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Macau – Picturesque Destination, in an Exclusive Photo-Essay!

Macau is touted as one of the most loved tourist destinations. Culture and nature enthusiasts, entertainment lovers, gastronomes or nightlife buffs – Macau has something for everyone. It is also one of the ideal destinations for any of your shoot requirements. Additionally, travel to Macau is easy as visa is on arrival, making it a convenient and hassle free.

Recently selected by Lonely Planet as one of the 10 Best Travel Regions of 2015, Macau has all the ingredients of an off-beat and picturesque destination. Macau is located on the western bank of the Pearl River Delta in the southern Guangdong Province in China. It adjoins the mainland city of Zhuhai and is about 60 kilometers to the west of Hong Kong. It is a modern city with a unique old-world charm and a rich heritage of Chinese and Portuguese culture that would cater to varied needs of the Indian Traveller. It’s time to meet the new Macau, Asia’s entertainment center and resort destination.

Destination Highlights:

Macau has some truly unique and exciting experiences to offer. It is the ideal destination if you want to soak in some rich culture and festivities that make a county what it is. Some of popular attractions one can witness include the grey hound races, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Fisherman wharf, Macau Grand Prix, the wine museum and a lot more. If one is planning to visit Macau, your stay would be made much convenient with user friendly apps like ‘What’s On’ and ‘Experience Macau’ which is available on both android and iPhone versions.

Some of the main highlights and things to do in Macau are:

1) Walking Tours

If you fancy long, leisurely strolls along scenic and historic routes, then the various walking tours on offer is something you must consider. The walking tour around St. Paul’s is a must do. The tour begins from Senado Square, the Historic Centre of Macao that celebrates Macau’s dual heritage with architectural treasures ranging from temples and Chinese mansions to churches and plazas. With their narrow, hilly streets, diminutive squares shaded by ancient banyan trees, family-owned shops, and unique buildings, the slopes and neighborhoods below the ruins of St. Paul’s offer colorful snapshots of Macau’s long past.

Macau Beaches

If you think that Hong Kong or Macau is all about temples and historical sites, think again. You can have a beach getaway at Hac Sa which is a black sand beach, is Macau’s largest natural beach and is on the southeast side of Coloane Island. Another option is the Cheoc Van or the bamboo bay beach.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Nothing’s more romantic for newlyweds than strolling in the park, and Fisherman’s Wharf is the perfect place to do just that. This is a relatively new attraction in Macau, and it is a theme park divided into different port towns. You can take your pick from Cape Town, the Italian Riviera, Amsterdam or the Dynasty Wharf.

Guia Fortress & Lighthouse

The oldest lighthouse on the coast of China — the Guia Fortress and Lighthouse. It has sentry posts, watchtowers and ammunition depots which combine history with romance.

Macau Tower

To cap off a night of touring the sights, grab a dinner at 360 Café, Macau Tower’s revolving restaurant. Macau Tower also boasts of amenities such as an observation deck and even a cinema. The adrenaline junkie couple can also try the world’s second highest bungee jump at 233 meters.

Coloane Island

One of Macau’s two main islands, Coloane, was originally a dot of land supporting a few small fishing villages. Now, however due to the rapidly developing strip of reclaimed land, Coloane has become part of a new entertainment district. Despite this, it retains quiet pockets of colonial architecture where you can just about imagine yourself in some European village, with large forested hills and breathtaking a beaches.

Katy Perry – In action, thunderous performance, audience going berserk, must watch!

Prismatic World Tour– International superstar, Katy Perry, brought THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR to Macao on May 1-2. Katy did touring the world on the Prismatic World Tour. The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR, allowed her to get closer to her fans than ever before. The one-of-a-kind set design will provide concert-goers with a truly magical experience from every angle in the arena.

The House of Dancing Water

Created and directed by Franco Dragone, the USD250 million production ‘The House of Dancing Water’ is a breathtaking water-based show that brilliantly expresses the Asian culture on stage. This popular show – rooted in the ‘seven emotions’ of Chinese Confucian belief – features fantastic stage effects for the most extravagant live production ever staged in Asia.

The Performance Lake

Located in the open area in front of Wynn Macau – features lofty plumes of water and shimmering fire which dance through the air to the strains of classical and popular music plus hit show tunes from Broadway. To present this enchanting cornucopia of water, light, colour and fire, the Lake houses over 200 water nozzles and shooters capable of projecting 800,000 gallons of water into the air. This vibrant performance expresses a symphony of moods, rhythms and emotions for joyous, fascinating entertainment.

Wishing Crystals

On the East Promenade of Galaxy Macau stands an immense collection of Wishing Crystals. Designed by Jeremy Railton, these numerous coloured shards reach into the air to bestow multiple blessings upon visitors. Wave your hands by the crystals – and watch them pulse with light and music!

Make a wish for Macau, & it will be granted!

