It’s impossible to miss the latest addition to the Sands Resorts’ Macau lineup. A sister of Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, The Parisian Macao touched down at the end of 2016. From dining experiences inside a jaw-dropping Eiffel Tower replica to a sky-high atrium, you can now get a taste of France in the Far East.
On the Cotai Strip, if it’s bigger, it’s better, and The Parisian Macao boasts a fitting footprint — and a $2.7 billion price tag. The massive complex consists of approximately 3,000 guest rooms and suites, more than 170 shops, the 1,200-seat Parisian Theater and 11 dining options.
Walking up the grand stairwell to The Parisian Macao’s Palais Garnier-inspired entrance, you are immediately transported to a land of grand old-world charm in the form of mansard roofs, marble balconies and wide promenades.
Inside, a dramatic rotunda showcases a replica of the Place de la Concorde’s Fontaine des Mers.
The majestic theme continues throughout the check-in counters, where bright red carpets and golden fixtures are reminiscent of Versailles. Splurge for VIP treatment and you’ll be whisked into a peaceful drawing room where coffee, cookies and personalized service await.
While the public areas offer an opulent experience, the rooms themselves are relatively modest, providing one of the more affordable, family-friendly locations on the Cotai Strip. The hotel features many child-oriented amenities, including “Famille” rooms with kid-friendly bunk beds and tiny bathrobes, an action-packed kids’ club, Aqua World water park and viewing platforms on the seventh and 37th levels of the Eiffel Tower.
If you’re keen to see the tower replica — which, at 531 feet, is half the size of the original — in its entirety, the best view is from your hotel room. About a third of the units feature floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the tower, and it’s worth the upgrade. Starting at a modest 355 square feet, the rooms feature a red and gold retro Parisian décor and all the usual creature comforts.
Channeling the City of Light, albeit with a local twist, The Parisian Macao supplies a long list of dining experiences. There’s La Chine inside the Eiffel Tower replica, boasting vistas from the sixth floor, as well as Chinese cuisine at Lotus Palace and a casual wine-and-dine scene at Brasserie.
Road-weary travelers will appreciate Le SPA’tique, which specializes Asian- and French-influenced treatments such as apple stem cell facials, champagne baths, merlot scrubs and ginseng collagen facials.
The spa is one of the few quiet corners in the Macau hotel, which is otherwise brimming with energy and nonstop entertainment. When you wander around the 300,000-square-foot Shoppes at Parisian, for instance, you will be entertained at every turn by street artists, live music and mimes.
As is Macau tradition, The Parisian Macao pulls out all the stops to create a quirky and memorable experience. This spectacular slice of French life is well on its way to becoming the go-to address on the Cotai Strip for families and entertainment seekers.