Mile for mile, Macau–China's glittering, glamorous gambling hub–has the most luxury hotels of any city in the world. These 21 winning hotels are the best in Macau, arranged alphabetically. Prepare for amazement.
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Sleek, stylish Altira Macau and its spa’s uppermost Forbes Five Star ratings attract a sophisticated international clientele. This exclusive casino hotel is set in Taipa, a colorful old part of central Macau that beckons visitors to stroll by its traditional shops, Confucian shrines, and Catholic churches from Macau’s Portuguese-colony era.
Altira Macau's 216 rooms and suites offer views, privacy, and a contemporary luxury aesthetic that steers clear of glitz. High-end, critically praised dining Italian, Cantonese, Japanese, plus a 24-hour Sichuan noodle bar and 38th-floor penthouse cocktail lounge Its 86º infinity pool offer spectacular views and a bar.
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Banyan Tree Macau
Banyan Tree Macau is a Forbes Five Star urban resort that offers exceptional lounging opportunities for guests seeking relaxation. Its cabana-dotted Grand Resort Deck houses the world’s biggest penthouse wave pool and river ride. The hotel offers a sanctuary-like spa and splendid dining. Guests rave about Belon restaurant’s stunning design and seafood dishes, and they say that Saffron is one of the best Thai kitchens in town.
The Banyan Tree is within the Galaxy Macau complex on the Cotai Strip, an ideally located peninsula that links the city’s historic Sino-Portuguese downtown with its contemporary hotel and casino scene. Guests have use of free shuttles, but many Macau visitors who stay at the Banyan Tree simply want to stay put.
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Honored with the Forbes Five Star rating ant TripAdvisor’s #1 Hotel in Macau, Conrad Macao Cotai Central is set in the Sands complex on the Cotai Strip, near everything. The hotel’s 44-story tower houses 636 comfortable, fashionable rooms and suites, all with marble bathrooms, an impressive tech array, and addictive lychee candy.
Conrad Macao’s glamorous Dynasty 8 restaurant serves delectable Cantonese fare, while Grand Orbit's kitchen specializes in a rare treat: Macao’s Portuguese-Chinese fusion cuisine. Other guest temptations include Bodhi Spa, an enormous Technogym fitness center, and four heated outdoor pools with waiter and bartender service. Cotai Central’s stellar casinos and duty-free designer stores are steps away.
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The Encore at Wynn Macau
The Forbes five-star-rated Encore at Wynn Macau is an all-suites hotel-within-a-hotel of the deluxe Wynn Macau. If this sounds familiar, it’s the same setup as in Vegas, where Encore arose beside Wynn Las Vegas. And like its Vegas inspiration, Encore feels like a sumptuous boutique hotel with its own super-attentive service staff and deluxe design statement that melds flowers, fantasy, and gold leaf.
The 48-story Encore encompasses 410 sizable and gloriously sunny suites. Their opulent palette is imperial red and precious gold. Encore Macau guests enjoy all the dining, shopping, gambling, and artistic amenities of the larger Wynn Macau (detailed below).Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip
Like other properties in its illustrious hotel brand, Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip offers a complete vacation experience under one roof. And it is set in the heart of Macau amidst the Cotai Strip’s seductive shopping and entertainment options and within easy reach of Macau’s colorful Portuguese-heritage Taipa district.
The hotel possesses Forbes Five Stars and is TripAdvisor’s #2 Hotel in Macau. Its 360 elegant yet comfy rooms and suites are decorated in soothing natural tones. Onsite guest lures include the Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Zi Yat Heen; a legendary buffet, Belcanção; a hot and hip lounge and nightclub, Bar Azul; five pools including a lagoon; and a splendid full-service spa.
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Grand Hyatt Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau is indeed grand. It is big, with 791 accommodations. Guests gather in the busy, buzzy lobby, enjoying lightning-fast wifi or a drink over jazz at the Lobby Lounge. Even the outdoor heated lap pool is big, 130 feet.
Handsome rooms and suites are soothingly uncluttered, with standalone soaking tubs and walk-in stone showers. Dining includes a rarely-seen Beijing kitchen and a farm-to-table buffet. The hotel’s executive-floor Grand Club is one of Macau’s best club-level lounges. Grand Hyatt Macau is set in the exciting City of Dreams, a retail, dining, and casino complex offering free shuttles to Macau's historic sites, the airport, and the Hong Kong ferry.
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Grand Lisboa Macau's fanciful tower, the tallest in town, is a Macanese icon. This casino hotel was founded before Macau’s 21st-century boom but has stayed new and exciting with continual renovations and upgrades. Guests feel the thrill of Macau’s legendary nightlife (and seductive showgirl entertainment) while experiencing the comfort and quality of a modern luxury hotel, and one with favorably competitive rates.
