October 18, 2014


Only an hour from Hong Kong via Turbojet, Macau offers visitors a unique modern Asian experience with an exotic Portuguese flavour. Sitting side by side the very modern skyscrapers are many reminders of its Portuguese heritage. Restored colonial buildings, beautiful black and white tiled streets and magnificent squares give a European feel to this delightful city.

DSC03695Having a food culture and restaurants like no other Asian city, Macau gives the diner a gourmet experience, with everything from a street stall to the finest restaurant.

Macau also offers an enormous selection of fine hotels, with nearly every five star hotel brand represented. When I visited Macau recently, I decided to stay at Conrad Macau, Cotai Central, overlooking the Cotai Strip and part of a fully integrated resort city. The imposing entrance gives an aura of grandeur and from the moment you enter, the friendly staff attend to your every need. Their comfortable rooms are very spacious, with large marble bathrooms, complete with matching his and hers robes and slippers.

The bar located in the foyer is perfect for a martini to start the evening. During the day it’s a great place to grab a light meal. I also dined in their elegant DYNASTY 8 Asian Restaurant where I enjoyed a superb meal, beautifully served.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA special treat for those with children are the Shrek characters which come out at scheduled times each day to mingle and pose for photos.

The hotel’s location made it extremely easy to walk around the surrounding area and visit the many shopping arcades. All of Macau’s famous sights were in easy reach, either by taxi, tour bus or by the many free shuttle buses.

I was pleased to learn that Conrad Macao has added three prestigious awards to its already long list of accolades: “Macau’s Leading Hotel 2014”, “Macau’s Leading Hotel Suite 2014” and “Asia’s Leading Green Hotel 2014” at the annual World Travel Awards – Asia and Australasia region, held recently in India.

Conrad Macao leads the way with Earth Hour, the worldwide campaign which invites people and organisations to turn off their lights in support of action on global climate change. Their commitment to conserving energy has gone beyond a once a year event, with the hotel making DSC03701Earth Hour a bi-weekly event, switching off all non-essential lighting on the first and third Tuesday of each month, as part of its green resolution to observe “Earth Hour, Every Month”.

Bede Barry, Conrad Macao’s General Manager said “Earth Hour is just one of the ways we show our commitment to energy conservation. We have been diligent in rolling out various green initiatives since we first opened back in April 2012 and at the same time we have taken the initiative to have this as a fortnightly exercise and not just a once a year event. It’s an initiative which we were proud to be at the forefront of, and which has been met with great support not only from other hotels and integrated resorts in Macao, but also the Macao Government, Earth Hour Global, and WWF Hong Kong.”

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond