GRAND HYATT MACAU – REVIEW BY JOHN POND

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Why Macau? Gambling, shopping, eating and sightseeing, it has so much to offer, with its Portuguese heritage not completely destroyed. Not many realise that the gaming drop is approximately seven times greater than Las Vegas, making it the most affluent gaming mecca in the world. Though not a gambler, I always endeavour to include Macau on any visit to Hong Kong. On this trip, my wife and I chose to stay at the 5 star Grand Hyatt Macau. We were new to this property but are big fans of Grand Hyatt and this hotel is certainly that – Grand.

As always with Grand Hyatt, we chose to stay on a Club Floor, where many extra luxuries are afforded. Apart from sweeping views of the whole area, the Club Lounge offers comfortable seating, a great place to relax, read or send emails, although the whole hotel is wired for wi fi. We really enjoyed our breakfast there each morning from the buffet that offered both eastern and western specialties, or if we chose, we could order a la carte. The Club Lounge is open from early to late and serves snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks throughout the day. From early evening complimentary wines, spirits, beers and cocktails are served for a couple of hours, along with accompanying bar snacks. The Club Lounge, available to Club Floor guests, is worth every penny of the slightly additional room cost. The staff seemed to know your name almost immediately and go out of their way to please.

Our deluxe Club Floor room, was very spacious, with lots of cupboards, two sinks in the bathroom, which is always a plus and naturally spotless. A bonus was having a separate lounge and bar area where I could watch TV in comfort and leave my wife in peace. The views, especially at night, were spectacular, with many new construction sites dotting the skyline.

DSC03603Naturally the Grand Hyatt possessed all of the amenities one would expect in a five star hotel. We especially enjoyed their most excellent Isala Spa where my wife and I had, probably, the best massage ever.

On our arrival we were impressed by the incredible flower arrangements in the foyer that changed daily. There was a coffee lounge/bar also in the foyer that had a selection of cakes that were impossible to pass. Live entertainment here throughout the evening was popular with both locals and guests.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Beijing Kitchen offered international fare but specialised in some outstanding Asian cuisine and was very much our favourite. We love Asian food and found all their dishes and service exceptional. We also enjoyed an excellent dinner in their other restaurant, mezza9 macau, which served a wide selection of dishes and featured an outdoor terrace.

Our only mistake was not having enough time in Macau. Due to the fact that the hotel had so much to offer, we rarely left its confines. Next trip we will certainly plan to spend more time there. The complex known as City of Dreams consists of three hotels, including Grand Hyatt Macau, are all linked via a series of shopping arcades. The complex also houses the main entertainment theatre presenting The House of Dancing Water. This unique show that cost over $250 million to produce is the ultimate in entertainment. The show appeals to all age groups and is a must see. I would suggest booking well in advance via internet. To sum up, Macau has something for everyone and staying at the Grand Hyatt made our short stay even more special.

Macau is less than one hour Turbo Jet ride from Hong Kong and can also be accessed directly from Hong Kong International Airport.

Grand Hyatt Macau, City of Dreams, Cotai, Macau, China, email:macau.grand@hyatt.com

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About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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