Hoping to watch the weekend gamblers at their best, we checked out the Saturday scene at The Sands, the Hotel Lisboa, and of course, at the Wynn. Modeled closely on the Vegas property, the Wynn Macau sits pretty on a roundabout looking toward the harbor and the Macau Tower. There's the ubiquitous Vegas performing fountains, except that this is the only one in Macau and therefore attracts tourists and their flashbulbs all throughout the day.
Although we didn't visit a room, we did wander around enough of the property to say that the name of the game is uber-luxury; with nightly room rates clocking in at between $230-$350 for a standard room with none of the stellar views, it better be ballin. It seems that, despite the economy, people are still biting; saturday night stays for the next few months are completely booked up, as are the window tables in the hotel's fancy restaurant, Il Teatro.
Speaking of said fancy restaurant, we traded the pachinko for prawns and settled in for a second-row booth at Il Teatro, overlooking the fountains. The "early dining" special is highly recommended, as we got three courses for the price of one regular dish (with cocktails, coffee, the service charge, and bottled water added, the total for two was just over $100). It may have been our most indulgent meal of the entire trip, but it afforded us access to the empty outdoor balcony for a VIP view of the fountains, which is where we shot the above video.
Should you wish to escape the usual Vegas scene and are game to experience a true fusion vacation, do aim for those extra passport stamps with a Macau daytrip. Getting there is simple: Purchase your tickets and board the Turbojet ferry at the HK-Macau ferry terminal at the Sheung Wan subway stop on Hong Kong Island. Next thing you know, you're in Macau and in a free transfer van from the port to the hotel. Or walk it like we did, which is the only way to snack on Portuguese goodies and get a literal taste of the old, versus the new, Macau.
For more photos of our visit to the Wynn Macau, check out the Flickr set.