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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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Duke’s in Malibu: the most peaceful oceanfront restaurant

7 November 2010

The great Duke Kahanamoku and the aloha spirit is what we are all about. We invite you to enjoy our peaceful and laid-back oceanfront setting in Malibu The dining room lunch and dinner menus at Duke’s include the freshest Pacific fish offered anywhere. It’s why the locals come here. And why they keep coming back.

Duke’s fresh fish is served in a variety of preparations, plus you can choose from our famous prime steaks, island favorites, or a mouthwatering selection of appetizers. And don’t leave without dessert! You have to try Kimo’s Original Hula Pie®.

With Duke’s ocean breezes, swaying palms, postcard views, delicious food, not to mention our warm and friendly staff, Duke’s offers you a relaxed atmosphere overflowing with the spirit of Aloha.

Serving lunch Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-3:00pm
Serving dinner Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday 5:00pm-9:30pm
Saturday 4:30pm-10:00pm
Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm 

Serving Brunch on Sundays 10:00am-3:00pm
Reservations accepted +1 (310) 317-0777

Who is Duke Kahanamoku?

Hawaii’s most famous citizen and the “Father of INTERNATIONAL Surfing,”

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was born August 24, 1890 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the first of six sons and three daughters of Duke and Julia Kahanamoku. He grew up in carefree Waikiki with the ocean as his playground, doing what he loved mostly swimming, surfing, canoeing and bodysurfing.

At the age of 21 he won his first Olympic gold medal, then went on to represent the United States in the Olympics for 20 years, winning not only medals but the hearts of people all over the world. He is remembered as a swimmer not just for remarkable speed, but for his grace in the water, his good humor, and his sportsmanship.

Duke won medals, trophies,and worldwide fame as a swimmer, but he surfed purely for enjoyment in an era before surfing was a competitive sport. Although no spectacular video footage records his legendary longboard surfing, his exploits on a surfboard catapulted the sport to new heights.

Duke’s tall, athletic stature and striking, bronze good looks also attracted the Hollywood film industry, and he appeared in over 28 movies including The Wake of the Red Witch starring another famous “Duke,” John Wayne.

Beyond his athletic and film accomplishments, Duke was known for his charm, integrity and courage. He represented the ali’i nobility in the highest and truest sense – concern for others, humility in victory, courage in adversity, good sportsmanship – all qualities we are inspired to emulate.

In his golden years, Duke became Hawaii’s Ambassador of Goodwill & Aloha and Honolulu’s Official Greeter.

During 1966, at age 76, he was the first person inducted into both the swimming and surfing Halls of Fame. Whether rescuing people at sea or serving as Hawaii’s official Ambassador of Aloha, he was always gracious, never capitalizing on his fame.

The world bid Duke “Aloha” on January 22, 1968. He was remembered in Congress and in national magazines and newspapers as a symbol of Hawaii, and as a man of many accomplishments who was at peace with himself.

Today, statues honoring his excellence in swimming and surfing and his role as Ambassador of Aloha are well-visited shrines in California, Australia, France, Hawaii, and elsewhere.


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Gladstone’s beach restaurant: the place to be in Malibu

7 November 2010

A Los Angeles beach-side landmark for over 30 years, Gladstone’s is located on the Will Rogers State Beach. Both outdoor and indoor seating is available, and all tables have spectacular ocean views. Gladstone’s caters to not only small parties, but it is also a fantastic place in which to celebrate special occasions! Gladstone’s offers the freshest in seafood, from mouth-watering ahi tuna to live Dungeness and King crab and Maine lobsters.

There are few words as synonymous with “oceanfront dining”, “fresh seafood” and “family fun” as Gladstone’s Malibu. Overlooking the sparkling Pacific ocean on the Malibu beachfront, Gladstone’s is a landmark restaurant serving up bountiful helpings of freshcaught seafood, signature cocktails and spectacular 180˚ views of the California coastline. For generations, Gladstone’s has been a favorite beachfront destination for both locals and tourists, known for its relaxed atmosphere, classic surf culture memorabilia and breathtaking vistas of the crashing surf.

Here you can download the menu.

Here you can reserve a table.

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs: 11am – 9pm
Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat: 8am – 10pm
Sun: 8am – 9pm
Address: 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy – Pacific Palisades, CA 90265
Telephone: +1 (310) 454-3474

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