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Galaxy Macau™ to open on 15 May 2011

8 May 2011

15th May 2011 – Grand opening for Hotel Galaxy Macau.

Eagerly awaited destination resort projected to be a major attraction for millions of Macau visitors every year

Galaxy Entertainment Group announced that Galaxy Macau, the newest and most eagerly anticipated integrated destination resort in the Cotai entertainment area, will open on 15 May, starting the countdown toward Macau’s biggest opening for 2011.

Over 97% of Macau’s almost 25 million visitors in 2010 were from Asia, according to Macau Government Tourist Office statistics. Visitors from mainland China and Hong Kong, which are considered the primary feeder markets in the immediate term, together totaled 22 million or 81% in 2010.

Accommodation at Galaxy Macau will be provided by three iconic Asian hotel brands: It will include the 250 suites and 10 floating villas of the Banyan Tree Macau; the 500-room Hotel Okura Macau; and the 1,500-room Galaxy Hotel, which will become GEG’s flagship Cotai hotel. The three hotels will be available to guests on the opening day. Galaxy Macau also marks the entry into the Macau market for both the Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts and Okura Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Japan’s most prominent hotel company.

Banyan Tree also brings with it the first Banyan Tree Spa in the Pearl River Delta. At 2,800 square meters, the Banyan Tree Spa Macau – the biggest in the Banyan Tree group – will include 21 treatment rooms as well as a private spa floor for its hotel guests.

Of the more than 50 restaurants and bars found at Galaxy Macau™ a number of them are attractions in their own right. Here the exquisite tastes of Japanese Kaiseki contend with Michelin recommended Cantonese offerings. Just across the gardens and around the corner guests can enjoy the best Korean barbecue to be found outside of Seoul. These are only but to name a few of the treats awaiting our guests.

At a total investment of HK$14.9 billion, the 550,000-square-meter Galaxy Macau is the first truly integrated resort property of its kind because it is the only one in Macau with real resort features. Most prominent of these is the property’s spectacular 52,000-square-meter Grand Resort Deck, where a 350-ton white sand beach frames the 4,000-square-meter Skytop Wave Pool – the world’s largest of its kind – generating waves that will reach as high as 1.5 meters. Several pools, tropical and Japanese gardens, a traditional Japanese tea pavilion and private cabanas will dot the Grand Resort Deck area, making it perfect for private and corporate functions.

Upon opening Galaxy Macau will feature more than 50 international dining outlets. True to its focus on providing an authentic Asian resort experience, more than half of them will serve Asian cuisines, making it the widest such selection in Macau under one roof. The selection makes it possible for visitors to eat at Galaxy Macau once a week for a year and never eat at the same restaurant twice.

Rounding out Galaxy Macau’s resort offering will be extensive in-house entertainment across multiple live stages and clubs including the ultra-exclusive China Rouge, a hybrid private membership club, performance theatre, bar and restaurant conceptualized by renowned Hong Kong designer Alan Chan to evoke a modern vision of 1930s Shanghai. It is anticipated that China Rouge will instantly become one of the trendiest nightspots in Macau, drawing discerning clientele from around the region. Of particular note, Galaxy Macau is proud to announce its plans for a 9-screen, 3D, multi-function cinema theatre to follow later this year. Open to Galaxy Macau guests and the local community, the theatre will be state-of-the-art and the first of its kind in Macau. The property will also feature a retail boulevard offering a unique shopping experience of Asian as well as international brands.

Banyan Tree Macau

The world-renowned Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts brings its exquisite “Sanctuary for the Senses” philosophy to the Galaxy Macau™. Taking its name from the strong and graceful banyan tree—a centuries-old symbol under which one finds peace of mind and internal harmony—Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts is consistently listed among the top hotels of Asia.

Banyan Tree Macau is an exclusive resort comprising 250 suites and 10 pool villas. It is the first high-rise urban resort in the world to feature private indoor relaxation pools in all of its expansive suites, and the only luxury hotel in Macau with full-sized resort villas amidst private gardens with a private swimming pool.

