Galaxy Macau

The Maven Meter: Galaxy Macau Casino & Hotel

(Last updated: May 20, 2020)

GALAXY MACAU OVERVIEW

Galaxy Entertainment’s flagship property debuted on May 15, 2011, and was initially composed of two hotel towers, three hotels, more than 50 restaurants and the stunning Grand Resort Deck, which still drops jaws almost ten years on.

The property expanded four years later on May 27th, 2015, with the unveiling of the third tower and two new luxury hotels – the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott.  The shopping Promenade nearly tripled in size while the Grand Resort Deck grew to over 75,000 square meters, and now includes the world’s longest Skytop Aquatic Adventure River Ride.

Dining became a significant plus at Galaxy Macau as well, with the resort now home to 8 restaurants with some level of Michelin distinction, including a trio of my personal favorites: Lai Heen, Urban Kitchen and the Ritz-Carlton Cafe.

In 2015 I remember warning the Venetian and City of Dreams that there might be a new Sheriff in town, and indeed there was.  In 2018, Galaxy Macau usurped the Venetian to become the most profitable casino resort in Macau, their World Class Asian Heart beating strong and proud, bridging the gap between East and West, rich and poor, young and old.

If you’re going to stay anywhere in Cotai, then Galaxy Macau should be that place.

GALAXY MACAU PHOTO GALLERY

Galaxy Macau
Galaxy Macau
Hotel Okura
Hotel Okura
China Rouge wall art
China Rouge
China Rouge painting
China Rouge

GALAXY MACAU CASINO GAMES

Baccarat – Tables start from $2000 in the High Limit Quarter.

Commission Free Baccarat – Won Dealer bets totalling 6 pay 50%.  Minimum bet is $300.

Blackjack – Minimum bet is $300.

Caribbean Stud Poker – Proper 100-1 payout on a Royal Flush.  Minimum bet of $300.

Craps – $100 Pass Line Bet, with 3-4-5 odds.  Also has Big 6 and Big 8, two bets which should be illegal.

Roulette – Inside bets are $50, while Outside bets are $200.

Sic Bo – 11 bets available, minimum bet is $200.

Slot Machines – Around 1200 slots with lows from .02 to $10.  There’s Live Gaming Baccarat ($20/$50/$100) and electronic versions of Baccarat ($10). Big Wheel ($10), Craps ($50), Roulette ($10), and Sic Bo ($10).

Three Card Baccarat – Minimums are $300.

Three Card Poker – Minimums start from $300.

GALAXY MACAU PROMOTIONS

Galaxy probably has the best player card and promotions in all of Macau.

Player Card – The Galaxy player card is good to use at all three Galaxy Entertainment Group casinos: Galaxy Macau, Starworld Macau and Broadway Macau.  There are four different cards available: the introductory Gold card, the Platinum, the Black and the Diamond.  In order to move up the ranks, players only need to amass 10 points to earn the Platinum card and then another 2000 points for the Black card.  Diamond card holders will be privately invited.

Members accumulate both Privilege Points and Privilege Dollars through gaming.  Privilege Points are used to determine when members move up to the next tier of Player Card, while Privilege Dollars are used to redeem prizes or buy F&B, hotel rooms and other products and services in Galaxy, Starworld and Broadway Macau hotels.  The cards also entitle members to dining and shopping discounts in the aforementioned properties, with Gold members receiving 10% off, Platinum members 15% and Diamond and Black 20%.

Privilege Dollars can be accumulated through table play at the following rate: cash bets averaging $100 over an hour earn 1 point, cash bets averaging $200 earn 2 points, cash bets averaging $500 earn 5 points etc.  Slot players meanwhile earn 1 point for every $400 bet on the machines.

Galaxy does such a great job advertising their Player Card and Membership Program that I’m not going to go any further.  Check out their GEG Membership Rewards website for latest information about gift redemption items and current promotions.

For recreational gamers, the ones tied to daily point accumulation will be the ones you’ll want to know about first.

GALAXY MACAU VIP GAMING

Galaxy’s cash back program for high rollers returns the following commission rates and comp allowance:

If you roll in excess of $15,000,000 and $20,000,000, you can negotiate the cash back rates with the casino yourself.

