Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Answer Was - 'To Pack'

As the sequel to my previous post, the answer was 'to pack' as we did get tickets on Air Asia to go to Macau the very next morning at 8.20 a.m. However, we did not make reservations for a hotel yet but we were not worried as there are numerous hotels in Macau.  The flight to Macau takes about 3.5 hours and we decided during the flight that we would walk into The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel and check out the rates and such. As luck would have it, there were rooms available and we stayed at The Venetian for 3 nights, 4 days. I was expecting the hotel to be uber tacky but found that it wasn't.  It is done to give you a GRAND impression and I believe it worked because I am not likely to forget this hotel anytime soon.

The Venetian Hotel Lobby, Our Hotel Room, Grand Canal Shoppes and uber expensive noodles

Cirque du Soleil-Zaia, Macau's most famous biscuit shop, Ruins of St.Paul and 
Grand Lisboa Hotel

Day 1

After checking in, we walked around the hotel for a bit (the hotel grounds are huge) to check out what was on offer.  The Venetian is a shopping haven for all those who can afford to shop in Macau as I felt that most things were priced higher than in Malaysia.  However, I did manage to pick up some items from the makeup brand, Urban Decay, which is not found in Malaysia for a very good price!  Our room package came with free tickets to watch Cirque du Soleil - Zaia.  I first watched Cirque du Soleil  ("CDS") in Singapore when they were showing Quidam (another story version).  CDS originated from Canada and the show essentially tells a story with acrobatic movements.  I recommend anyone who has never watched CDS to watch it at least once, if they have the chance.

Day 2

We woke up, went for breakfast and proceeded to take a shuttle bus to the town centre of Macau.  I do not find Macau interesting and we only visited one tourist spot which was The Ruins of St.Paul . It was a very hot and humid day and we were very tired around mid afternoon.  We ducked into Grand Lisboa, a hotel owned by Hong Kong tycoon, Stanley Ho. We managed to see only the reception area and it was IMPRESSIVE.  The building itself might seem tacky to some but I felt it was an interestingly designed building.  We catched a shuttle back to The Venetian from Sands Hotel and spent the rest of the afternoon in the hotel, each one doing their own thing. My husband and I tried our luck in the casino and did not come out happy. Hahaha.

Day 3 

We spent most of the day wandering around the shops at The Venetian and spent some time in the casino.  Later in the evening, before we proceeded to dinner at a Chinese restaurant at the Grand Canal Shoppes (this is what the shopping area of The Venetian is called), we ended up at a Moet & Chandon lounge for pre-dinner champagne! Wonderful...Hehe...We later proceeded to have a fantastic dinner with stewed abalone and 'kon lo' sharksfin with soup on the side ( I apologise in advance to anyone who opposes the consumption of sharksfin. I am aware of the significance and will consciously try to erase this food item from my list of edible foods).  After dinner, we went back to the Moet & Chandon lounge and had 2 more bottles of champagne!! Suffice to say, everyone was more than happy when we left. Hahaha. My husband and I tried our luck in the casino again and I guess we should have known better seeing that we were half tipsy and couldn't really concentrate! Oh well, all in the name of fun. 

Day 4

Our flight was at 12.35 p.m. and hence, after breakfast, we packed and took a shuttle to the airport.  Oh, did I forget to mention that The Venetian is only 5 minutes away from the airport?  Very convenient.  

All in all, we had a great time in Macau.  Would I stay in The Venetian again? Probably not as I would like to try The Four Seasons Hotel. This hotel is the exact opposite of The Venetian.  Whereas Venetian is catered for the masses, Four Seasons has a more English feel to it.  

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