Macau is so tiny that it’s pretty difficult to point out the city on the map. Most of its area comprises of reclaimed land from the sea. In fact, Macau was once an island but land reclamation turned it into a peninsula that borders Zhuhai in mainland China. In the recent years, the area of sea that separated Coloane and Taipa islands was reclaimed. It’s named Cotai (“Co” from “Coloane” and “tai” from “Taipa”). The Cotai Strip is inspired to be the smaller version of the Las Vegas Strip with posh hotels and glitzy casinos.
For the next two nights, we stayed in Hard Rock hotel, one of the big brands among Grand Hyatt and Crown Towers at City of Dreams (CoD in short) along the Cotai Strip. Opened in 1 June 2009, CoD – the mega-sized integrated entertainment resort developed by Melco Crown Entertainment – offers world-class entertainment, designer label shopping, an assortment of dining options and an upscale contemporary casino.
Our first lunch in Macau? Good stuff yet affordable! We had a tantalizing (eating!) affair at Horizons, one of the signature restaurants in CoD. This sophisticated steakhouse and seafood restaurant not only delivers quality food but an awesome panoramic view over Cotai Strip.
^Chargrilled Lemongrass Chicken Thigh^
^Champagne Glazed Cold Smoked Tasmanian Salmon^
An awesome dining view of Cotai strip with Venetian Macao resort hotel just opposite City of Dreams.
Location of Horizons: Level 3, Crown Towers, CoD, Macau.
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3.00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
One of the most luxurious spas in Macau is The Spa at Crown. Located on the same level as Horizons restaurant, the spa comprises of vitality pools, a zone for foot massages, sauna, steam, treatment rooms and a salon that offers hair styling, male grooming, manicures, pedicures and other beauty treatments.
MUST-SEE: Dragon’s Treasure (free)
Immerse yourself in a 360-degree audio-visual extravaganza at The Bubble, the iconic dome-shaped theatre with the world’s largest special effects projection in CoD. Embark on a sensory adventure into the underwater world together with the four Dragon Kings and other beautiful marine creatures as you “swim” into The Bubble.
Show times: Every 30-min from 12pm – 6pm / Every hour from 7pm – 10pm
Duration: 10-min of sensational multimedia experience!
You can feel the rock ‘n’ roll vibe from the moment you enter Hard Rock Hotel. This boutique hotel is all about attitude, sophistication and fun! Rock music fills the air and there is a chock-full of Hard Rock memorabilia collection on display throughout Hard Rock Hotel. Everyone is like a rock star!
To indulge in the ultimate experience of living like a superstar, stay in one of the two rock star suites in Hard Rock Hotel. The Jacky Cheung Rock Star Suite was designed to reflect Jacky’s style and character. The suite has some of the CantoPop King’s important memorabilia such as concert photographs, microphones, gloves, and even a white baby grand piano that’s his source of songwriting inspiration.
A room with a view of Venetian Macau at Cotai Strip.
Guests of the Jacky Cheung Rock Star Suites will get Jacky’s autographed DVD, photo album and other exclusive Hard Rock gifts.
Here is our Standard King room with the super comfy Sleep Like A Rock® bedding, a state-of-art entertainment system, a contemporary appointed bathroom that provides Hard Rock’s signature RockSpa bathroom amenities, and not forgetting high-speed Internet access!
Travelling with kids? Moms and Dads, your little ones can have a blast at Kids’ City at CoD! This colourful world of interactive and exciting playzones covers an area of over 10,000 sqft and is currently the largest kids’ attraction in Macau.
At Kids’ City, the four playzones feature a wide range of facilities to cater to children between 2 and 12 years old.
Boys and girls who yearn to be superheroes, beautiful princesses and rock stars can dress up like one at Dream playzone. They can even sing-along at the stage with a large wall screen that shows live images of the performing kids, watch performances or cartoons shown on the screen.
For the active and adventurous ones, there are slides, swinging bridge, tunnels, bouncy castle and more to keep their adrenaline pumping at Excite playzone.
Kids who enjoy interactive games can hang out at the arcade (OK, I mean just for this holiday trip at CoD!), play console games and there is even a PlayMotion video wall with touch surfaces for the kids to enjoy at Excite playzone.
For those who like arts and crafts, they can create their own craftwork and paint like Picasso at Create playzone. You can even throw a celebration party in the party rooms at Kids’ City!
When night falls on the City of Dreams, it’s magically dazzling…
How to get to the City of Dreams?
There are many locations in Macau where you can board the complimentary City of Dreams shuttle bus – Macau Int’l Airport (8-min ride); Macau Barrier Gate Check Point (20-min ride).