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Galaxy opens today in Macau!

15 May 2011

The Galaxy Macau, a multibillion-dollar casino resort complex, opened Sunday as Macau aims to draw a broader mix of visitors than the high-rolling mainland Chinese who have helped the city become the world’s most lucrative gambling market.

The casino, with 450 gambling tables and space for up to 1,500 slot machines, is the only one scheduled to open in the southern Chinese city this year. The $1.9 billion complex also boasts a 4,000-square meter wave pool and an artificial beach built with 350 tons of white sand. Guests can stay at three hotels, including one run by Singapore’s Banyan Tree and another by Japan’s Okura, with a total of 2,200 rooms.

Tropical and Japanese gardens, a Japanese tea pavilion, a Scottish-themed whiskey bar, 50 restaurants, a private members’ club and a shopping street are other draws. A nine-screen 3-D movie theater is to open later this year.

The launch of Macau’s 34th casino comes as the city seeks to diversify its economy away from gambling after years of searing growth that helped it overtake Las Vegas as the world’s top casino market.

Macau’s casino profits have been boosted by high-spending gamblers visiting from the Chinese mainland, many of whom travel on short junkets run by companies that lend them money to gamble and then collect debts once they return. The former Portuguese colony aims to develop cultural and entertainment attractions that can draw more middle-class families who will stay longer.

Macau’s economy has boomed since a four-decade casino monopoly was broken up in 2002, opening the way for U.S. and Australian operators to enter the market with local partners. Monthly casino revenues so far in 2011 have grown by at least 33 percent, after surging by more than half last year to $23.5 billion. The Las Vegas strip, in contrast, raked in $5.8 billion in revenue in 2010. Unlike Vegas, Macau has few attractions that don’t involve gambling.

“We are happy to follow the Macau government’s development strategy and build new momentum not driven by gaming culture,” said Galaxy Chairman Lui Che-woo, a Hong Kong-based billionaire who built his fortune on property and construction. The company expects a third of visitors to be high-rollers while the rest will be the so-called mass market, said Galaxy Vice Chairman Francis Lui, who is Lui Che-woo’s son.

Galaxy is hoping to attract visitors from other Asian countries such as Japan who will stay at least two days, half a day longer than average, Francis Lui said. The average length of stay for Las Vegas visitors is 3.6 days.

Francis Lui added that the casino has capacity to add another 150 gambling tables, depending on demand.

Galaxy Entertainment operates five other casinos in Macau, a special administrative region of China and the only place in the country where casinos are legal. It competes with market leader SJM Holdings Ltd., as well as Las Vegas Sands Corp., Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts and Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd.

Macau’s leaders have taken steps to prevent unrestrained casino expansion and encourage the city’s development as a tourist destination. The government last year announced it would withhold approval of new projects and cap the number of gambling tables until 2013. Last year, more than 80 percent of its 25 million visitors were from Hong Kong and mainland China.

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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 best accommodation in Chennai: Sheraton Chola Hotel

23 February 2010

Chennai, which was once known as Madras, has been welcoming travellers for over 2,000 years. Close to the original port which Roman traders called Meliapor is the Sheraton Chola Hotel, Chennai, which combines ancient customs of hospitality with the latest technology to create a hotel which has redefined comfort.

We’re central to just about everything – just 12 kilometers from the airport, five kilometers from the railroad station, and two kilometers from downtown Madras. Named for a celebrated dynasty, the hotel offers visitors royal treatment in its 90 spacious guest rooms and suites. Take in the view, watch in-room movies, and enjoy a most restful night.

With international cuisine, quiet spaces for meetings and family occasions, and beautiful banquet areas for conferences and celebrations, our hotel provides all the services a busy traveller might need, as well as some you may not have thought of as yet.

Sheraton Chola Hotel, Chennai
Cathedral Road, Chennai 600 086 Tamil Nadu, India
Tel : (91) (44) 28110101 Fax : (91) (44) 28110202

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The best hotel in Mumbai: ICT Grand Central

23 February 2010

Parel, the vibrant centre of the wondrously paradoxical and cosmopolitan city of Mumbai is home to ITC Grand Central. Inspired by British Colonial architecture of old Bombay, the hotel is located amidist business & recreational centers. The colourful patchwork of the city’s cultures – its colonial past, old english charm, modern present and warn Indian Hospitality – fill our hotel with a fabled grandeur. The hotel has 242 guest rooms including 19 suites, non-smoking floors & for single lady travellers Eva floors with sophisticated security and building management system.

