The Galaxy Macau hotel is one of the city’s newest resort hotels, combining gambling, eating and drinking and entertaining all under one roof. Bring your slippers and you need never leave the building. Part of the Galaxy Macau complex, which also contains two other hotels, the Galaxy Macau holds more than 1500 rooms and suites – so don’t expect cozy – this is resort treatment on an industrial scale.
Galaxy Macau Entertainment
But what it lacks in intimacy it makes up for in bold, brash fun. The flagship attraction of any stay at the Galaxy Macau is the Skytop Wave Pool. This swimming pool features sea like waves – up to 1.5 meters -and is surrounded by a 2,000 square meter beach where you can construct sand castles under the shadow of nearby casino towers. There are also several other pools, a dedicated children’s club and various on-site activities such as painting or Tai Chi.
Inside the casino, you’ll find a line-up of slightly saucy and almost relentlessly disappointing entertainment - the sort of singers and dancers that would have Simon Cowell reaching for the stop button. Slightly more impressive is the Galaxy Laserama - an outdoor laser show said to be one of the biggest in the world. While the entertainment options disappoint, it’s a complaint common across all of Macau’s casino resorts and not specific to the Galaxy.
Unlike the Venetian or City of Dreams, the Galaxy Macau can probably claim to be a resort first and casino second. It has three hotels and dozens of bars and restaurants, although there are still 500 plus gaming tables. Both of those casinos are just outside the door, if the 500 plus gaming tables in the Galaxy aren’t enough to sate your appetite. Facilities and amenities are available to residents not only of the Galaxy Macau but the other two hotels on site the Hotel Okura and Banyan Tree.
Galaxy Macau Rooms
The rooms at the Galaxy Macau are everything you’d expect from a five star- they aren’t flashy but the contemporary design - all chocolate browns and curves - has a fresh from the catalog appeal. You’ll find 42-inch flat screens, mini bars and bathroom robes that you want to sleep in. Rooms are universally spacious; commanding views over the Cotai Strip and - in some - the sea.
Be warned, as with most hotels in Hong Kong and Macau, some rooms are smoking and unless you’ve always wanted to sleep in a BBQ, they are worth giving a miss. Ask when booking.
Galaxy Macau Restaurants and Bars
You won’t go hungry. The Galaxy Macau has an arsenal of dining options; from high-end Japanese to dine in a hurry Spaghetti House. Dining in Macau has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, attracting discerning diners, celebrity chefs, and an arms race to deliver the most sought after restaurant in town.
The Galaxy’s flagship restaurant is Belon, featuring an international menu of enviable food from slow braised lamb shank to chilled sea bass. The lack of focus on a single cuisine means this is a notch below gourmet but you’re still likely to be wiping the plate clean and writing postcards to friends about the food. There is also a Portuguese restaurant in the Galaxy Macau serving a mix of dishes from Portugal and local Macanese dishes.
Of the half dozen bars in the Galaxy, the Macallan Whiskey Bar inside the Galaxy Hotel is perhaps the most remarkable. Fitted out like the bar in the Scottish Highands, it boasts a selection of nearly 400 whiskeys.
Galaxy Macau Hotel Verdict
The Galaxy Macau hotel is a solid five-star hotel with an excellent location on the Cotai Strip. The rooms, while largely unremarkable for a five star, are well priced and offer plenty of elbow room – which can be important in resort rooms where you spend more time. If you had another handful of dollars, you could splash out on the Venetian across the road, but the extra bite in your budget for a swankier chandelier and deeper bath really aren’t justified.
Five-star and budget aren’t words you usually find in the same sentence but the Galaxy Macau is the best priced five-star hotel you’ll find in Macau.