The hotel's 400-plus rooms and suites are hardly understated beige boxes. They are colorful and comfortable, with a taste of classic casino glitz in the form of mirrors and cascading crystal lamps. Grand Lisboa Macau gets seriously classy in its dining, headlined by a gala restaurant by Joel Robuchon, the world’s most honored chef.
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Hotel Okura Macau
Okura is a high-end Japanese hospitality brand, and Hotel Okura Macau brings graceful Japanese taste and service to flashy, luxury-laden Macau. The result is a unique, best-of-both-worlds hotel. The hotel is set in the Galaxy Macau development, with enticements like a casino, wave pool, beach, laser show, and shopping galore.
Yet the Okura is the right hotel for guests seeking a welcoming cocoon amidst all this 24-hour glitter and excitement. Rooms are distinctly Japanese, with blond wood, sliding doors, and simply dressed beds. And should you fancy sushi while in Macau, the hotel’s Yamazato restaurant is one of Macau’s top Japanese kitchens.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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JW Marriott Macau
JW Marriott Macau is set in the dazzling Galaxy Macau complex on the central Cotai Strip, amidst thrilling casino and entertainment diversions. This is a friendly oasis, with a cozy lobby, complimentary wifi throughout the hotel, and a perpetually fresh 24-hour buffet.
Families like this hotel for its standout kids’ club, free shuttles around Macau, and its free access to Galaxy Macau’s Grand Resort Deck, with its Kids Aquatic Zone. The JW’s 944 rooms and suites are tastefully deluxe, with trim, ultra-comfy beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, and golden uplighting that casts a soft glow on Chinese design motifs.
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The elegant Mandarin Oriental, Macau owns five stars from Forbes. Though set in the urban heart of Macau, its mood is genteel and tranquil, with soothing views of Nam Van Lake or the South China Sea from every window or terrace.
With 213 modern, exquisitely elegant rooms, this rarefied hotel is intimate by Macau standards, with the one-on-one service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned. This property's posh spa and Vida Rica bistro also hold five stars. And holds particular appeal for visitors with designer shopping and spa-going in mind are drawn to the Mandarin, which has a private entrance to the town’s highest-end shopping Mall, One Central Macau.
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At first glance a futuristic stack of giant glass boxes, MGM COTAI became an instant Macau must-see when it opened in February 2018. This dead-center hotel is a citadel of innovation, with a gargantuan lobby that houses interactive digital installations, provocative modern artworks, and the multisensory MGM Theater.
Room categories top out with massive Skyloft Rooms and Duplexes, like the hotel’s cousin, MGM Grand Las Vegas. All 1,390 rooms and suites flaunt panoramic views and spa-like bathrooms. Hotel dining is dizzyingly varied, with four regional Chinese restaurants, California cuisine, Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese), a steakhouse, and even a Macanese fusion kitchen. MGM COTAI shares a casino with MGM MACAU (seen next).
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MGM MACAU, on the central Cotai Strip, is a deluxe Forbes Five Star casino hotel distinguished by its public areas' visual brilliance. Guests experience ravishing artworks by glass master Dale Chihuly and Salvador Dali, and the Grande Praça, a recreated Portuguese plaza with a Baroque church exterior, swirly black-and-white sidewalk, and a bewitching cylindrical aquarium.
The hotel's 585 sophisticated suites and villas, decorated with Art Deco flair and rose-gold accents, provide panoramic views and marble bathrooms. Welcome freebies include wifi, minibar, and (with most rooms) gym and pool access. Dining options include a French brasserie, a sunny Mediterranean kitchen, four Chinese restaurants, and a cocktail parlor with a roving gin cart for custom-made G&Ts, martinis, and gin fizzes.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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Morpheus is opening in mid-2018 as the flagship hotel of the City of Dreams deluxe entertainment and casino complex. Masterminded by the late Dame Zaha Hadid, the astounding 39-story structure is making architectural waves with its sculptural, free-form steel exoskeleton and crystalline interiors. Nearly 800 guest rooms, suites, and sky villas are both futuristic and intimate.
Morpheus offers families the sky-lit Kids’ City, with immersive adventures for young visitors. For label collectors, over 300 famous-name boutiques beckon from The Boulevard retail zone. Morpheus’ global dining intrigues gourmet guests, with an entire floor devoted to two restaurants from French master chef Alain Ducasse. The future should prove delicious.
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Being named after the Chinese mother goddess creates expectations, but Nüwa has met them, winning five Forbes stars for both its hotel and its spa. Set in the City of Dreams casino, shopping, and dining complex in Cotai, Nüwa contains 267 rooms and 33 villas. They are modern and soothing, with glowing wood accents and Chinese brocade motifs. Creature comforts include silky 600-count sheets, spa-worthy bathrooms, and mesmerizing views from ceiling-height windows.
