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Published: June 20th 2018
Macau has surpassed Las Vegas to become the undisputed top gambling spot in the world.
When Macau overtook Las Vegas in 2007 as the location producing the most gambling revenue, it established itself as the world’s premier casino and gaming hub. In the process, this special administrative region of China’s southeast coast has also become a sought-after travel destination for gamblers, socialites and party-loving visitors off all stripes. It’s easy to understand why. The casinos are open 24/7, and there’s an abundance of nightlife popping off at all hours of the night. Macau is a high-energy hot spot around the clock. The Need for Spa Time: A Getaway within a Getaway
But what happens when you’re in Macau and you need a little respite from the bright gambling floor lights, pounding beats and throngs of party hardy revelers? You, dear traveler, need to check into a day spa and treat yourself to an experience of complete relaxation immersion.
Fortunately, Macau is home to many first-class spas and wellness centers ready to accommodate your every rejuvenating wish. Take the same care you might when planning your casino trip
to Macau as you would planning how you’ll unwind once you get there. Resort Casinos Serve Up High-Class Wellness
It comes as no surprise that Macau boasts
Macau Monthly Gaming Revenue
Monthly gambling revenue in Macau routinely passes $20 billion (MOP) or roughly, $2.5 billion (USD).
a number of spas thanks to the nearly 40 large resort casinos located here. The in-house day spa has been a staple of luxury hotels for decades, which is excellent news if you’re staying at one. You may not even have to leave the property to get the massage, facial or body wrap of your dreams!
If you’re a traveler with discerning tastes, you may recognize the Four Seasons as a global leader in next-level luxury hotels. The Four Seasons Hotel Macau
extends their impressively high standards to the Four Seasons Spa with an array of treatments centered on European and Asian techniques. Fourteen beautifully appointed spa suites await to host your deep dive into relaxation with a services menu that includes six types of massages and facials, hand and foot therapy and refined add-ons like eye enhancement and body scrub.
Dubbed signature rituals, the Four Seasons Spa also offers one-of-a-kind body treatments: The Orange Road and The Organic Garden. The Orange Road features an enriching vitamin C essence body scrub and mask followed by a Lomi-Juma body massage sure to engage all your senses. A trip to The Organic Garden starts with a body polish
Room at Sofitel’s So SPA
A couple’s massage treatment room at Sofitel’s So SPA.
and scrub of organic rose before finishing with a nourishing application of jasmine body oils.
What if you don’t feel like leaving your hotel room while enjoying the pinnacle of opulence that is Four Seasons? Worry not for the spa experience comes to you with the resort’s indulgent in-room service packages.
The Banyan Tree Macau
is home to the appropriately named Banyan Tree Spa, a self-proclaimed “Sanctuary of the Senses,” promoting a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being. Traditional Asian treatments appear frequently on the services menu here, which stirs tranquility with merely a readthrough
Go for the signature Royal Banyan package, and you’ll understand why Banyan Tree Spa is TripAdvisor.com’s top-rated spa in Macau, according to user reviews. This 150-minute relax fest includes a sesame oil-soaked herbal pouch massage of varying techniques, Chinese foot massage and apple green tea bath finisher. Also available are irresistible wellness rituals focusing on purification, balance, renewal, vitality and re-energization.
The Parisian Macao
is a 3,000-room luxury megaresort featuring regal touches of French refinement in every corner. The property even boasts a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower
adjacent to the main hotel building! Naturally, you can expect the utmost in relaxation when visiting Le SPA’tique, the resorts’ on-premise boutique spa. Body treatments are rendered in tranquil, elegantly designed private rooms and accentuated with the best French skincare products.
The pomegranate and apricot body scrub is a highly recommended treatment during the summer months at this 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards winning facility. The vitamin-rich, anti-aging cocktail of beneficial fruits will rejuvenate your skin and have you looking quite radiant. Another lovable aspect of Le SPA’tique is that you can take the experience home with you. Many of the beauty and body products used at the spa are available for sale as a private label line. Sofitel
is another one of the planet’s unquestionably posh hotel and resorts brands. It, therefore, stands to reason that So SPA at Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 provides a wellness experience that’s nothing short of extraordinary. A World Luxury Spa Awards winner in 2015 and 2016, So SPA blends both Eastern and Western treatments on their services menu.
If you’re seeking a ritual unlikely to be found in other spas, look no further than So SPA’s spin on Moroccan-style hammam. It’s a three-hour bath treatment unraveling over three indulgent acts: a black soap scrub, rhassoul (or ghassoul) wrap and peaceful massage finale. And if that’s not enough, you get to meditate in a specially designed Relaxation Room at the conclusion of this serene program. A Standalone Standout
In Macau, quality spas aren’t exclusively found in sprawling resort hotels. Day Spa Nirvana, with a scenic location facing Nam Van Lake, carries the distinction of Macau’s first free-standing spa. It’s a retreat well worth visiting as Nirvana offers a delightful blend of cultural treatment techniques borrowing from China, Bali, Thailand and India.
Pamper yourself with exotic Ayurvedic, Shirodhara or Shiatsu treatments, or enjoy a relaxing deep-tissue massage with aromatherapy. The Double Decadence for couples is a signature favorite here. This premium package features aroma salt glow exfoliation and aromatic massage, radiance facial and manicure/pedicure for her as well as salt glow exfoliation, deep-tissue massage, purifying facial and a maintenance manicure/pedicure for him.
The bright lights never dim in Macau, which is why millions flock there yearly from mainland China
and around the globe. However, spending some quiet time in treatment at a spa will have you feeling refreshed and energized throughout your stay. Party hard, win big and take advantage of the opportunities to rejuvenate in luxury.
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