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Only In Macau…

August 08, 2013
LUXE Itinerary: Macau

High on any list of Hong Kong must-dos is a day trip to Macau. With its sleepy fishing villages, frenetic casinos and genteelly crumbling Portuguese colonial architecture, this neighbouring enclave offers an entirely different pace and urbanscape to the city. Make an early start at the Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan with either the TurboJet catamaran leaving every 15 minutes or the Sky Shuttle helicopter to arrive in high-flying style.

Start the trip with a cab ride to idyllic Coloane where the original Lord Stow’s Bakery has been making divinely creamy egg tarts for 25 years, and around the corner for a long and lazy lunch is Fernando’s expansive beach house with leafy gardens and Portuguese fare including excellent crispy pork.

Back you go now along the Cotai Strip past the towering casinos and into Macau’s historical centre, where antique treasures are to be unearthed at the Old House Gallery or Tong Yuk Tong’s ancestral print shop, before heading up the steps to the iconic ruins of São Paulo. The HK$2billion House of Dancing Water show offers spectacular evening entertainment from 5 or 8pm, and 3 Michelin star French dining with a twinkling harbour view awaits at Robuchon Au Dôme.

Or, for a more relaxed end to the day, Albergue 1601 is tucked away in an enchanting colonial courtyard and serves authentic Portuguese plates. Boas-vindas!

TurboJet (+852 2859 3333) or Sky Shuttle (+852 2108 9898) / Shun Tak Centre,168-200 Connaught Rd Central, Sheung Wan
Lord Stow’s Bakery / Downtown Coloane / +853 2888 2534
Fernando’s / 9 Praia de Hac Sa / +853 2888 2531
Old House Gallery / 19A Rua de São Paulo / +853 2835 8797
Tong Yuk Tong / 2 Rua de Santo António / +853 2836 5929
House of Dancing Water / City Of Dreams / http://www.thehouseofdancingwater.com
Robuchon Au Dôme / 43/F Grand Lisboa / +853 8803 7878 / http://www.grandlisboa.com
Albergue 1601 / 8 Calçada da Igreja de S. Lázaro / +853 2836 1601 / http://www.albergue1601.com
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