Macau may be known for its casinos but there’s so much more than just casinos and clubs, so head over to our sister S.A.R. for an unforgettable family-friendly vacay!
Before kids your trips to Macau were probably an entirely different affair, but instead of mourning for your crazy getaways of the past – don’t worry! You can still thoroughly enjoy what Macau has to offer, even with the kids in tow! These hotels make for a super easy break, with multiple kid-friendly amenities, pools and room packages perfect for families. Swipe right to see some of the hotels we’re hitting with the kids this summer (see – it’s not just single millennials that get to have all the fun swiping right!).
This is a kid’s city! No, really. City of Dreams has Kid’s City which is literally every child’s dream. This indoor and outdoor fun zone is for kids up to age 17 and has four main zones to check out: Dream, Excite, Create, and Explore. You can expect giant futuristic slides and epic climbing structure for adventurous little ones. But for those a little less rambunctious, there are DIY workshops and VR experiences. If you’re wanting to take in a show then be sure to check out the water-themed extravaganza that is The House of Dancing Water, an epic love story brought to life with breathtaking dancing and aquatic stunts. There are four hotels to choose from at this complex: Nuwa, The Countdown Hotel, and Grand Hyatt Macau plus the brand new Morpheus Hotel which opened on 15 June 2018.
City of Dreams Macau, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, 853 8868 6688, www.cityofdreamsmacau.com
It’s all about location, location, location with the Grand Coloane resort. Sat just above Hac Sa Beach and only 10 minutes away from the action of the Cotai Strip. Grand Coloane Resort is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. The cherry on the top at this resort is the Kid’s Club for children ages 4 to 12. It offers half-day and full-day activity programmes to entertain and educate kids in a safe and fun environment: arts and crafts, games, sports, treasure hunts, face painting, and there’s even a bouncy castle. But here’s the kicker – kids aged 0 to 18 enjoy free breakfast and an extra bed is inclusive with the room rate. Kids aged 0 to 5 dine for free and children aged 6 to 18 can enjoy a 50% dining discount!
This summer, the Family Camp Getaway promotion is also worth checking out. It includes one night’s accommodation in a Superior Garden View room and with a special, super cute tent set-up for the ultimate fort experience. It also includes a buffet breakfast at Café Panorama and a picnic basket lunch on the picturesque garden lawn for a family of four. Complimentary bike rental allow you to venture outside of the resort but we’re struggling to think why you would want to leave…
Grand Coloane Resort, 1918 Estrada de Hac Sa, Coloane, Macau, China, 853 2887 1111, www.grandcoloane.com
One of the more affordable offerings along the Cotai Strip, this four-star hotel is great for water babies, as there are six pools encircled by private cabanas, with daily poolside summer activities including water polo and “fishing”. The 75 square meter Superior or Deluxe Suite is ideal for families, as it features a separate living area where you can set up extra beds or a cot if needed. There is also the Qube 2 Kid’s Play Zone where children can spend the whole day. This is a fabulous child friendly environment and your little ones will not want to leave (we’ll leave you to deal with the strops on the ferry ride home…).
Holiday Inn Macau, No. 82-86, Rua de Pequim, Macau, China, 853 2878 3333, www.ihg.com
Konnichiwa! At Hotel Okura Macau, chill out and indulge in some Japanese culture by taking part in a tea ceremony at the Zen Gardens here. Alternatively get wet and wild at the world’s largest Sky-top Aquatic Adventure River Ride and Sky-top Wave Pool. Frolic on the white, sandy beach or slip ‘n’ slide down one of the many, many waterslides. If the weather is working against you, switch it up at the indoor pool or escape to the UA Cinema for all of this year’s summer blockbusters. With four restaurants within the hotel, serving up Japanese, Western and Asian fare, there is definitely something for all tastes.
Hotel Okura Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, Macau, China, 853 8883 8883, www.hotelokuramacau.com
The JW Marriott Macau is the newest addition to the epic Galaxy Macau complex. It has a dedicated kid’s pool which is sure to be a family hit. It also has a whole plethora of “world’s largest” features, including the world’s largest JW Kids Club (open 9.30am to 9:30pm) and access to the Grand Resort Deck, featuring the world’s largest Sky-top Wave Pool and the new Sky-top Adventure Rapids, which is – you guessed it! – the world’s largest aquatic rapid adventure at 575 meters long.
JW Marriott Macau, Estrada de Baia da Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Macau, China, 853 8886 6888, www.galaxymacau.com
Has your little one been good this year? Okay, so it may not be Christmas, but this is the perfect place to treat your little one at Kid’s Cavern, the biggest kid’s store in Macau! Let your child loose at Candy House, Princess Beauty House and Toy Kingdom but head our warning; once you go in, you’re coming out with a million new toys and trinkets you’ll have to lug back to HK. Book any one of the four hotels in this complex for a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend getaway: The Conrad, Holiday Inn, The Sheraton, and Sheraton Towers.
Sands Cotai Central, Cotai Strip, Macau, Hong Kong, 853 8118 3643, www.sandscotaicentral.com
Take the clan to the family suite at the Sheraton Grand Macao where you’ll find extra special touches to make your kid’s stay unforgettable: a children’s craft table and kid-sized bathrobes and slippers. Cute! We’re imagining some adorable family photoshoots in matching robes! The Sheraton also offers babysitting services for ages 3 and above and is fully prepared for families with cribs, strollers and baby chairs on hand! If you’re in town on Saturday or Sunday evening, reserve a beanbag and chow down on popcorn at the poolside restaurant Sala, where movies suitable for the whole fam are screened.
Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Sands Cotai Central, Estrada Do Istmo, Macau, China, 853 2880, 2000, www.sheratongrandmacao.com
At the very heart of Macau, The Parisian Macau offers the feeling and glamour of the City of Love with the epic Eiffel Tower Macau! Hotel guests staying at the Parisian Macau from now until 19, December 2018 can enjoy free entry to the Eiffel Tower and guests can make use of buy-one-get-one-free tickets to Aqua World! Children (and parents!) will be thrilled with the gorgeous pool areas here, with fabulous water features including a wading pool for the littlest ones and, wait for it – pirate ships armed with water guns! Once your kid is tired of being in the water (it may take a while…) then you can check out Qube Kingdom (an epic indoor and outdoor play area spanning over 20,000 square feet) for two hours of play for MOP 130. There are climbing nets, slides and a carousel straight out of Les Jardins de Luxembourg!
The Parisian Macau, Lote 3, Strip, Est. do Istmo, Macau, China, 853 2882 8833, www.parisianmacao.com
Built as a highbrow art space that primarily hosts exhibitions, MGM Macau might be a better fit for older kids but it can still delight its younger guests. Kids can meet creatures of the deep at the MGM Aquarium which features a breathtaking, unobstructed 360-degree view of the aquatic life inside. The exotic fish include panther grouper, blue moon angelfish, and clownfish. Make sure to catch the divers just in time for the feeding sessions!
MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, NAPE, Macau, China, 853 7702 8888, www.mgm.mo
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