Macau HotelsThe small, humble islands of Macau have always been popular with Chinese tourists, and recently they have caught global attention thanks to the impressive resorts and casinos that have been built here. The islands still manage to maintain their traditional charm however, with strong Portuguese influences from the colonial era. There are also areas of natural beauty with quiet beaches and calm seas where you can escape from the bustling tourist resorts. The imposing and modern Cotai Arena has over 15,000 seats on several levels allowing it to hold huge events such as basketball, tennis, boxing, rock concerts, and even the annual Miss Macau Beauty Pageant. It’s well-equipped to deal with crowds and offers several fast-food restaurants, bars, and merchandise stalls on each level. In the center of Macau you’ll find the impressive Senado Square which has intricate paving, imposing government buildings, high-end stores, and fountains making it a great place for a stroll day or night. The Taipa Houses-Museum is on the south of the island of Taipa with unique Portuguese style homes built in the 1920s for wealthy colonists who settled here. Inside the colorful restored houses you’ll find important artifacts and artworks from the time, and can stroll around the garden enjoying the view of the lake. The Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral are one of Macau’s most famous landmarks. This grand cathedral was built in the late 16th century and destroyed a couple of hundred years later. However, much of the original façade still stands, and you can see the intricate Oriental carvings that made the building so special. Hac Sa Beach offers long stretches of golden sands surrounded by pine trees, with breathtaking views out to the South China Sea. Hotels in MacauWith many stylish, modern developments around the area you’ll find plenty of luxury hotels in Macau, both in the built-up areas of the city and along coastal resorts. You’ll enjoy a friendly welcome with lots of extra features such as outdoor pools, lagoons, full-service spas, saunas, jetted tubs, multiple restaurants, and chic cocktail bars. Guestrooms are also comfortable and luxurious, with amenities such as luxury bedding, plasma televisions, laptop-friendly safes, complimentary bottled water and ice, deep soaking tubs, rain showers, and bathrobes. If you’re on a tight budget then head for one of the independent boutique hotels and inns in the center of Macau where you’ll enjoy clean, basic rooms, a complimentary breakfast, LCD televisions, and shower/tub combinations. Where to stayMacau’s central region is a thriving business center which mixes traditional Asian architecture with Portuguese colonial styles, and modern skyscrapers housing large corporations. There are impressive shopping malls full of high-end designer stores, as well as streets full of historic buildings which are lit by lanterns at night. Taipa is the smaller of the islands that make up Macau, and it has been developed extensively to include impressive casino resorts, upmarket malls, and shopping plazas full of stylish boutiques. Cotai is also a popular area for tourists, especially those who enjoy gambling, and the Cotai Strip has been designed to resemble Las Vegas, with huge hotel resorts full of slot machines, table games, restaurants, and live entertainment venues. How to get to MacauMacau International Airport has regular flights arriving from across Asia, including major hubs such as Bangkok and Shanghai. It’s based in the north of Tapai, making it a short 15 minute taxi ride from the center of Macau. There are also regular cheap, reliable shuttle buses which stop at the major hotels, as well as ferry services for those traveling to Hong Kong and the surrounding areas.
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