Oriental opulence

Written by Raquel Dias

This article first appeared in the July 2017 issue of WGM.

Mandarin Oriental Macau offers a touch of luxury away from the commotion of Macau’s busy casinos.

On the fringe of downtown Macau, Mandarin Oriental overlooks the Inner Harbour and Nam Van Lake. One Central, perhaps the city’s most prestigious shopping mall, is just next door.

What will strike guests immediately upon entering Mandarin Oriental Macau is the hotel’s understated luxury. The small-scale lobby feels both upscale and inviting. High ceilings lend a dramatic touch to the space and genuinely friendly staff will make your stay all the more enjoyable.

And while MGM, Wynn Macau and L’Arc are right on your doorstep, the fact that Mandarin Oriental is one of the few luxury Macau hotels without a casino on property adds a unique quietness that is a welcome escape from the business of the city’s gaming floors.

In total, Mandarin Oriental offers 213 rooms and suites, which in Macau makes this a relatively small, boutique property. The Waterfront Suite and Premier View Room represent excellent value for money in the property. Guests can rest on supremely comfortable goose-down bedding in high-thread Egyptian cotton whilst appreciating ceiling-high windows and views of the city skyline. All rooms are crammed with the latest tech gadgets, which blend seamlessly in among the luxurious fittings.

Relaxing Time

As soon as guests set foot inside the Mandarin Oriental Macau Spa, they will appreciate the quality, personalized service. Staff  are well versed in not only remembering your name but also your preferred treatments and which areas of the body to focus on.

Once guests confirm their desired treatment, they are welcomed with a signature tea. The therapist will then run through the treatment, ensuring a wonderful escape and true relaxation.

The classic Oriental décor is modern and sleek, while the chilled music will make you drift away and forget your worries. It is no surprise that The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Macau is a six-time winner of the Forbes Five-Star award.

Delicious Endeavors

Dining at the hotel’s signature Vida Rica Bar is an experience to remember.

The venue itself, be it for an elegant afternoon tea or a stylish cocktail by night, is also highly impressive. Boasting spectacular views, Vida Rica Bar is a sleek meeting place with a chic marble, crystal and chrome design. The venue has three interactive bars serving cocktails, champagne and tapas, and coffee. The cocktail bar offers a full list of drinks including several signature cocktails inspired by the local Macau environment.

Right next door and boasting the same name is the hotel’s signature French and Chinese restaurant. The Vida Rica restaurant is open all day and is a great setting for classic cuisine with a unique modern twist.

Using only the freshest ingredients, the culinary team reinvents classic dishes with simple touches, infusing them with originality and character. We recommend the delicious Executive Lunch. For a very reasonable price you can try some exquisite French cuisine or delight yourself with high quality dim sum.

For special occasions, Vida Rica offers private rooms and even a chef’s table for exclusive parties.