5 tips to make the most of bleisure travel in Macau

Forty years ago in 1980, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) created World Tourism Day to remind us of the importance of tourism, not only for the economy, but also for giving people the opportunity to experience the cultural wonders of the world. 

Macau is one such destination where the cultures of East and West have intertwined for centuries. Today, Macau continues to celebrate its Portuguese and Chinese heritage so that people from around the world will always have the chance to experience two worlds in one destination. 

Galaxy Integrated Resorts ensures that each and every one of its guests, whether visiting for business or leisure, will be able to enjoy an authentic Macau experience. We are pleased to introduce 5 bleisure travel tips for you to fully immerse yourself in this remarkable destination:

 

East-West Culture

When you stay at Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct, you are surrounded by Macau culture. Macau is the only destination in the world where you can find a rich blend of East-West cultures with UNESCO heritage sites as a backdrop. It is also the only city on earth where you will find ancient Chinese temples and old European churches standing side-by-side. The destination has done well to preserve and protect many of its historical landmarks. 

Dining on the flavorful cuisines of Macau is another great way to discover the remarkable culture of Macau. You can experience all of this just across the street from Galaxy Integrated Resorts at the old Taipa Village. Here, you can take a stroll through colorful neighborhoods and dine on local dishes. Step back in time and explore Chinese temples, Western churches, art galleries, the Taipa Houses Museum and some of the best Macanese, Portuguese and Chinese restaurants in Macau. Many of the restaurants, shops and homes in the village have been beautifully preserved and painted in bright yellow, pink, green and blue hues – reminiscent of houses in Portugal.  

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Macau is the only destination in the world where you can find a rich blend of East-West cultures with UNESCO heritage sites as a backdrop.

Or, even closer to home within the Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct, the resort offers more than 120 dining options, including the Broadway Food Street where you can experience the culinary heritage of Macau in a lively, outdoor atmosphere. This vibrant, hawker-style street market is the perfect place for an evening walk with family and friends, or networking with colleagues. Here, you can sample more than 40 varieties of Macanese and Asian cuisine while watching colorful, live performances.

Broadway Food Street is also home to Dragon Portuguese Cuisine, one of Macau’s oldest and most iconic restaurants serving authentic Portuguese dishes. You can dine indoors or alfresco and taste the restaurant’s famed Portuguese baked suckling pig, Portuguese-style baked duck rice or Dragon’s homemade curry crab.

 

The Award-winning Galaxy Integrated Resorts

Galaxy Integrated Resorts received raving reviews and accolades from TripAdvisor, Hotels.com and Agoda.com in 2020 for the warmth of its “Asian Heart” service and for consistently offering exceptional experiences.  All six hotels at Galaxy Integrated Resorts on Cotai received top honors from the TripAdvisor 2020 Traveler’s Choice Awards and earned the “Loved by Guests” award from travel reviewers on Hotels.com this year.

In 2020, Macau ranked the highest globally as the destination with the most Forbes Five-Star restaurants. Macau is home to an impressive 23 Forbes Five-Star restaurants, followed by Hong Kong with 11. There are also 20 Michelin-starred restaurants in Macau. Galaxy Integrated Resorts is home to 2 Forbes Five-Star restaurants and 5 Michelin-starred and Michelin Plate restaurants in 2020. 

Macau also tied with Paris this year for having an impressive 13 Forbes Five-Star hotels in each city. Galaxy Integrated Resorts joined the ranks of a select few destinations worldwide to offer a unique collection of two Forbes Triple Five-Star hotels and three Forbes Four-Star hotels set within the precinct. The Ritz-Carlton, Macau joined the elite Forbes Triple Five-Star list this year, and Banyan Tree Macau has received the Forbes Triple Five-Star award for six consecutive years. These rare Forbes Triple Five-Star awards are exclusive rankings given to select hotels by FTG, the world’s only independent global ratings system for the hotel, spa and restaurant. 

Galaxy Integrated Resorts is the perfect blend of business and leisure, where business travellers or holiday-makers have an opportunity to enjoy a one-stop travel experience. The resort precinct boasts Macau’s largest collection of luxury hotel brands in one destination – StarWorld Hotel, Banyan Tree Macau, Galaxy Hotel™, Hotel Okura Macau, JW Marriott Hotel Macau, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau and Broadway Hotel. 

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The resort precinct boasts Macau’s largest collection of luxury hotel brands in one destination.

Guests also enjoy easy access to 1.1 million m² of unique entertainment, shopping and leisure attractions, including the Grand Resort Deck, boasting the world's largest Skytop Wave Pool, the longest Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Rapids at 575 meters and the 150m pristine white sand beach. The integrated resort also features 120 dining options, more than 200 international brands at The Promenade Shops, Macau's most luxurious 3D Cineplex at UA Galaxy Cinemas and 2 award-winning spas.

