Mandarin Oriental — Macau, China
Better known as the Las Vegas of Asia, Macau’s excessive deluge of glitzy casinos, colossal hotels and extravagant malls can be a somewhat high octane experience. The newly launched Mandarin Oriental though - the only non-gaming hotel on the Peninsula - is a calming salve for those on the quest for some respite.
Located on the waterfront,the hotel comprises a sweep of 213 richly textured rooms, most with widespread vistas of Taipa Island, the familiar spire of the Macau Tower and the rolling hills of the South China coastline in the distance.
Part of the mixed-use complex, One Central, the abundance of shops are bound to keep you busy, but we suggest a short stroll to downtown Macau, where ancient Chinese temples sit on streets paves with traditional Portuguese tiles. Meander along narrow cobbled lanes to the Ruins of St Pauls and Guia Fort for panoramic views of the city, before heading back to the hotel lobby for afternoon tea or a quiet cocktail in Vida Rica bar.
And if all that is not sufficiently calming, the Mandarin Oriental Spa wins extra points for its serene setting and its menu of holistic therapies.