The Venetian Macau is one of Macau best known landmarks, and while many people know it accommodates the world’s most sizable casino, less than a few are aware it also has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, dining and entertainment…
This article will take you on a short tour through Venetian Macau, showing you what is there to see and do.
1) A few facts and figures you might want to know…
Owned by Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands corporation, the colossal Venetian Macau spans across an area of almost one million square meters (more than ten million square foot) and occupies the largest single structure hotel building in Asia and the fifth-largest building in the world, by area.
The largest casino on earth, which is the main reason why people come here, is modeled after its sister casino in Vegas and boasts more than half a million square foot of gambling space, as well as 3,400 slot machines and almost a thousand gaming tables.
The investment in this enormous casino-resort came to almost two and a half billion dollars.
2) The main attractions
The casino is, obviously, the Venetian’s main draw… Consisting of four gaming halls, namely Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon and Phoenix, this mighty gambling shrine is open 24/7 and overshadows anything in Vegas, or elsewhere.
Next in line is “The Grand Canal Shoppes” – The biggest and swankiest shopping mall in the region, with more than three hundred stylish shops, selling mainly international brand names, and some superb restaurants and cafés, like Fogo Samba (Brazilian churrascaria), McSorley’s Ale House, Morton’s of Chicago (one of the world’s most reputable chains of steakhouse restaurants), Edo Japanese Restaurant and, of course, Imperial House Dim Sum and Red Dragon Noodles, where you can indulge on a variety of fresh dim-sums, or noodle specialties, 24 hours a day.
As its name suggests, the Grand Canal Shoppes is designed like the city of Venice, in northern Italy, with cobblestone walkways, Venetian houses and even Gondola rides, on the mall’s three manmade canals…
Quite expectedly, the Venetian Macau is not short of entertainment too… Bellini Lounge, on the casino floor, features live music nightly and is open until 4am, while the Diplomat Lounge, in the Plaza Casino at The Four Seasons Hotel Macao, is open 24 hours a day but focuses, mainly, on Chinese style entertainment.
The main entertainment attraction, however, is ZAIA, which is one of the best permanent shows in Macau. Performed by Cirque du Soleil – An internationally known group from Canada, this nightly staged spectacle integrates dance, movement and aerial acrobatics and is well worth watching.
Whether you are visiting Macau for a few days, or whether you are here for only a day trip, spending a few hours at the Venetian Macau is something you should do. What’s more, there are overnight ferries from the nearby Taipa Ferry Terminal, so getting back to your hotel in Hong Kong before dawn is really a piece of cake.
To know more about Macau’s attractions and sightseeing spots, including full details and suggested day trip itineraries, visit Macau Attractions and Sightseeing Guide, where a special section is wholly dedicated to The Venetian Macau.
Roni Shwartz is a certified travel consultant and an expert to the cities of Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. He writes for Metropolasia.com: The ultimate online-guide for travel, dining and lifestyle in the metropolitan cities of East Asia.
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