Andaz Macau

Opened in September, the 700-key Andaz Macau lays claim to being the largest property in the brand’s global portfolio. While that perks up one’s ears, it is the hotel’s presentation of local artworks and artefacts that steals the show

Macau Steps

Andaz Macau is one of eight luxury hotels within the Galaxy Macau integrated resort, and the newest of the lot – it opened in late September on the heels of Raffles at Galaxy Macau, which soft-launched in August.

True to the Andaz brand, which means ‘personal style’ in Hindi and Urdu, this strapping new kid on the Cotai block gathers a bold collection of art and artefacts that remind guests of the destination’s renowned east-meets-west heritage. Expect to find mannequins draped in embroidered couture gowns heavy with Chinese details, scenes of local interactions immortalised by wrought iron rods, and a stunning vertical art gallery – named Macau Steps – which is a set of stairs surrounded by beautiful art pieces and videos depicting scenes of Macau across ages and locations.

There are 700 rooms and suites, and I scored an Andaz Studio, which takes in a functional living area, a king bed overlooking floor-to-ceiling windows, a generous bathroom with dual sinks, a bathtub and shower in a spacious glass enclosure, and a wardrobe nook in 58m2 of space.

The design is eclectic – a riot of colours expressed through paintings on the wall and plush carpets, and a mishmash of textures such as a leather-bound headboard, quilted mini-bar frame, and marble-topped desk. Expect contrasting visuals by way of a monochrome bathroom set against vibrant sleeping and living quarters.

I like the layout – work, play, clean and rest come together in a circular flow, with plenty of room to move about.

Extra points go to the heated toilet seat, bidet, vanity with front-facing lights, powerful hairdryer with three practical attachments, and the first set of complimentary minibar goodies.

There is another surprise in this bathroom, which I will leave you to discover yourself. That’s my lure for you to come and experience this hotel and room type.

MICE facilities
Andaz Macau is attached to the Galaxy International Convention Centre and Galaxy Arena, both new venues at Galaxy Macau. This makes the hotel great for residential meetings.

However, Galaxy International Convention Centre and Galaxy Arena are so versatile that they can do more than just meetings. Its past and upcoming line-up of conferences, exhibitions and mega concerts is proof.

Galaxy International Convention Centre features 40,000m2 of total flexible events space catering for up to 8,500 banquet guests or 16,000 cocktail party guests. Event venues are spread across the ground floor and level one, with plenty of open areas that can be transformed for supporting functions.

The all-wood auditorium here is worth mentioning – it is an elegant venue that can easily fit into an award presentation, keynote or musical performance design.

Galaxy Arena is the largest indoor venue of its kind in Macau, capable of packing in 16,000 people. It has eight luxurious hospitality suites that are superb for private social functions. Each comes with an indoor space with a bar and outdoor swivel seats from which guests can catch unblocked views of the main stage.

Other facilities
Anticipating the arrival of large event groups residing and meeting at the hotel, a dedicated mass check-in lounge with a beautifully furnished private waiting area was worked into the layout.

Elsewhere, there is the Andaz lounge where simple and complimentary refreshments are served, a bar, a restaurant that serves Portuguese, Macanese and Hong Kong favourites, a fitness centre, and an indoor pool.

The hotel appears to have the luxury of many staff, all standing by to assist with arriving guests and to introduce them to available amenities.

The hotel is fun to explore, and its blend of leisure and business amenities makes it ideal for the current generation of travellers who wants to combine work and play.

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