A brief history of Macau
Back in the 16th century, Portuguese settlers arrived in Macau, after China and Portugal struck a trading deal. In fact, Macau was one of the first European settlements in eastern Asia. And it remained under Portuguese rule all the way up until 1999, when it was transferred back to China.
Because of this Portuguese influence over the centuries, Macau still has a very European look and feel to it. And there are still many Portuguese and Macanese people living in this region.
Nowadays, Macau’s economy relies heavily on tourism and revenue from the casino industry. And Macau generates seven times more money from gambling activities than Las Vegas.
The Macau we know today is a wealthy and exclusive place. Due to huge revenues generated by the gambling industry, the Macenese population enjoys a very high quality of life. And in recent years, a lot more tourists have started heading to Macau to enjoy its culture, historical landmarks and local cuisine.
As you can imagine, most tourists are from mainland China. But you also find a lot of American and European travellers there as well.
So, all in all, with a combination of Chinese and European influences, Macau is a melting pot of culture and lifestyle. And people are drawn to this lavish and nuanced setting.
Macau luxury hot spots
If it’s a 5-star experience you want, then Macau’s got you covered! Some of the lux spots you can visit on a trip to Macau include:
Inspired by Las Vegas’ strip, Cotai is a big, bold and beautiful playground for adults. And the streets are lined with some of the most opulent casinos in the world.
Of these, The Venetian is a must-see. As the largest casino in Asia, this mammoth site offers hundreds of tables for players to try their hand at blackjack, roulette and slots. As well as many other popular casino games.
Of course, these days an increasing number of players are choosing to play at online casino sites instead of their brick and mortar counterparts. But tourists still flock to play games in some of the world’s most beautiful casino complexes. So, for land-based gambling fun, Macau is the place to be.
Once a haven for pirates, Coloane is the southernmost island in Macau. Although considered more underdeveloped than other parts of Macau, Coloane offers travellers a unique experience.
Enjoy stunning beaches, hikes and incredible scenery. Or, for a touch of sophistication, why not take his trip to the island’s exclusive golf club? This mix of rugged nature and high-end sophistication make Coloane Island an absolute must for Macau visitors.
Macau Tower and Fisherman’s Walk
If you love nothing more than a bit of retail therapy, then take a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf. Here you can enjoy theme park adventure rides. As well as high-end fashion boutiques.
Alternatively, you can also head to the Macau Tower. Which stands at a whopping 338m from ground level. Here you’ll find an observation deck, where you get 360-degree views of Macau. As well as restaurants, bars, theatres, more shopping and the Skywalk X. Which is a walking tour around the outside of the tower itself.
It’s fair to say that Macau definitely ticks all our boxes when it comes to a luxury holiday. From beaches and golf courses, to the casinos and high-end fashion, Macau is a one-stop shop for all things elegant, sophisticated and luxurious.