Free Standard rooms can be had after rolling $400,000, for a maximum of 4 times per month.

Be aware that gamers only have 7 days to roll the minimum totals.

GALAXY HOTEL

With 1500 rooms and suites, Galaxy is the largest hotel at Galaxy Macau.  It’s also the cheapest place to stay, with weekday rates as low as $1200 if you book 30 days in advance.

Galaxy Macau front desk

Rates are in Macau Mops, including all tax and service fees.

As an added bonus, everything in the mini bar is free.

Galaxy Hotel Information

Avenida de Cotai, Cotai City, Macau
Galaxy Hotel General Inquires: (853) 2888 0888
Hotel Reservations: (853) 2888 0888
Restaurant Inquires: (853) 2888 0888
Email: reservations@galaxymacau.com
Website: www.galaxymacau.com
Number of Hotel Rooms & Suites: 1500

HOTEL OKURA

Hotel Okura has 488 rooms and suites with prices often on par with Galaxy.  If you book 21 days in advance, room rates get slashed by 20%, which are the figures I’ve used below.  They also include all tax and service charges.

I’ve always been a big fan of Hotel Okura’s simple pleasant lobby.

Hotel Okura lobby

Hotel Okura Information

Avenida de Cotai, Cotai City, Macau
Hotel Okura Macau General Inquiries: (853) 8883 8883
General Information Fax: (853) 8883 2345
Hotel Reservations: (853) 8883 3838
Hotel Reservations Fax: (853) 8883 5905
Email: reservations@hotelokuramacau.com
Website: www.hotelokuramacau.com
No of Rooms and Suites: 488

BANYAN TREE HOTEL

Until the Ritz Carlton came along, Banyan Tree was Galaxy’s most luxurious hotel by a very fair margin.

Banyan Tree lobby

I haven’t stayed there yet so I can’t show you any pictures, but feel free to check them out on the Galaxy website here: Banyan Room Grades.

The prices below should give you an idea of how opulent they are as well.

Rates are in Macau Mops and include all tax and service charges.

Banyan Tree Spa

Banyan Tree Spa is open to the public and serves guests from all 5 hotels.  The only thing available is treatments, which means there’s no door pass option and when your treatment finishes, so are you.

They have two different price rates: Peak, defined as Friday to Sunday and Off Peak, defined as Monday to Thursday.  For this review, I’ve used Off Peak prices only, which are about $100 to $300 cheaper than Peak, depending on the treatment.

Many of the treatments are a mix and match of massage, baths, scrubs and facials.  Most are either 90 or 120 minutes and run between $1700 and $2250.  The longest treatments last 150 minutes and cost $2800 or $3000.

Other services include straight up massage for 75 or 90 minutes ($1430 to $1650), 60 to 90 minute facials ($1150 to $2600), and 30 minute body scrubs, body conditioners, and calming baths ($700).  Manicures and pedicures are also available for $600.

The excellent people at Banyan Tree Spa let me have a look at the different treatment rooms and they are all superb, each equipped with steam, shower and bathtub.  6 rooms are designated as Deluxe Rooms and another 13 as Royal Rooms.

Banyan Tree Spa is located on the 2nd floor and keeps hours from 10 am to 11 pm daily.

Banyan Tree Information

Avenida de Cotai, Cotai City, Macau
Banyan Tree Macau General Inquires: (853) 8883 6888
Hotel Reservations: (853) 8883 8833
Fax:  (853) 8883 6108
Email: macau@banyantree.com
Website: www.banyantree.com/en/macau
No of Suites & Villas: 250

JW MARRIOTT HOTEL

Asia’s largest Marriott has 1,015 rooms and suites, making it the second biggest hotel at Galaxy.

JW Marriott Macau lobby

Rates are usually a tad higher than at Hotel Okura, provided you book 21 days in advance on the website.

Prices above include all tax and service charges.

