Macau (also spelled Macao) was governed by Portugal from the mid-16th century until late 1999. It was the last European colony in Asia. Because of the juxtaposition of colliding cultures and its closeness to Hong Kong, Macau is worth a visit.
For the perfect girlfriend getaway to Macau, The Sheraton Hotel is the ideal place to stay. It is centrally located on the Cotai Strip, which is where all the big casinos, shopping, and attractions are. The hotel is brand spanking new and has all the amenities you’ll need to have a wonderful stay. Every day your room gets refreshed with a new toothbrush and comb, along with free bottled water. What’s nice is that if you want to bring your children on this adventure—you can! Macau is incredible family-friendly. Kids are not allowed in the casinos, but you will find them running around the malls, swimming pools, and parks.
Partnered with Dreamworks, the Sheraton has dozens themed rooms with Shrek, Panda, and all the other adorable characters that your kids love. The rooms come with bunk beds, child-size furniture, Nintendo Wii, and board games. One of the highlights is the Shrekfast breakfast show. During the buffet meal, children can have their photos taken with their favorite character and at the end of Shrekfast, you can get a copy of the themed photo framed.
The hotel also has a great kids’ program that features a toddler play area which includes activities like face painting, cooking, and coloring competitions. There are three swimming pool areas and you can choose a location that works best for you and your girlfriends—with or without children.
The hotel is home to a world-famous spa with some incredible services. Shine Spa was created with the help of a feng shui Master from Hong Kong and the treatments are based on the 5 elements: Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire. They offer the most amazing treatment where you answer a few questions based on your birthdate and your current mood via an iPad. Depending on your answers you are offered two different treatments that will align your body, mind, and spirit. For example, for those who chose the element Metal, a massage with gold leaf is part of the 90-minute treatment.
Dining options are extraordinary, the hotel offers three restaurants on the property:
Xin is Macau’s one and only hotpot and seafood restaurant. It is an incredible dining experience where you get to choose the ingredients you want to cook in your private pot with the broth of your choosing.
Bene is their Italian restaurant where you can get traditional Italian dishes that include homemade pastas. For those who are not too adventurous, this is the perfect venue.
Feast is a market-style, causal buffet that is open all day. There, everyone can get whatever type of food she wants. Fresh salads, fruit, cheese, and desserts are in endless supplies. Some of the highlights include Asian, Portugues, and Macanese delights.
How to get to Macau: The Taiwanese airline Eva Air (http://www.evaair.com/en-global/index.html) is a Star Alliance member, so if you have points you can upgrade to the Elite Class. It is not as fancy as First Class, but it is very comfortable and makes the 14-hour flight easy. Flights from LAX to Taipei, then Macau are daily. If you are lucky, you might get to ride on the Hello Kitty plane.
- Sheraton Macau
- Nightly rates starting at $179 USD
- You can redeem your Starpoints
- Eva Air
- Economy Class ticket from LAX to Macau starting at $998 USD
- You can redeem your Star Alliance points for an upgrade