ITC Grand Central builds the character of the place through its fine blend of Raj era with modern contemporary design. Pioneering a tradition of corporate hospitality with elegantly appointed rooms and luxury suites, the guests enjoy a panoramic view of Mumbai and the sea. Conveniently designed for international travellers, all rooms feature outlets that can accommodate both European and American electrical equipment.

Equipped with the latest technology and choice of meeting rooms, in-house guests occupying premium category rooms have access to “Point of View”, the premium lounge at the rooftop. This warm, inviting, split-level lounge with a wood panelled library offers a luxuriant retreat with a breathtaking 360 degree view.

Kaya Kalp- the Spa consists of treatment rooms, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and Salon. We extend a gracious welcome to guests of all ages, including the younger set who will appreciate our Very Important Kids Programme. They receive highly personalized attention from the moment they arrive through the time they depart. Age-appropriate amenities and toys are provided in the guest rooms. Further, our concierge will be pleased to arrange tours of Mumbai, theatre, outings & shopping.

Indeed, majestic surroundings and seemingly effortless service create a memorable experience at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai.

ITC Grand Central, Mumbai
287, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Parel, Mumbai – 400 012
Tel : (91) (22) 24101010 Fax : (91) (22) 24101111

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Ocean Spring Resort in Pingsha, Zhuhai (China)

23 August 2009

Ocean spring resortIf those hot-spring resorts which simply provided hot water failed to meet your needs and left you with a pallid memory, the newly opened Ocean Spring Resort in Zhuhai is probably the place for you.

The 2.2-billion-yuan (US$275 million) resort which opened in late January has 60 hot-spring pools, two five-star hotels, a marina featuring gourmet restaurants and boutiques, a theater, a theme park, a fitness club and even a health center providing various checkup deals for holiday-makers. Owned by China Travel Service (Hong Kong) Ltd., the company which developed Shenzhen’s Splendid China and Window of the World, the 40-square-kilometer resort promises visitors a holiday to remember.

As big as it is, the opening of the resort only represents the first phase of development. Coming soon is a golf course with a golf hotel, while the third phase will feature residential villas for those who fancy golf and hot springs as the ideal lifestyle.

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Hot springocean resort
Autumn is an ideal season for hot springs. The best way to refresh yourself is to soak in one of the 60 hot-spring pools with a marvelous sea view. It stays open until 10 p.m., to ensure every guest can catch a hot-spring bath before going to bed. The hot springs come from under the seabed with temperatures of up to 82 degrees Celsius. Don’t forget to try the authentic Oriental massages and Turkish spa next to the hot-spring pools, where you can still get a magnificent view of the South China Sea through the French windows. Surfers can also try riding the waves at the pools which have advanced wave-making techniques, recreating an ocean coast. The ocean spa contains 60 kinds of hot-springs with different styles, absorbs the essence of the culture of the hot-spring in the world and let you enjoy the culture of the hot-spring in the world without going abroad. The savageness ocean hot-spring named “The First Hot-spring in Nanhai” has clear water quality and abundant water quantity. The temperature of the water in the ocean hot-spring always keeps between 80 and 83 centigrade. In addition, the water contains various micro-element which is good to people’s bodies. It is composed of indoor and outdoor grounds, comprises equipment and 56 hot-springs with different styles such as Roman bathroom, Japanese bathroom and SPA bathroom etc. Further, the more than 10 kinds of massage equipment with special dry and wet steam bath let you enjoy the culture of bath in the hotspring at all times and in all over the world.

Mysterious Island
The resort’s theme park, has five different areas. High-speed roller coasters, a vertical chariot and escape boats are the most popular items. Performances such as African drumming and Scottish pipes are impressive. The Mysterious Island theme park packs the world’s latest and Asia’s first Leaning Tower, “Fanatical Squirrel”, “Gushing Dynamo” and the propulsion roller coaster among numerous other advanced and highly charged entertainment facilities that will push one’s adrenaline to top gear. At the same time, Asia’s first theme park expansion training camp that spans 6000m2 brings together world-leading expansion facilities and training concepts to trigger one’s potential. The experimental base-camp for teamwork, execution prowess and creativity.

