by Meral Shannon
Which of Galaxy Macau’s three hotels is best suited to you? The Reserve visited each one so we could help you decide.
The Galaxy Macau resort has a whopping 2,200 rooms and offers the widest selection of pan-Asian and international cuisine all under one roof. So far, the resort encompasses three hotels: Banyan Tree Macau, Galaxy Hotel, and Hotel Okura Macau from Japan. Make sure you tailor your stay to your preferences, and choose the right one of the three!
A stay unlike any available elsewhere in the city can be had at Banyan Tree Macau. Those who’ve previously stayed at a Banyan Tree resort will be familiar with the brand’s focus on relaxation and space – quite at odds with Macau’s hectic pace. It’s the perfect choice for those needing to recharge and get away from it all. Each room features a private relaxation pool, but The Reserve recommends booking a stand-alone villa, which means you’ll have your own sprawling gardens and private pool. By day, we spent our time cosying up in the poolside cabanas, breaking only for one of the many spa treatments on offer – and by night, we sampled the amazing restaurants on site. Banyan Tree Macau’s Belon is a must-visit.
With 1,500 rooms, guests are certainly spoilt for choice at Galaxy Hotel. The Reserve favours the Palace Suites, which feature private check-in, 24-hour butler service and a generous 121 square metres of living space. Guests can take their pick from a choice of restaurants, including the stunning Terrazza, set in a beautiful secret garden and serving delicious contemporary Italian food.After dinner, head to the Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge, where you can take your pick from over 400 whiskies.
Save yourself the flight and book into Hotel Okura – a slice of Japan in Macau. The Reserve loves the expansive Junior Suites, which feature their own Jacuzzi, steam shower, and access to the Okura Lounge for afternoon tea and cocktails. Our team loved Yamazato, the hotel’s signature kaiseki restaurant, which carries out traditional tea ceremonies in a specially designed paper pod. With Japanese minimalist design and architecture, and kimono-clad staff, the hotel makes for an unusual and enriching break.
Fans of authentic Italian food will love Terrazza at Galaxy Hotel. Following the seasons faithfully and using fresh, interesting ingredients, chef Gleb Snegin is the talent behind what’s quickly become one of the best restaurants in Macau. The restaurant features an exhibition kitchen at the far end as well as the option to eat al fresco in the garden. Foodies can book the chef ’s table, and watch their dishes being prepared. So what are the chef ’s recommendations? First off, the Trentino – a white pizza with broccoli, courgette, spinach and speck. Also, the crispy veal rolls (vitello croccante) and signature dessert, the Giardino.“For the herb sponge we use parsley, basil and mint, homemade white-melon ice cream and fennel chips,” Snegin explains. He also has a soft spot for the restaurant’s tomato bread (pappa al pomodoro), which he describes as “pure Tuscan comfort food.”
Macallan Whisky Bar & lounge
Where better to come for a postprandial drink than this sumptuous Scottish whisky bar? Settle into one of the Chesterfield sofas and take your pick from over 400 of the distiller’s most exclusive whiskies, including the Macallan Fine & Rare Series, and Lalique editions such as the Macallan 40.With the lounge’s heavy oak panelling, crackling fires, fur throws and Jacobean rugs, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Scottish highlands.
Galaxy Macau’s exclusive nightclub is a throwback to 1930s Shanghai and the fin-de-siècle Paris salons. Designed by Hong Kong talent Alan Chan, the space drips with glamour and intrigue. The blood-red walls are adorned with works by contemporary Chinese artists, including Li Jian and Chen Men, and the intimate venue hosts celebrity performers including the likes of Laura Fygi and Kenny G.