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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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A Petisqueira Portuguese restaurant in Macau

29 April 2011

A small, unpretentious restaurant just off Taipa Village’s main road, on the corner of Rua de S. João and Rua das Virtudes, A Petisqueira offers typical Portuguese fare, including charcoal grilled, roasted, or boiled codfish; grilled sole with lemon butter sauce; grilled king prawns; paella; fried tenderloin steak Portuguese-style; grilled sea bass; and curried crab. The fresh cheeses are especially recommended. Of course, everything tastes better with Portuguese wine.

The homely white and checkered tablecloth, blue porcelain dishes and heady smell of Portuguese spices make you feel like you’ve stepped into a Portuguese family’s home. Fully booked on most nights, dinner is when the restaurant gets noisy with chatter and laughter, when groups of Portuguese and Macanese friends dine for hours and enjoy jugs of sangria.

Portuguese Chef Jose, who is also the owner, has been serving up Portuguese food for the past 16 years at A Petisqueria. Spices are imported directly from Portugal so you can expect authentic fare, although if you’re not used to the salty Portuguese flavors, ask the waiters to go easy on the salt when placing your order.

Expect generous portions. The fragrant Bacalhau codfish, thick and juicy tenderloin steak and tasty spicy prawns with garlic are must-tries. There Portuguese desserts are worth saving space for.

The casual environment means the manager is often found wandering round from table to table greeting guests and asking for feedback about the food. The waiters are friendly and helpful, without being overly pushy. There is no pressure to leave straight after your meal – in fact, diners often sit for hours enjoying wine and conversations with waiters occasionally popping by to top up drinks.

Address
Rua de S. João, no. 15, A/B, R/C, Taipa – Macau

Phone+853 2882 5354

Opening Hours:
Tue to Fri 12:00 to 14:15/19:00 to 22:15
Sat to Sun 12:00 to 14:45/19:00 to 22:15

Closed on Monday

Average Price150

ReservationsRequired

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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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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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Sky Shuttle – Helicopter service between Macau and Hong Kong or Shenzhen

13 July 2009

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Sky Shuttle is the fastest way to reach Macau from Hong Kong or Shenzhen (China). It currently operates 54 flights a day, with flight departing every 30 minutes between Macau and Hong Kong, and 10 flights a day between Macau and Shenzhen. Each flight takes a mere 16 minutes! Being the largest commercial transport helicopter operator in the Pearl River Delta region, Sky Shuttle offers speedy and comfortable daily cross-boundary shuttle services with our fleet of Sikorsky S76C+ and AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters.

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sky shuttle logosky shuttle seating planSky Shuttle presently operates with four brand new medium-twin engine AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. The other two AW139 helicopters will arrive in the next few months and will be progressively phased-in, with all in service by the third quarter of 2009. AgustaWestland is a recognized leader in the aviation industry. The AW139 offers unparalleled levels of passenger comfort, with a generously spacious cabin for 12 passengers and large view-windows. The AW 139’s low interior noise level is noticeably quieter than our existing helicopters (76 decibels versus 86) and the cabin configuration not only gives passengers the opportunity to converse easily in-flight, but wider and roomier, individually-contoured leather seats.

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