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Travel Report: The Venetian Macau.

Visit The Venetian Hotel Macau.

February 2018. If you’ve only got time to see two or three of Macau’s famous hotels, then you’ll almost certainly be saving a spot for The Venetian. Opened in the summer of 2007 as a sister venue to the world famous Las Vegas casino, it’s actually China’s version that now scoops bragging rights. After all, this is the largest casino in the world, the biggest single structure hotel in Asia and the seventh largest building on the planet. Take THAT America.

Lobby The Venetian Hotel and Casino Macau

The Venetian Macau.

February 2018. Everything about The Venetian Macau screams of sparkly luxuriousness. This main lobby sums up the vibe perfectly, where a huge gold-plated sculpture holds court between the glossy marble floor and Italian-art-adorned ceiling. In between the giant pillars, look out for the glass panels featuring brand ambassador David Beckham. “The Venetian Macau is fucking” great!” says his I can’t believe how much they’re paying me for this smile.

Mask sculpture The Venetian Hotel and Casino Macau

The Venetian Macau.

February 2018. There are glitzy mask sculptures and statues peppered throughout The Venetian Macau’s 39 floors. And while these are just a few of the artistic flourishes, it all plays second fiddle to what essentially feels like Earth’s biggest shopping mall.

Victoria's Secret The Venetian Macau.

The Venetian Macau.

In fact, The Venetian Macau boasts a whopping 3000 stores spread out across 149.000 square meters of retail space. “Soulless isn’t it?” observed Wonderboy and it was hard to disagree. UNTIL that is, we came across a Marks & Spencer’s food shop. OH. MY. GOD. Which frankly felt like an underreaction after a culinary year spent in mainland China.

St. Mark's Square The Venetian Hotel and Casino Macau

St. Mark’s Square, The Venetian Macau.

February 2018. The Venetian Macau features several replica Italian piazzas. This is St. Mark’s Square, stuffed full of horribly expensive branded clothing stores and a wallet-splitting restaurant called Vergano.

McSorley's Irish Pub The Venetian Macau.

The Venetian Macau.

We ended up eating at McSorley’s Irish Pub on Deck B, where I had the dubious pleasure of receiving the most expensive Bangers & Mash I’ve ever had. It was alright.

Gondola rides The Venetian Hotel and Casino Macau

The Venetian Macau.

February 2018. Anyone heading to The Venetian Macau will want to get some gondola action, even if it’s just watching families bob along from one of the many bridges. Most of the gondoliers are foreigners (non-Chinese), which must be a big selling point for domestic tourists. One of them, a portly Scandinavian looking girl, was belting out an operatic tune that could be heard for streets away. She was amazing, probably the most impressive thing from the whole experience. A private gondola ride, with about six seats on offer, goes for 528MOP (£47 €53 $65).

Gondola ride The Venetian Macau.

The Venetian Macau.

Wanna dive in deeper to The Venetian Macau? Head straight for their website here.

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.

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1 Comment

  • Virginia

    That looks interesting.

    January 15, 2019 - 4:55 pm Reply

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