Each opulent suite and villa is a tribute to Oriental design, with high ceilings and ornate furnishings, complemented by auspicious vermillion red accents.

All guests receive a myriad of top-of-the-line comforts, including LCD TV, stereo system, mini safe, mini bar, bathrobes and turndown service in the evenings. Villa guests can also enjoy Banyan Tree’s famed Asian hospitality through a dedicated butler service provided by the exclusively appointed Resort Host.

Hotel Okura Macau

The legendary Okura Hotels & Resorts brings its signature blend of modern comfort and tradition to the Galaxy Macau™, providing a distinctly Japanese interpretation of “World Class, Asian Heart” hospitality for guests at this spectacular resort. Leisure and business travelers at Hotel Okura Macau can choose from opulent suites or luxurious guest rooms that offer the highest-quality relaxation through Okura’s harmonious combination of function and comfort. Okura was founded on the principle that its hotels must consistently offer the best accommodation, cuisine and service … a complete experience that visitors to Macau may now experience for the first time, only at Galaxy Macau.

Galaxy Hotel

The Galaxy Hotel’s 1,500 rooms and suites represent an evolution of resort accommodations. Luxurious and beautiful, these contemporary rooms offer five-star amenities throughout and stunning views that stretch to the city or water landscape. They also afford guests a level of deep comfort that conveys a kind of respect that only a host with true Asian Heart can present.

Banyan Tree SPA
The renowned award-winning Banyan Tree Spa offers a myriad of Asian health and beauty treatments and therapies as well as Banyan Tree Gallery products, which helping make the Galaxy Macau™ the most complete holiday destination in the city. Discover a Sanctuary for the Senses amidst more than 2,800 square meters of treatment rooms and facilities, staffed by gracious and professional therapists and framed by twin tropical pools. It’s World-Class relaxation delivered with Asian Heart only at Galaxy Macau.

Grand Resort Deck
The Galaxy Macau’s amazing Grand Resort Deck makes it Macau’s first true resort, offering guests all the pleasures of a tropical holiday. Swim in the world’s largest skytop wave pool, build a sandcastle, or simply pull up a lounge chair and sunbathe along 150 meters of shoreline.

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The newest & hippest disco bar in Zhuhai: Bar 88

29 April 2011

88 Bar’ or ‘Bar 88’ is one of the newest and hippest spots on Zhuhai’s famous Bar Street. With Western Saloon style decor, regular live performers and excellent service, we are sure this bar is here to stay! The only bad thing to say about 88 is that there is no real dance floor, rather a few small areas where up to 15 or 20 people can dance if they don’t mind getting up close and personal!

This venue has a very classic feel and offers an eclectic selection of karaoke rooms catering to different customers; it’s also one of the more upscale bar venues in the district. The place is decorated to integrate both Eastern and Western styles – going for that overall feel of being both grand and trendy. Their karaoke rooms provide visitors with a variety of choices that range from different themes to deluxe and VIP; each of the rooms are fitted with the best entertainment and karaoke-singing equipment. This is a bar that caters more to expats and foreign visitors; prices are also on the upper-end scale – expect to pay around 300 -400 RMB/person.

Get to the club early or call ahead to reserve a table. You will need to buy a bucket of beers or a bottle of spirits to get a table, but if there is more than three or four of you, then this makes sense.

Any time you want a break from the lively atmosphere to rest your dancing legs or have a quieter talk with friends, head on out to the terrace area, where you will find tables with umbrellas (perfect for all weather!) and computers with Internet Access at your disposal.

