This hotel, which opened in 2010, is the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s first property in Macau. The trademark of this hotel chain, which has properties in major international cities like Milan, Paris, London, Singapore and Hong Kong, is the fact that Asian elements of design and Asian hospitality are consistently showcased. This hotel prides itself on being the only “non-casino” hotel in Macau.
WHAT’S IT LIKE
The iconic fan logo of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group atop the hotel’s glitzy building is visible from a distance, as you cross the Sai Van bridge. As soon as you step into the hotel, you are bathed in a sense of sophistication and understated elegance. The rooms are exquisite and brimming with amenities. The hotel is best enjoyed at night, when it is beautifully illuminated, when the F&B outlets come alive, and when the rooms boast breathtaking views of Macau
WHERE IS IT
The hotel is really well-situated, away from the chaos of the major casinos, yet within easy reach of them, should you wish to visit. It is situated along the waterfront on the Macau side, across the water from the Taipa district. The hotel is also situated within the One Central complex, one of Macau’s premier high-end retail destinations.
The hotel features 213 exquisite rooms, spread across different categories. In true “MO” style, the hotels are power-packed with technology and amenities.
I stayed in a 70 sqm Waterfront Suite, which, as its name suggests offers a great perspective over Macau. The suite included a separate living room and bedroom, a walk-in wardrobe, a massive bathroom and a glass shower cubicle. Other amenities included a Nespresso machine, a gourmet Chinese tea selection and plush bathrobes.
FOOD AND DRINK
Start your evening at one of Macau’s chicest addresses — Vida Rica Bar — with its elegant lounge-style seating and a cocktail list boasting some of Mandarin Oriental’s signature cocktails, in addition to a selection of champagne and wine.
Follow this with a refined dining experience at Vida Rica Restaurant, with its menu featuring Western and Oriental cuisine, in addition to an impressive
Since this hotel is located away from the main casino districts, this hotel is perfect for the MICE market. It boasts a range of venues for meetings and conferences, which include a 320 sqm ballroom, two meeting rooms and one smaller boardroom, as well as a stylish pre-function area.
The hotel has a strong focus on wellness and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Macau is said to be one of the best in the region. Enjoy a range of holistic therapies to soothe and calm jet lag, fatigue and stress. There is also an outdoor heated swimming pool — with great views — and an excellent gym.
VERDICT This hotel should be a must-visit on every traveller’s list, if you want to see Macau with a more discerning and understated perspective.
PRICE: Upwards of HKD 1,990/ INR 18,500.
CONTACT: Mandarin Oriental, Macau, Av. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Macau