When visiting Hong Kong, whether on business or pleasure, I always endeavour to allow two or more days to go to Macau, a less than 60 minute journey from either Hong Kong or Hong Kong Airport by jet ferry. Although I am not a gambler, I find Macau to be a real jewel, with some of the best hotels and restaurants in the world. On this trip I chose to stay at the Conrad Macau Cotai Central. This is certainly one of the finest hotels in this ex Portuguese territory.
I love a good 5 star hotel with a choice of restaurants, lounges and facilities and Conrad Macau ticks all the boxes for me. Our room, a King Deluxe on a high floor overlooked most of Macau and one could see the many additional new hotels springing up in all directions. After a very efficient check in we were shown to our very spacious room, complete with a very comfortable curved lounge and an enormous bathroom that my wife loved.
Every major hotel chain that one would see in Las Vegas is either there or under construction. Macau, money wise, brings in seven times the gaming revenue of Las Vegas, as a result, we see no expense spared in providing first class construction and facilities, not to forget the most excellent service that one almost expects, as standard.
During the two days we spent at Conrad sampling all the dining experiences they had to offer, we had nothing to complain about. Our day started with breakfast in the Grand Orbit International Buffet, offering perhaps the largest selection of breakfast fare we have encountered. Dynasty 8, their elegant Chinese restaurant inspired by the eight Chinese Dynasties, served exceptional Asian dishes, I wished I was staying longer so I could experience more of their menu.
When we needed some time just to relax “The Lounge” fitted the bill, one could watch the passing parade while enjoying a high tea (a must). Each evening my wife and I enjoyed cocktails there, especially the martinis. For those wanting a light meal, there was an extensive menu. Prices throughout the hotel were generally, in my opinion, surprising modest, thanks to the gambling. It’s nice to know gamblers were most probably subsidizing our culinary enjoyment.
In the hotel there is a huge courtyard garden where characters from “Shrek” appear at set times, to the delight of children and those young at heart. This is a great photo opportunity, so don’t forget to bring your camera.
For those that want a flutter in the casino, naturally Conrad has all one could wish for in their world class gaming palace.
Most hotels in Macau are linked through a network of shopping arcades where every international brand and more can be found. If one is a petite size there is certainly no problem in finding something to fit, but for those approaching king size, like myself, one may be restricted to buying non clothing items.
Conrad Macau exceeded all our expectations.
PHOTOS: John Pond