Galaxy MacauApril 5, 2011 By: Meagan Drillinger Travel Agent
|A Two-Bedroom Villa Suite at Banyan Tree Macau comes complete with an in-suite relaxation pool.|
Last year, Singapore wowed visitors with the debut of its massive integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands. This year, the tiny city-state of Macau joins the competitve fight for tourist dollars with its own gargantuan integrated resort, Galaxy Macau, which is spread over nearly 6 million square feet and represents an investment of around $1.9 billion.
Galaxy Macau is slated to open in May on the Cotai Strip (“the Vegas of the East”) and will have more than 2,200 rooms, suites and villas across three hotels, including Banyan Tree, Hotel Okura and Galaxy Hotel.
The first Banyan Tree property in Macau, the Banyan Tree Macau will have 250 suites and 10 villas, each with in-room relaxation pools overlooking Macau’s skyline. The suites start at 968 square feet. Each of the 10 pool villas on Galaxy Macau’s beach resort deck will have its own personal Resort Host.
The top suite at this property is the 7,212-square-foot Presidential Suite, split over two levels. It boasts two bedrooms, a dining room, kitchen and in-suite relaxation pool.With the hotel will come Macau’s first Banyan Tree Spa, spread over 30,000 square feet and comprising 21 treatment rooms. The hotel’s four dining options will include Belon Oyster Bar & Grill.
Hotel Okura Macau, owned by Okura Hotels & Resorts, will bring classic Japanese service and style to the resort complex. In business for the last 30 years, Okura has garnered a strong following among travelers who value the Eastern style of service blended with Western hotel amenities. Hotel Okura Macau will have 488 guest rooms and 12 suites, as well as Yamazato Japanese restaurant, where guests can sample authentic kaiseki meals, sushi, grilled dishes and Japanese garden views.
The third property will go by the resort’s name, Galaxy Macau, and will be a five-star luxury hotel with 1,500 guest rooms, including suites.
“Out of this Galaxy” Amenities
The Galaxy Macau complex will be highlighted by the world’s largest sky wave pool, which, along with a 350-ton white sand beach, will cover more than 43,000 square feet. Five other swimming pools will be on the premises.
In addition to a separate shopping section, the resort will be home to oasis gardens that will span a massive 560,000 square feet. If your clients like to test their luck, they will love the gaming at Galaxy Macau, which will house over 600 table games and 1,500 electronic gaming machines across five themed gaming areas.
|A rendering of the Galaxy Macau property spotlights the giant wave pool and beach area.|
Galaxy for Gastronomes
To say this property offers options is an understatement. Galaxy Macau will be home to more than 50 food and beverage outlets, including joint partnerships with top brands as well as concepts customized for the resort.
Restaurants will serve up cuisines from Macau and all across Asia, including Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia and China. Specialty restaurants include Gosto, a high-end venue offering Portuguese and Macanese; Myung Ga, which will serve Korean; Cantonese restaurant Jin Yue Xuan; Chiu Chow restaurant Pak Loh; and Spice Garden, which highlights Indian specialties.
The signature dining venues (in addition to Yamazato and Belon Oyster Bar & Grill) will include Terrazza, offering Mediterranean fare; and Laurel, serving southern Chinese cuisine. But the epicurean adventures don’t stop there. Guests will have access to all-day dining and buffets at venues like Festiva, Banyan Café, Terrace Restaurant and Oasis. Travelers on the go can find quick bites at the Taste of Asia food court, as well as Tsui Wah, Lugang Café and Xia Mian Guan, among their range of Chinese and Hong Kong specialties.
Night owls will flock to Macallan Bar, which will serve up Macallan single malts dating to 1937. Hotel Okura Macau’s Sakazuki will feature a host of fine sakes from Japan. For an adventure after hours, direct your clients to the exclusive China Rouge, a blend between nightclub, bar and restaurant.
|When it opens in May, Galaxy Macau will have 2,200 rooms, suites and villas across three hotels.|