The slogan on the Mandarin Oriental’s website (http://www.mandarinoriental.com/macau) reads: “Where east meets west at a world-class resort.” Mandarin Oriental owns dozens of hotels all over the world, and promises in each opulence reminiscent of the best luxury hotels in Europe. When most think of a world-class resort-style vacation, what usually comes to mind is Europe, or the Caribbean or perhaps even some tropical island somewhere. Treat yourself to the best in luxury, in China – and experience a new and fascinating world.
The Mandarin Oriental Macau
If you find in Macau a heavy Portuguese influence, that is because it was once a Portuguese colony, founded in the sixteenth century. The Chinese only retook control of the city in 1999. However, 95% of Macau’s population boasts ethnic Chinese heritage and speaks Cantonese. Only 5% of Macau’s population are made up of Portuguese and other “Western” cultures and languages. This makes Macau the perfect place for the traveler looking both to integrate into authentic Chinese culture while still feeling himself or herself perhaps in Europe. Macau also offers easy access to Hong Kong, one of the world’s most fascinating and fast-paced cities. Just the photographs on the hotel’s website are enough to make any traveler with a particularly strong wanderlust salivate. The hotel offers both individual rooms and suites, as well as facilities for conventions and conferences. There is also a spa set among outdoor tropical gardens and pool complex, giving the visitor the feel of tropical luxury and relaxation.
The Sands Casino, five minutes’ walking distance away, is one of the best in the world, is nearby, affording to gambling fans an experience not at all unlike Las Vegas in China.
Making it your next vacation
If you have always dreamed of the perfect Asian getaway, then the Mandarin Oriental in Macau – along with all of the side attractions of Macau – may just be the place for you. See the hotel’s website for room options and reservation packages.