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Monday, 30 December 2013

Macau - Another Galaxy

Macau... words can't describe it!  Having never even been to Las Vegas before, I was totally blown away. Though saying that, from what I have learnt, I would have been blown away regardless!  Passport at the ready, I caught the ferry from Hong Kong to Macau,  went to the Cotai strip (along the Grand Prix race course) and visited 3 casinos.  The City of Dreams, The Venetian and The Galaxy.  Something like one casino here pulls in 3 TIMES the amount of annual takings of the ENTIRE Las Vegas.

There are 3  elements to any casino, a hotel, shops and the Casino itself.  And here, they are all super sized. Pictures can't really explain this, to be honest!

I had the privilege to have an "all access tour" of what I really thought was the best casino in terms of design, the Galaxy.   Even though opulent, the decor was tasteful.  The shopping area was kitted out with all the premium shops any high-roller could ask for, and the hotels, spas and restaurants were so beautiful.  We peeked inside the Bayan Tree Spa.... I should have left some time for a treatment! Also the boutique restaurants were exquisite, the Japanese had echoes of a Superpotato design, and even a personal dome to have sake in.

What is unique about the Galaxy, is that they are aiming to cater to families and to create a resort experience.  The hotel has beautiful pools, and even private villas if you fancy splashing out.  Phase 2 is on site, and it seems that China's love affair with gambling is going from strength to strength. 

City of Dreams

Shops and Gondolas at the Venetian

Super-Lux Asian-Centric Casino, the Galaxy

Sake drinking "bubble" at the Galaxy's Japanese Restaurant

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