Nüwa guests enjoy City of Dreams’ electrifying entertainment venues including an acrobatic and magic spectacle ("The House of Dancing Water) and Club Qubic, a nightowl roost that showcases the planet’s hottest DJs.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Macau
The Ritz-Carlton, Macau revels in Macau’s most enviable hotel setting: on the penthouse floor (51st) of the Cotai Strip’s Galaxy Macau resort complex. Forbes has honored the hotel with five stars, and 93% of TripAdvisor reviewers bestow the Excellent rating. They praise the property’s stupendous Ritz-Carlton service and elite Club Level, its sensual ESPA, and its Lai Heen restaurant, serving festive Cantonese dishes with wine or tea pairings.
The hotel’s plush accommodations are all suites that average over 1,000 square feet and frame lofty views of city and sea. Back on earth, The Ritz-Carlton's Galaxy Macau surroundings offer an exhilarating casino, haute shopping, a water park, and many more marvels.
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St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central
The sophisticated St. Regis Macao, centrally set on the Cotai hotel strip, is TripAdvisor members’ choice of #3 hotel in Macau. Its 400 rooms and suites are quietly luxurious, with original paintings and lustrous Chinese silk accents. Every accommodation includes butler service to perfect your Macau visit. Just ask: your butler is sure to have casino and shopping tips for your Cotai surroundings.
Hotel dining is international and inspired. The St. Regis Bar, a Cotai destination, showcases hundreds of spirits and the St. Regis brand’s global Bloody Mary collection. Refined guest amenities include a pool deck, a lovely spa, family activities, and free wifi everywhere.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16
Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 is distinctive. Its riverfront setting in the heart of Macau’s historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provides adventures on foot. Back at this elegant casino hotel, guests experience French hospitality, Chinese opulence, and Macau’s dynamic mood.
The 408 rooms and suites are spacious and chic, with luscious beds. As you’d anticipate in a French-owned hotel, Sofitel Macau’s dining is refined French fare, comprising an haute cuisine restaurant, a bistro, a café, and a buffet. Even the hotel’s Cantonese dim sum restaurant serves French wine. The glam lobby bar transports guests back to the anything-goes flapper era.
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The 13, in Macau’s central Cotai, was created with China’s new billionaire class in mind. It cost nearly $2,000,000,000 (that’s billions) to build. Its 200 villas range from 2,000 to 30,000 square feet. They are designed as gold-encrusted French Baroque royal palaces, with decadent Roman baths and tomorrow’s tech. Guests enjoy 24-hour butlers and a customized, chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The hotel’s six restaurants and bars, some open to non-guests, serve the haut-est of haute cuisine by famous French, Chinese, and Japanese chefs, plus the world’s rarest wines and spirits. Naturally, The 13’s room rates cost a king’s ransom.
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The Venetian Macao, like its Vegas counterpart, recreates Venice's canals, gondolas, and bell tower, and adds pure-Vegas spectacular shows. Staying here is like experiencing three vacations in one: Macau, Vegas, and Venice.
Set in Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, this dead-center hotel is Macau’s biggest. Its 3,000 accommodations are all elegant 755-square-foot suites with varying configurations and views. The Venetian’s popular casino is equally enormous and high-end.
Guests relish a world of entertainment, shopping, and dining. Gourmets savor The Venetian's top-notch buffets, seafood, Chinese kitchens, cocktail bars, and Portofino's best-in-Macau Italian food. The Venetian is very promotionally-minded, with enticing value-added getaway packages.
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Wynn Macau, sister casino resort of Vegas’s legendary Wynn, is an icon of its own, as the world’s only hotel with eight Forbes Five Star awards: for the hotel, spa, and numerous restaurants. (Mizumi’s Japanese cuisine is also honored as Macau’s only restaurant with two Michelin stars.) Onsite Wynn Esplanade shopping is a who’s who of elite designers, and the resort’s majestic tropical pool lacks only Cleopatra.
Wynn Macau’s 594 tower rooms and suites are handsome and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows that capture mesmerizing views. (The Encore Tower has another 414 rooms.) Tip: Wynn Insider’s free membership status garners rate discounts and perks like late checkout.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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Wynn Palace, perched dead-center in Cotai, is the world’s only hotel over 1,000 rooms to be honored with five Forbes stars. This indeed palatial Macau tower hotel flaunts magnificent artworks headlined by a quartet of priceless Qing Dynasty vases and 400-year-old tapestries with Chinese themes, woven for French kings. Shopping is phenomenal, and the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants, both high-end and casual, feature inspired global cooking and captivating design.
Wynn Palace’s 1,706 deluxe rooms and suites are done in Forbidden City red and gold with subtle motifs of Chinese scrollwork and lotus blossoms. Live flowers by the ton embellish Wynn Palace’s lobby, enchanting both gardeners and Instagrammers.