With slots ringing, lights beaming and fountains flowing, Macau is no doubt a hedonistic getaway in Asia that people describe as overflowing with excess. But even when all the five-star hotels are fully booked and the hoards of pedestrians spoil your good mood, there’s still The Waterside, a hidden gem where you can sit back and make yourself at home. Located in Macau’s most prestigious residential area, The Waterside is an exclusive building with 59 apartments occupying the entire Tower Six of One Central Residences, just a few steps away from the Mandarin Oriental, Macau.
In contrast to the shocking 40-square-foot apartments in Hong Kong, a newly-furnished 4,400 square foot apartment (HKD 200,000 a month) seems like nothing but paradise. Applying authentically Asian aesthetics, this four-bedroom space is brought to life with opulent, contemporary design incorporating rich colour choices and bold focal detailing. From the masterpieces by well-known Chinese and Vietnamese artists lining the space to the entirely mirrored floor-to-ceiling wall in the dining room, you can hardly find a better way to pamper yourself than this – not to mention the 24-hour private clubhouse, where you can enjoy an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gym, spa, yoga, theatre and more. Of course, a day in Macau wouldn’t be complete without a good meal.
The city is famous for its authentic Portuguese cuisine; however, when you wander off the Rua do Cunha in Taipa, you’ll come across Casa de Tapas, one of the city’s finest restaurants. Led by Chef Alfredo M. Pérez-Dobón Batlles, Casa de Tapas offers contemporary Spanish creations. Their signature lamb skewers are a must-try – the pink, tender, cumin-scented lamb sirloin delighted us all. Finish the day off with a visit to the famed House of Dancing Water, the world’s largest water extravaganza produced by Franco Dragone, the creative mastermind behind Cirque du Soleil. Enjoy the theatrical thrill ride with spectacular performances from over 80 gymnasts, dancers, divers and motorcyclists around a record-breaking 3.7 million gallons of water in the central stage pool.