Up & Coming By Dayna Engberg

One Night in Macao

When the time comes to travel again, some of us will be looking for a serious party. As the most densely populated city in the world boasting a gaming industry seven times as large as Las Vegas, Macao is a lively destination, to say the least. Bursting with glitzy entertainment, high-stakes gambling, pulsating nightlife and elegant cuisine, the Cotai Strip is the perfect place for an action-packed celebration. Just an hour by ferry from the shores of Hong Kong, it also makes an easy side trip. Read on to discover where to eat, stay and play in the Sin City of the East.

WHERE TO EAT

To experience the pinnacle of Cantonese cuisine on the Cotai Strip, head to Lotus Palace at the Parisian Macao. Flaunting an extensive drink list and four separate dining menus, the smart-casual eatery appeals to all types of foodies, including vegan and vegetarian patrons. Enjoy pan-Asian and Cantonese favorites, such as braised pork ribs with mustard greens and matsutake mushroom, Chaozhou-style goose barbeque or seafood stew with abalone and black truffle. For a heartier meal, opt for the 11-course prix fixe Hot Pot menu, including purple sweet potato and taro vermicelli, handmade shrimp pat? with caviar and crab and sesame ginger rice dumplings.

Delicious Cantonese hot pot with chili soup

WHERE TO PLAY

Fans of Cirque Du Soleil won't want to miss "The House of Dancing Water," an award-winning spectacle of aquatic dance and acrobatics by director Franco Dragone. The production follows the story of a fisherman whose valiant quest is derailed by a mysterious force that leads him to strange and magical lands. Held at The City of Dreams, the production set features a 45,000-square-foot pool, one of the largest of its kind in the world. After the show, get your dance on at the City of Dreams' Club Cubic, considered the most prestigious nightclub in Macao, or try your luck at the world's largest casino at The Venetian, just across the Cotai Strip.

Roulette

WHERE TO STAY

More than just a beautiful hotel, The St. Regis Macao reflects local Macanese inspiration from its prime location along the famed Cotai Strip. Enjoy a variety of premium oysters and perfectly prepared prime meat and seafood in an exquisite fusion of Eastern and Western flavors at The Manor. Or, sip a cocktail at the hotel's destination bar, which is among the highest rated on the strip. The Bar encompasses three distinct spaces, including a private event venue, a cocktail bar and a private wine-tasting space where guests can sample rare vintages selected by expert sommeliers. In addition to the top-rated bar and restaurant, the hotel is also home to a pool deck overlooking the Cotai Strip, an 8,000-square-foot spa on the hotel's top floor and bespoke butler service available day and night.

St. Regis suite with relaxing spaces inside and out
The St. Regis Macao at night

Through Travel Leaders UK SELECT, you'll receive unique amenities and VIP-worthy privileges to enhance nearly every moment in Macao, including 100 USD hotel credit per stay, a complimentary one-way limousine transfer and more, only when you book The St. Regis Macao through our agency.