Talk or visit website to Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO):

In accordance with Macau Special Administrative Region (Macau SAR) Government’s strategy of positioning and developing Macau as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) serves as the public entity responsible for implementing, analyzing and assisting in formulating the tourism policies of the Macau SAR to enhance Macau’s reputation as a quality destination. Together with local trade, MGTO promotes Macau’s tourism products and services not only in the leading and emerging tourism markets but also evaluates and seeks to develop potential markets to attract diverse visitor sources for Macau. To achieve this effectively, there are 14 MGTO Representatives and 3 MSAR Delegations around the world that tailor make promotion schemes and activities for each market’s needs. The Office works hard to strengthen its connections with overseas travel trade as well as regional and international tourism organizations to achieve Macau tourism development. For more information about MGTO and Macau, please visit www.macautourism.gov.mo


Splendid Hotel packages across the globe

Winter package at The Grove in Wales

The Pembrokeshire Coastline in Wales is the perfect year-round destination with unrivalled walking opportunities. Why not explore our fabulous county and book Winter Warmer Package at The Grove hotel in Wales. The hotel team will pack you off in the morning with a luxury hamper complete with a flask of Chef’s traditional Welsh cawl and tasty bites to keep you warm and toasty.

Pembrokeshire Coastline Wales

Return to a roaring log fire, a soothing bath and a massage courtesy of The Grove’s visiting masseuse. Let The Grove’s expert staff look after you both, as you enjoy a delicious candlelit meal beside the fire in our award-winning restaurant.

Package from £150 per person, per night includes:
– Bed and Breakfast for 2 nights in a Classic or Superior Room.
– Luxury Walker’s Hamper in a choice of a basket or backpack.
– Full Body Massage in the comfort of your own room.
– Dinner each night from the Winter A’La Carte Menu
– Favourable rates for upgrading also available on request.
The offer is based on 2 people sharing a Classic or Superior room. Dinner is from the A’La Carte menu. Offer applies to stays between now and the 27th March 2014.
Visit http://www.thegrove-narberth.co.uk for more information


Bigger & Better

Carlton Singapore

The US$239.5 million Carlton City Hotel Singapore, situated next to the Tanjong Pagar MRT station, opened in August. Targeting the business segment, the 29-storeyed hotel has 386 rooms comprising deluxe, executive, club and suit categories. While crystal chandeliers adorn the marble lobby the guestrooms restaurants and bars sport contemporary decor. Spacious deluxe rooms measure 32 sqm: higher floor executive and club rooms also offer panoramic views of the city skyline. There are four bars and restaurants, ranging from all-day dining plate to the rooftop Graffiti Sky bar. Two small meeting rooms each hold 12 people in classroom seating. Facilities include a gym, outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, 24-conceirge service and Carlton club lounge with various privileges.


Brisbane blooms

The Hilton Brisbane opened in 1986, but completed a six year refurbishment last year. With three new meeting rooms, it has now 19 purpose built meeting rooms and 2500 sqm of space, including a dedicated convention level, a small meetings level and unique event spaces such as Vintaged bar + Grill restaurant and the pool deck. The hotel’s grand room can accommodate upto 1100 guests in a cock tail set up or 560 banquet style. The dedicated exhibition space can hold upto 132 trade booths.

Brisbane Marriot

The Brisbane Marriot completed the refurbishment of all its meeting, event and pre function spaces early this year. Divided over two floors, the new flexible meeting spaces have the latest technology. The grand ballroom now accommodates 210 people for cocktails and five function venues for 28 – 140 guests theatre style, there is also riverside terrace for outdoor cocktail receptions and M deck for barbeque and drinks.

Hilton Brisbane

Empire Hotel HK, Wan Chai.

You can book eight rooms for consecutive nights to receive a complimentary half day meeting under their new ‘Meeting & Stay Free’ promotions which is valid till March 16, 2014. Custom made venue rental, meeting and banqueting packages are also available.
Contact: 852 3692 or email: wc@empirehotelsandresorts.com


Millennium Vee Hotel Taichung

Located in central Taiwan, Millennium Vee Hotel Taichung has multifunctional meeting rooms and a ballroom that fits upto 500 people, equipped with advanced audio visual systems. Full day meeting packages start at NDT 800+ per person, including lunch and coffee break. The offer is valid till December 31, 2013.
Contact: +886 4 3900 8899


Okura Garden Hotel, Shanghai

Located in Shanghai’s prestigious commercial, cultural and entertainment hub Okura garden hotel Shanghai offers 10 function rooms, conference amenities and trained meeting executives. Winter half day and full day meeting packages start from RMB 490 and RMB 570 per person with lunch options of a Chinese set menu or Western buffet and tea break.
Contact: 86 -21 64151111 -5322
Email: mkt@gardenhotelsshanghai.com


Phuket hotel update

Hyatt Phuket

Midway through 2012, three major Phuket resorts changed hands and have now begun to reopen, starting in April with Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas, formerly Laguna Phuket, all 225 rooms have been completely refurbished, as have its restaurants and event spaces which can seat 70 delegates theatre style.
Intercontinental Hotel group took over former Evason resort which will reopen next year as the 240 room Intercontinental Phuket Rawal Beach Resort. Minor Hotel group is also transforming the Bundarika in Mai Khao, which will reopen in January as the 77-room Anantara Phuket layan resort and Spa. Meanwhile Regent Phuket Cape Panwa opened on the islands southeast coast last year. The 105 key resorts offers 22 pavilions, 48 suites and 35 pool villas as well as two boardrooms with lounges and several interesting spaces for events – The library, The beach table and the grill’s rooftop lounge.

The 202-rrom Hyatt Regency Phuket opens in Kamala soon, the group’s first Phuket hotel. Further ahead is hotel Indigo Phuket Naithon Beach Resort in 2015 and Park Hyatt Phuket on Koh Siray Island in 2016.