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Travel Report: MGM Hotel and Casino – Macau, China.

MGM Macau hotel and casino

February 2018. Having spent three days diving into Macau’s rich history and gorgeous UNESCO sights, it was finally time for Wonderboy and I to start hitting the hotel-casinos for a dose of the territory’s world famous, glitzy luxuriousness. Our first stop was MGM Macau, an absolute beast of a building on Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen. Opened in 2007 at a cost of US$1.25 billion, the building boasts fine views over Zhujiang River Estuary and nearby Taipa island.

Lobby MGM Macau Hotel and Casino

MGM Macau.

February 2018. MGM Macau has a glitzy iconic lion motif running throughout the interior, starting right here in its grand lobby. A Salavdore Dali statue stands between the lions, while The Fiori di Paradiso Drawing Wall set behind the main reception area showcases 42 canvases painted by the American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.

The Grand Foyer MGM Macau.

The Grand Foyer at MGM Macau.

February 2018. Get ready for a real wow! moment when you enter MGM Macau’s grand foyer. Like a scene straight out of a Tim Burton movie you’ll hardly know where to look, from the lavish, golden decorations hanging from the covered atrium to the sparkling mosaic floor and fancy-ass cafes with their suited and booted waiters.

Aquarium MGM Macau Hotel and Casino

MGM Macau.

At the centre of it all stands a giant floor-to-ceiling water sky cylindrical aquarium. Because… you know… they could.

MGM Macau Hotel and Casino aquarium

MGM Macau.

February 2018. There are some amazing fish on display at MGM Macau and if you time your visit for 11am you can watch a duo of professional divers jump in to feed the schooling fish.

Lion MGM Macau Hotel and Casino

MGM Macau.

February 2018. Many of MGM Macau’s lion statues have a little blurb attached from the artist in question. Some of it is pretty nonsensical to say the least: “Lions, like us, dream of travelling across the planet while sitting comfortably in their starry pajamas. In front of our screens, we are all lions…” Uh… what? With 35 floors and over 600 rooms, MGM Macau features two bars, five restaurants, a shopping center, a gym and a vitality pool. Double rooms go for around $200 a night. We only scratched the surface of course with our little afternoon stroll, to dive in deeper check out their glitzy website.

Visit MGM Macau.

MGM Macau.

For more on my time in this amazing corner of China, check out my other articles on Macau.

Like these? Then why not leaf through my many other reports from across China.

I’ve also written a short story series called Challenged in China.

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