Macau, once dubbed the “Las Vegas of Asia,” is now a bustling, family-friendly city. Because it’s become such a popular tourist destination, there’s no shortage of places to stay. When you plan your family’s next vacation there, one of your best choices is the magnificent Banyan Tree Macau.
This all-suite property sets itself apart in many ways, not least of which is the swimming pool in every room! While kids love that aspect, adults love the show-stopping, 36,000 square feet spa. The entire property truly is a serene oasis among the shopping malls and casinos just outside its doors. Here are six ways Banyan Tree Macau will take your breath away.
1. Elegance is in the air
Walking into Banyan Tree Macau is an experience unto itself. The lobby is incredibly glamorous, with soaring ceilings and impressive glass sculptures. Between the beautiful Thai musician playing the khim and the floral notes of the hotel’s signature fragrance, we were immediately overcome with a sense of peace. Banyan Tree pays serious attention to detail, too, with a seating area for guests as they check in, and a meticulously designed aesthetic everywhere we looked.
2. The spacious rooms are like no other
We stayed in a Cotai Pool King Suite. The floor-to-ceiling windows gave us impressive views of the entire Cotai strip. Our girls were completely enamored with the in-room relaxation pool, which spanned the length of the room. Each end of the pool had a lounge area, stocked with bath towels to dry.
The bathroom was ultra-glamorous, with a double vanity, a luxurious shower, and a wooden, Japanese-style, deep soaking tub. When I say luxurious shower, imagine a shower with four shower heads (two rain showers and two handheld attachments on the walls). Our kids couldn’t get enough of the high-tech Toto toilets, either, with its heated seats, automatic flush, self-raising lid and cleansing options!
The property also provides different fragrances of incense and essential oils each day of the week. If you’re not a fan of the fragrances available that day, you can call housekeeping and they can customize the incense and oil to the ones you prefer.
3. The food is unrivaled
Saffron is the signature restaurant at Banyan Tree. They serve some of best Thai meals in a beautiful atmosphere. We started with coconut water and mango juice, while snacking on rice cakes with a variety of dips. Then we dove into the appetizer sampler, included pork satay, fried chicken wrapped in pandan leaves, prawn spring rolls and pomelo salad. Our girls love noodles, so of course we had to order some chicken pad Thai. We added a beef tenderloin dish, which was absolutely bursting with flavor. To finish the meal, we went with one of my favorite desserts: sticky rice with mango and coconut milk. The coconut ice cream they served it made the dish incredible!
The breakfast buffet at Saffron was also spectacular. Hotels in Asia do such a great job of mixing Western and Asian foods together, and Banyan Tree was no different. The breads and pastries were delicious, complete with Hong Kong-style pineapple buns. Want sushi for breakfast? Coming right up! The omelets were fantastic, as was the noodle bar. My personal favorites were the buns and the congee.
When it was time for a date night, my husband and I went to dinner at Belon. This on-property restaurant specializes in seafood and steak, and has a very romantic atmosphere. Each course was carefully crafted and presented in a creative way. Our first course was a soy-marinated tuna with avocado, sesame and seaweed, presented on top of a vented glass box that contained smoldering wood. Several courses were prepared tableside, one of which was a scallop dish that the chef prepared by heating up a big rock of Himalayan salt, and searing the scallop on top of the salt. We got to choose our own steak knives from a box of six different knife handles, and also what kind of pepper to use on our steaks, from a selection of six different flavors! Even the petit fours were presented with extra flair, sitting on a lighted box.
4. The pool is actually a waterpark
The Grand Resort Deck area is an epic outdoor facility, shared between the hotels in the Galaxy complex. There’s a lazy river, water slides, a wave pool, and several other types of pools and children’s water park features. The Banyan Tree itself also has an indoor pool, so your kids can splash around even during monsoon season!
5. You’ll get access to an impressive kids’ club
Securing childcare for your fabulous date night will be a breeze thanks to discounted access to the kids’ club at the neighboring JW Marriott Hotel Macau. It’s got lots of fun amenities for the kids, it’s beautifully designed, and it’s extremely high-tech.
6. Last, but absolutely not least, they’ve got one of the world’s best spas
Banyan Tree as a travel brand is renowned for its spas, but the Banyan Tree Spa Macau is like a whole other resort within the hotel. The massive spa lobby is a good indication of how expansive the rest of the space is. The bamboo courtyards are lit to seem as if guests are standing in broad daylight, and the rock gardens leading from one section of the spa to another are breathtaking. The treatment rooms are larger than an average Manhattan apartment, with soaring ceilings and natural elements, like verdant walls and bamboo groves. For the ultimate experience, book the Spa Royal Treatment Room, which comes with its own hydrotherapy room for the Tropical Rainmist experience.
The author received complimentary accommodations from Banyan Tree Macau for purposes of this review. All opinions are her own.
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About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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