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Get away to Macau

Macau is the perfect weekend retreat from the hubbub of Hong Kong. Only an hour's high speed ferry ride away, the ex-Portuguese colony offers a totally different feel and experience from the HK SAR. Book into one of the resort hotels,  the best of which are the Mandarin, Hyatt Regency and Westin Resort, and spend your weekend lazing by the pool, being pampered at the spa and generally recuperating from the week's stresses.

For a romantic getaway, the Pousada de Sao Tiago is the place to stay.  The 17th Century fortress is small and intimate and houses one of  the best restaurants in Macau.

Whilst you are in Macau, engage in some antique retail therapy. The Chinese antiques are less expensive than on Hong Kong's Hollywood Road and the abundant selection is mind boggling.  You can also have furniture made to order very reasonably. Most places will not charge you for the shipment of your piece/s to Hong Kong.

Macau is also famous for its casinos, the Hotel Lisboa being one of the most popular and notorious spots in town.  Its Crazy Paris Show is equally infamous and a veritable Macau tradition.  With the recent granting of two new casino licenses to Las Vegas moguls, the casino scene in Macau looks set to become a huge attraction in Asia.

Dining in Macau is a delight: Fernando's, Solmar, Restaurante Afonso III, A Petisqueira, O Manel and Pinocchio's offer absolutely delicious Portuguese/Macanese food and it is a common and popular weekend activity, among expats and Hong Kongers alike, to hop on a ferry and speed over to Macau for the day just for the fabulous food! 
See below for more details.
 

Getting there 
Unless you are one of the lucky few who can afford to travel between Hong Kong and Macau by helicopter, the only way to access this ex-Portuguese colony is by high speed ferry. All ferries leave from the Macau Ferry Terminal on Hong Kong Island and run every 15 minutes. The journey takes about 50 minutes. 
 
TurboJET
Tel: (852) 2307 0880
Fax: (852) 2786 5125
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Visa

Holders of passports from the following countries do not need a visa to enter Macau:

Asia India Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
Africa Egypt, Seychelles, South Africa
Americas Brazil, Canada, Mexico, USA, Uruguay
Europe Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
Oceania Australia, Kiribati, New Zealand, Samoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay:

Hotels
The Hyatt Regency
2, Estrada Almirante Marques Esparteino
Taipa Island
Tel: (853) 831 234
Fax: (853)830 195
HK Reservations:
Tel: (852) 2559 0168
Fax: (852) 2540 9662         
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The Hyatt, though technically located on Tai Pa Island, is basically downtown.  Once within the hotel, the city is forgotten, however. The pool and swim-up bar are very attractive features of the resort, but for a bit more of a challenge try the rock climbing and abseiling wall. 
Macau Westin Resort  
1918 Estrada de Hac Sa
P.O. Box 1429 
Coloane
Tel: (853) 871 111
Fax: (853) 871 122
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The Westin Resort on Hac Sa Beach (Chinese for Black Sand Beach) is unique in that it is terraced up a hill. Each room has its own private patio balcony overlooking either the sea or the beach. Sitting on the terrace in the evenings is a delight.  The facilities are extensive with the lovely pool being the focal point of the resort and the golf course a real draw.  The hotel is child friendly and there are childcare services available. 

Mandarin Oriental
956-1110 Avenida da Amizade
Tel: (853) 567 888
Fax: (853) 594 589
HK Reservations:
Tel: (800) 967 338
Fax: (800) 968 128
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Located in close proximity to the Macau Ferry Pier, the Mandarin is the most convenient of the Macau resorts.  A huge amount of money has recently been invested in the resort and the result is a fabulous new complex with spa, gym, indoor pool, tennis and squash courts, extreme sports area and children's club.
Pousada de Sao Tiago
Avenida da Republica
Fortaleza de Sao Tiago da Barra
Tel: (853) 378 111
Fax: (853) 552 170
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A most romantic hotel. Small and intimate, the Pousada de Sao Tiago is a perfect weekend getaway for those wishing for a quiet, low key yet sophisticated experience. 

 

Restaurants
Fernando’s
9 Praia Hac Sa
Coloane
Tel: (853) 882 264
Fernando's does not accept reservations - they don't need to! It's one of the most popular restaurants in Macau so arrive early and put your name down on the waiting list for a table in the larger eating area in the back - it's much buzzier and more fun than the smaller front area. While you wait have a drink in the garden (the sangria is a must) and order some Portuguese sausage to stave off the hunger. The food is absolutely outstanding and well worth the wait! Very reasonably priced.
Solmar             
512 Avenida da Praia Grande
Macau
Tel: (853) 574 391
Fax: (853) 713 387
Solmar has been around since the 1960s and is still going strong.  Excellent food and service are to be expected here, though prices are higher. 
Restaurante Alfonso III                 
11A Rua Central
Tel: (853) 586 272
A perennial favorite.  The daily specials are worth a try. 
A Petisqueira
15A/B Rua S. Joao                        
Taipa Island
Tel: (853) 825 354
According to some, A Petisqueira offers some of the best grilled sardines, roast quail, grilled codfish and spicy chicken in town. 
O Manel
90 Rua Fernao Mendes Pinto
Taipa Island
Tel: (853) 827 571
Once a chef at Fernando's, Manel is famous for his wonderful cod fish. Book ahead as space is limited.
Pinocchio's 
4 Rua do Sol
Taipa Island
Tel: (853) 827 128
One of the best known restaurants on Taipa, Pinocchio is reliable, tasty and constantly busy.

 

 

 

Last Updated: 17 November, 2003