The Venetian Macao is the flagship casino resort on Macau’s bustling Cotai Strip. Modelled on its sister property in Las Vegas, the Venetian Macao is (as the name suggests) themed on the romantic streets and canals of Venice. Naturally some of the romance is lost through the 3000 plus slot machines constantly flashing at you, but the gondola rides and replica St Marks Square are almost as jaw dropping as the real thing.
You can take a look at our Venetian Macau photo tour for pictures - otherwise find out how playboy bunnies, Fat Burger and Manchester United are just some of the reasons you should pay the Venetian Macau a visit.
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Get Lost in the Biggest Casino in the World
The Venetian Macao is the biggest casino in the world. Fact. Forget those pretenders in Vegas and Atlantic City, the Venetian Macao has 550,000 square metres of dedicated gaming space. That means more than 800 gaming tables featuring everything from poker to fan-tan and 3,400 slot machines – known locally as hungry tigers. It’s said to be the 6th biggest building in the world.
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Visit the Playboy Bunnies
After escaping their hutch at Hugh Heffner’s mansion, the Playboy Bunnies have made it to Asia and the Venetian Macao. The Bellini Lounge doubles as the Playboy Club and offers rocket fuelled cocktails, a live house band and a string of live events. If you’re thinking strip club, don’t; this is a classy lounge where the man on the saxophone is as important as the bunnies.
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Rent a Cabana
Don’t settle for a deckchair; the Venetian Macao offers luxury cabanas for a truly swanky poolside experience. In their cabanas, that can host up to four people, you’ll find a mini fridge for your drinks, an AC unit and a cable ready 42 inch TV - allowing you to take a dip in the pool and then repair to watch the game from the comfort of your very own sofa chairs. Prices start at HK$600 for a full day rent.
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Bend it Like Beckham
While the Manchester United Expereince would actually be better named the Manchester United shop, there are a couple of reasons to visit if you’re a football fan. Amidst the Manchester United cookie jars and teapots for sale, you’ll also find some genuine Old Trafford memorabilia, and in the football fanatic zone you can show off your silky skills in a number of interactive games. The Venetian Macao has a long association with the red half of Manchester and the team were officially the resort’s first guests.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Be Serenaded by Real Gondoliers
The blockbuster attraction at the Venetian is its network of canals. Just like the canals at the original property in Las Vegas (or indeed in Venice itself), they are patrolled by gondalas manned by gondoliers warbling out tunes from the old country. The Venetian lays claim to authentic Italian gondoliers shipped in from Venice. Gondola rides run daily from 11am-10pm
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Eat a Fat Burger
With the Fat Burger in Hong Kong shuttered this is still the only place in Asia to get your hands on LAs favourite beef in a bun. There are plenty of high end dining options inside the Venetian but the 16oz juicy Fatburger shouldn’t be missed.
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Shop Like the Stars
Nowhere in Asia are there more luxury shops crammed into a single space. You’ll want to pack platinum to go shopping, with a red carpet line up that includes COACH, Calvin Klein and Tiffany. If you can it’s best to operate a look but don’t touch policy here; price tags are expensive and there are few bargains.
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See the Sky
The painted sky that hangs over the Venetian Macao’s canals is truly breathtaking, so much so that many visitors are surprised that it’s not actually real. Yes, of course, you could just go outside and see the actual sky but in here you can enjoy the air conditioning.