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Macau's coolest hotel gimmicks
From Michael Jackson's chamber to a Kung Fu Panda-themed room, there's more to Macau hotels than well-lit casino floors
Macau hotels are outdoing themselves to prove they're not just convenient places for gamblers to crash after a binge.
Below are some Macau hotel gimmicks quirky enough to soften the crush of big losses at the tables.
Michael Jackson-themed chamber escape game
The Ponte 16 casino-resort not only has a gallery dedicated to more than 40 pieces of Michael Jackson memorabilia, it recently launched a chamber escape game with a horror theme reminiscent of the King of Pop’s “Thriller” video.
The game features two chambers, dubbed Death Valley and Murder of Dance, in which you'll have to unlock the doors to return to freedom by solving the various riddles in elaborately decked out rooms.
Afterward, you can commemorate a mission accomplished with a photo session, stepping into a pair of shoes that'll help you achieve MJ’s signature 45-degree lean.
MJ Gallery at Ponte 16, 2/F, Ponte 16 Resort Macau; +853 8861 6560
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Bedside spa pools
Because the need for relaxation could arise at any hour, the Banyan Tree Macau has put the spa in your room -- right next to your bed, to be exact.
These suites are sweet on serious spa addicts, with personal relaxation pools located between the comfy beds and expansive windows framing views of Cotai.
In addition to the suites, Banyan Tree Macau has 10 villas with individual private outdoor pools for swimming.
Banyan Tree Macau, Galaxy Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai; +853 8883 8833; from MOP2,588 ($317) per night
"Why go to the beach, when we can bring the beach to you?"
This was likely Galaxy Macau’s motivation for building a 52,000-square-meter beach right in the middle of the gaming capital’s concrete jungle.
Covered in fine white sand, the space is complete with Ibiza-worthy lounge chairs and service, with waves as high as 1.5 meters lapping at its artificial shoreline.
Come for the Baccarat, stay for the sunbathing.
Galaxy Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai; +853 2888 0888
Kung Fu Panda rooms
The Sheraton Macao Hotel proves a vacation in the gambling city doesn't have to be off-limits for kids.
The DreamWorks Experience Package turns the hotel into a theme park for little ones.
Special family suites are decorated with images from DreamWorks movies, including "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda," and "Madagascar."
A “Shrekfast” ensures kids start the day off right with a hearty meal and their favorite characters, such as Shrek and Puss in Boots, Alex the lion and his penguin friends.
Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, Estrada do Istmo, Macau; +853 2880 2000
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The MGM goes high-brow with a newly launched 8,000-square-feet “Art Space.”
The event space primarily hosts art exhibitions; its inaugural show opening in December 2013 featured a beautiful piece of Renaissance art: Botticelli’s “Venus” (circa 1482).
The depiction of the goddess of love and fertility was a precursor to the master’s most famous work, “The Birth of Venus,” and has come all the way from Turin’s Galleria Sabauda.
MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau; +853 8802 8888
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Tea ceremony spherical room
The Okura’s Yamazato restaurant has a stunning sphere-shaped tea ceremony room made entirely from washi paper.
The globe, which has a diameter of three meters, creates a calming white space within which two guests can enjoy a traditional tea ceremony led by a competent staff.
Accompanied by adjacent Zen gardens, the whole place is great for contemplating the sound of one hand clapping.
Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Okura Hotel, Cotai, Macau; +853 8883 3636
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