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The Cotai Strip: One Night at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel


What is Cotai Strip? The Cotai Strip is the heart of Macao’s pulsating entertainment and leisure district. There are more than 60 international restaurants, bars and lounges within the Cotai Strip, offering dozens of cuisines from every corner of the globe, from Brazilian to Indian, Japanese to Italian, and all the regions of China including local Macanese dishes too. The Cotai Strip is surrounded by a unique cultural heritage. Our own fleet of over 150 coaches connects you in minutes to airport, ferry terminals and land crossings. Cotai Strip Macao is a destination where you can achieve meetings success with ease.

Also in Macau: The Ruins of St Paul’s | Lord Stow’s Portuguese Egg Tarts | More photos on Facebook

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CotaiJet™ departs from the Hong Kong-Macao ferry terminal in Sheung Wan every 30 minutes throughout the day from 7:00 a.m., and every hour on the hour after 7:00 p.m. Once you arrive in Macau at the Taipa Ferry Terminal, The Venetian Macao is just 5 mins away via the complimentary Venetian shuttle bus.
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Of the various ways to visit Macau we chose to experience the CotaiJet high-speed catamaran. Pictured here is Cotai First cabin with an attendant taking our orders. More info: http://cotaijet.com.mo/
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I feel it's only fair to warn you that if you are prone to motion sickness I would advise choosing a less turbulent means of transport. I felt a little giddy just before we arrived Macau and thankful the condition didn't escalate to the point of ruining my visit.
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All of the vessels are painted in exciting blue, with a fountain flowing with gold and sparkling stars. In the distance the famous Macau Tower that has been featured in a number of TV shows.
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The highest structure in Macau, the Macau Tower, standing at 338m is a breathtaking. Although I didn't get to visit the Tower, I did see it upclose driving past it at night and I imagine the view from the observation deck would be pretty awesome on a good day or night.
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I took this passing shot of The Venetian Macao on the complimentary Venetian shuttle bus. The total size of The Venetian Macao is equivalent to 56 football fields. That's big enough to park close to 100 Boeing 747 jumbo jets!
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The Venetian Macao hotel is just plain huge and the attention to detail is a visual treat.

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The Venetian Macao welcomed their 8 millionth customer just 133 days after opening. That's an average of 60,000 visitors per day. On opening night - Aug 28, 2007 - more than 76,000 visitors entered the doors.
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Chandelier after chandelier lights up the hallway where I captured this on the G11 while waiting for the lift. The amount of electricity consumption would not be prepaid friendly I tell you.

The pitch: “The newly launched Famiglia Suite (Family Suite) is one of a kind in Macau. The Suite features a vibrant and colourful play corner which has everything kids love, including video game consoles, DVD players and a bunk bed. It is complete with child safety measures ensuring parents can relax and enjoy themselves without any worries. The perfect Suite for a family getaway.” The Family Suite we checked into thankfully had no bunk bed but a sofa bed that made more sense for our purpose. [ see panoramic view of the room ].

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I have stayed in many hotels and photographed many beds and this is by far one of the more inviting beds I've come across. As I said, the attention to detail at The Venetian Macao is pretty impeccable.
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Due to the bad weather, my mom and the kids catch a bit of TV while we get ready to head downstairs to check out the rest of the hotel while waiting for rain to stop.

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Because the kids were with us (both under the legal age to enter the casino) this is as far as we went. I wasn't all that keen to venture inside on my own.
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The signature monument at the hotel you simply won't miss especially when you're lost you're likely going to walk or run past it more than once.

Also in Macau: The Ruins of St Paul’s | Lord Stow’s Portuguese Egg Tarts | More photos on Facebook

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This area of the hotel features electronically controlled sky similar to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas

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There are dedicated restaurants serving Chinese, Japanese, Western and Asia-International cuisines and there's also the convenience of the ever so popular food court (pictured here).
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There are 51 Italian gondolas with serenading gondoliers that ply the waters of three indoor canals and outdoor lagoon. If you spend just 5 minutes in each of the 350 Grand Canal Shoppes, it would take over 29 hours to shop them all.

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No trip to the Venetian Macao would be complete without a graceful and romantic glide down the Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola, accompanied by a singing gondolier. Come and visit now! Take home a photograph as a souvenir, to remember your wonderful ride.

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With its gorgeous facade it's no surprise The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel is popular wedding photo hotspot.

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