In Southeast Asia’s gaming mecca of Macau, on the shores of south China, the Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central opened its first tower in September 2012. The second and final tower opened in January, making it the newest and largest hotel in Macau and the largest in Starwood’s portfolio, with 3,896 rooms and over 150,000 sf of meeting space.
Past meets future is the theme of the Sheraton Macao’s fabulous lobby. The modern Asian design is highlighted by a large wood ceiling sculpture and lighting fixture, white marble flooring and a complement of front desks in gleaming dark wood and navy blues.
Guest rooms epitomize the new vision of Sheraton—contemporary yet comfortable and relaxed—designed so meeting attendees can stay sharp and focused.
“Our hotel has been designed specifically with destination and business travelers in mind,” says Ruth Boston, general manager of sales/marketing. “The design was inspired by the fabled Silk Road which crossed Asia, connecting cultures and linking ancient civilizations. The influences of China, India, Indonesia and other cultures are reflected in the architecture of the towers as well as the hotel’s interiors and guest rooms.”
The two gleaming towers—Sky and Earth—are connected by the meeting space and multi-room Club Lounge, ideal for intimate events. The towers also overlook the fabulous and glittery Cotai Strip with its upscale casinos, designer boutiques and live shows, including the Shoppes mega-mall with 600 retail stores.
A popular group attraction is right next door at the colorful City of Dreams. It features the world’s largest water-based show, “The House of Dancing Water” from Las Vegas director Franco Dragone, which includes stunning aerial arts, water acrobatics and motorbike stunts.
Another activity for groups are half-day city tours of the historic center of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage site notable for its unique and historic mixture of eastern and western influences from the era of Portuguese colonization. “Key attractions include the ancient A-Ma Temple, the 300 year-old St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and the ruins of St. Paul, one of Macau’s most iconic landmarks,” says Boston.
Despite the hotel’s luxury offerings, affordable options are available for groups of all sizes.
“I would say the overall pricing in Macau is more flexible, by virtue of new properties and new inventory,” says Boston. “Moreover, with almost 4,000 rooms at Sheraton Macao Hotel, we will be flexible with our rates.”