Caribbean Seashore
ocean resortThe Caribbean Seashore is an important part of Mysterious Island in the Ocean Spring Resort. Bluish sea with silver beach, palm-tree with sea charm, covering 13,000 m2, it’s an ideal place for people to have fun in the water. Bluish sea with silver beach, building an unique “fairyland on the sea”. The Caribbean Seashore is located between Adventure Jungle and Fortress of the Pirates in the Mysterious Island. The advanced artificial wave technology, it gives you a fabulous wave experience. Tourists have fun in the water under the open sky getting a definitely different feeling. It’s composed of a Children pool, water-sports pool, on the water catwalk stage, swimming pool and many other on the water facilities. Tourists can choose freely based on their taste to have a relax, drink, tuck away, taste wine, enjoy breeze, etc. If you come to the Caribbean Seashore at night, you can enjoy a spectacular scene of bright moon rising on the sea and totally indulge in the pleasures of life. Real scene of hill and sea, illusive-performance on the water. The night show is available in the Caribbean Seashore during the summer vacation. Performances full of fad and seashore amorous feelings light up the night of Caribbean Seashore. The unique catwalk stage on the water, colorful lighting underwater and the laser light of beacon in upper air, it creates an unmatched 3D illusive performance. The wide beach provides tourists with another fun. It’s not only a good place for family joyous, but also an ideal place for the enterprise units and large organizations holding parties and night banquets.

Dreams Theater
The high-tech theatre processes 1200 seats ,which are furnished with 360 degree revolving seats to put you in the thick of the dramatic action. Nightly performance of the grand theatrical production “A Dream by the Sea” see artistes from around the world share the stage to present the audience with a spectacular feast for the senses. Truly a flamboyant celebration of the arts.

Hotels
Two five-star Mediterranean-style hotels offer more than 1,000 rooms ranging from standard doubles to honeymoon suites and villas for families. Doubles start from 1,080 yuan per night, and a villa with three en suite bedrooms, hot-spring pool, kitchen, dining room and terrace start from 4,280 yuan. Paying some 2,880 yuan, you can enjoy a honeymoon suite with a king-sized bed, a hot-spring pool and, most importantly, a private berth at the marina.

Ocean Spring Metropark Hotelhaiwang
The hotel is presenting the most beautiful part of Morocco constuction style and naturally designed for better panoram a view of the South China Sea,the lake and the mountain from each guest room and restaurant. With 1000 elegantly decorated guest rooms,22 luxurious hot spring villas and 5 superior lakeside suites,a comfortable and unforgettable vacation experience will be made with the most update hi-tech touch. Both Chinese andwestern restaurants offer the best food among local hotels and restaurants. During night hours,there are bars and KTV. You could also take a walk on the scenic seaside boulevard.or try an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and gyms.

ocean resortGolf Course
Jinwan Golf Course was designed by Colin Mantgomerie, the No.1 golfer in the European Money List for 18-hole championship course is 6532 meters and Par-72. Full of ingenious diversities and surrounded with waters, the green courses present a pleasant view along with clear lakes. Bunkers of particular style andchangeful sea breeze create challenges to golfers’ wisdom and resourcefulness. It demonstrates the charm and appeal of traditional Scottish golf courses and international championship venues. Since founded 3 years ago, the club has been a successful host of dozens of major events, including 2 China Tours, 3 China Ladies Pro Tournaments and 3 Examinations of Chinese Professional Golfers, earning good recognition and praise in the golf circle. The magnificent Jinwan Golf Club House has a golf shop, a luxurious change room, a Scottish saloon and many other facilities. There are a country club, a sports center, a multipurpose conferevce room, a gym, and a massage and beauty shop by the hotel. These are ideal places to visit after a golf game. It is agreeable to sit in a chair by the swimming pool listering to melodious music.

Address
Ocean Spring Resort,
Pingsha Township,
Jinwan District,
Zhuhai
Tel: +86 756 7728-999
http://www.oceanspring.com.cn


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