The 10 hottest hotel and resort openings in Macau from 2015 and onwards

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If you think Macau is bright and bustling, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The SAR is about to get a whole load brighter and busier: we’re talking diamonds, Rolls Royces and giant Ferris wheels. Anna Cummins checks out where to anticipate checking in

If Macau were a food it would be a Portuguese egg tart covered in an inch of glitter, with a piquant filling of edible pataca bills. That is to say, the territory is steeped in enough history to give it an appealing charm, yet retains an attention-seeking exterior that screams ‘look the fuck at me’, all while ostentatiously rolling in annual turnovers that make Las Vegas look like a quaint rural sideshow – financially, if not culturally (yet).   

The controversial, soon-to-be completed bridge connecting Hong Kong to its Portuguese half-sibling and onward to Zhuhai on the Mainland brings with it a slew of new resorts, all vying to be crowned the most eclectic and pull in the most punters. These aren’t just places to bed down; it’s show time, baby.

Studio City Macau

Studio City Macau
A hotly anticipated $25 billion, Hollywood-themed resort with the world’s highest figure-of-eight Ferris wheel inserted in its façade. (Is there really another one of these anyway?) Get high in a 4D flight simulator based around the Batman franchise or visit the 40,000 sq ft family entertainment centre – one for the young ‘uns, with Tweety, Bugs Bunny and co putting the ‘fun’ into the Warner Bros Fun Zone. Enjoy Macau’s first permanent magic show The House of Magic, or book a ticket to the 5,000-seat event arena, which already has performances by Aaron Kwok and Madonna lined up. Ibiza stalwart Pacha is also opening one of its huge, hedonistic nightclubs here. Opens October 27, 2015. Estrada Flor de Lotus, Cotai, +853 8865 8888; studiocity-macau.com.   

Louis XIII

Louis XIII

The mildly extravagant Hong Kong magnate Stephen Hung has ordered the world’s largest ever fleet of 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms to ferry guests to his mind boggling ‘seven-star’ hotel, which is officially aimed at ‘the world’s wealthiest’. The invite-only boutiques inside will stock jewellery worth US$1million and up. (We’re okay with looking through the windows, cheers Steve). It will have 200 duplex rooms and even a 30,000sq ft Royal Villa for those who like the ability to get lost in their own bedroom. There will, naturally, be a huge diamond on the front. Over 400 people attended a royal banquet just to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony, so you get the idea. Opening summer 2016. Cotai, +852 2577 6113; lxiii.com.

City of Dreams Hotel Tower

Famed architect Dame Zaha Hadid brings one of her mind-and-metal-bending silvery creations to the Strip. This one looks like a big sexy brick in a fishnet stocking, which is nice. The sophisticated 40-storey hotel has 780 rooms, a ‘superlounge’, restaurants and a spa, and promises to bring a welcome splash of refined taste to Cotai.  Opens early 2017. Cotai; zaha-hadid.com.

Wynn Palace


Walking is for losers. Guests at the 28-storey, 1,700-room Wynn Palace will be whisked into the lobby via air conditioned ‘SkyCabs’ (sure, they’re probably just cable cars, but it’s such a better name), which traverse the eight-acre ‘performance lake’. The hotel is floral themed, so expect some mega bouquets. Opens March 25, 2016. Av da Nave Desportiva, Macau, +853 8889 8889; wynnpalace.com.

Parisian Macao

Parisian Macao
The half-sized replica of the Eiffel Tower is the obvious draw at this 3,000-room hotel, which is certain to become a landmark. (Something lame like ‘#Paris #NotReallyParis’ will trend, and we’re all going to have to be okay with that.) Opening mid/late 2016.  Estrada da Baía de N Senhora da Esperança, Taipa, +853 2888 3330; sandschina.com.

Karl Lagerfeld Hotel at Lisboa Palace

Karl Lagerfeld
Chanel mogul Karl Lagerfeld is opening his first ever hotel within the Lisboa Palace, a complex of three hotels totaling 2,000 rooms. There will also be a Versace-themed hotel in the Palace. Renderings of the 20-storey building are impressive: think Disney meets Versailles meets Repulse Bay. Opens end of 2017. Cotai; sjmholdings.com.

More new hotels!

Yes, there are more…

St Regis Macao
Reservations are already open for this luxury Cotai hotel, which focuses more on service than its casino. One of the key selling points is its bespoke butler facility. Opens December 17. +853 2882 8898; starwoodhotels.com.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Glam, glam, glam. Find ‘a modern take on Hollywood glam with a 1950s retro twist’ at this version of the LA institution. Opens early 2016. gcphospitality.com.

MGM Cotai

MGM Cotai
Over 1,500 slot machines, 500 gaming tables and 1,500 rooms, including the super-exclusive and swanky Mansion hotel. Opens early 2016. mgmresorts.com.

Galaxy Macau Phase II

Galaxy Macau Phase II

It opened back in May, but this facelift of the Galaxy in Cotai saw it double in size to keep pace with the new kids on the block. Now features the longest rooftop aquatic ride in the world. Open now. +853 2888 0888; galaxymacau.com.

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