Jam packed with hotels, casinos, and a long list of entertainment options ranging from world’s highest figure-8 Ferris wheel, to elevator rides to the top of a half-scale Eiffel Tower, the Macao Cotai Strip is a bustling place. For those looking for a quiet spot to escape the frenzy, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip offers a quiet haven.
With grand staircases, and a combination of furniture, art, chandeliers, and Chinese decorative touches, the lobby showcases the hotel’s elegant mix of Chinese and Portuguese styles. At 20 stories high, with just 360 guest rooms and suites, by Macao standards, the Four Seasons fits into the boutique hotel category.
With high ceilings, and a generous amount of natural light, thanks to windows that take almost all of the exterior wall, already spacious rooms have a bright and airy feel. My Deluxe room on the 13th floor came with commanding views of the Cotai Strip. I was often inclined to keep the curtains open, even when it was time to sleep. Comfy beds covered in bright white, soft linens help induce needed rest, even when battling jetlag. There’s even a pillow menu offering more than a half dozen options. Modern bedside tables with easy to access power plugs and USB ports make plugging in easy. In addition to a small table with seating for two, there was a cushy sofa, and Nespresso machine.
Along with a rain shower, the generous bathroom boasts a huge soaking tub complete with in-wall television. Above the dual sink vanity, a glass shelf ensures there’s plenty of room for toiletries and cosmetics. A door separating the toilet from the rest of the bathroom provides privacy and allows the space to be used by more than one person at a time.
The Four Seasons Macao Cotai Strip is one of those properties where you want to be sure to save some time to simply relax and enjoy the resort. Steps outside the lobby are five swimming pools, including two for children. Open from 8am to 8pm daily, pool attendants see to guests every need, from dry towels to sunscreen and iced tea.
The onsite spa, offers a range of treatments including massages, facials, scrubs and wraps. The spa also offers a handful of treatments just for kids. Open until 11pm, it allows guests to fit in treatments after a busy day of exploring. The nearby fitness center is open 24 hours.
The hotel boasts a handful of dining options including room service. Michelin-starred Zi Yat Heen takes the fear out of dim sum for first-timers. Belcanção serves a breakfast buffet worth budgeting extra time for and possibly skipping lunch. Along with a noodle station, there’s waffles, pancakes, assorted pastries including Portuguese egg tarts, and a serve yourself ice cream sundae bar.
The hotel’s location on the Cotai Strip is ideal. For guests with room to spare in their suitcase there’s The Shoppes at Four Seasons. The Cotai Arena, and the famous House of Dancing Water theatre are both an easy walk. The Macao Giant Panda Pavilion is a five-minute cab ride. The airport is about a 10-minute drive; for those coming by ferry from Hong Kong, it’s just 15 minutes from the Maritime Ferry Terminal.
Deluxe rooms range from $210 to $907 depending on season and availability. Complimentary valet parking and Wi-Fi. Make your reservation directly online at the hotel website. You can also compare rates and book through one of the many OTAs such as Priceline or Expedia.
Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by the Macao Government Tourism Office, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.