Macau is one of those territories that defies description under one
name. It actually consists of a peninsula bordering mainland China
and two separate islands, connected by a causeway and soaring
bridges. The official name for the peninsula plus the islands,
Taipa and Coloane, is Macau SAR (Special Administrative Region of
the People’s Republic of China).
Because of its ideal location, jutting into the South China Sea,
and its former status as a Portuguese possession, Macau was once a
major stop for trade between Europe and the Far East. Traces of
that heritage remain today among tall modern buildings and
landscaped boulevards. But the big attraction now is dozens of new
casino hotels, rising skyward at a rapid rate that is barely
keeping pace with the sharp increase in visitors.
The Westin Resort Macau continues to make its own name on the
island of Coloane, offering a serene setting far removed from the
bustle of Macau city, but easily accessible by free hotel shuttle
running every half-hour to Macau Ferry Terminal. No casinos are
allowed on Coloane, which suits The Westin’s profile, which is to
keep the property focused on its more nature-oriented surroundings.
The enviable location for both the leisure and meetings markets
features a beach on one side, Macau Golf and Country Club on the
other and the airport 10 minutes away.
“We’ve been here 14 years,” said general manager Humayoon ‘Tom’
Shaikhzadeh. “We don’t compete with the casino business, but are
sold as a destination within a destination. Our quality product and
attentive service have built a level of confidence and trust that
accounts for our high percentage of repeat meeting and leisure
Luxury Amenities The property is distinguished
by its step-style indented rise, providing 208 guestrooms with
spacious balconies that are outdoor rooms in their own right. All
amenities expected at a top-tier hotel are present, including
broadband Internet connections, daily newspaper service and in-room
movies. Then, of course, there’s the signature Westin Heavenly Bed
to enhance the comfort experience.
A Service Express button on the phone offers answers to guest
requests round the clock. Interconnecting, non-smoking,
mobility-challenged, and Westin Workout rooms are available, and a
business center is open 24 hours. Dining is limited to an expansive
ground-floor indoor/outdoor restaurant, a lobby lounge, the pool
sandwich bar and a more formal Chinese restaurant on an upper
floor. Several gardens join 12 breakout rooms on the mezzanine,
where meeting attendees often enjoy catered events.
Public areas are roomy, and there’s never a crowded feeling.
Activities include a fitness center, massage spa, indoor heated
pool with steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi, outdoor garden pools,
children’s play park, bike rentals and maps for hiking trails in
nearby Coloane National Park. There is even a driving range where
golfers sail balls right into the sea.
Westin Resort Macau
Agents can book Singapore Airlines from New York and the West
Coast, transferring to subsidiary Tiger Airways. Eva Airlines flies
from the West Coast via Taipei.
From Hong Kong visitors connect by helicopter (approximately $170
one way) or by TurboJet Sea Express from the airport or Hong Kong
Central (about $35). Be sure to make specific shuttle arrangements
with the hotel regarding meeting clients at the extremely busy