Address for foreigners: “Joo Hai Shuh, Schway Wan (rhymes with ‘Can’) Loo, Joe Bah Jieer, Ehr Buy Eee How”  …is how we would say it. Here’s the pinyin too: Zhu Hai Shi, Sui Wan Lu, Jiu Ba Jie, 201-209 hao

Most taxi drivers will know where to go if you say “Joe Bah Jieer” (pinyin – ‘Jiu Ba Jie’). When you get onto Bar Street, simply say “Bah Sheh Bah Bah” (pinyin – ‘Ba Shi Ba Ba’) – meaning ’88 Bar’ and you will be dropped off on the cross-road at the end of Bar Street. Bar 88 is right on the corner!

No. 88 Bar

Address: 203-205 Shuiwan (Harbor) – Bar District – Zhuhai – China
地址:珠海市水湾酒吧街203-205号
Tel: +86 75 6 888 9188
Opening hours: 19:30-02:00

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Bellini Lounge Music Bar at Venetian Macau: the place to be in town!

29 April 2011

You might be surprised to find that one of the friendliest bars in town is located in a corner of the casino floor of The Venetian. The Bellini Lounge may sound and look posh, but it’s actually a down-to-earth watering hole which attracts a stylish crowd aged mostly from their late 20s to late 40s. Most are here not just becaue they’re taking a break from gambling, but have made the trip specially to enjoy live music in the company of friends.

The huge couches and vast space mean you’ll usually be able to get a comfortable seat, and not worry about having smoke being blown in your face by a stranger while jostling for standing room. There are also plenty of bar stools up by the impressively long bar, where solo guests can perch and enjoy the live entertainment, while being entertained by the bartender.

Two live resident bands provide entertaining covers of Top 40 hits, R&B numbers every night, but aren’t too loud or intrusive so as to prevent conversation. The large bar is quite quiet during the day, and during weeknights attracts after-work suits as well as tourists. 

During weekends, and their Ladies Nitz (free drinks for women) every Wednesday from 8pm, it starts to get packed with an eye candy crowd of models, dancers and expatriates.

There is a wide selection of wines and premium spirits as well as coctails on the menu, and Bellini is well staffed with friendly and knowledgable staff who are only too happy to help. The bar is also known for having some of the prettiest and most professional and attentive female staff members in Macau.

Try the house specialty cocktail, the Bellini, which is made of fresh peach, schnapps and champagne, other popular drinks include champagne cocktails made with mango and fruit blends.

Address: Shop 1041 (On the casino floor) – Venetian Casino – Macau
Tel: +853 8118 9940

Open: 4:00 pm – 4:00 am (Mondays – Fridays);
2:00 pm – 4:00 am (Saturdays and Sundays)

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B.A.T.S. the place to be in Jakarta

29 April 2011

An all-time favourite of Jakarta’s nightlife. Very, very popular bar among expatriates, especially those who are already married. Easy to know why, counting the number of pretty, sexy girls. But the place isn’t just about having sex. You can have a lot of fun partying there, because you will easily meet people in a relaxed atmostsphere. BATS has a live band, imported from Quebec the more often and playing Top 40 songs. A bit annoying because it’s hard to talk and hard to find a place to seat though, but at least you will be pushed in the crowd and on the dancefloor. The entrance fee is quite expensive, around Rp. 80,000, but they will serve you a very large beer. Good to go on Sunday or Monday because it is one of the few places still crowded.

With a large circular bar facing the spacious dance floor, it is uncommon to see crowds grooving along to the tunes of the DJ or the band onstage. A dining section is tucked a bit further away in a corner decorated with caricatures of murals picturing famous B.A.T.S clients. Be seen, be nice, and you’d probably experience temporary fame there.

Usually coming to life after-work hours, the lower section of this joint is crawling with the corporate movers and execs. It’s your after-office party, with the tie loosened, the pen left aside and the charts cast away. What started out as a way to avoid the infamous jams of Jakarta, the party there just gets wilder and better as the night goes on.

