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Galaxy Macau presents Zombie Fight Club Gala Premi 

Celebrate the Arrival of 2014 Infiniti Q50 at Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Macau Unveils Jaguar F-Type S Coupé

Foodies’ Choice Lucky Draw  

China Rouge Party 

Festiva invites you to experience authentic Yangzhou cuisine for a mouth-watering culinary adventure.

Online Charity Voting

Enjoy the King of Fruits at Festiva!

The year-long Star Voices concert series presents musical performances by 12 sensational Macau artists, with shows held at StarWorld Hotel’s Whisky Bar

The Star Divas are enchanting guests and visitors to StarWorld Hotel over the summer

Galaxy Macau’s guests can enjoy a stunning Peacock Dance Performance in the Diamond Lobby over the summer

Tiger Huang and music partner Ricky Xiao sat down with denise li ahead of Huang’s debut concert at StarWorld Hotel

Taiwanese rock singer-songwriter WU BAI and his band CHINA BLUE wooed an audience of VIPs at Galaxy Macau

Lucy

Into the Storm

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Guardians of the Galaxy

Hercules (3D)

Jupiter Ascending

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

How to Train Your Dragon 2

UA Galaxy Cinemas played host to a French Film Festival, followed by the Asian Film Summer Showcase

The cast and crew of Naked Ambition 2 enjoyed a world-class meal at Galaxy Macau’s newly launched Hong Kong Gold Medal Seafood Hot Pot

The new Chinese Tea with “Dim Sum” cocktail from CHINA ROUGE’s creative mixologists is a treat to behold, sip and eat

Hot Scotch

Go with the Flow

The Star for All Seasons cocktail, from the Whisky Bar at StarWorld Hotel, lives up to its name, scooping a coveted Hofex award

Guests at Gosto enjoyed a wine-pairing menu and the insights afforded by the restaurant’s Wine Market

International Buffet Dining with Live Cooking Theaters

Traditional Cantonese Seafood

Contemporary Italian Cuisine

Elegant Korean Barbecue

A Taste of Old Macau

Authentic Thai Cuisine

Time to Unwind

A New Journey of Tastes

An authentically Spanish feast tempted guests at StarWorld Hotel’s Temptations restaurant in the summer

StarWorld Hotel is serving up an irresistible, six-course Cantonese set lunch on weekends

Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion members enjoyed a fascinating culinary journey at StarWorld Hotel, courtesy of master chef DaDong

Festiva is serving up authentic cuisine from Jiangsu, Yangzhou and Fuzhou, as part of the restaurant’s Chinese Regional Cuisine Promotion, finds disha daswaney

Mercedes-Benz kept VIP guests and isabel lok guessing during a C-Class launch event at CHINA ROUGE, featuring champagne, music, dance, and a large dose of magic

Galaxy Macau is hosting an exhibition of works by masters of contemporary art, with many of the paintings on display being seen for the very first time in Macau

Pramakrishnan sits down with one of the fashion industry’s most affable, stylish men – iconic Hong Kong designer DORIAN HO

Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion VIPs and other distinguished guests toasted Galaxy Macau’s third anniversary in style with Chopard

A daring first in Macau, a free climb by “the French Spider-Man” inaugurated Galaxy Macau’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 City, with a lucky draw for Galaxy Privilege Club VIPs

As Galaxy Macau gears up for the launch of its exciting second phase, faith malmer learns all the latest from GEG’s KEVIN CLAYTON and ALAN WALKER

Piaget

3D-Gold Jewellery

Panerai

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Davidoff

Roger dubuis

IWC

Taiwanese diva Tsai Chin serenaded GEG VIPs in the Banyan Tree Ballroom

Dicky Cheung and Eddie Ng gave an exclusive concert at StarWorld Macau

Galaxy Macau won 17 accolades at the 1st Restaurant Industry Occupational Safety and Health Awards

