Banyan Tree Macau in a Nutshell:
Opened in September 2011, the Banyan Tree is one of three hotels that make up the $1.9 billion Galaxy Macau complex in the Cotai zone. True to the Banyan Tree brand, the property manages to cultivate a tranquil environment in the midst of a high-rise, glitzy milieu (the six cupolas on the Galaxy towers are adorned in 24-carat gold).
Guest Rooms at Banyan Tree Macau:
Deep crimson accents in the walls and fabrics, dark wood furnishings, and divans with brocade pillows give a traditional Asian feel. A different fragrance is put into incense burners each day of the week. On the modern side of things, all rooms come with intelligent toilets and lighting. Suites range in size from 1,100 to 1,400 square feet.
There are 29 villas of which ten are pool villas large enough for wedding parties, and breakfast service is provided daily in the private garden. Sky Villas have gourmet kitchens, while in an additional 11 spa suites the treatments come to you.
Dining at Banyan Tree Macau:
Couples preferring Thai cuisine can head to Saffron for sampler dishes such as khong wang ruam mitr (grilled fish cake, spiced chicken wrapped in fried pandan leaf, crispy rice noodle-wrapped prawns and grilled chicken satay). Saffron serves both western and Asian breakfast (a la carte or buffet), as well as afternoon tea. The lobby level Banyan Lounge is also open for afternoon tea or evening cocktails. The pool area Cabana serves light foods. For those seeking even more variety, the entire Galaxy hotel complex has no fewer than 35 restaurants.
Destination Weddings and Honeymoons at Banyan Tree:
The Banyan Tree’s Intimate Moment honeymoon package includes a souvenir, cake, and wine or champagne along with a rose petal setting in their private suite's relaxation pool.
Activities at Banyan Tree Macau:
There are spa rooms on both the 2nd and 21st floors, whose therapists get holistic training at the Banyan Tree company’s own academy. For couples, the Rainmist steam bath treatment includes a body scrub.
For those wishing a quiet evening in, the library lends the latest in Asian cinema (or the Galaxy complex has an onsite 3D cinema; look for movie night packages).
Shoppers will find indigenous arts in the Banyan Tree Gallery, or they can opt for the upscale options like Van Cleef & Arpels and Piaget. Just outside the enormous gaming rooms in the Galaxy tower, a water show every thirty minutes draws a crowd. The onsite Macallan Whiskey Bar & Lounge not only has 350 whiskies, but is one of the most sophisticated environments in Macau.
Nearby Banyan Tree Macau:
For those not into gaming, the Galaxy offers a Macau Discovery Tour that takes guests to the prime historic locations. Adventurous diners head to Coloane Village for outdoor seafood restaurants, or to quaint establishments like Restaurante Litoral for a lunch of Goan-and African-influenced Macanese cuisine.
For treats, try egg custards at Lord Stow’s, at the original bakery in Coloane, or the café in the Venetian. In addition to myriad Fifth Avenue style boutiques in the hotel arcades, couples will find plenty of antiques shops to peruse around St. Paul’s church in the old town. Among the seemingly limitless nightclubs all over Macau, the MGM’s low-lit Lion’s Bar has some of the top R&B and rock performers in town and makes for a great late-night drinks stop.
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Banyan Tree Macau Info and Reservations:
Galaxy Macau Resort
Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai
Official Hotel Website
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Ferries depart hourly from Hong Kong airport to Macau; luggage is transferred directly and immigration entry takes place on Macau. Banyan Tree is a twenty-minute drive from the ferry terminal.
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