The atmosphere here pushes it to triumphant heights over the rest of the bars. Mr Yuska Tuanakotta, the communications coordinator for Shangri-La, explains that B.A.T.S is among a few spots that has survived with the concept of live bands in these hey-days of DJs and electronic music. The key is simply entertainment and B.A.T.S certainly knows how to deal its cards in this game. With experienced international bands working up the crowd, B.A.T.S knows how to keep them coming back for more. Between the breaks, House DJ Buddy Mack keeps the party going with his skillful spinning. And if you feel you have more skills than them, prove yourself on Sunday nights, where the stage is left at the mercy of diners and party-goers.

B.A.T.S offers serious food with generous portions. Delicious, New York-style ribs and linguini are perfect accompaniments for the beer served in awesomely tall glasses. However, the highlight in B.A.T.S dining is certainly the mouthwatering 18-inch pizza bursting with mozzarella. We’re talking the sticky kind that stretches as you pull it, making your meal as fun as it is delicious. As for the drinks, it seems that beer takes the spotlight among the crowd, but do give the B.A.T.S specialty drink, Urban Bats, a try. This green evolution of tequila made with Bacardi, Blue Curacao, Vodka, Midori, Triple Sec and Sprite packs one mean punch. Cigar lovers can relish in high-quality puffs from the stock available in the bar.

Its acronyms may spell horror for some, but B.A.T.S is one ‘nightmare’ you want to indulge in. From the great crowd, the greater vibe, the big food portions and the safety it holds proud, B.A.T.S is more of a dream than it is a nightmare

Shangri-La Hotel
Level 1 – in Kota BNI JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1 – Jakarta – Indonesia
Phone(62 21) 570 7440 ext. 6401
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Opening hours:
5pm – 2am (Sunday – Thursday)
5pm – 3am (Friday and Saturday)
Dinner: 7pm – 10pm
Happy hour from 5pm – 7pm
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Best dining in Bangkok at The Dome in Lebua tower

4 November 2010

Lebua offers an exquisite and eclectic selection of restaurants and bars, better known as the Dome at lebua, which is a culinary dream even for connoisseurs. Be it Mediterranean, Italian, Asian, Indian or Lebanese, the best restaurants and bars in Bangkok congregate at lebua. All restaurants and bars provide an unmatched experience with truly personalized service that never makes you wonder anymore, where to eat in Bangkok.

Sirocco

Located on the 63rd floor of The Dome at lebua, Sirocco is the world’s highest al fresco restaurant and one of Bangkok’s most coveted dining choices. It never fails to leave one mesmerized with a breathtaking view of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river, an amazing Skybar and quality Mediterranean fare with ingredients from the world’s best markets. Live jazz music featuring vocalists of international repute, adds to its captivating ambiance for a perfect evening.

Mezzaluna

Mezzaluna is the signature Italian restaurant at lebua. Located atop 65 floors, the restaurant offers panoramic view of the city and the Chao Phraya river. Ingredients are sourced from the regions of Italy where they are acknowledged to be the best and cooked by our master chefs. The live performance by our classical quartet compliments the elegant ambience. With such great lengths taken to present the best of traditional fare, what can cuisine at Mezzaluna be but a slice of the best of Italy.

Breeze

Breeze was designed to revolutionize the Asian dining scene in Bangkok, taking it to a gourmet level. At Breeze, the open air restaurant on 52nd floor, it’s not just the Asian cuisine that embraces the pinnacle of grandeur, but also the design, ambience and service. Seating is high above the sea level. The view is a bird’s eye glimpse of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river that you can choose to admire from an open-air terrace or a spectacular glass sky-bridge suspended mid-air.

Skybar

The stunning, multi-hued Sky bar at Sirocco has several reasons to turn minutes into timeless moments. Suspended in the sky on the 63rd floor of The Dome at State Tower, the Skybar is one of the world’s highest open air bars, overlooking a panoramic view of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river. With such an enthralling ambience coupled with a seductive selection of the finest vintages, beverages, cocktails and appetizers in Bangkok, the Skybar soars as one of the prized destinations in the city. No wonder, the rooftop bar is unanimously accepted as the coolest bar in Bangkok.