JW Marriott Information

Avenida de Cotai, Cotai City, Macau
JW Marriott General Inquires: (853) 8886 6888
Hotel Reservations: (853) 8883 3998
Fax:  (853) 8883 3988
No of Rooms & Suites: 1015

THE RITZ-CARLTON MACAU

The Ritz-Carlton is my favourite hotel in town and it’s not particularly close.  Whenever I’m at Galaxy, I inevitably make up some reason to head up to their lobby and bar, just so I can be a part of it all.

Ritz-Carlton Macau

Everything about the Ritz-Carlton is a different world, a splendid world, and a beautiful world at that.

I stayed at the Ritz for a couple of nights during the Lusofonia Festival.  For information on how it went along with a ton of pics, please click the link here: Ritz-Carlton Macau

Current rates below include all tax and service charges.

I really need to start robbing banks or something.

Ritz-Carlton Spa

In somewhat of a shocker, Ritz guests can use the facilities in the Ritz-Carlton Spa free of charge.  Almost every hotel in Macau charges guests for this privilege, something I find completely ridiculous.  If you’re a non-guest, the door pass is $570.

Treatments are expectedly pricy as well, easily among the highest in Macau.  Weekend rates are about $100 or $200 more than on weekdays, which are the prices I’ve used below.

90 to 120 minute Signature Treatments run between $2800 and $3200, while 90 minute facials are $1880 to $3000 and various body treatments between $1200 and $2400.  60 minute massage is $1350 while 90 minutes costs $1750 to $2000.

There’s also a Private Couples suite that you and your partner can share as you do your treatments together.  Use of the room starts from one hour and costs $1000 on weekdays and $1500 on weekends.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa is located on the 3rd floor of both the Ritz and Marriott and keeps hours daily from 10 am to 11 pm.

Ritz-Carlton Information

Avenida de Cotai, Cotai City, Macau
Ritz-Carlton General Inquires: (853) 8886 6868
Hotel Reservations: (853) 8883 3998
Fax: (853) 8883 3988
No of Rooms & Suites: 250

GRAND RESORT DECK

The Grand Resort Deck is what separates Galaxy from all of its competitors and the main reason why I think it’s the best hotel on the Cotai Strip.

Grand Resort Deck main pool

No other property in the city has a pool this large or good and the fact that it would otherwise cost $468 for a Day Pass (1 Adult and 1 Child under 6) should give you even more incentive to stay there.

Aquatic Adventure Ride

Occupying over 75,000 square meters, the Grand Resort Deck features a 4,000 square meter Wave Pool, a 500 ton white sand beach, the world’s longest Aquatic Adventure Ride, and Macau’s only Slide Mountain.  Surfing lessons are even available in the morning, since the Wave Pool can generate waves as high as 1.5 meters!

From the Ritz-Carlton Macau lobby

If you prefer a quieter, more relaxing experience, each of Galaxy’s five hotels offer private pools that are accessible to guests staying in that particular hotel.  Guests at Hotel Okura get the short end of the stick here though, since their pool is very small and located indoors on the 29th floor.

GALAXY MACAU GYMS

Gym and spa facilities at Galaxy are more of less interchangeable no matter which hotel you’re staying at.  All of the gyms are large and modern while sauna, steam and jacuzzi are readily available as well.  Keep in mind that Hotel Okura’s fitness centre only utilizes a Kinesis wall, with next to no traditional heavy lifting equipment.

GALAXY MACAU DINING

Galaxy is clearly the best resort for dining option in Cotai, followed by the City of Dreams and then Venetian.  Highlights include Lai Heen, the Ritz Carlton Cafe, Urban Kitchen, Belon, and some intriguing newcomers: Dean and Deluca Cafe, the Apron and Cafe de Paris Monte Carlo.

The Apron – Premium oyster bar that also deals in high end beef.  Early returns have been very positive.

Oyster Bar and Grill: $18 to $62 per piece
Caviar: $188 to $2688

Appetizers: $88 to $158        Grilled: $188 to $688
Salads: $88 to $158                Sharing: $268 to $568
Seafood: $188 to $1588         Daily Lunch Specials: $138

Wagyu: $1488
Steaks: $698 to $1388

Hours are from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm on weekdays, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm on weekends.

Belon – No children below 8 allowed at Belon and I say good for them.  This is fine French dining, not a nursery.

