Cotai Strip Macau Pictures
My recent trip to Cotai opens my eyes to this brand new Macau development. Cotai is the result of a major land reclamation project which joined the two islands of Coloane and Taipa. The reclaimed land in Cotai will be only used for casino entertainment resort developments and Las Vegas Sands Corporation owns the right of the name of “Cotai Strip”. The Cotai Strip is built in by Las Vegas Sands in such way to resemble the Las Vegas Strip. This is “The Strip” of the east.
There are five hotels/resorts under Las Vegas Sands located in Cotai Strip. They are The Venetian Macao-Resort Hotel, The Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sheraton Macao, Holiday Inn Macao and Conrad Macao.
I stayed at one of the Las Vegas Sands’ properties, Sheraton Macao. It is built together with Conrad Macao and Holiday Inn Macao. The architecture reminds me of Marina Bay Sands Singapore as they are owned by the same owner. It has been only a few years since when I was invited for the opening of Marina Bay Sands Singapore. MBS now is one of the top casino entertainment resorts in the world. The success story of entertainment resort is replicated to Las Vegas Sands casino resorts in Cotai Strip. The Conrad, Holiday Inn and Sheraton are connected to each other with a huge entertainment complex. For first timer, you can easily get lost inside the building. There are water falls inside the complex with retail shops and food and beverages outlets.
On the other side of the road, it is the Four Seasons Hotel and The Venetian Macao-Resort Hotel. They are link with a huge pedestrian bridge overlooking the Cotai Strip.The Venetian makes its name for its stunning interior. There is a small river within the resort with gondola services with all day long with bright artificial sky mimicking the real Venetian. On the other side of the resort, the interior design is inspired by the architecture in Italy. That’s why The Venetian attracts many visitors around the world. Thus, they offer various International brands in their shopping complex.
For the other hotels and resorts located at Cotai, they are not allowed to use the name “Cotai Strip” even though they are located at or near the strip.
At the City of Dreams, there are three hotels. They are Crown Towers, Hard Rock Hotel and Grand Hyatt. Thus, one of the highlights of Macau can be found in City of Dreams too. If there is a world class production that is so big and exclusive, it should be the “House of Dancing Water”. It is the world’s largest and most spectacular water based show that is worth a staggering US$ 250 million / HK$2 Billion / RM 800 million and it is exclusive to Macau in the City of Dreams Cotai.
Read: House of Dancing Water Macau Review
If you like to party rock and hard, there is a Hard Rock Hotel. You can stay, shop, dine or party at the hard rocking hotel. Remember to grab those limited edition items at the Hard Rock shop.
On the other side, there is also the Galaxy Macau. More hotels are coming to the Cotai soon.
Developments can be seen at Cotai with on-going constructions. Future resorts or hotels to be constructed at Cotai include Okura Hotel, Bayan Tree Hotel, W Hotel, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Marriot Hotel, Playboy Hotel, Caesars Golf Hotel, Wynn Cotai and MGM Cotai.
If you have been to Macau numerous times without visiting Cotai, you should go again. It is a “Vegas” down there!
How to go to Cotai Strip:
You can take the hotels in Cotai’s shuttle buses at the pier or at the airport for FREE. The shuttle bus also available at designated bus stops (please check with the hotel for the exact timetable) or else you can take a taxi ride from the main island, it won’t cost much.