Flashy cinematic flair in Macau
977 Rooms / 621 Suites
Studio City Macau made its debut in the fall of 2015 with a red carpet event that welcomed Hollywood movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese, and big-screen effects are exactly what this Cotai mega-resort is all about.
Unabashedly jutting up into Macau’s skyline, Studio City is a flashy, cinema-themed behemoth with just about any entertainment option you can think of — the luxurious Star Tower hotel, concert venues, magic shows, a 4D Batman ride, some 30 restaurants, a white-sand beach and pool, a sprawling spa and, believe it or not, a whole lot more.
Designed by acclaimed architect Gary Goddard, the Macau hotel complex has three main entryways — each with its own dramatic facade. Two sky-high Heros of Steel statues mark the main entrance, where you’ll find an eye-catching Art Deco exterior that glitters silver.
Between the hotel’s two towers is the soon-to-be iconic Golden Reel, a figure-eight Ferris wheel that offers 360-degree views across the Cotai Strip and beyond.
Inside, the design has cinematic appeal and a shopping promenade that encircles the entire property.
Studio City has nearly 1,600 rooms across two distinct towers — the Celebrity Tower and the Star Tower — ranging from 452 to 1,991 square feet. The all-suite Star Tower is the more luxurious of the two, featuring spacious rooms (they start at over 600 square feet) marble bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, Nespresso machines, separate living rooms, floor-to-ceiling views across Macau, access to a private club lounge and a slew of complimentary perks.
The look of the Star Tower rooms is thoroughly contemporary with a minimalistic vibe and lots of black, gray and white with pops of gold accents. Celebrity Tower rooms have a warmer vibe with muted reds, blues and warm-wood furniture; cinematic touches like film scrolls ensure you won’t forget where you are.
Catering to both big spenders and families, the 376,700-square-foot The Boulevard is unlike any shopping experience you’ve likely had. High energy streetscapes will inspire and entertain you at every turn as you are transported to the world's iconic landmarks.
Swish shops and international luxury labels such as Prada, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, Macau’s first Balmain and Tom Ford line the boulevards. At the intersection of the three shopping streets, Studio City built its own Times Square, complete with flashing neon signage and contemporary tunes to match.
This larger-than-life address is home to more than 30 food and beverage outlets. Highlights include sophisticated Cantonese restaurant Pearl Dragon, innovative Shanghainese at playful Shanghai Magic, Japanese restaurant Hide Yamamoto and an indoor Macau Gourmet Walk that’s devoted to casual local staples and designed to mimic the region’s spiraling tile sidewalks with Old World Chinese accents throughout.
Slated to open in 2016: a Hawaiian raw fish bar from chef Alan Wong and a new fine-dining spot from celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse.
The expansive Zensa Spa does indeed offer a quiet corner (on the third floor of the Star Tower) in the otherwise busy resort complex. On the same floor is a bright fitness room that looks out onto an enormous pool deck, where there’s the RiverScape encircling two large pools, myriad Jacuzzis, private cabanas, a pool bar and even a white sand beach.
But it wouldn’t be an entertainment destination without some heart-pumping activities, too — thrill seekers can check out the Batman Dark Flight 4D adventure, Golden Reel, Warner Bros. Fun Zone (designed for kiddos), and The House of Magic.
Pacha Macau is a large nightclub with visiting DJs, a dance floor and a large outdoor terrace. The enormous Studio City Event Center hosts international concerts and sporting events.
And since this is Macau, there is a glitzy casino — decked in gold and red — where you can try your luck at gaming tables or high-tech slots.