Friday, January 9, 2015

Macau: The Banyan Tree Hotel

When my sister and I were younger, our parents took us to Macau quite frequently for short weekend trips. Being just an hour away by ferry made it an easy destination. We used to always stay at the Westin, and loved the pool and kids activities offered there. Macau has since changed so much in recent years, becoming a gambling destination. Luxury hotels are popping up everywhere, and there are a lot to choose from. As much as we enjoyed the decor and service at the Wynn on our last few trips, my dad wanted to try something new, so he booked suites (the hotel offers suites and villas) for us at the Banyan Tree.

Overall I loved the suite for its size, the fact that there was a relaxation pool in the room, and the Japanese toilet has a heated seat and plenty of options for cleaning your tush.
The pools were terrific, and there were three different jacuzzis. That was great as well.
The only downside was that the dining room that serves breakfast has no windows, which makes it a little uncomfortable, and unfortunately the food was not great either. The best thing about the whole breakfast buffet was the fresh guava juice. That just meant we had to go for a second brunch afterwards!

The Asian chain of Banyan Tree hotels is known for its zen, oriental decor. Although the water in the lobby was a nice touch, in general the design felt cold and generic. There was nothing very interesting or unique about it. 

Where we sat and waited while my dad checked in. The check in process took over 20 minutes even though we were the only ones there.

Twin Suite
I always forget that Asian hotels are not like the US, where rooms with double beds are always either full sized or queen. The beds are really soft. I ended up sleeping on the lounge bed next to the relaxation pool. 

Beautiful spacious bathroom with a soaking tub, Japanese toilet, double sinks, and double shower. Yes, double shower.

Nice tub, but it would take a very long time to fill up, and there's no way to sit comfortably in it.

Huge shower with double rain shower heads

Relaxation pool
This is kept full, and all you have to do is turn on the water if you want to adjust the temperature. Really nice to have right in the room!

Loved this swimming pool. The lounge chairs were really comfortable. Cabanas are also available for rent.

View of the hotel.

One of the three jacuzzis. This one is the largest, and was perfect for the 5 of us.

Wave Pool
The pool complete with sand and automated waves! Warning though, this pool is not heated.

Breakfast buffet is served here, and for all other meals it operates as a Thai restaurant. The buffet was disappointing, but the juice bar was great!

Galaxy Macau Resort (The hotel is connected to the Galaxy)
Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus
Cotai, Macau, China
(853) 8883-8833

Approximately US$700 per night. 

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