Visitors to Macao, in particular the Asian city’s neon-lit Cotai Strip, can indulge in some additional pampering thanks to the opening of two new resorts.
The recent openings of the highly anticipated and lavishly presented resort precincts – the Wynn Palace Cotai and The Parisian Macao – have brought about an increase in the number of dining and day spa options.
Step inside the plush Wynn Palace Cotai, which opened its doors to guests in mid-August, and you are sure to be impressed by the large scale – and colourful – floral sculptures of a carousel and Ferris wheel, custom-designed for the hotel by world-renowned designer Preston Bailey who created the same tributes for the Wynn Palace in Las Vegas.
The new hotel’s modern art gallery is also an appealing addition, so, too, the fanciful dragon lifts or Skycabs (gondolas) which whisk guests above the resort’s Performance Lake.
Take a peep inside the Wynn Palace’s day spa, and you will appreciate the opulence and tranquility presented in an area inspired by the legendary royal palaces of China, including an ultimate VIP treatment spa.
Fine dining centres on a quintet of restaurants, of note Andrea’s which offers a blending of Chinese dishes and cocktails, and the SW Steakhouse, where the steaks and seafood are served in an elegant dining room which features a surprising theatrical experience every 30 minutes.
At the hotel’s intimate end is Sushi Mizumi, where the fresh seafood handcrafted by well-trained chefs. As is the case at the original Wynn Macau, located on the Macao peninsula, guests will be able to dine on exquisite Cantonese cuisine at the Wing Lei Palace within an imperial-inspired setting.
Visit The Parisian Macao, which opened in mid-September and is a mere 10-minute walk from the Wynn Palace, and the first eye-catching feature is the replica of the Eiffel Tower which not only offers a bird’s eye view of Macao but, on the sixth floor, houses La Chine, a Chinese restaurant with an emphasis on offering mouth-watering dishes in a romantic Paris-like setting.
Other dining options to greet visitors include the signature Lotus Palace, the Brasserie with its authentic French flavours, and Le Buffet with its appealing European themed marketplace.
Combining the best of French skincare with the art of luxury massage is The Parisian’s Le SPA’tique, a tranquil spot to unwind after a day exploring what is an ever-changing Macao.
While Macao thrives on offering indulgence in large volume, the former Portuguese enclave retains a heritage built on five centuries of east-meets-west values and characteristics which have achieved UNESCO World Heritage protection.