Macau night lights
hampagne hour at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel bar in Macau starts at 20:00. In other words, that’s when the fun begins. Order a bottle and get a discount on each additional oyster from the kitchen. It’s an offer succulently in tune with the glamorous setting. And if the champagne isn’t seductive enough, there’s always the signature gin and tonic menu.
The Macau night has many faces. The Ritz-Carlton is perhaps the most sophisticated, but there are options for all audiences, including the very young. The Ritz itself has a family package, the Night Safari Adventure, which includes camping in your own room. The light-and-water show on the esplanade of the Wynn Palace will enthrall kids and adults alike, especially if viewed from the cable car that runs over the lake.
The shows in Macau are pure magic. Like the one conceived by American illusionist Franz Harary at The House of Magic at Studio City. For near-impossible acrobatics, you have two incredible choices: The Monkey King at the Sands Cotai Theatre and The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams.
If heights get your juices flowing, dinner at Sky 21 is the closest you can get to the Macau sky. Like a floating oasis, the restaurant offers stunning views of Taipa Island and Nam Van Lake until dawn, all accompanied by music and a seafood-inspired menu. Those looking for a real adrenaline rush will find several options at the Macau Tower, not least the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at 233 metres high. Leaping into the void against a backdrop of the city lights is a once-in-a-lifetime thrill.
The night vibes continue with Macao shows like Viva La Broadway, where live performers astound spectators with breath-taking visual effects and stunning surprises. The stage of the Broadway Theatre becomes the French Moulin Rouge with a burlesque show worthy of the famous Paris cabaret. A slick set change and the audience is wowed by high-speed choreographies and pirouettes (on skates, no less) before the stunning finale by Italian performer Donatella Colucci, who transforms into Lasergirl in a light and laser extravaganza.
After the show, the entertainment lounge of the Galaxy Macau, China Rouge, is the perfect place to chill. It is designed as a tribute to old Shanghai in subtle pools of light and seductive shades of red. The live music creates a relaxing ambience, enhanced by exquisite cocktails and boutique wines. Along the same lines, 38 Lounge attracts a stylish clientele to the Altira Macau. Located in the heart of Taipa Island, the outdoor terrace has incomparable views of the Macao Peninsula.
For premier clubbing until the wee hours, nothing beats Pachá Macau. The world-famous brand is the largest nightclub in the region. Another superb venue is Club Cubic at the City of Dreams complex, with almost 3,000 square metres of entertainment and dance space, including five VIP rooms and a Gothic-style bar.
And for high (as well as low) rollers, the casinos. Still known as the Asian Las Vegas, Macau has long outdone its American namesake, at least in terms of revenue. If Lady Luck smiles on you at the roulette table, why not indulge in a night at The Ritz Carlton, with lashings of champagne and oysters to celebrate.