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With six onsite restaurants and bars – including the stunning rooftop 38 Lounge – a massive fitness center, lively casino, award-winning infinity pool and, of course, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Altira Spa, the Altira Macau hotel is an attraction in its own right that has plenty of things to do to keep you busy day and night. That’s a good thing since the immediate area surrounding the hotel doesn’t have too many notable attractions, though if you do want to venture out you’re just a short shuttle bus ride away from the City of Dreams.
This massive complex has something for everybody, including luxury shopping opportunities at The Boulevard, casual and upscale restaurants and bars, casinos, live performances – we recommend The House of Dancing Water – and, for your little ones, the sprawling Kids’ City.
Macau has a rich culture, and it would be to your advantage to take a break from getting pampered at Altira Spa and do some exploring in the area. If you’re new to Macau, visit the Macau Museum, filled with an array of historical objects, which demonstrate the way of life and types of communities that have inhabited the area throughout history. The museum’s location in the Mount Fortress also holds significant importance: it is a former military defense structure for the city initially built by the Jesuits in the early 17th century. Senado Square is the center of Macau and plays host to the city’s popular public events and celebrations. Located near the former Senate building, the Square is a great destination to witness the multicultural element to the city. Make sure you get to a performance of “The House of Dancing Water,” an incredible water-based show that blends together inspiration from the roots of Chinese culture. The show takes place in the world’s largest commercial pool and cost almost $250 million to create, along with a five-year planning production with two years of rehearsals. Visit the remains of arguably, Macau’s greatest church: St. Paul’s. Built in 1602, the church was connected to the first Western college in the Far East, the Jesuit College of St. Paul’s. Restorative work in the early 1990s turned St. Paul’s into a museum, where you can now visit and view the remains of this historic structure. The Macau community has deep religious and spiritual roots, so venture to the A-Ma Temple (Macau’s name is derived from A-Ma-Gau, the seafarers’ goddess). The temple consists of prayer halls, pavilions and courtyards built directly into a hill, all connected by winding paths next to moon gates and small gardens.