Banyan Tree Macau (澳门悦榕庄) | Macau, CHINA

Macau, often known as the Las Vegas of the East, certainly doesn't lack impressive hotels and casinos, and along with them comes all the glitz and glamour.

With so many options on offer, choosing a hotel can be difficult. The first time when the other travel bunnie and I visited Macau, we stayed at the all-suite, The Venetian. It left a fantastic impression on us, but this time, we wanted to try something different.

That something different was the Banyan Tree Macau.

Located in the Galaxy entertainment complex (which we visited on its grand opening weekend on our last trip to Macau), the Banyan Tree Macau is an escape for the mind and the senses.

Check-in wasn't as swift as we had hoped for, as we were told to wait for another thirty minutes for our suite to be prepared. While the traditional Thai musician in the lobby did help to relax me a little after the oh-so-choppy ferry trip from Hong Kong I was still keen to make the most of our room. Once when we stepped into our suite, which was filled with calming scents from the oil and incense burners (which are changed daily), I immediately felt better. Besides the spacious layout, one of the highlights of the suite is the relaxation pool that extends the length of the room from the lounge to the bedroom along the window. Also worth a mention is the the sizable shower equipped with not only with double rain-shower heads from the ceiling, but also two additional message shower heads. And did I mention that we also had a traditional Japanese soaking tub in our room?

In addition to the wave pool that can be shared by patrons of both the Galaxy Hotel and Hotel Okura, Banyan Tree has private indoor and outdoor pools for the exclusive use of its guests. During our stay, which was in the middle of the summer, the wave pool was always packed with families, so we took advantage of the private outdoor pool and it was a true hidden gem with minimal guest using it during the day.

The décor throughout the hotel is a combination of traditional dark woods and stones with understated warm hues which mean that wherever you might find yourself in the property you will truly feel like you are immersed in Thai luxury (and not the buzz of a casino). Coupled with a large, comfortable bed, solid breakfast buffet and use of the Galaxy's complimentary bus to and from most important locations on the island I would have to say all in all, it was a wonderful stay.

Bunnies' travel notes:

Bunnies’ Suite Number: 1915 – Grand Cotai Suite
Number of Suites and Villas: 250
Swimming pool: Yes
Check-in/check-out times: 3pm and 12pm
Price: $450+ AUD

Hotel Class: 5 Star

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