Putting on the Ritz in Macao

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Macao’s newest house of slumber, The Londoner Hotel, brings a touch of British sophistication to the Vegas of the East.

So you might have heard that there were big things happening in Macao. While the rest of the region has been clamped down with the Covid-19 pandemic, in Macao, work has continued on the US$2 billion reinvention of Sands Cotai Central, an integrated resort that includes the Conrad Macao, sprawling Sheraton Grand Macao, and the luxurious The St. Regis Macao.

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Now, the first phase of this reinvention – all of which falls under the banner of The Londoner Macao – has opened with the arrival of The Londoner Hotel, a 600-suite urban retreat styled in part by footballer and British gentleman David Beckham. If you’re planning a weekend at the tables and a few world-class meals once the pandemic is over, this is where you should be headed.

Macao's newest house of slumber, The Londoner Hotel, brings a touch of British sophistication to the Vegas of the East.

The expansive suites of The Londoner Hotel, which range from the 75sqm Louis and Victoria suites to the 113sqm Windsor Suites, are just what the doctor ordered for a post-lockdown escape. Each Steve Leung Design Group-designed space features elegant furnishings including leather chesterfield sofas and lively artwork. There are also spacious bathrooms with Victorian-styled bathtubs (the era, not the wife) and Aromatherapy Associates amenities.

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If you’re a diehard fan of the famed footballer, you might want to stay in one of 14 exclusive Suites by David Beckham, which were created in a collaboration between the midfielder and London interior design firm David Collins Studio, and which will launch later in the year. Ranging from 113-298sqm a piece, these decadent spaces present punters with the best of contemporary British luxury as well as Beckham’s own signature style.

Macao's newest house of slumber, The Londoner Hotel, brings a touch of British sophistication to the Vegas of the East.

Be sure to leave plenty of time to visit The Residence, The Londoner Hotel’s 1,100sqm exclusive club, which features lines by Hong Kong’s Alan Chan Design Company, and a series of rooms inspired by classic London houses and the homes of British celebrities and famous figures. There’s The Green Room, inspired by the musicals of famous British composers; and The Lounge, a vibrant art gallery-themed room inspired by London’s contemporary art scene.

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You’ll likely want to make a beeline to The Bar, which takes its cues from famous British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill and includes a rather decadent billiard room and outdoor terrace.

You’ll also be able to dine well at The Londoner Macao, with new restaurants including North Palace, serving northern Chinese cuisine of Shandong, Beijing and Inner Mongolia and home to a dramatic open fire pit and signature roasted whole Mongolian lamb; Churchill’s Table, inspired by a classic Victorian food hall; and The Mews, an authentic converted mews house bar with an unique farrier-themed environment and extensive drinks menu.

Macao's newest house of slumber, The Londoner Hotel, brings a touch of British sophistication to the Vegas of the East.

In addition, there will be the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, an authentic British gastropub serving an array of draught beers, cocktails and classic British cuisine; and the recently-opened The St. Regis Bar, home to elegant afternoon tea services and classic cocktails.

And you thought Macao was just gambling and late night ferry runs.

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