The newest and largest Sheraton in the world, Sheraton Macao has a design that appeals to both business and leisure travellers.
With its 75 year record of providing luxury hospitality services to travellers all over the world, the Sheraton brand from the Starwood Hotels group is a name that commands instant respect. It was quite fitting, then, that the platinum anniversary of the brand was celebrated with the launch of the Sheraton Macao – a massive, tastefully done up, bright new star in their kitty.
The largest hotel in Starwood’s global portfolio, Sheraton Macau is not just another hotel on the already well occupied Cotai Strip, a small gambling paradise in Macau China. It is also the largest hotel in Macau, with almost 3,800 rooms divided into two towers – Sky and Earth. It is a place one can get lost in!
The whole scale of the hotel and the uniformity in the design language leaves one astonished. A common theme – a wash of browns and crèmes with red highlights can be noticed if you look carefully, but that could just be a coincidence since the hotel employed not one but a panel of architects and designers for the grand hotel.
The lobby of the hotel is a fairly simple space made grand by its dimensions. Designed for quick check ins and check outs, it is devoid of a waiting lobby, an omission which is compensated for with the Palms lounge in the atrium.
To say that the Sheraton is a big hotel would be an understatement; it has almost 4,000 keys, extraordinarily large banquets (the main one is as big as 11 basket ball courts) and more than 160,000 sq ft of meeting space. It is also designed as a MICE venue with a décor that appeals to the business class, and rooms designed to cater to their needs.
The deluxe rooms’ distinctive design incorporates warm red hues and plush carpeting. Guests can enjoy stunning views of either the Cotai Strip or the hotel’s picturesque pools and the city. Executive suites are expressly designed with business guests in mind. Throughout the suites, dark wood accents and stylish details — like ivory or red vases — add to the elegance.
Ambassador Suites feature custom artwork, sophisticated dark wood, a plush patterned sofa and chairs, 47-inch flat screen TV, a media room and sweeping views. The luxurious presidential suites offer a spacious living room, a massage treatment room and a round dining table that doubles up as a meeting table.
The Sky Tower and the hotel’s food and beverage outlets – Bene, Xing and Feast, which opened to the public this September, were greeted with delight by both food and design lovers.
Bene, the signature Italian restaurant of Sheraton, exudes warmth with its ramp like entrance, stylish brick walls, dark wood coloured flooring and crystal chandeliers. The dark wood tones that dominate the restaurant are beautifully offset by the crème window furnishings that filter the light that comes in.
Xin, the Asian seafood restaurant, uses lighter wood tones and more contemporary chandeliers. Deeper into the restaurant, one encounters marble flooring, chequered ceiling, onyx lights and a live counter with displays of fresh sea food.
Besides these, the Sheraton offers Palms, the Pacific-themed sanctuary flooded with natural light and lush tropical plants as the ideal refuge from the gambling gush, while Feast, the 24-hour coffee shop of the hotel has a design showcasing international flavours. The hotel also offers another destination to unwind near their Sala pool with private cabanas and a fantastic bar.
With a distinct identity of its own, yet beautifully blending into the Sheraton brand with its classy interiors and architecture, the Sheraton hotel in Macau is another feather in Starwood’s already full hat!
Text: Sumisha Arora
Cotai Strip Taipa, Macau,
Tel: (853) 2880 2000
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