Macau was one of the first ports of call for Portuguese merchants and missionaries in the 16th century. It has reinvented itself as the new Vegas. Beside the plethora of casinos, Macau plays host to exciting adventures including bungee jumping, Broadway-style extravaganzas, multi-starred gourmet dining and drinking. It has become the fourth richest territory in the world.
“Macau is divided into four parts: the original city on the peninsula; the former island of Taipa; the Cotai Strip, home to majority of the new casinos; and, in the south, Coloane, which remains uncluttered by high rises.
The real appeal of Macau lies in its very distinct Mediterranean character, a wealth of history, and a range of alluring menus that make Michelin seem irrelevant. For sure, there’s a showy, noisy side to Macau, but a short way from the centre of town you can find yourself wandering down narrow backstreets and alleyways that recall the days when the city was dubbed a “sleepy enclave”. ”
Suggestions for a great weekend:
Where to Stay: The St. Regis for unrivaled views of the strip, a Vegas-style boulevard lined with hotels and casinos in a kaleidoscope of constant action.
What to Do: Watch the fisherman haul in group, sole, and pomfret at Ponte 16 pier. Dance a night away at Pacha in Studio City. Visit A-Ma Temple, built in 1488, a UNESCO World Heritage site also famous for its fortune tellers and filled with Portuguese history.
Source: Conde Nast