Ocean 52

Far from the bustling city life, quiet enough for important business conversations rests Ocean 52. Inviting you in with innovative cocktails, imported wines and unusual Asian blends, accompanied by succulent gourmet Dim Sums, Ocean 52 sets the atmosphere for most pleasurable business meetings.

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Fisherman’s Wharf in Macau

23 August 2009


macau-fishermans-wharfThe Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, the first theme park in Macau, is a place you should never miss in your stay in Macau. What more, entrance is free. And for this reason you may want to come back.

The HK$ 2 billion Fisherman’s Wharf offers nightly explosions of the complex’s 40-meter-high volcano, daily jet-ski stunt shows and shopping and eating. Macau Fisherman’s Wharf complex includes over 150 stores and restaurants in buildings built of different world seaports such as Cape Town, Amsterdam and Venice, six rides, a slots hall, a 72-room hotel, and a casino.

The Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is located in the Macau Peninsula, near the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Pier. You will not miss it when you come via the Jetfoils or the helicopter. Moreover, it sits right beside the huge Sands Casino. If you have your own yatch, you may want to berth here. The staff of Fisherman’s Wharf will help you will all the immigration procedures.
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If you get confused with all the pastiches and colors just remember that there are actually three major themes:
Dynasty Wharf, which encapsulates Chinese history and culture in the form of traditional items sold on the streets, handicrafts in the exhibition halls, and sampan and ‘jumbo’ seafood restaurants, will be built first.

East Meets West, the second themed ‘wharf’, is constructed on mainly reclaimed land and includes a 40-meter tall man-made volcano complete with waterfalls, volcanic ‘eruptions’ and night-time laser shows plus large ceramic crucibles and mine carts to ride in inside for that Indiana Jones experience. An African Fort houses a large variety of amusements, fun fair and playground for kids and teenagers; and the Greek Square serves as a leisure park and performance area with banqueting facilities and ice-skating rink attached.

Legend Wharf, features the leaning tower of Pisa, a 16th century Portuguese restaurant, 18th century French inns and galleon museum, disco, 21st century high-tech games centre and a pool area complete with dolphins.

“We would like to introduce a new concept of family entertainment by bringing in new technologies in the form of theme entertainment attraction,” said Dr. Stanley Ho, one of the owner developer. “Investing large amounts of money in expertise and manpower in the development of the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, Macau Tower and in the redevelopment of the Inner Harbour districts to reconstruct the old city of Macau (we are) contributing our part in the upgrading of tourism in Macau both in terms of quality and quantity.” The other owner developer and CEO is David Chow. The total investment for the wharf is estimated at more than 900 million patacas (112.5 million US dollars).

If you want to see the updated list of shops, restaurants and events, go to the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf official website.

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City of Dreams Casino in Macau

5 July 2009

COD-EXTERIOR_01ACity of Dreams is a property along the Cotai Strip in the Cotai reclaimation area in Macau. City of Dreams is located directly opposite The Venetian Macao, the first property in Cotai.

City of Dreams, widely known as COD, is in the style of a podium, with four towers: namely

– Hard rock Hotel,

– Crown Towers,

– Grand Hyatt Macau, and

– a 47-storey luxury apartment block.

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Its three-floor podium includes a mega-casino, over 200 shopping facilities and hotel guest facilities. City of Dreams will offer 420 000 sq ft of gaming space that boasts 550 gaming tables and 1500 machines, over 20 restaurants and bars one of the largest in the city. The mega property also includes 175 000 sq ft of high-end retail space (The Boulevard) spread across two levels.

Also two theaters will open attract patrons, the first one “The Bubble” will show a HD media projection presentation entitled “Dragons Treasure”. The Dragone Theater will open in mid of 2009.

The first phase COD Macau opened on 1st June 2009, while Hyatt will open in August 2009, and the Apartments likely to open in 2010.

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