Why the Best Hotels in the World Are in Macau

Wynn Macau

The best hotels in the world are in Macau. Granted, you’d expect a travel guide to Macau to say as much – but it’s not just us. The Forbes hotel list has given out 210 five star awards in its 2019 travel guide and 12 of them are for hotels in Macau. And it doesn’t stop there, Forbes also named two Macau properties quadruple five-star award winners and named the Wynn Macau the best hotel in the world in 2017.

Why has Macau suddenly started topping lists of the world’s best hotels? High rollers. The city’s casino industry has boomed over the last decade and the likes of the MGM and Wynn have spared no expense in the accommodation they provide to attract big spenders to their tables. You’ll find rolls Royce's on call, spas to embarrass a sheik, and more decadence than anything Dubai, Las Vegas or London could dream up. 

Qing vases at the Wynn Macau

Given he owns a 60ft yacht and a pair of Picasso paintings you’d expect Steve Wynn to have an eye for luxury, and his Wynn Macau property has had more money thrown at it than perhaps any other hotel in the world.

Even the basic rooms come with Egyptian cotton sheets and champagne on arrival, while the suites boast a powder room for guests and a fully stocked private bar. There are not one but two award-winning spas, an 18-hole golf course and in the Golden Flower and Wing Lei a pair of Michelin star winning restaurants. If that wasn’t enough, Steve has even picked out a couple of his favorite Qing era vases and been kind enough to pop them in the hotel lobby.

Walk in wardrobes at the Crown Towers Macau

Wynn’s rival and one of only four hotels in the world to bag a prestigious quadruple five-star rating from Forbes is the Crown Towers Macau. Like the City of Dreams casino it is attached to the hotel is a statement in subtle chic, from the shimmering Reflect art installation in the lobby that was specially commissioned from Hirotoshi Sawada to staff who are said to have the best nose in town for concert and event tickets.

Even the average Joes who suffer the standard rooms here get rewarded with fresh flowers every day and their own walk in wardrobe. While a stay in the gargantuan suites promises not only flowers and fruit but a butler who is at your beck and call. But it’s on the table that the Crown Towers really stand out. Its Shinji restaurant has a Michelin star, while Jade Dragon and The Tasting Room both have two stars.

Sky high infinity pool at the Altira Macau

The Altira Macau was also one of the four Forbes quadruple five-star winners in 2017. While most hotel’s in Macau measure their rooms in the thousands, the Altira has just over 200 and the attention to detail from staff is said to be second to none. Whether you want something special from room service or to pick your favorite toiletries for the bathroom there is no request that will trouble the staff.

The rooms and suites are impeccably opulent, but it’s the swimming pool that makes all the headlines. This heated indoor infinity pool swims around the curves of the building on the 16th floor and offers unparalleled views over Macau and the South China Sea below. Can you enjoy while sipping on one of the best cocktails in town? You know you can. 

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