Grand Coloane Resort+ Back

Our Grand Prix story actually began on Friday morning after Jane and I crossed the Gongbei Border Gate at 11 am.  We then made the long journey down to Coloane to check into our hotel for the night, the Grand Coloane Resort.  The cheapest way to do it would have been to take a free Sands Cotai bus to the Cotai Strip and then hopped a public bus from there, but we were in a bit of a hurry.  Cabs at the Border Gate are easy to get though and we were in one in no time.  The ride took about 25 minutes and the fare ran $150, which is just about the most expensive a cab ride in Macau can cost. 

 


Probably the most isolated of all Macau hotels, the Grand Coloane is located near Hac Sa Beach on a road that eventually leads to Ka Ho Village, a place 99.5% of Macau tourists don’t even know exists, let alone ever visits.  The location is either the hotel’s biggest attribute or its biggest knock depending on what you want out of your trip.  If you’re looking to sightsee and hit all of Macau’s top sites, then the Grand Coloane is probably too far out.  If you just want to get away from it all though with a resort type of experience, then it’s definitely a hotel that you should consider.

 


Formerly known as the Westin Macau, the Grand Coloane was purchased by the Ho family who took it over sometime in the summer or late spring of 2014.  The handover was still so fresh that the hotel brochures still had the Westin name printed on it and the bus stop outside was still called the Westin stop.  Jane and I booked during Grand Prix weekend when rates are always whack, so I’ll just tell you how much they usually cost.  Generally speaking, the cheapest room goes for about $1250 from Sunday to Thursday and $1300 to $1450 on the weekend.  If you stay for two nights, they’ll knock 15% off the price and allow a late 2 pm checkout.  These prices are very good when you compare them to the rates at Pousada de Coloane, Grand Coloane’s most natural competitor.  The Pousada de Coloane runs $1000 on weekdays and is about the same price as the Grand Coloane on weekends, even though the Grand Coloane is a far more comprehensive hotel, with larger rooms and far better amenities.

 


To start with, the hotel has two or three large outdoor swimming pools plus another one inside that’s heated, as well as a jacuzzi. 

 

 

The gym is extremely comprehensive with a heavy assortment of cardio and lifting equipment while women also have a steam room in their change room.  For a more thorough pursuit of pleasure, the hotel spa offers facials ($650 to $700), 60 minute massage ($330 to $700), and other hand and feet care for $200 to $480.  If you compare those rates to most hotel spas in Macau, they’re all about half price.  Golf is another large draw for the Grand Coloane, since the Macau Golf and Country Club is located right behind the hotel, accessible via the top floor of the resort.  A serious golf course played on by professionals each year at the Macau Open Golf Tournament, 18 holes cost $1350 on weekdays and $2480 on weekends.

 

The last thing to note about the hotel and parents should love this, is the Kids Club.  It offers both half and full day programs for children aged 4 to 12 where they do activities like arts and crafts, treasure hunts, face painting, games and sports.  The full day program includes lunch and only costs $70, which is very reasonable.  The Club is staffed by friendly Filipinos so don’t worry about any language barriers, safety concerns, or anything of that nature. 
 
As for the room, both Jane and I were impressed with the size.  The bathroom was unusually big with enough space for a bathtub and stand up shower, while the balcony had great views of Hac Sa Beach. 

 

   

 

The only thing I didn’t like about it was that the furnishings were way too small.  The desk, TV and TV stand were ridiculously tiny, so much so that binoculars were almost required to watch TV if you were in bed.  In order for the room to feel more comfortable, the hotel needs to add more furniture or enlarge what they already have.  The same thing was also true of the balcony, which could have used more plants, larger tables, and better chairs.  WiFi was another big disappointment, since it wasn’t free, and cost a whopping $50 per hour, or $120 for all day.  Any hotel that charges for Internet in this day and age is just cheap and borderline rude in my books.  Free Wi Fi was provided in the lobby however and I saw a lot of guests taking advantage of that.

Between 9 am and midnight, the hotel has a free shuttle service that services three stops: The Cotai Strip, Taipa and Macau Ferry Terminal.  Buses to each destination run twice an hour and you can also hop a bus back to the hotel from those three locales as well.  For public buses, there are only two: the 15 and the 21A, which go between the isolated Ka Ho settlement and Taipa's Jockey Club and A Ma Temple respectively.  The 15 costs $3.60 while the 21A runs $6.40, and both have interval times of about 30 minutes.  Keep in mind that drivers don't accept bills and exact change is required.

The last thing I’d like to mention is food.  I wouldn’t call dining a strong suit of the hotel (more on that later) so I’d like to recommend good restaurants in the area.  One of my favourite places to eat in Macau is the Portuguese eatery Miramar, which is located steps away from the hotel, while Coloane Village also has two more Portuguese joints worth mentioning: Nga Tim and Espaco Lisboa

Looking back at it now, Jane and I probably made a mistake by staying at the Grand Coloane, since we had business at the Grand Prix, and didn’t get a chance to enjoy everything the hotel has to offer.  It’s the type of resort you could stay in all day and never leave, particularly if you have children.  I’m not sure how attractive an option it would be in winter, but in summer it certainly looks very appealing.
 

We wanted to stay in a hotel that was closer to the race so Jane and I bid farewell to the Grand Coloane Resort on Saturday morning.  We hopped the free shuttle bus to the Cotai Strip, then took a City of Dreams bus to Hotel Sintra.  From there we walked over to our new hotel for Saturday night, the Royal.

  

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