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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.


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.

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.


Landmark Hotel in Macau

5 July 2009

1Renowned for the exceptional personalized services and luxurious comfort, The Landmark Macau has become one of the best hotel choices in Macau. The 22-storey hotel building is perfectly located in the city centre and close to most tourist attractions.

Located in the city centre, The Landmark Macau provides convenient access to the central business district and is next to major convention and exhibition centre such as Macau World Trade Centre, Macau Fisherman’s Wharf Convention Centre, as well as Macau Tower Convention and Exhibition Centre. The 451 hotel rooms and suites are all equipped with high speed broadband and Cable TV, providing a wide selection of financial and news channels, which are extremely important for those busy executives, who have to ensure themselves being always worldwide connected. For those staying in the Noble Club Floor of the hotel, they can enjoy high speed wireless internet access in the Noble Club Lounge as well, and be 24-hour specially taken care about all their business or personal concerns by the Hotel’s guest services team.

Facilities for Business Travelers
Moreover, the Hotel features a fully-equipped business centre, and a well-designed multi-function room, from secretarial services to high-speed internet, from small meeting room to large conference venue, whether looking for an executive travel stay, a meeting venue or a complete meeting venue and accommodation support, the professional sales and event team of The Landmark Macau are always ready to anticipate any of your request.

The Recreation of The Landmark Macau is a private and exclusive massage and fitness centre for hotel guests. It is an ideal place to release stress and tension from modern daily life. Whether you are looking for a total relaxation, pampering, renewed vitality, or you are seeking a fitter, healthier holiday, the wide range of gymnasium facilities, massage treatments, hot & cool pool, sauna & steam room, golf putting area and simulator, as well as children’s games room & video arcade available in the hotel recreation can certainly satisfy all your needs. Meanwhile, the Roman-style indoor swimming pool opens all year round, maintaining a constant water temperature of 29-31 degree Celsius for guests’ enjoyment without seasonal concern. You can also pamper yourself with a refreshing drink from the Poolside bar located next to it. Moreover, wireless broadband internet service is also available here complimentarily for your usage.

Entertainment is one of the key words in The Landmark Macau. Gaming and shopping are all available to amuse you in every way.

Pharaoh’s Palace Casino
Visit the first themed casino in Macau to explore the ultimate in gaming fun, you will be amazed with all the mystery and charm of ancient Egypt at the Pharaoh’s Palace Casino and the variety of exciting games there. For those slot machine fans, Orbit Slot Machine & Gaming Lounge is another place that you should not miss.

Boss Hugo, Ermenegildo Zegna, Piaget, Leonard, a. testoni, Rado, Omega, Franck Muller, Patek Phillippe, and more. The leading brand name shops in the hotel are ready to cater to your desire and whim, pampering you in true style


The Landmark Macau
555 Avenida da Amizade, Macau
Tel: (853) 2878 1781  – Fax: (853) 2878 661


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.


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.


Venetian Casino in Macau

5 July 2009


When a business traveller is in Macau, one of the best destination is Venetian. Even if you are not a gambler you can dine in one of the 30 restaurants (see the review of Fogo Samba) or drink your favorite cocktail in one of the bar, several with live music. But you can also shopping in one of the 350 internationally renowned stores or sleep in one of the 3000 comfortable suites of one of the largest hotel in the world.


The Venetian Macao is a luxury hotel and casino resort in Macau owned by the Las Vegas Sands corporation. The Venetian is a 40-story, $2.4 billion anchor for the 7 resort hotels which are under construction on the Cotai Strip in Macau. The 980,000 m2 Venetian Macao is modeled on its sister casino resort – the The Venetian in Las Vegas – and is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia and the fourth-largest building in the world by area.

The main hotel tower was finished in July 2007 and the resort officially opened on August 28 2007. The resort has:

– 3000 suites,

– 111,000 m2 of convention space,

– 149,000 m2 of retail,

– 51,000 m2 of casino space

– 15,000 seat arena for entertainment/sports events.




The Casino

The casino is currently the largest in the world and is further divided into 4 themed gaming areas namely Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon and Phoenix. The casino consists of over with 3400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables


The Hotel

The hotel offers a VIP club named Paiza Club to caters high-rollers and premium guests The club comes with its own entrance, lobby, reception, team of butlers and guest lifts to the suites. The gaming area of the Paiza Club is divided into individual private gaming rooms and named after Asian cities such as Yunnan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.The guests of the club would have the exclusive access to the club dining outlet, the Paiza Club Dining & Lounge, which opens 24 hours a day.


Future development

American billionaire Sheldon Adelson announced that his $2.4 billion Venetian Macao Resort Hotel on Cotai will contribute much to launch a massive, concentrated resort area he calls the Cotai Strip, after its Las Vegas counterpart. Adelson formally stated his plans to open more hotels under brands such as Four Seasons,Sheraton and St. Regis. Therefore, his Las Vegas Sands (which ran the Sands Macao on the Macau peninsula), plans to invest $12 billion and build 20,000 hotel rooms on the Cotai Strip by 2010.


CentralWorld Shopping mall in Bangkok

3 July 2009

800px-CentralWorld-Dec2006CentralWorld is the largest shopping mall complex in Southeast Asia. The complex includes a hotel and office tower. In 2006, after three years of design and renovation, the expanded, 550,000 square metres of shopping mall and 1,024,000 square metres of complex was opened, topping its nearby rival Siam Paragon in terms of size.

The renovated complex aims to attract 150,000 customers per day, purchasing more than 7 billion baht annually. It markets itself as a middle class shopping center, opposed to the upper class-marketed Siam Paragon.

From the outside, Central World looks like a rectangular large box. In front there is a large rectangular square. The largest outdoor activity square in downtown Bangkok covers an area of 8,000 square metres, which is ideal for large-scale activities. It has 400 dancing fountain heads incorporated into the plaza and can accommodate up to 100,000 people per day. In the evening, huge crowds often gather here to have a drink in the open air bars. With New Year’s Eve probably the largest gathering of Thai people can be seen there, seeing out the old year. Especially during the ‘cold’ season, the plaza turns into an enormous ‘beer garden’.

A booklet we obtained mentions that there are more than 500 shops at Central World, and no less than 80 restaurants. Famous international brands and Thai brands are well represented. Furthermore, there are quite a few smaller local brand outlets. Generally the stores are large. As is often the case in such a large shopping complex, Central World looks less than crowded, especially when you visit the upper floors.

We suggest to go to CentralWorld for some hours of relax and to have launch in one of the 80 different restaurants and bars. From Mc Donald’s to Italian restaurant, from Thai exclusive cuisine to American Donuts everybody can find the favorite food. Floors 6 and 7 are dedicated to food but you can also find some particular attractions on floor 3. On a side of the building there is Zen a shop with 7 floors and 50.000 square meters. A must see shop with dedicated floors to the different needs of men, women and children. On the ground floor you can find the DJ console and speakers that broadcast music and information on all the shop.

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