Entrees: $128 to $1288     Main Course: $198 to $1788
Soup: $118 to $158             Grilled: $488 to $1088
Caviar: $498 to $1398       Signature Sharing Cuts: $398 to $2288

On Sundays, there’s a Champagne Brunch Buffet that runs $238 for children aged 4 to 12, $399 for seniors 65 and above and $798 for adults.

I’ve tried both the evening a la carte and champagne brunch buffet.  For a review, please click here: Belon

Belon is open in the evenings from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Wednesdays through Monday.  The Champagne Brunch is on Sundays from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Belon is located on the 31st floor at Banyan Tree, beside the gym and pool.

Cafe de Paris Monte Carlo – Located in the Galaxy lobby, Cafe de Paris is a smart looking lounge type venue open all day.

Let’s start with the set meals, with breakfasts $128, a 2 course lunch $138 or $168 and a 3 course dinner $198.

The rest is a la carte.

Breakfast: $48 to $108
Hors d’Oeuvres: $88 to $148
Plates of the Day: $78 to $298
Mains: $128 to $378

Cafe de Paris keeps hours daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, while they open later on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.

Dean and Deluca Cafe – This famed New York deli opens their first branch in Asia.  Having lived in China for 15 years, one thing that’s basically impossible to find anywhere are great deli sandwiches.

Salads: $40
Sandwiches: $30 to $48
Soup: $38
Pastries & Sweets: $10 to $52

I’ve yet to try it, but the prices look good so far.

Hours are from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.

8.5 Otto e Mezzo Bombana – The highly acclaimed “Best Italian Chef in Asia”, Mr Umberto Bombana, has opened his first restaurant in Macau, one that’s been awarded one Michelin star for 5 straight years now.  His restaurant in Hong Kong continues to be the only 3 star Italian restaurant outside of Italy, and I can’t wait to check that one out.

As for his Macau outlet, there’s a 6 course set that goes for $1780, plus $700 for a wine pairing, while an 8 course set runs $2280, with wine an additional $900.

In terms of a la carte, there’s appetizers and soup ($388 to $588), fresh made pasta and risotto ($268 to $568), and seafood and meat mains ($588 to $1888).

For a review of my dinner there, please click here: Otto Bombana

Otto keeps hours from 6:00 pm to 10:30 at night, and is closed on Wednesdays.  To find it, head to shop 1031 on the first floor of the retail Promenade.

Feng Wei House – Feng Wei House is a smaller offshoot of Feng Wei Ju, a two starred Michelin restaurant at Starworld.

Top 10 Dishes: $78 to $338                           Poultry: $128 to $173
Appetizers: $68 to $228                                Pork: $108 to $208
Soup: $62 to $388                                          Lamb: $128 to $228
Sharks Fin & Birds Nest: $268 to $488      Vegetables: $83 to $128
Seafood: $178 to $428                                   Noodles: $68 to $98

The restaurant is accessible just off of the main casino floor, by the old Crystal Lobby.  Hours daily are from 11:00 am to 12:00 am.

Festiva – One of Galaxy’s few restaurant specializing in buffet, Festiva offers one three times daily.  Adult prices are as follows.

Fook Lam Moon – Prices have fallen considerably at Fook Lam Moon – they were outrageous before.  The guidebook says they are somehow affiliated with a Michelin star, but they’ve never had one in Macau.  Perhaps in Hong Kong?

Appetizers: $48 to $288                                 Beef: $188 to $198
Signature Dishes: $300 to $2300                Pork: $138 to $188
Soups: $118 to $308                                         Poultry: $88 to $220
Seafood: $138 to $318                                     Vegetables: $128 to $228
Shark’s Fin & Bird’s Nest: $448 to $1500    Rice & Noodles: $46 to $288

Fook Lam Moon is Shop #2008 on the 2nd floor of the retail Promenade.  Hours are from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm in the afternoon and from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm at night.

Lai Heen – Lai Heen is a restaurant fit for the Ritz.  Immaculately decorated and supremely adorned, it’s the very definition of luxurious Cantonese dining.

