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Tuesday 26 May 2015

Somewhere special to stay in Macau

In most other hotels my room would have been at the higher-end of the scale; reserved for high rollers or those lucky enough to possess either black American Express credit cards or unlimited expense accounts. 

At the Banyan Tree Macau, however, this suite with its own relaxation pool and sweeping views across the water to China is an entry-level room. 

The Banyan Tree is an all-suite property, part of the massive Galaxy casino complex but also quiet and separate. Because while gambling is a major reason to visit Macau, it is far from the only one.

You'll find fantastic food - both Chinese and Portuguese - some of the finest spa facilities on the planet and plenty of shopping and adventure, too. If you feel like it you can even bungy jump from the Macau Tower.

The hotel is located in the Cotai quarter, a 15-minute drive  minutes from Macau International Airport and the Taipa ferry terminal (with direct connections to both Hong Kong and Hong Kong International Airport, as well as Chinese destinations). 

It is one of those hotels that still believes in old-fashioned virtues like service. There is someone to take your bags as you arrive, to hand you an umbrella if it is raining and if you ask for a newspaper it is delivered to your room within a couple of minutes. An evening turndown service (and a little gift) is de rigueur

There are 256 suites at this urban resort, including the ultra-exclusive Presidential Suite and 10 villas with their own gardens and private swimming pools. 

The Banyan Tree Macau is the first resort in Macau to feature relaxation pools in all its spacious suites, which start at 100 square metres - and there is also a Japanese onsen-style tub in the bathroom, which comes with all mod-cons, including a heated toiled seat and big fluffy towels. 

There is free wifi, and it is reliably good, too, without the block on sites like Facebook and Twitter that you find in mainland China. 
All rooms have massive LCD TVs, stereo systems, mini safes, mini bars, bathrobes, an iPod docking station, BlueRay DVD and coffee machine. 

There are two on-site restaurant, the high-rise Belon, offering seafood and grills, with an extensive wine selection and Saffron, an all-day dining restaurant offering Thai cuisine and superb buffet breakfasts (although an absence of Vegemite was noted). 

In a complex with several other hotels and the Galaxy casino, there are endless other options for eating out, and several more traditional options can be found in Tai Pa village, a 15-minute walk away.

Spa aficionados can seek solace in the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa (above), spectacularly designed with 19 treatment rooms. There is also a gymnasium and indoor swimming pool on the 31st floor, as well as an outdoor pool with private cabanas.

Banyan Tree Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, Macau, China. +853 8883 6888.

For details on visiting Macau:

Cathay Pacific has over 70 flights a week to Hong Kong from six major Australian cities, with direct high-speed ferry links to Macau taking less than an hour. 

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# The writer was a guest of Macau Tourism  



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