When it comes to accommodation, while there’s nothing wrong with checking into a luxury chain hotel, yet a boutique hotel can offer you a distinctive vibe. Here are four of the city’s best boutique hotels—places that have a unique charm all of their own.
Pousada de Mong-Há
Here we reveal one of Macau’s best-kept secrets: the Pousada de Mong-Há. A beautiful setting, lovely atmosphere and excellent service make this our choice for Macau’s best boutique hotel (since the unfortunate closure of the Pousada de São Tiago, a boutique five-star hotel hidden away at the tip of the Macau peninsula along the Praia Grande Bay).
The understated but well-appointed Pousada de Mong-Há is a training facility for Macau’s Institute for Tourism Studies, and as such, it is run by professionals and a group of enthusiastic, well-trained students. One of the best and most reasonably priced hotels in the city—in all of China, for that matter—the atmosphere here exudes laid-back, old-world charm, set in a tranquil environment amid lush gardens and colourful foliage near the historic Mong-Há Fortress.
Featuring 20 rooms, the hotel is furnished with traditional Asian artworks and fixtures that blend east and west. The hotel’s Educational Restaurant is helmed by a professional chef and staffed by students who take obvious pride in their work. Serving Macanese and Portuguese dishes, the restaurant incorporates herbs, salad leaves and vegetables from its own garden.
Pousada De Mong-Há, Colina de Mong-Há
+853 2851 5222, ift.edu.mo/EN/Pousada/Home/Index/240
Banyan Tree Macau
Another hotel with unique features is the Banyan Tree in Taipa. Although it is accommodated in the Galaxy resort on the Cotai Strip, the Banyan Tree is an independently operated business specialising in high-end spa and therapy services. It has 246 suites, 10 villas, and an ultra-exclusive presidential suite.
If the Pousada de Mong-Há is unique by dint of old world charm, the Banyan Tree gains that same quality by way of its exotic design, feel, and spa facilities. Like the tropical and sacred tree from which it got its name, the Banyan Tree Spa offers guests a sanctuary for the senses—a haven for physical, mental and spiritual renewal.
Walking into the hotel is a heady experience as the senses are stimulated by a range of essential oils and the exotic design of both hospitality and treatment spaces. Bamboo as one of the key elements in the interior, and the main character in the entire space of the spa, which features a bamboo-leaf ceiling atop the reception area, a series of natural bamboo poles along the corridors that lead to the spa rooms, and skylights to allow sunlight for the live bamboo trees in the courtyard. Natural stones on the footpaths give an outdoor feel.
Grand Coloane Resort
Over in Coloane island, the Grand Coloane Resort again offers a unique service: a golf course on its doorstep. A firm favourite with many Fortune 500 companies, the 208-room hotel is next door to the par-71, 18-hole championship golf course at the Macau Golf and Country Club, a facility often the focus of corporate incentive trips. But it is not reserved for the serious golfer and the hotel offers lessons for those wanting to get into the swing of things.
If the Pousada de Mong-Há offers a unique, local experience and Banyan Tree provides a sensual oasis, the Grand Coloane Resort features outdoor relaxation away from the hectic side of life, with nearby Hac Sa and Cheoc Van beaches complementing on-site pools and jacuzzis.
Restaurants and lounges range from the Café Panorama with international cuisine and Panorama Lounge serving cocktails and snacks to the Kwun Hoi Heen Chinese Restaurant offering Cantonese specialties, including a full dim sum menu, and Porto Bar, a colonial-style concept bar featuring a great selection of Portuguese port wines and local snacks.
Grand Coloane Resort, 1918 Estrada de Hac Sa, Coloane
+853 2887 1111, grandcoloane.com
The Macau Roosevelt
If you want hotel off the beaten track where classic elegance and glamour meets contemporary luxury then you've come to the right place. The five-star, 368-room Roosevelt Macau, located on Taipa Island next to the Macau Jockey Club, is designed to reflect the flamboyant style of its namesake, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, founded in 1927 and named after the 26th president of the US, Theodore Roosevelt, which has played host to a who’s who of Tinseltown A-listers.
In her design, Los Angeles-based designer Gulla Jónsdóttir has fused the glamour of Los Angeles and the natural elements of Macau. Depending on the room selection, guests can watch the ponies race at the Macau Jockey Club through their wall-length window, or catch the sunset with stunning views overlooking Henqin river. For guests that want the ultimate pleasure palace experience, the Marilyn Penthouse, named after Hollywood Roosevelt long-term guest Marilyn Monroe, offers sumptuous comfort and jet-setting style.
Dining options include Opulence Taipa Fishing Village, situated on the second floor, which as its name suggests serves a wide variety of fresh seafood. Meanwhile, sprawled across the entire third floor, Casa Roosevelt is an urban retreat where guests can relax and unwind at a private wine lounge, a bar, an in-and-outdoor restaurant, fitness centre and swimming pool with a bar and cabanas.
The Macau Roosevelt, Avenida dad Asia Oriental, Taipa
+853 2882 0100, themacauroosevelt.com/
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