Living Large: Raffles At Galaxy Macau – Review

By Lauren Ho

2 weeks ago

Raffles boosts luxury at Galaxy Macau to new levels


By far the most luxurious offering at Galaxy Macau’s soon-to-be nine hotels, Raffles at Galaxy Macau takes extravagance to another level, says Lauren Ho.

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Review: Raffles at Galaxy Macau

Infinity pool at Raffles at Galaxy Macau

STAY

Housed within a lavish gold tower, Raffles at Galaxy Macau is an all-suite property, with 450 accommodation offerings that range from the sprawling top floor Presidential Suite to the Deluxe Suite. But size is of no importance at this hotel, with each room offering a dedicated VIP butler service, private in-room check in and check out, 24-hour in-room dining, complimentary minibars, alongside floor-to-ceiling panoramic views over the iconic sites of Old Taipa, Cotai or Hengqin, China.

It’s the small details too, that really set it apart, such as personally embroidered pillow cases and bathrobes and the pillow menu that is presented like a box of chocolates with mini versions of the pillows to feel. Plump for the Signature Pool Suite, where you can spend lazy days wallowing in your own private heated pool and Jacuzzi.

Panoramic Suite

Panoramic Suite

DO

It’s difficult to comprehend the enormity of Galaxy Macau until you have actually been. A resort destination – that adds to Macau’s reputation as ‘The Vegas of China’ – the complex comprises a collection of golden buildings (with gold-leaf cupolas that project a laser show every 15 minutes) and extends over 1.1 million square metres to include nine hotels and a sprawling casino. For those who can tear themselves away from the games tables and slot machines, there are luxury shops with over 200 brands, numerous restaurants, and the sprawling 75,000 square-metre Grand Resort Deck with the world’s largest Skytop Adventure Rapids, and the largest Skytop wave pool with a 150-metre white sand beach. 

Of course, for those looking for a bit of culture, Macau was a Portuguese Colony for over 300 years and the city’s Historic Centre, a UNESCO Heritage site, is a fascinating blend of Chinese temples, colonial buildings, churches, and a melting pot of food that can range from Chinese dim sum and Portuguese egg tarts to Macanese minchi, which is a minced meat potato hash.

The lobby

Lobby

EAT

From Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant, to Saffron which serves contemporary Thai fare, there are around 60 dining destinations in the Galaxy Macau complex – so it makes sense that Raffles only has one restaurant. Alongside incredible artwork, which can be found throughout the hotel, taking centre stage in the resplendent lobby, the Raffles Lounge &  Terrace is dominated by a large handcrafted crystal chandelier, which sits suspended over an oval bar. From here, drinks like the Raffles signature Singapore Sling and an extensive wine list are served together with an all-day menu with soups, salads, caviar and oysters. This is where breakfast is served too, alongside daily Afternoon Tea, where delicious cakes and deserts are offered tableside from a trolley, all served against a soundtrack of live classical music.

The Lounge at Raffles

The Lounge & Terrace

THE FINAL WORD

Raffles at Galaxy Macau is a place of pure indulgence, where extravagance is served at its best – a place where people go to let their hair down. As they say: what happens at Galaxy Macau, stays at Galaxy Macau.

BOOK IT

Bookings and prices available on request. galaxymacau.com

Lauren was working in Macau when this review was conducted.