Macau, a city always on the move, boasts an ever-changing city skyline. Its glitzy Cotai Strip is set to liven the sector even more by welcoming an influx of fresh faces. Here are a few of the most exciting openings on the calendar.
Wynn Palace Cotai
Bringing a dose of understated opulence to the Cotai Strip, the gold-clad Wynn Palace Cotai opens on August 22. The palatial hotel joins fellow Wynn Resorts property Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Wynn Macau, and emulates a similar style of sophisticated luxury with floral-themed interiors and exquisite artwork.
The 1,706-unit hotel has a mix of rooms, suites and villas — all with 507- to 800-thread-count Egyptian cotton or Italian linens as well as custom-created Coco and Tonka Bean bath amenities by Molton Brown.
In addition to ample retail (including Hermès, Audemars Piguet and Ferrari) and dining options (Wing Lei Palace, fine-dining Cantonese; Andrea’s, regional Chinese from a show kitchen; SW, a steakhouse dinner theater; and Hanami, a ramen spot from respected chef Yuki Onishi), entertainment is a key draw, featuring a first for Macau — gondola-like SkyCabs circle the eight-acre Performance Lake that comes alive throughout the day with choreographed water jets and rainbow-colored LED light shows. It also boasts the largest spa in Macau.
The Parisian Macao
Bigger is better in Macau, and if any resort subscribes to that philosophy, it has to be Four-Star The Venetian Macao. Joining its big sister this September is another glamorous address: The Parisian Macao, which honors its name with an abundance of French flair inside and out.
Opening up right next to The Venetian Macao, this City of Light-inspired property will be impossible to miss — just look for the half-scale, authentic re-creation of the Eiffel Tower. Inside, the property will host 3,000 guest rooms and suites, making it one of the largest in the area.
In addition to that massive number of units, The Parisian Macao has everything else you could possibly need for an unforgettable trip, too — picture a themed water park, a 1,200-seat theater, a kids’ club, duty-free shops and a host of restaurants.
The iconic hotel group has set its sights on the Cotai Strip for its second property in Macau. With plans to open in the second quarter of 2017, MGM Cotai has been designed to resemble a jewelry box — complete with a 23-karat gilded emblematic Golden Lion.
The upcoming resort plans to offer 1,500 hotel rooms and suites, as well as the very first Mansion at MGM for an ultra-luxe experience. As you’d expect from the hotel group, which also operates Five-Star MGM Macau nearby, the new complex will feature various shows and culinary concepts to keep you entertained throughout you stay. Foodies will appreciate Aji, a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant from Peru’s superstar chef Mitsuharu Tsumura.
City of Dreams Fifth Hotel Tower
Just in time for the resort’s fifth anniversary, the luxurious City of Dreams Fifth Hotel Tower joins the City of Dreams complex in the heart of Cotai. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, the curvaceous structure and mesh-like façade looks more like a sculpture than a hotel. A memorable abstract figure-eight feature marks the center of the structure, while a dramatic 98-foot-high atrium greets you as you enter the lobby.
Slated to open in 2018, the hotel will feature 780 rooms, suites and villas, as well as a sky pool. While much of the City of Dreams resort is aimed at families, this new flagship hotel will also target those in town who need a little romance and relaxation — and perhaps a bit of business, too. Of course, there’s always easy access to the incredible shows, luxury shops and a selection of cuisine available at the adjacent entertainment complex.