THE HOTEL , the myth, the legend. The Venetian Hotels have always had world-class fame thanks to their magnificent canal themed shopping mall and giant casino. The Venetian Macao is, in my opinion, the best of them all because they serve some drool worthy Asian food. Think opulent Italian interiors complete with dripping crystal chandeliers and intricate frescos in shades of pale pinks, blues and gold. Bustling with tourists and gamblers alike, the Venetian is a place where you inevitably get swept up by the crowd. It oozes a frantic energy and buzz that is exactly what you would expect in a Casino hotel, all mixed with the subtle hint of allure due to its homage to one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Make sure to pop into the Central Canal Shoppes mall for some window shopping (they have some of my favourite brands ranging from Aesop to Gucci), insta-worthy photo opportunities and a ride on the beautiful canals where the gondoliers serenade you with the angelic voices that in my opinion defy those in Venice themselves. As for food, you can pretty much find absolutely anything you want in the food court. For those who fancy a taste of Northern Chinese food from the Dongbei and Sichuan province, pop into North at the Venetian Macao for dinner and make sure you order the Drunken Chicken (Poached Chicken in Chinese Yellow Wine) and the Lamb Hand Sandwiches (Stir Fried Diced Lamb with Chilli and Cumin). With a free shuttle that operates to and from all the ferry piers, it’s easy to reach and is so full of pretty things to see to do that you never have to leave the premises.
THE ROOM If there’s one thing you can guarantee at the Venetian Macao, it is that your room will be grand, comfortable and extremely luxurious. From large marble tubs to a duplex bedroom and sitting area, the Premio Bella Suite at The Venetian is a dream bedroom with pastel blue furnishings, golden details, a lower floor sitting area and two amazing fluffy queen beds that really, could fit two people each. The design is opulent yet comfortable at the same time, a tough mixture to master yet is done perfectly by the Venetian Macao. Push open the heavy drapes and you have views of the Cotai strip’s sparkling night lights. With the marble bath, twinkling view and plush beds, you are guaranteed a deliciously sweet night’s sleep.
THE BREAKFAST is mouthwateringly good. One of the signatures at the Venetian Macao is the Chinese Breakfast and it is my breakfast dream come true complete with fried noodles, congee and dim sum. All dishes are seasoned and cooked to a very good standard (you can trust a local’s opinion like mine!) and every dish is delicious. For those who may find a Chinese Breakfast a bit strong in the morning, their in-room dining menu offers anything your heart may desire from pancakes to eggs. For those who enjoy a varied selection, make sure you pop down to their buffet spread for choice. My suggestion? Enjoy your gorgeous room, run a bath, slowly devour your meal, hop into your bath and then end your morning in the fluffy slippers and robe with a cup of steaming coffee in your hand as you slowly wake watching the hustle and bustle of the Cotai strip outsider your floor to ceiling window. Absolutely Heavenly.
WHAT TO ORDER
Chinese Breakfast for one.
Steph Yt Travels is hosted in the Premio Bella Room, prices starting at £150 per night.