There may be more than 50 casinos in Macau, but only a handful are worth visiting. Below are the best Macau casinos for everything to gambling and entertainment to wow factor and swimming pools.
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Forget the shows, to hell with the shopping. You are here to gamble. The Wynn doesn’t have the most slots or the largest floor for tables, but it does have style. If you want to play like you’re in Ocean’s Eleven you’ll find the crowd dressed to impress and classy dealers who will make you feel comfortable. It’s not cheap, and the stakes here are a little higher than at other Macau casinos, but if you’re after a taste of the classic casino experience look no further. Still not convinced? This was the casino James Bond visited in Skyfall.
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Given the sub-tropical temperatures it’s surprising Macau hasn’t fallen in love with the pool scene from Las Vegas. Not everyone is in board shorts yet, but there are an increasing number of places to top up your tan and play being rich and famous in a cabana – and there is nowhere better than Studio City. The lagoon-like pools are stretched out between palm trees, under bridges and past sun-scorched decking. The highlight is the lazy river that slowly winds you past the scenery of Indiana Jones, including alligator jaws, water spitting monkeys, and tribal heads.
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Macau is terrible for shows. They even closed the Cirque du Soleil. But the House of Dancing Water at the City of Dreams is the single world class show in town – and it really is special. Five years in the planning, this is a blockbuster show that sees circus acrobatics and daredevil stunts take place in 160 feet swimming pool. There are more than 100 performers, 280 fountains and even more flashing lights in this martial arts retelling of a traditional Chinese folk tale.
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If Hong Kong has struggled with providing Las Vegas style entertainment, with food it threatens to soon overtake its more famous rival. Every year brings more openings and with it more Michelin stars. The best casino for food? The Lisboa. Unlike the Venetian and Wynn, the Lisboa is a local casino with roots in Macau. Inside it boasts both of Macau’s three-star Michelin restaurants. Dramatically set on the 43rd floor, the swanky Robuchon au Dome with its swinging chandeliers and white-gloved staff is perhaps the more impressive of the two. It’s a French influenced but the international menu of wagyu beef, foie gras and cream laden soufflés, while some say the wine collection is the best in Asia. You can also try top rated Dim Sum at the Eight. The best of the kitchen includes delicate steamed river shrimp dumplings and sautéed sole fillet with long tea leaves.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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You could nominate the Venetian for most of the best Macau casino categories but it’s so much more. This is a manmade wonder. The biggest casino in the world is homage to the Venetian in Macau but bigger, bolder and brasher. You’ll find snaking canals, gondolas manned by locals from Venice and a replica of St Mark’s Square. It also offers more slot machines, more gaming tables and more shops than anywhere else in town. Step inside and you won’t escape for at least a few hours.