24-hour guide to Macau
We began our trip to Macau at the helicopter terminal in Central, Hong Kong, and with only one day to explore the former Portuguese colony, we chose the fastest form of transport available. The Sky Shuttle service is as stylish as it is convenient. We were completely taken care of from take-off to landing. Starting in the business lounge, we sampled from the delicious continental breakfast while the staff checked our passports, tickets and loaded our luggage. The walk-out to the helicopter pad for the first time is quite exciting and, I have to admit, I felt like quite the celebrity. Within minutes we were in the air and after just 15 minutes of flight across the Pearl River estuary, we landed in Macau at 9.15 a.m.
From there we took the complimentary coach to Wynn hotel for some retail therapy before making our way to One Central Macau, squeezing in a few more boutiques before we changing location.
Time to digest some lunch and history, we took a taxi to the other side of the island. Most of Macau’s best Portuguese sights are situated around the Largo de Senado, Highlights included the Ruins of St. Paul’s church at the end of Rua da Palha and nearby Mount Fortress, also impressive. Lining the alleys you will find a mix of Cantonese, Macanese and Portuguese restaurants, most are great value for money.
It was then time to head to the second island, best reached by taxi. Here we were booked in to see ‘The House of Dancing Water.’ The show is staged in a purpose-built theatre with a stage pool and is unlike anything you have seen or will ever see so book ahead!
We then took a stroll to the Grand Hyatt for dinner at Mezza9. We were seated on the gorgeous outdoor terrace, perfect for the warmer months. The menu is international, but as I always try to choose something original and unique to my location, I ordered the Macanese roasted pork chop with red pepper paste, baby potato and bacon, and wasn’t disappointed. Their selection of red wine kept us there until around 11 p.m. After hearing about the recently opened Cubic Club, we decided to go out with a bang. We took their exclusive elevator up (on the left of the Hard Rock Hotel) and walked into a space of surrealism, and if the hour we left is anything to go by, expect a great night!
Before taking the Sky Shuttle back in the morning, we swung by the Koi Kei bakery in Rua de S. Paulo, having read so much about it, to try one of their famous Portuguese egg rolls (amongst other delicious pastries). Having the last chance to admire the sights out the taxi window as I devoured my breakfast was the perfect end to our 24 hours in Macau.
Find out more about Sky Shuttle services at www.skyshuttlehk.com
Book the show at www.thehouseofdancingwater.com or Tel. +853 8868 6688
Wynn Shopping Centre, Rua Cidade de Sintra, NAPE, Macau, Tel. +853 2888 9966
One Central Macau, Avenida de Sagres and Avenida do Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Nape, Macau, Tel. +853 2822 9838
Grand Hyatt Macau, City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, Tel. +853 8868 1234
Cubic Club, The Boulevard, City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, Tel. +853 6638 4999
Koi Kei Bakery, 24A Rua de S. Paulo, Heng Va, Macau, Tel. +853 2835 8515
By Vincent Murphy & Adriana Monteverde