 

Galaxy’s New Star

The first half of 2021 will witness the arrival of a brand new star at the Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct with the opening of Galaxy International Convention Center (GICC). As the newest addition to Macau’s MICE scene next year, GICC not only promises to be one of the most technologically advanced MICE destinations in Asia, the events venue also aims to elevate the standards of MICE in Macau for the long-term.

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The all-new GICC is poised to be the game-changer for Macau’s MICE industry.

Currently, Macau is ranked as the 12th most popular convention destination in Asia and among the Top 50 globally according to ICCA’s 2019 “International Meetings Market” report. Technology was cited as one of the major reasons for Macau’s positive rankings, and with all of the technological advances on offer at GICC, GICC looks forward to contributing toward the continued rise in Macau’s MICE rankings well into the future.

In addition to offering 5G for high-speed connectivity and live streaming of content which makes GICC perfectly positioned for hybrid events, the venue offers 40,000m2 of versatile meeting space, a 650-seat Auditorium, the 16,000-seat Galaxy Arena and a vibrant luxury lifestyle 700-room Andaz Macau hotel.

Galaxy Arena will play host to major sports events, world-class concerts, thrilling fight nights and corporate launches. The arena’s impressive design, state-of-the-art audio-visual, lighting and communication systems set the stage for events of any kind. For smaller-scale events, the Auditorium will offer an intimate venue for product launches, keynote sessions or musical performances. The venue also features state-of-the-art audio-visual and lighting systems, designed to the world's highest standards. With direct vehicle access for loading and unloading with easy access rigging grids, event organisers can even drive a car directly onto the stage for a product launch. 

Business or leisure travellers who want to be at the doorstep of the convention center or Galaxy Arena, the vibrant luxury lifestyle hotel – Andaz Macau – is conveniently located right within GICC. Rooted in local art and culture, all of the rooms and suites at Andaz Macau have been artfully designed to highlight key elements of the city through thoughtful décor and design. 

 

“Asian Heart” Service

Galaxy Integrated Resorts is renowned the world over for its “Asian Heart” service. Everything we do is built around this service philosophy. By providing luxurious surrounds and delivering the highest levels of hospitality, we create unforgettable moments for both business and leisure guests. 

When GICC opens next year, we are taking the “Asian Heart” service to the next level by introducing a brand new team of in-house event professionals known as “EVENT STUDIO”. Event organizers will now have access to a one-stop shop of experienced planners from GICC, as well as the resort precinct. 

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Partner with our in-house EVENT STUDIO team to co-create impactful events.

EVENT STUDIO goes beyond conventional event planning by assisting with venue selection, conceptualizing themes, décor, entertainment, visual and lighting effects as well as marketing coordination. This energetic and forward-thinking team is on the ground in Macau and has a full understanding of the entire Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct. Guests will be able to enjoy a host of different experiences, from the brand new Andaz Macau hotel located within GICC to the outdoor Broadway Food Street. Whether it may be a large-scale event or a bespoke VIP experience, meeting organizers can host a wide range of events all in one destination. With the assistance of EVENT STUDIO, delegates will be able to enjoy new experiences each day across the resort precinct, and meeting organizers will not have to worry about the logistics of arranging transportation as all of the venues are within convenient walking distance to one another.

 

Comprehensive “Health and Safety” measures

Since the start of the outbreak, the Macau SAR government has carefully contained the spread of COVID-19. As of July 17, there have been no new cases in Macau. However, the government continues to remain vigilant in protecting all visitors to Macau.

The health and safety of visitors is also a major priority at Galaxy Integrated Resorts, where we have implemented enhanced health and safety measures through the “We Are Ready” campaign. Team members are required to wear masks at all times to reassure guests of our commitment to health and safety. The entire Galaxy Integrated Resorts experience – from the moment of arrival, to dining at our restaurants, staying in our guestrooms and enjoying our entertainment venues – will be a safe and pleasant one.  

The aim of the “We Are Ready” initiative is to protect the health and safety of visitors in three major ways: health screening; comprehensive disinfection measures and taking extra precautions to protect every guest. Galaxy Integrated Resorts continues to explore and introduce new technology to safeguard each guest. The following is an overview of new measures in place:

  • Temperature screening at all main entrances and exits at the resorts
  • Macau Health Codes must be presented upon entry
  • UV light to sterilize hotel room key cards
  • Nano-coating technology for long-lasting, self-disinfection of surfaces
  • The use of hospital grade disinfections 
  • Galaxy Integrated Resorts is also the first and only resort in Macau to house its own laboratory certified by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) for food safety 
  • Hotel guests will receive complimentary hygiene kits with masks and sanitizers
  • All team members attend regular health and safety training programs

Macau is the perfect bleisure destination with its vibrant culture, award-winning hotels, impeccable service and concern for safety. Next year promises to be even more exciting with the arrival of the all-new GICC. If you wish to know more about Galaxy Integrated Resorts or GICC, and how you can create a truly unique event in Macau, please contact our team by e-mail: sales@galaxyentertainment.com or by phone: +853 8883 1628.
 

5 tips to make the most of bleisure travel in Macau