HONORS CIRCLE: HONG KONG / MACAO
The St. Regis Macao
The Londoner Macao, Estrada do Istmo s/n, Cotai, Macao
Macao’s Cotai Strip may be known for its entertainment, shopping, and super-size hotels, but The St. Regis Macao stands out for its level of sophistication and attention to detail. Stepping into the double-height lobby, with its sweeping staircase and modern, hand-sculpted chandelier, is to experience a different side of the city. Upstairs, 400 elegantly appointed guest rooms are characterized by classic Asian-inspired decor and no shortage of creature comforts.
Decked out in a palette of cream, turquoise, and gold offset by rich wood paneling and mother-of-pearl artwork, the entry-level deluxe rooms measure in at a spacious 53 square meters. Marbled bathrooms are a given no matter which accommodation category one chooses. Travelers desiring even more room to roam should book themselves into one of the suites; these start at a generous 106 square meters and offer a separate living area with a dining table for at least three people. As with other St. Regis properties, the discreet, 24-hour St. Regis Butler Service is a highlight, and butlers can help with unpacking and packing, clothes pressing, and other specific needs.
Those seeking a relaxed drink in plush surroundings will want to visit The St. Regis Bar on the second floor, where the signature cocktail Maria Do Leste (Portuguese for “Mary of the East”) provides a uniquely Macanese interpretation of the Bloody Mary. The concoction is spiced with sea salt, powdered cinnamon, paprika, and pink and black peppercorn, a heady blend that speaks to Macao’s long history as a melting pot of European and Asian cultures. Miniature bottles of premium vodka and Tabasco sauce allow patrons to customize their Maria Do Leste, which is served with a sautéed Portuguese chouriço and a lobster egg tart on a platter that evokes the traditional tiled paving known as calçada. At the bar, a recently commissioned hand-painted mural depicts Macao in a bygone era; the colorful artwork features local landmarks such as A-Ma Temple as well as the 17th-century Guia Chapel and Lighthouse, with lotus flowers — a symbol of the city — blooming in the center.
Downstairs, The St. Regis Macao’s signature restaurant, The Manor, specializes in modern European fare by talented Italian chef Michele Dell’Aquila. Its menu showcases sustainably sourced ingredients from all over the world. The Manor comprises not one but five adjoining venues, each with a distinct character of their own. These include The Verandah, a space with the ambience of an indoor garden; The Dining Room and The Wine Gallery; an intimate private dining room called The Library; and The Penthouse Kitchen, another private venue with an open kitchen where guests can watch their personal chef at work. Here, the sumptuous breakfast spread featuring dim sum, Western favorites, and international dishes will leave even the most discerning gourmands satisfied.
The St. Regis Macao also boasts the territory’s highest wellness venue on its 38th floor. Iridium Spa offers sweeping views of the Cotai Strip from its 10 treatment rooms, all of which come equipped with a Jacuzzi and private bathroom. The personalized gemstone therapy, which uses specially developed massage oils, is offered nowhere else in the territory. Two eighth-floor swimming pools beckon after a day of sightseeing; on the same level, travelers will find an impressive range of TechnoGym equipment at The St. Regis Athletic Club, where a separate exercise studio hosts yoga and aerobics sessions.
As for event spaces, business-minded visitors can take advantage of the property’s five meeting rooms, two boardrooms, and VIP room. And thanks to the presence of the regal 628-square-meter Astor Ballroom, weddings at The St. Regis Macao are sure to be a grand affair. Rain or shine, guests will be able to access a host of exclusive shops, fine dining establishments, and entertainment options right on their doorstep — the elegant hotel forms part of The Londoner Macao integrated resort complex.