Downtown Macau offers ample opportunity to be immersed in the bold world of the billion dollar gambling scene. The majority of the casinos are situated along the southern side of the Macau Peninsular – magnificent in both size and structure. The sheer magnitude of the soaring entertainment zones can only be understood once inside amongst the ostentatious décor and world-class shopping, entertainment and renowned luxury pampering, all ready for the taking. Whether you are after a family-centric experience or something more towards the wild side, one of Macau’s world-famous casinos will fit the bill. Much like its famous counterpart, Las Vegas, casinos here have come to encompass so much more than doubling your money – the elaborate shows and the entertainment and pampering options are some of the reasons that Macau’s clientele is as varied as the casino choices on offer.
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Mainland China and Hong Kong Chinese together with Taiwanese make up more than 90% of the 18 million annual visitors to Macau; the Chinese have a passion for gambling matched only by that of the Irish. A 40-year gambling-only monopoly ended in 2002 when the island began to feature outrageously ornate Vegas style casinos alongside decadent floor shows – eventually housing casinos of different shapes and sizes that would see Macau eclipse its American cousin.
The gambling options here are generally horse racing, greyhound racing and casino games. With a total of 28 casinos, gambling culture and its architectural influence offers a brash contrast to Macau’s colonial heritage.
Casino Lisboa is probably one of the most authentic of Macau’s casinos. While the new players in town might triumph in style and design, the Lisboa retains a sense of legendary appeal. With a legacy steeped in Macau’s gambling history the smell of cigarette smoke and the scrums of eager throwers clamouring for the tables give it an edge over other more groomed and glamorous properties.
It was this casino that earned Macau the name the ‘Monte Carlo of the Orient' when it was built in 1960 and it features some of the best restaurants on the island. Put simply, a trip to Macau wouldn’t be complete without venturing down to the Casino Lisboa.
There is nothing quite like a sensuous spa experience after a day of risk taking. While working off an adrenaline rush, a bit of pampering might be just what the doctor ordered. Being the exclusive and affluent city that it is, Macau’s spas are world-class; catering to the needs of even the most discerning spa enthusiast. The family spa is a popular concept within the city, where all are welcome to come and enlighten their senses.
Chinese, aromatherapy, Thai and Swedish massage areas are all popular with tourists who have been enjoying the sights and sounds of Macau. The extensive list of five-star hotels and resorts also ensure that exquisite wellness experiences are not difficult to come by.