With two new luxury hotels under its golden rooftop, more than 200 upscale shops, an enormous pool deck and an ever-expanding stable of sought-after restaurants, Galaxy Macau has become the “it” place to stay in Macau.
Adding to the long list of luxury properties on the glitzy Cotai Strip, Galaxy Macau’s Phase II development recently introduced two big-name international hotel brands: JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau. The largest in Asia, JW Marriott Hotel Macau has more than 1,000 rooms and suites, all beautifully designed with brass detailing and contemporary furnishings that will please both business and leisure travelers. Meanwhile, the all-suite Ritz-Carlton, Macau embraces a more classic aesthetic with white marble all around, high ceilings and a pastel blue and purple palette throughout the 254 accommodations. No matter which property you book, every unit boasts impressive views, overlooking Macau’s glittering tributaries, the Cotai skyline or Galaxy’s sprawling resort deck. JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau share the peaceful ESPA, an opulent sanctuary that blends elements of Chinese and Portuguese culture into the facility’s design and spa treatments.
With great Italian food at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Terrazza and an exclusive whisky list at The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge, Galaxy has already made its name as a worthy food destination. But the complex has solidified its reputation as the place to go for a great meal with more than 120 restaurants and a clutch of new openings. Look for a new outlet of noted chef Umberto Bombana’s 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, sky-high luxury Chinese restaurant Lai Heen on The Ritz’s 51st floor and The Ritz-Carlton Café, a gorgeous new Parisian brasserie that will effectively transport you to France. Across the way at Broadway Macau, which is also under the Galaxy umbrella, diners looking for a more casual experience will salivate over The Broadway, an outdoor street food market with more than 40 stalls and local restaurants.
New Resort Deck
The 807,293-square-foot Grand Resort Deck is a tropical playground for adults and little ones alike. It first made waves a couple of years ago when Galaxy introduced the world’s largest rooftop wave pool, complete with a 492-foot-long artificial beach and swells of nearly five feet. This year, Galaxy added a zippy, 1,886-foot Skytop Adventure Rapids ride as well as a cavernous water slide built into a man-made mountain. But in case you’re after a quiet day of sun without all the added adrenaline rushes, the deck is also home to dozens of little coves, lap pools and Jacuzzis.
One of the most expansive malls in Macau, the Promenade at Galaxy is home to 200 shops and counting. Among them you’ll find luxury brands such as Alexander McQueen, Georg Jensen, Harry Winston, Mulberry, Sandro and more. But it’s not all high-end splurges here; the 1,076,391-square-foot retail paradise also plays host to the flagship stores of everyday favorites like Nike, H&M and DFS.