With bright lights and flamboyant architecture seemingly everywhere on Macau’s Cotai Strip, you might think it impossible for this glitzy row of entertainment complexes to fit in yet another world-class resort. But you’d be wrong. The Parisian Macao, complete with replica mini Eiffel Tower, is preparing to open its polished French doors on September 13. Brought to us by Sands China, The Parisian is set to rival its sister site, The Venetian Macao, in the opulence stakes.
In case the name – or the Eiffel Tower – doesn’t make it clear enough, the new integrated resort is dedicated to presenting an authentic Parisian experience akin to that of the iconic Paris Las Vegas. It’s all about making you feel like you’re well and truly in France – mime artists, buskers and street performers gather and perform in the complex’s grand boulevards, which are tastefully crowded by sidewalk cafés and bistros. Food and beverage highlights include the international Le Buffet, the traditional Gallic bistro Brasserie, The Parisian Pool Bar, which plates up casual bites in an alfresco setting, and the showstopper-in-waiting, Le Chine. Located on the sixth floor of the Eiffel Tower and with sweeping views of the Cotai Strip, this fine diner is to offer pan-Asian fare with an array of French elements.
The Sands China team has just allowed us entry into both the half-scale Eiffel Tower and the Parisian Macao Hotel which stands majestically behind it. We’re told the resort is to bring the French capital’s famed art scene to our doorstep in the form of striking architecture and décor inside the hotel. From ostentatious gilded doors inspired by the Palais Garnier to majestic marble-lined dome ceilings and a replica Fontaine des Mers and Place Vendôme, the entire complex has been designed with iconic Parisian architecture in mind. It’s well worth stopping to admire the many 17th century antique rugs, crystal chandeliers, silk textiles and chinoiserie porcelains the resort showcases throughout its ornate halls.
Of course, the only real way to complete your experience of the ultimate Parisian lifestyle is with a trip to the Eiffel Tower. Amble along The Parisian’s love-lock bridge to the grandest, tallest, most realistic replica Tour d’Eiffel in the world, approximately half the height of the original structure, and by no means lacking in impressiveness. Atop the tower is the 37th floor observatory that overlooks the marvels of the city’s skyline and far beyond. The view from above is just as stunning as that from below, as the tower is to be an integral part of the resort’s electrifying light show that’s soon to illuminate the city with a romantic, sultry glow on a nightly basis.
The lavish hotel boasts nearly 3,000 guestrooms alongside comprehensive, inclusive facilities and amenities that make it an ideal destination for family holidays. A wonderland for both the high-energy youngster and the refined adult, the resort is equipped with not only a themed water park and a 21,000sq ft kids’ club but also a rejuvenating spa centre and a 1,200-seat theatre. If nothing else, though, Paris is a global fashion capital and the boulevards that comprise Shoppes at Parisian are set to be a fabulous reminder of that, with 170 boutiques in a setting that beautifully recreates Paris’ well-trodden shopping strips. The fashion on offer is set to include an exciting mix of both Parisian brands and couture that’s new to Macau, including labels like Antonia, Sonia Rykiel, Temptation, Garel Paris, Herzo and Isabelle Langlois.
A weekend in Paris has long been a pipe dream for many of us on this side of the world. But, at a fraction of the time and cost, The Parisian is to turn this fantasy into a tempting reality. From September 13, you won’t have to endure a long plane ride to stroll down the Champs Elysées or immerse yourself in the grandeur of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. All you’ll need is a ferry ticket. Haidee Chu
The Parisian Macao, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau; parisianmacao.com. Open Sep 13.