Appetizers: $88 to $138                          Birds Nest: $328 to $788
Dim sum (lunch only): $68 to $118       Dried Seafood: $368 to $4388
Barbecue: $128 to $900                         Seafood: $158 to $1388
Soup: $198 to $498                                  Meat: $138 to $328
Vegetables: $108 to $288                       Poultry: $198 to $308

Their 8 course Michelin Degustation menu is $2088 per person with an additional $850 for a wine pairing and $500 for a tea pairing.

Finally at lunch, a Signature Lunch Set costs $458 (5 courses) and $528 (6 courses).

For a review of my dinner there, please click here: Lai Heen

Lai Heen is located on the 51st floor of the Ritz and keeps hours from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm in the afternoon and from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm at night.  On weekends it opens 30 minutes earlier at 11:30 am.

Man Ho – Delectable Cantonese cuisine for your dining pleasure at Man Ho, prepared by world class chef Andy Ng.

Cold Appetisers: $48 to $168       Live Seafood: $188 to $1280
Signature Dishes: $68 to $238    Dried Seafood: $238 to $4888
Barbecue: $88 to $188                  Meat: $128 to $888
Soup: $68 to $388                          Rice/Noodles: $48 to $398
Vegetables: $98 to $128

Hours are from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm in the afternoon and from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm at night.

Passion by Dubois – This Swiss patisserie has two locations in Macau, one in Galaxy and another at Starworld.

Often doing very well with customers, it serves a variety of sandwiches ($47 to $59), soup ($85 to $119), pizza ($78 to $88), and pasta and lasagna ($68 to $91).

The dessert section is also extensive, featuring sweets like creme brulee, apple crumbles and tiramisu for $37 to $41.  One scoop of ice cream, finally, is $30.

Hours are from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

The Ritz-Carlton Cafe – Gorgeous looking French style cafe serves a la carte twice a day as well as a buffet on Sunday afternoons.

Appetizers: $128 to $298     Sandwiches: $108 to $268
Salad: $88 to $168                 Meat: $198 to $328
Soup: $108 to $118                 Steaks: $398 to $998

On Sundays from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, there’s an excellent Sunday Brunch buffet, which runs $498 per adult, or $588 if you want free flow Ritz Brut Champagne and $888 for Free Flow Perrier-Jouet La Belle Champagne.  Children aged 6 to 11 eat for just $198.

A definite crowd pleaser, I’ve tried it twice and both times were excellent.  For a review, please follow the link here: Ritz-Carlton Cafe.

A Steak and Fries special is available on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, for $198 per person, which includes 1 glass of wine.  On Mondays it’s Fish Night, also costing $198, while a 3 course seafood set is available on Thursdays and Fridays for $228.

A 4 course Degustation Menu is also on for $588 while 6 courses costs $888.

Afternoon Tea happens daily from 3 pm to 6 pm and costs $188 for 1, or $328 for 2.

The Ritz-Carlton Cafe is located on the ground floor of the Ritz-Carlton.  Hours are from 11:00 am to 10:30 pm daily.

Saffron – Thai joint offers a 5 course lunch set for 2 people that only runs $298.  The rest of the menu is a la carte.

Appetizers: $178 to $258      Meat: $178 to $258
Soup: $168 to $198                 Seafood: $188 to $428
Specialties: $198 to $308     Vegetables: $128 to $188

For a review of my dinner there, please click here: Saffron

Saffron is located in the Banyan Tree lobby and opens from 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm daily.

Terrace Seafood Restaurant – Laid back restaurant serves a wide array of World cuisine, for your dining pleasure.

Appetizers: $88 to $688     Grilled: $298 to $358
Salad: $118 to $158               Seafood: $218 to $348
Soup: $78 to $98                  Mains: $98 to $248

Hours are from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm daily.

Terrazza – Dig around the back of your closet for some proper attire, because Terrazza has a strict dress code.  No T-Shirts, shorts, flip flops or casual sportswear allowed.  Only smart apparel will do, preferably ties and jackets.

Terrazza serves fine Mediterranean cuisine and had a Michelin star in 2017 which they promptly lost one year later.

