While gambling has been legal in Macau since the 1850s, it wasn’t until the 1960s, when the now iconic Casino Lisboa was built, that the gaming industry on the peninsula really took off. Now with a total of 33 establishments - many of which are open 24 hours a day - the industry continues to boom, generating around half of the city’s official revenue.
If - like most - you’re planning a two day gambling and guzzling spree, then all the more reason to opt for a property that gives you no excuse to leave. We place our bets on the Conrad hotel. Part of the Sands Cotai Central Resort - one of the larger casinos on the peninsula - it not only comprises its own facilities from a health club and spa to three restaurants - but it also benefits from the establishment’s offerings which - including 11 eateries - is directly connected to The Shoppes, a mammoth duty-free shopping centre that also links to the Four Seasons and Venetian properties.
And while the Conrad is one of four other hotel brands - including the St. Regis, Holiday Inn and Sheraton - that are housed in Sands Cotai Central, it earns extra points for its ‘Concierge App’, which not only gives you more time on the slots by allowing you to pre check-in, but any special requests can also be also be pre-ordered, to be ready on arrival.