I spent 4 days and 3 nights with my Ex (now husband) in Macau. Yes, it was difficult to leave my boys with my parents and I got a bit guilty, but later figured they will be fine (they are big boys now and besides, it was after all just 4 days).
We flew via AirAsia and arrived at the Macau International Airport (MFN) at 11am. RT Airfare originally cost P5500, however, I wanted a relaxed leg room and decided to pay extra (which rounded up to an additional P500/way) for "hot seats". It was one of the best decisions we've made on this trip.
After touch down, we made our way to buy a local phone sim, since this mommy was dying to call check on her kiddos.
There are various local brands to choose from (you can easily buy through a vendo-machine or approach the tourist travel desk located near the airport exit gates) and ended up buying this brand. Service was good, but can't compare really since it was the only one we tried.
Macau is divided into 3 areas: the Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane, reclamation created a 4th region which is Cotai (where most of the new casinos and hotels are located).
We decided to stay a night at the Peninsula and 2 nights at the Cotai area.
There are free Casino shuttle buses outside, but all were far walks from the hotel we were staying at, so we simply took a taxi cab (cost us about HKD 100).
Traffic was a breeze and we found ourselves inside the Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, which is our accommodation for our Day 1 in Macau.
The facade of Sofitel Macau is very unassuming and modest, it falls shy in contrast to the other grand hotels we've passed by on our way from the airport, but the moment we came in and were ushered to the Executive Club floor level ~ everything levelled up (big time).
Service was splendid, from the time we stepped out the taxi cab, up to the moment we left the hotel the following day.
(I tell you the hotel itself was reason enough to go to Macau. We should have never left for Cotai and should have just stayed in this area).
Let me tease your eyes with our fabulous upgrade suite
(we were celebrating our 15th wedding and my husband's birthday; and front desk, gifted us with this wonderful-wonderful junior suite).
Our JUNIOR SUITE is huge at 72sqm. with a magnificent floor to ceiling waterfront view.
It has a King Size bed, 37" LCD TV, DVD player, WIFI, Hermès bathroom amenities, spa bath pillow and free Smartphone service (which was very handy when touring Macau on DIY).
Look at the bed set up? It was so pretty I pondered on just sleeping on the sofa.
The free to use smart phone (sorry can't take this one home)...
Full coffee and tea making facilities, or you can easily visit the executive club lounge area for free flowing brewed coffee...
Basic stuffs inside the closet :P
Yes its true Hermes toiletries...
Huge clean bath ~ separate toilet, rain shower and bath tub.
What about a movie while enjoying a hot bath?
They have thought of everything. I don't want to leave anymore.
There is also turn down service "chamomile tea" with free laundry service for your first day soiled clothes...
The SURPRISE does not end there though :P
As if the huge upgrade was not enough, we also received these delicious treats...
They bake the BEST cake!
My husband and I fought over the last piece (but of course he won, it was his birthday).
The BEST Truffles...
This box is ALL MINE!
The BEST macaroons.
Wow, we have only been in Macau for half a day ~ and I must have gained a pound (or more already).
We also have club lounge access with buffet breakfast, evening cocktails.
The lounge area..
We had afternoon tea, before touring Macau.
We had the option of taking breakfast at the Club Lounge or the hotel's main dining restaurant the Mistral. We decided to eat at the Mistral since it has a view of the hotel's pool, which I wanted to check out.
Breakfast with my "pogi" Ex...
Food tastes great as expected. I think my husband had 3-4 full rounds.
The hotel pool is equally grand. It lights up at night too as seen from our hotel window. So unfortunate we only have a night's stay.
If you are looking for a hotel you can call home in Macau, I highly recommend staying at the Sofitel.
You will definitely love its location ~ just a short stroll away the historic city center; the charm of the hotel and warm service of it's people (Kudos to Nikkole and his team, you guys made our vacation truly special).
SOFITEL MACAU is located at
Rua do Visconde Paco de Arco
Tel: (853) 8861 0016
Fax: (853) 8861 0018
Touring MACAU starts NOW ~ please follow our Macau Adventure:
- Day 2 in Macau ~ Visiting Taipa Village and Casino Hopping at the Cotai Strip
- Day 3 - Fisherman's Wharf, Grand Prix and Wine Museum and Macau Tower