The Luxe List 2015

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The Ritz-Carlton Macau suites feature a spacey and sumptuous bathroom with luxurious amenities.

The Luxe List 2015: Ritz-Carlton, Macau, China

Luxury in the gambling enclave of Macau can be an awkward thing, too often characterized by gold-plated bombast and over-the-top consumption. Thankfully, the new Ritz-Carlton gets the balance right, deftly blending opulence with old-world charm and a genuine sense of place. On the outside there’s little to distinguish it from the other hotel denizens of the mammoth Galaxy Macau complex. But on the inside it’s a different story, with breezy porticos, intricately patterned tiles, and porcelain murals paying homage to the city’s Portuguese heritage. The sumptuous suites boast full marble bathrooms and sweeping views of the burgeoning Cotai Strip, but the elegance arguably reaches an apex in the hotel’s restaurants. Glittering chandeliers, gilded mirrors, and fuss-free provincial French cuisine give the ground-floor Ritz-Carlton Café claim to bistro status, while the sky-high Lai Heen serves Cantonese delicacies in a striking setting filled with luminous ceramics and dark wood. The gaming tables are not far away, but the Ritz does more to play up its highly feted spa and access to the Galaxy’s impressive water park and retail, providing all the ingredients for a perfect escape as well as a glimpse into Macau’s more sophisticated, less casino-centric future.

853/8886-6868; Ritz Carlton; doubles from US$460

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