Greetings from Macau!! This city being known as the Las Vegas of Asia, I thought I was only going to see casinos and luxurious hotels- I did see those, but I saw a whole lot more interesting places, performances and shows too. Let me take you through my first ever Macau travel diary. I got invited by Melco Crown Entertainment (handled by PR agency FleishmanHillard) so I can see and experience City of Dreams’ amazing hotels and fine dining restaurants, how fascinating their shopping selections, how unexplainably delicious their dishes are, and most importantly, how unique and incredible their shows are. Why? Because City of Dreams Manila is opening very soon! Yes, you heard me right! We can all experience it here in our own city. I heard it’s going to be as luxurious and as entertaining.
We all stayed at Hard Rock Hotel (one of the three hotels inside City of Dreams Macau) and I had a room all to myself. Woot! The other hotels are Crown Towers and Grand Hyatt. I’m glad we stayed at Hard Rock Hotel because it’s all about the rock n’ roll lifestyle here. They have a guitar-shaped swimming pool and you can use their music instruments like fender guitars for free! How cool is that? Really sad I only spent two days in Macau but it’s still worth it.
First agenda after we freshened up: Watch Dragon’s Treasure. It’s a dome-shaped theatre (called The Bubble) specially built for the show and you can watch the entire show on the ceiling and walls of The Bubble. You’ll really feel like you’re under the ocean while watching! I also heard it’s the biggest special effects projection dome in the world! I feel so honoured being able to get inside this dome and watch the show!
They took us to a totally immersive 360 degrees multimedia journey and I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’s about the mysterious powers of the Dragon Pearl and the magical kingdoms. It was so fun looking left and right, then looking up then twirling around and around just to follow the dragon. It was so entertaining. If I enjoyed it so much, I wonder how the kids’ reactions are!
Tickets are MOP50 (P274) for adults, MOP30 (P164) for Macau residents and MOP25 (137) for kids until 12 years old and it runs every 30 minutes from 12nn-8pm everyday. Oh, and I forgot to mention, City of Dreams Macau hotel guests who present their hotel room card gets free tickets too! Each room gets four free tickets (2 adults and 2 kids)!
There are so many cool spots and decorations inside their mall. I found this particular one very eye-catching. The colored lights got me!
Moving on to my favourite part of the day: Eating time!! Dinner time, to be exact. We ate at Mezza 9 located inside Grand Hyatt Hotel and it was probably one of the best meals in my life- not kidding. It’s one of the top restaurants in Macau and offer guests a distinctive dining experience. I love their wine cellar.
Mezza 9’s interior is picture perfect! You won’t see even an area where it’s cluttered or unclean.
Their menu offers a multifaceted food selection so everyone can appreciate their food. They designed a menu that incorporates different dining experiences in one location.
I heard they even have a theatrical show kitchen! Here you can see the chefs preparing everyone’s dishes already.
For starters, we had the Mezza 9 antipasto followed by Seafood on Ice: lobster, tiger prawns, black mussels and alaskan snow crab leg. Yes, I tried everything and still had room for the main course! Did I mention we also had unlimited red and white wine the entire night? Talk about a wonderful dining experience!
Dessert is usually my favourite part of the meal, but for this particular one- it’s this platter: Charcoal grilled mixed meat. South victorian black and angus sirloin, australian lamb loin, US hanging tender and the chi’s choice all in one platter. WOW. I can’t even explain how everyone went wild after tasting it. It was cooked medium so all the meat were so juicy and tender. I’m getting hungry just by making this post!
They served us two giant dessert platters on the table! We had fruits, ice cream, creme brûlée, tiramisu and a lot more! Nom nom nom! This meal made me the fullest girl alive for a second! Hahaha.
Pastel coloured sky = Love. The pool side of Grand Hyatt Hotel is so nice! It features a 40-meter outdoor pool and centred around the pool is the pool deck area which offers a stylish water lounge plus they have eight private VIP cabanas if you want a some R&R.
After dinner, we were able to catch a live dance mob inside the mall. It was so entertaining because one by one, people would just enter the stage and dance. And they were in character too so you won’t know if it’s really a dancer or just a random guy passing by.
We were a bit late but I think it started with someone plugging this speaker then when the music started playing, people started dancing!
Can you do this? I certainly can’t!
Can you spot the guys behind the girls? That’s not a bell boy, he’s also part of the dance! Cool right? My night’s not even finished yet, we still have one more show to watch but that will be part of my next blog post.
I had such an amazing time at City of Dreams Macau! I hope you guys liked this post- it’s to give you guys a taste of what City of Dreams Manila will be like- and this is just 1/3 of my Macau travel post. Stay tuned for my next post! BMS.