Appetizers: $118 to $198                       Meat and Seafood: $228 to $318
Soup: $88 to $148                                  Pizza: $138 to $158
Cold Cuts & Cheese: $168 to $398     Seafood Platter: $798
Pasta: $128 to $288                               Sharing Dishes: $428 to $1228

For a review of my dinner there, please click here: Terrazza

Terrazza is found on the 2nd floor and is open daily at night from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Urban Kitchen – Macau’s hottest new restaurant is often booked up one month in advance.  Urban Kitchen serves contemporary buffet with a heavy emphasis on seafood and premium meat dishes.  Buffet times are from 7 am to 10:30 am, 12 pm to 2:30 pm and 6 pm to 10:30 pm.  Prices are as follows:

Prices are exclusive of 10% service charge.

For a review of my excellent dinner there, please follow the link: Urban Kitchen

Yamazato – I’m obligated to mention Yamazato, even though I despise it.  The signature restaurant at Hotel Okura is a farce, and I’d stay far far away if I were you.

For a review of my dinner there, please follow the link: Yamazato.

Appetizers: $80 to $480        Fried: $280 to $390
Soup: $160 to $230                 Steamed: $130 to $380
Sashimi: $130 to $1200          Sushi: $60 to $260
Grilled: $320 to $2200           Rice/Noodles: $200 to $380

At lunch, there are three different set lunch options for $320, $430 and $460, while their a la carte selections are $200 to $480.

If you ask me, it’s all just going to be another Dupe and Dine….

Hours are from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm at night.  Yamazato is closed on Mondays.

Tastes of Asia Food Court – The Tastes of Asia Food Court features Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Singaporean cuisine, among others.  Most of the small fast food fare is inexpensive, under $80.

GALAXY MACAU BARS 

Both bars are outstanding in their own way, and also feature live entertainment.

Macallan Whisky Bar and Lounge – For whisky lovers, the whole world is brought to you at the Macallan Whisky Bar.  Their selection is impressive to say the least, with bottles originating from every corner of the globe.  Prices naturally vary according to the age, reputation, and quality, with most shots between $50 and $200.  Prices vary according to the age and quality, with most between $50 and $200.  Other alcoholic fare includes beer ($40 to $55), rum ($50 to $180), cognac ($75 to $160), gin and vodka ($65 to $115) and cocktails ($68).  Wine (if you’re a woman) goes for $68 to $210 a glass, while bottles range from $250 to $820.

Macallan Whisky Bar and Lounge

Macallan also has different tasting menus where you can sample 5 Macallan whiskies for $788, while two other 5 pour flights cost $488.

If you get hungry, Macallan has a small food menu with popular snack fare like parma ham croquettes, chicken popcorn, and deep fried prawns for $88 to $388.

In terms of live entertainment, there’s music six nights a week Monday to Saturday starting from 9 pm.

Hours are from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am Sunday through Thursday and from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am Fridays and Saturdays.  It’s located on the 2nd floor of the Galaxy Hotel beside Terrazza.

The Ritz-Carlton Bar and Lounge – Upscale bar offers a ton of specials, live music and things on the go.  Beginning with the most obvious, Salsa Ladies Night is on Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and costs $298 for free flow wine, spirits and cocktails.

On Friday and Saturday night, there’s an Apertivo special, which also costs $298 and includes free flow sangria, wine, beer, and assorted mixers from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Patrons can also help themselves to the anti pasta buffet as well as 2 food items, such as grilled octopus, chicken wings, potato wedges and tempura mussels.

On Sundays to Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the bar puts on the Ritz Carlton Hour, offering highly reduced rates on selected spirits, wine, beer and cocktails, all of which are only $58 to $68.  Compared to their normal menu prices below, it’s a substantial savings.   A snack menu is also available at that time consisting of nibbles and bites for only $68.

Moving on to champagne, they do Champagne Hour every hour of every day, where 1 glass of champagne plus 3 oysters is $288, with each additional glass of champagne $150.  If you prefer a full bottle, that runs $2988 and comes with 12 oysters.  Afterward each additional oyster is only $30.

Afternoon tea, finally is $488 for 2 people, of $688, if you prefer champagne instead.

Ritz-Carlton Bar

Live entertainment happens nightly save for Sundays, when the band takes a break.

