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Macau is chock-full of luxury hotels with a total of seven Five-Star properties. To start, Altira Macau is located inside the tallest building on Taipa Island and affords astonishing views of the Macau Peninsula. Travel to the hotel’s 38-floor lobby, which is where you’ll find 38 Lounge — ideal for sunsets. Guest rooms feel elegant and contemporary with earth tone palettes and hardwood floors, and the hotel’s accompanying Five-Star spa features an incredible infinity-edge pool overlooking Macau Peninsula. There’s also plenty to choose from in terms of dining — Altira Macau boasts five different restaurants.
Another great Five-Star option is Crown Towers, located at the Macau City of Dreams complex on the Vegas-like Cotai Strip. The sleek, contemporary design of the luxury hotel fits in well with its surroundings, where guest rooms are outfitted with deep soaking tubs, 600-thread-count sheets and walk-in closets. When it comes time to hit the town for the night, you’ll be within close proximity to the complex’s stellar entertainment performances such as The House of Dancing Water and Dragon’s Treasure.
Speaking of good times, Banyan Tree Macau is an exclusive all-suite resort inside the entertainment mega-complex known as Galaxy Macau. Despite the electric location, though, you’ll find it a romantic and secluded retreat where you’ll be pampered. Banyan Tree is the first high-rise urban resort and the only hotel in Macau featuring private relaxation pools in all of its 246 suites and villas.
The famed Wynn hotel group traveled east to open Five-Star Wynn Macau, which is a lesson in all things opulent. Guest rooms are swathed in rich fabrics, gold-striped sheets and floor-to-ceiling windows, and there’s a whole slew of dining options, from Wing Lei to Il Teatro to Mizumi. Adjacent to Wynn is Five-Star Encore Macau. The all-suite hotel sets the stage from the moment you check in with the lobby’s jellyfish aquarium behind the reception desk. Explore deeper into the luxe property to find stunning views of Nam Van Lake from all suites, as well as high-end designer shops (think Chanel, Piaget and Cartier) to satisfy any retail cravings.
It’s no surprise that the Mandarin Oriental hotel group claims an outpost in this hotel hotspot; so don’t forget Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Macau. The relatively new (and architecturally pleasing) structure rests on Macau’s waterfront and is home to 213 luxurious guest rooms. Experience contemporary Chinese cuisine at the hotel’s onsite restaurant, Vida Rica, and book a pampering session at the Five-Star spa.
For more first-rate service and top-notch style, head to Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip. As soon as you walk into the lobby of this beautiful property, you’ll be greeted by fresh colorful floral arrangements — including lavender and yellow roses — that are changed out on a weekly basis. You’ll also notice the exquisite furnishings (think Oriental-style tables) found throughout the 360-room property, which is heavily influenced by the Chinese and Macanese cultures. The family-friendly property comes with five outdoor swimming pools (two are for the kids); Belcançāo, an international buffet with live cooking stations; and a Four-Star spa that comes complete with 14 treatment rooms and a 24-hour gym with its own Pilates and yoga studio.
You'll also have a slew of Four-Star hotel options, including Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Galaxy Hotel; The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel; Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central; Grand Hyatt Macau; Hotel Okura Macau; and MGM Macau.