOP1,088. Tickets can be booked online.

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