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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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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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Sands Casino in Macau

23 August 2009

Sands MacauSands Macau is a casino resort located in Macau Peninsula. It is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, and was designed by Paul Steelman Design Group. It comprises a 21,300 square-meter casino, and a 51-suite VIP hotel. This reflects the fact that this casino is a day trip destination for millions of potential visitors, mostly from mainland China, who do not need to stay overnight.

The casino opened on May 18, 2004 at a cost of $240 million. All of the mortgage bonds that were issued to finance construction were paid off in May 2005. In 2006, the casino completed an expansion increasing the casino from 15,329 m2 to 21,275 m2 .  The total area of casino space now houses an unprecedented 740 table games and 1,254 slot machines, more than any other single casino in the world.

“The Sands Macao has welcomed more than 20 million visitors since it opened in May 2004 as the first Las Vegas style casino in Macao,” said Mark Brown, president of the Sands Macao. “The expansion will allow us to provide additional gaming options for our guests, while at the same time enticing new customers to visit our property. We are particularly enthused that the expansion will enable us to serve a larger portion of the highly profitable and rapidly expanding mass table game and slot markets. Our new table game capacity is aimed squarely at that mass market segment, and has allowed us to expand our mass table game capacity by nearly 70 percent.”

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MGM GRAND Macau Hotel and Casino

23 August 2009

MGM Grand MacauMGM GRAND Macau, a stylish icon in the Asia skyline, is a development born of the partnership of two prominent industry leaders and innovators, Pansy Ho – daughter of Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho – and MGM MIRAGE – the second largest gaming company in the world based in Las Vegas.

MGM GRAND Macau is a 5-star hotel resort located on a prime waterfront site in Macau. With 593 deluxe guest rooms, the 35-storey hotel tower rises 154 meters into the sky, the glass exterior reflecting the hues of the South China Sea and the swell of the ocean surf.

The US$1.25 billion property boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning 1088 square meter Grande Praça. Under a marvellous glass ceiling, the 25-meter high European-inspired facades and dramatic landscapes make this a unique venue for dining and special occasions.

MGM GRAND Macau is a lifestyle destination and is dedicated to providing guests with world class entertainment facilities and services. In addition to the Six Senses Spa and the authentic and intriguing art-pieces that fill the property, guests have 12 signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic cravings; MGM GRAND Macau has also became the one-of -a kind venue for meeting and conventions, providing a total convertible convention space of 1,452 square meter, each function area offers a refined sense of style and purpose.


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Grand Lisboa Casino & Hotel in Macau

6 July 2009

glGrand Lisboa is a “must see” landmark in Macau. The building is still in construction (2009) but it is one of the best experience you can have in Macau. With its distinctive location and architectural design, 12 acclaimed restaurants and 24-hour entertainment, the Grand Lisboa has truly earned its reputation as one of Asia’s finest casino hotel.

Hotel

Grand Lisboa, designed by Hong Kong architects Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man, is a 58-floor 258 meters tall skyscraper currently under construction in Macau. The casino and restaurants within Grand Lisboa were opened on February 11, 2007, while the hotel is expected to be completed in 2009. Each of the 430 hotel room and suite is equipped with Bang & Olufsen full HD TV and surround sound system. The Grand Lisboa experience combines hi-tech and modern in-room facilities, such as a Turkish steam bath, 60-cm diameter Rain Shower and Jacuzzi, with traditional features such as handmade carpets.

Restaurants

We suggest to dine in one of the selected restaurants (The Eight, Don Alfonso 1890, The Kitchen, The Grand Buffet, Crystal Lounge & Deli, Noodle & Congee corner, Round the Clock, Lotus). But we have a particular mention for the Italian restaurant Don Alfonso 1890, the highest Michelin-rated restaurant in Southern Italy. At Don Alfonso 1890, the best raw materials are cooked in the simplest way so that you can taste the difference. An authentic taste of the best of Southern Italy, accompanied by an impeccable wine selection of over 4,900 labels.

Casino

The building exterior presents the largest LED Dome in the world, made up of more than 1 million dazzling LED lights to light up your senses. Over 240 gaming tables and 750 electronic games greet you with a range of fun in traditional or contemporary style. The casino is the first in Macau to offer Texas hold ’em poker ring games. It was also the first to offer craps, though several other casinos in Macau now offer the game.

Something unique

At the entrance of the Casino Grand Lisboa you can see The Star of Stanley Ho on permanent display. According to the Gemological Institute of America, the 218.08 carats (43.62 g) diamond is the largest cushion shaped internally flawless D-color diamond in the world.

Address Grand Lisboa, Avenida de Lisboa, No. 2-4, Macau

Phone +853 2828 3838

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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.

Recreation
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.

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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.

Shopping
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
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The Landmark Macau
555 Avenida da Amizade, Macau
Tel: (853) 2878 1781  – Fax: (853) 2878 661
Email: info@landmarkhotel.com.mo


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