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The Perfect Weekend

On the southern coast of China, about an hour-long ferry ride across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, Macau — officially Macau Special Administrative Region — is a vibrant blend of Asian and European influences. A Portuguese colony for over 300 years, glittering new casinos share the landscape with a mosaic-paved square and ancient fortress while restaurants might specialize in Michelin-starred Chinese cuisine or traditional Portuguese dishes like cod fritters and egg tarts. Sample both amazing cultures in one perfect weekend in Macau.



  • Historic Center.

    Take a quick car ride to Senado Square in Macau’s historic town center, on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Stroll over the black and white waves of the tiled square, surrounded by examples of Portuguese architecture and home to St. Domingo’s Church, a central fountain and a variety of boutiques.

  • Stroll the Square.

    Start off on a stroll from Senado Square to the Ruins of St. Paul’s, the iconic facade of a 17th-century Jesuit church. Visit one of the many small shops on the way for an egg tart, a local Portuguese specialty, and once there, explore the church’s ornate, carved façade, adjacent excavated crypt, and subterranean Museum of Sacred Art, with its religious relics and oil paintings.

  • Macau History.

    Learn about the region’s diverse history and culture from the Portuguese settlers up to modern time at the Macau Museum, featuring rotating exhibitions housed in a stately 17th-century fortress.

  • Guia Fortress.

    Walk a little less than a mile to Guia Fortress to take in panoramic views of Macau and the Pearl River estuary. The 17th-century military fort, as well as a chapel and lighthouse, is on the highest point of the island. Climb to the top on foot or opt to take the cable car for a more relaxing trek.

  • A-Ma Temple.

    On the way to dinner, stop by the oldest temple in Macau. Built in 1488 and dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess, A-Ma Temple is the serene antithesis of the glitzy casinos on the Cotai Strip.

  • Portuguese Dinner.

    For an authentic and delicious Portuguese meal, book a table at António restaurant. The eponymous chef specializes in refined Portuguese cuisine, including pastéis de bacalhau, or salted cod fritters, and the Portuguese-style tenderloin steak with a fried egg. Ask for a table on the romantic rooftop in warm weather.



  • Relaxing Start.

    The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Macau, on the top floors of Galaxy Macau, offers treatments like the Pearl River Chi and the Jade Reviver. Plan to stay after your treatment to enjoy the steam rooms and vitality pools.

  • Poolside Paradise.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Macau spans the top floor of Galaxy Macau, an opulent resort on the Cotai Strip. Relax on the Grand Resort Deck, which is home to the world’s largest Skytop wave pool as well as lush gardens, white-sand beaches, waterslides and the Pool Bar. Sip a fruit smoothie or a signature cocktail while you soak in some sun.

  • Tea Time.

    Served from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in The Ritz-Carlton, Macau’s Bar & Lounge, afternoon tea service is an elegant oasis in the bustling resort. Pair the seasonally rotating selection of sweet and savory bites with an invigorating pot of tea.

  • Luxury Shops.

    Stroll through the Promenade shops inside Galaxy Macau, browsing from among 200 luxury shops, brands spanning the globe.

  • Sky-High Fine Dining.

    After a relaxing day in Macau, book a table at Lai Heen, the Michelin-starred restaurant serving a sophisticated spin on traditional Chinese cuisine. Dine on Peking duck or dim sum in the elegant dining room perched on the resort’s 51st floor.

  • Evening Entertainment.

    Opt to see a 3-D movie or a live musical performance and, to really get into the spirit of Macau, finish the evening at the baccarat tables.