Cocktails: $118 to $158    Whisky: $108 to $158
Gin: $148 to $278             Single Malt: $108 to $2298
Vodka: $98 to $528        Wine: $98 to $208
Rum: $108 to $718          Beer: $78 to $98

There’s also a few different food menus available, with American, Latin and International fare running between $68 and $168.

Located on the 51st floor, hours are from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 2:00 pm to 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday.

GALAXY MACAU ENTERTAINMENT

Galaxy is starting to rival their neighbours on the Cotai Strip in the entertainment department.

China Rouge – China Rouge has recently undergone a makeover and is again open to the public; its current incarnation is an upscale live music lounge.  The sultry undertones of 1930’s Shanghai are still on full display though, making it one of Macau’s hippest haunts.

China Rouge Macau

For pics and more information, please click the following link here: China Rouge.

Hours are from 9:45 pm to 1:30 am on Thursdays, Sundays, Monday and Tuesdays, and from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

UA Galaxy Cinemas –  General admission tickets at Galaxy’s movie theater go for $110 a pop, while seats in the posh Director’s Club cost $280.  If you’re wondering why that’s so high, it’s because the Director’s Club offers premium dining, a lounge with wait staff, and self adjustable reclining sofa seats.

Kids Club – Located on the 3rd floor of the Marriott, children aged 2 to 12 should get a kick out of Kids Club.  There’s a bungee castle, climbing tree, ball pit and video arcade, not to mention plenty of puzzles and toys.

Rates for 1 Adult and 1 Child are as follows.

Opening hours are from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

Foot Hub – There’s a small massage joint one floor down from the Galaxy cinema and Tastes of Asia food court.

Foot massage maxes out at $558, while 60 minutes massage is between $608 and $928, and oil massage either $880 (60 minutes) or $1080 (90 minutes).

Guests at the Galaxy Hotel are entitled to 20% off.

Hours are from 11:30 am to 2:00 am daily.

GALAXY MACAU SHOPPING

With over 200 high end fashion boutiques and luxury outlets, the Galaxy’s shopping quarter is second in area and size only to the Venetian in this part of Macau.

THE LAST WORD

With Phase 2, I think Galaxy not only closed the gap on the Venetian and the City of Dreams but also surpassed them.  For the time being, there’s no better and more luxurious hotel in town than the Ritz Carlton while the Grand Resort Deck is another amazing piece of work, unmatched and unrivalled by anything else in the city.

Galaxy Macau Lobby
Galaxy Macau Lobby

Perhaps Galaxy lags a little in the entertainment department, but the Broadway Theater is next door and let’s face it, so are the Venetian, City of Dreams and Studio City too, so it’s not like you have to cross town to see the best shows that Macau has to offer.  Galaxy has definitely set the bar very high and it’ll be interesting to see if the slew of monster resorts in the works can match them.

JW Marriott lobby
JW Marriott

In terms of the casino, serious gamers may want to give it strong consideration just for the Player Card alone.  The membership benefits rank as Macau’s best and there are always a lot of good promotions on the go, with information easily accessible and kept up to date on the GEG website.  It’s just a shame they got rid of the stage on the main floor though.  The talent on display there used to match and possibly even exceed the Crazy Paris Show at the Grand Lisboa, which was no small feat.

LOCATION

Galaxy Macau is situated between the Venetian and another Galaxy hotel, Broadway Macau.

General Information

Address: Avenida de Cotai, Cotai
Number of Rooms: 3503
Number of Tables: 400
Slot Machines: 1200

For more photos of Galaxy, please click the link: Galaxy Macau

Highlights

  • The Grand Resort Deck, because 75,000 square meters of palm trees, pools and cabanas is Heaven on Earth.
  • Five accommodation options for all walks (and tax brackets) of life, headlined by the Ritz-Carlton, Macau’s best hotel.
  • Casino with excellent player benefits.
  • Superlative dining highlighted by Urban Kitchen, Lai Heen and the Ritz-Carlton Cafe.
  • Fantastic bars and entertainment, whether you’re in the mood for whisky (Macallan Whisky Bar), women (Ritz-Carlton Bar) or 1930’s Shanghai (China Rouge)
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