Have you met Macao? This deliciously different escape is perfect for loved-up foodies and cultural explorers, offering a fresh option for your Asian itinerary.
Bordering the south of China but with a vibrant personality all its own, Macao is a place where east and west converge rather than collide. Its strong European ties, wealth of World Heritage sites plus the original ‘fusion cuisine’ make for a richly diverse destination.
A Portuguese territory from the 16th century until 1999, Macao now has a fascinating heritage with a Mediterranean flavour and offers couples of all ages planning a romantic getaway or honeymoon and uniquely flavourful option, full of experiences that are unlike anything you can do elsewhere. An impressive 25 UNESCO World Heritage sites, centred around the Historic Centre, will delight history buffs — with many of these treasures accessible on foot within a day!
Step back in time as you stroll the cobbled streets with your sweetheart, marvelling at the gorgeous pastel neo-classical architecture of Senado Square and the soaring Ruins of St. Paul (built 1602-1640). For some of the best Insta ops, seek out Travessa da Paixão (which translates to Love Lane) just around the corner from St. Paul’s and the charming Taipa Village in the south.
If food is your kind of travel adventure, you’ll love Macao — in fact, many couples are drawn here for the food alone! Named as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, it’s a tempting melting pot of flavours, with ‘Macanese’ cuisine a combination of Chinese and Portuguese ingredients and traditions. Indulge with a plate of legendary Portuguese egg tarts, feast on Asian delicacies (including seriously good dim sum) and sample some of the world’s best street food.
For those who want to stay and play, this cosmopolitan escape offers accommodation to suit every budget. But if you’re looking to go lavish, keep an eye out for the big names (and decadent day spas) of the Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, JW Marriott, Ritz Carlton and Wynn, to name just a few.
Links between Macao and Hong Kong now easier than ever with the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. The world’s longest sea-crossing bridge could see you zipping between the destinations in less than an hour. But, you’ll want to put aside several days to explore all that Macao has to offer! Chances are, after getting a taste of this vibrant destination, you may just find yourselves wanting to linger longer and delve deeper into the vivid colours, flavours and history of marvellous Macao.