Hana R. Alberts

Correspondent

  • Hong Kong, China, Asia

Hana R. Alberts is a correspondent who lives in Hong Kong and covers Macau for Forbes Travel Guide. She is the associate editor and travel columnist at HK Magazine, an English-language alternative weekly in Hong Kong, and the editor of Where Magazine’s Hong Kong edition. The New York City native also blogs regularly about Hong Kong for BBC Travel, and has also contributed to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal Asia and MSNBC.com, among other places. When she’s not glued to her computer, Alberts roams around Asia in search of the best street food, bargain shopping and beautiful beaches.

  • On September 23, 2013
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    Where is Golden Flower at Encore Macau located?

    Golden Flower at Encore Macau is located on the ground floor of Wynn Macau amid several VIP gaming areas. If you enter through the doors near the Rotunda—where there is a mini-show every 30 minutes featuring a dragon or a golden tree of life—at the intersection of Rua Cidade de Sintra and Avenida 24 de Junho, then Golden Flower is a short walk away. There's also another Wynn casino entrance just north of the Rotunda entrance along Avenida 24 de Junho, and Golden Flower is just inside the doors on the left.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at Golden Flower at Encore Macau?

    Because Golden Flower at Encore Macau is one of the resort's flagship restaurants — as well as one of its newest — tables are in high demand for special occasions and celebratory meals. As a result, we recommend making an advance reservation. Remember, also, that the weeks surrounding Chinese New Year (in January/February, depending on the lunar calendar), Labor Day (May 1), and National Day (October 1) are particularly busy. To make a reservation at Golden Flower, call 853-8986-3663. Alternatively, just walk up to the concierge desk in either the Wynn Macau lobby or the Encore Tower at Wynn Macau lobby and ask for their help making a reservation.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    What is the dress code at Golden Flower at Encore Macau?

    Given the sumptuous décor at Golden Flower at Encore Macau, one wouldn't want to under-dress and forego the chance to blend in with the sophisticated surroundings. The official dress code at the restaurant is casual elegant, which means that the casual wear (like a sleeveless shirt) that some gamblers sport on the casino floor is a no-go here. The Macau restaurant clearly lays out the ground rules: Gentlemen must wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves and closed-toed shoes. Don't even try to root for your home team during dinner, because sport hats are not permitted. Women will be comfortable in a skirt or pants and a top, or any dress. 
  • On September 23, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at Red 8 at Wynn Macau?

    Given its nature as a casual restaurant integrated into the casino floor, Red 8 at Wynn Macau has plenty of seating, and reservations might not be necessary outside of peak times, like lunch and dinner. The weeks surrounding Chinese New Year (in January/February, depending on the lunar calendar), Labor Day (May 1), and National Day (October 1) are busier than usual, so if you don't want to take your chances and walk in, then book ahead. To make a reservation at Red 8 at Wynn Macau, call 853-8986-3663 or ask the concierge in Wynn or Encore to secure a spot for you.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    What is the scene like at Red 8 at Wynn Macau?

    At Red 8 at Wynn Macau, patrons easily cycle in and out 24 hours a day, whenever they need a quick bite or a longer break from gambling. The dividers that separate the restaurant from the gaming floor are low, allowing the excitement and energy from the areas where crowds are cheering on a successful baccarat player to carry over into the Macau restaurant. It's especially fun when, after peering through the windows of the open kitchen to check on the status of your Peking duck, the chef purposely flares up the flames on the stove for effect. Despite being at the epicenter of a luxurious resort, Red 8 at Wynn Macau — refreshingly — has no pretensions.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    What is the dress code at Red 8 at Wynn Macau?

    Red 8 at Wynn Macau is a casual restaurant so the dress code is very relaxed. Pretty much anything goes, whether it's a T-shirt and jeans or shorts. None of the restaurants in Wynn Macau are formal, and Red 8 at Wynn Macau, especially, is a relaxed place for grabbing a quick bite, so you certainly don’t have to head up to your room to change before dining there if you’ve been walking the streets of Macau or spending time at the blackjack tables. Feel free to go as you are.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at Mizumi at Wynn Macau?

    Its status as a high-end Japanese eatery makes Mizumi at Wynn Macau one of the resort’s fine-dining restaurants. Because there is somewhat limited seating (if you don't include the private dining rooms) and this restaurant is more formal, reservations are recommended. Be sure to book ahead during holidays, especially Chinese New Year (in January/February, depending on the lunar calendar), Labor Day (May 1), and National Day (October 1). To make a reservation at Mizumi, call 853-8986-3663 or ask the concierge in Wynn or Encore to make a reservation for you.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    What is the dress code at Mizumi at Wynn Macau?

    If you're going to splurge on a meal of fancy Japanese kaiseki, you might as well look good while doing it, especially at Mizumi at Wynn Macau. The official dress code at Mizumi is casual elegant, which means that the casual wear (like a sleeveless shirt) that some gamblers sport on the casino floor would not be appropriate here. The restaurant clearly lays out the ground rules: Gentlemen must wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves and closed-toed shoes. Don't even try to root for your home team during dinner, because sport hats are not permitted. Women will be comfortable in a skirt or pants and a top, or any dress.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    Where is Mizumi at Wynn Macau located?

