Holidays for Couples Holidays for Couples Apr-Sep 2017 - Page 128

escapes // macao a perfect love story M ACAO For the most romantic memories, celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary in Macao TO DO A DEUX Don’t-miss things to see and do in Macao Studio City Macau Let romance soar to new heights with a slow spin on the highest figure-eight ferris wheel in the world, with sweeping views over Cotai and Macao’s outer islands. The St. Regis Macao Indulge, relax and unwind with a signature his & hers treatment at The Iridium Spa. This inviting retreat is Macao’s highest spa, offering breathtaking views over Cotai. W hen I first came to Macao with my husband on our honeymoon, I instantly fell in love with it. Despite the excitement of this destination, an immediate calm came over me, together with a feeling that I belonged here. It was our first time on a holiday outside of Australia and we arrived in Asia (on our way to Hong Kong) with a perception and understanding based purely on what we’d been told by other travellers. I certainly didn’t expect that 35 years later we would still be visiting this ever-changing destination that’s as beautiful today as it was when we first arrived. In bygone days Portuguese traders established Macao as a gateway to the Orient, and it’s the harmonious marriage of two very different cultures – Chinese and Portuguese – that’s the true heart and soul of Macao. Today, Macao is a living museum that continues to charm the world with its East-meets-West features and unique blend of traditions. It’s a fascinating place where the old meets the new, and where recent contemporary additions complement the peninsula’s historic legacies: from centuries- old architecture to world-class new hotels and resorts. And then, of course, there’s the mind-blowing local cuisine. We’ve returned year after year, visiting the sites, and watching as extraordinary new hotels and resorts open (and existing ones continue to grow). We’ve stayed in their beautiful rooms, experienced exc