    Mizumi at Wynn Macau, which looks out onto the courtyard area that is home to the pool and well-manicured gardens, is located on the ground floor of the resort. It's close to the main Wynn lobby as well as the VIP gaming floors; you can enter the restaurant via the gardens or from the gambling areas. Wynn Macau itself, one of many integrated resorts in the Chinese territory, is located at the intersection of Rua Cidade de Sintra and Avenida 24 de Junho, near the Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho, which connects Macau and Taipa. It is a short shuttle ride from the Macau Ferry Terminal.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What restaurants does Encore Macau have?

    Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Encore Macau has three restaurants of its own (Café Encore, 99 Noodles and Golden Flower); plus you’ll find a number of great places to eat inside Wynn. Here’s everything that’s available within the property.
     
    1. Golden Flower at Encore Macau. The resort’s fine-dining restaurant is a must during your visit. Golden Flower serves Shandong and Sichuan delicacies as well as special dishes in the Tan style, a special cuisine that originated in the Qing Dynasty.
     
    2. Wing Lei. Visit to see the striking dragon covered in 90,000 Swarovski crystals and stay to dine on the dim sum and delicious contemporary Chinese dishes. The upmarket Cantonese restaurant is popular with visitors and locals alike.
     
    3. Mizumi. The traditional Japanese restaurant offers teppanyaki, robatayaki and a sushi bar — plus a multi-course kaiseki menu — in a beautifully restrained space with large windows overlooking Wynn’s meticulously tended grounds.
     
    4. Ristorante Il Teatro. Feast on Italian specialties while taking in the shows on Performance Lake. The restaurant gives you the best seat in the house while you dine on black angel hair pasta and herb-crusted rack of lamb.
     
    5. Red 8. The 24-hour restaurant is in the middle of the gaming floor and has a menu of Chinese dishes.
     
    6. 99 Noodles at Encore Macau. The funky shop within Encore offers hand-pulled noodles and congee.

    7. Café Encore. Chinese and Macanese classics are served in a jovial setting with black and white marble floors, lime green chairs and frescoes on the walls.
     
    8. Café Esplanada. You’ll find a menu of international favorites, including local dishes (barbecued pork buns, oxtail soup) and Western fare (Reuben sandwiches, Australian lamb chops).
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What's the best time to visit Encore Macau?

    The best time to visit Encore Macau is in the fall or spring, when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold (though winters are fairly mild in Macau, with temperatures rarely dropping below 45 degrees Fahrenheit). You might want to avoid traveling during the humid summer or near big Chinese holidays — the weeks surrounding Chinese New Year (in January/February, depending on the lunar calendar), Labor Day (May 1) and National Day (October 1) are when millions of Chinese tourists have time off from work, so the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Macau hotel will either be completely full or very crowded around those times.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at Café Esplanada at Wynn Macau?

    Café Esplanada at Wynn Macau is a casual restaurant full of families and groups of friends who want to be able to choose from a variety of cuisines, and the restaurant typically has enough seating to accommodate them all. Reservations are likely unnecessary outside of top peak times during the day. The weeks surrounding Chinese New Year (in January and/or February, depending on the lunar calendar), Labor Day (May 1), and National Day (October 1) are busier than usual. If you don't want to take your chances, then book ahead. To make a reservation at Café Esplanada at Wynn Macau, call 853-8986-3663. Alternatively, just walk up to the concierge desk in the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Wynn Macau lobby and ask for assistance with making a reservation.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    Where is Café Esplanada at Wynn Macau located?

    Café Esplanada at Wynn Macau is located on the ground floor of the Wynn Macau resort, to the left of the main Wynn lobby and just behind Miu Miu. The restaurant overlooks the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort’s main gardens and swimming pool, and you can also enter from this courtyard area. Wynn Macau itself, one of many integrated resorts in the southeastern Chinese territory, is located at the intersection of Rua Cidade de Sintra and Avenida 24 de Junho, near the Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho, which connects Macau and Taipa. It is a short shuttle bus ride from the Macau Ferry Terminal, which travels several times a day between Macau and Hong Kong.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What is the dress code at Café Encore at Encore Macau?

    Steve Wynn probably knows that gamblers and other casino-goers don’t always want to change for a meal in a casual restaurant. Hence, the dress code at Café Encore is so casual that anything goes, whether it's a T-shirt and jeans or shorts. The emphasis at Café Encore is on the food and the décor (like the rare putto at the entrance), not the clothes of its patrons. This is true for most restaurants in Macau, so don’t worry about bringing a lot of fancy duds if you’re trying to pack light.
  • On September 18, 2013
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    What is the scene like at Café Encore at Encore Macau?

    Black-and-white checkered marble floors, painted frescoes, gilded wall ornaments and Doric columns as well as lime green accents make for a cheerful, friendly atmosphere at Café Encore. Patrons are put at ease amid the colorful surroundings at almost any hour of the day or night. For a casual restaurant, there's a surprisingly exotic and rare piece of art used as part of the décor. So don't forget to wave to the putto — a traditional Italian statue of a winged infant — hanging above the maître d’ desk by the entrance. It dates back to the 16th century and is meant to be a purveyor of love.