Two Galaxy Macau chefs placed at this year’s Macanese Cooking Competition

With great strides made in sustainability and environmental conservation over the past year, Galaxy Macau has been rewarded with ISO 14001 certification

Festiva scooped the U Magazine My Favorite Restaurant at a Macau Hotel award

Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel were honored at this year’s China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards

StarWorld Hotel has garnered the Macau Elite Service Hotel Award for a third consecutive year

GEG properties won five hospitality-industry “Oscars” in 2014

What a year it’s been so far for Galaxy Macau – and we’re only halfway through

Pride and Privilege

The Galaxy Privilege Club really knows how to indulge its members – ensuring they know how greatly their loyalty is appreciated by showering them with one-of-a-kind gifts made from diamonds and gold

Pros & Concierge

The lastest version

28 MERCEDES-BENZ EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU

The first champion of “World Baccarat Master of Macau” wins HK$1 million in cash!

Chinese Contemporary Art of Excellence at Galaxy Macau! 

Privilege Collection

World Baccarat Master of Macau

Contemporary Art of Excellence

Guangdong ‧Hong Kong‧Macau Lantern Design Competition 2014

Galaxy Entertainment Group Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

The New Mercedes-Benz C-Class VIP Party 

24-hour Cinematic Entertainment only at UA Galaxy Cinemas

Hong Kong Gold Medal Seafood Hot Pot Opening Offer

Galaxy Macau wins 4 awards at 2014 International Top Chefs Competition

Peacock Prosperity Performance  

The 3rd Anniversary of Galaxy Macau

Ultimate Cigar and Whisky Pairing Journey

We are proud to announce that Galaxy Macau continued its run of culinary success at the prestigious 5th Macanese Cooking Competition for Professionals.

Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel came out on top for the second year running at the 2013 Exmoo Macau Elite Service Awards

A sparkling evening last November saw StarWorld Hotel lauded by TVB Weekly for a third straight year

The New Palace of Asia was commended by the Hurun Report and Agoda.com for its performance in 2013

Galaxy entertainment Group’s flagship properties gained coveted recognition at the Starlight Awards

The Macau marathon saw GEG continue its title sponsorship and the company’s team members again take home the Group Trophy

The New Palace of Asia laid on a panoply of festive Poon Choi dishes in celebration of the Lunar New Year

The Banyan Tree Ballroom was the scene of much merriment in February

This spring, let GEG draw you in with the promise of luxury lifestyle experiences, including a six-star vacation in Vietnam by private jet, and a sensational sojourn in New York City – have we got your “Spidey” senses tingling?

The Reserve Your Happiness Wedding Fair in February let guests in on the secrets to a perfect wedding, writes : LUCY MORGAN

Celebrity chefs from Bangkok created a royal Thai banquet for VIP guests at the Angliss Macau fifth-anniversary dinner

Visitors to a jade exhibition in February had the chance to admire the world’s most exquisite jade and jadeite artworks, as well as learn about the art of fine jade carving

Three of Galaxy Macau’s devoted, passionate team members tell about their career so far

Marrying the qualities of freshness, uniqueness and authenticity, the best dim sum is to be found at Galaxy Macau

Privileged guests enjoyed an exquisite whisky-pairing dinner at the Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge

Laurel takes fine dining to the next level with its sophisticated ambience and exceptional cuisine

Anyone can learn culinary secrets from Galaxy Macau’s world-class chefs, simply by tuning in to the resort’s upcoming gourmet channel

learns the secrets of preparing authentic Thai food from a native master of the cuisine: Saffron’s Chef GINA PUNGJAROENKIJKUL

European Fine Dining

Time to Unwind

Innovative Thai Cuisine

A Taste of Old Macau

Elegant Korean Barbecue

Traditional Chinese Desserts

Authentic Kaiseki Cuisine

Contemporary Italian Cuisine

International Buffet Dining with Live Cooking Theaters

Fluffy Puff

Marvelously Moreish

Tea Time

The master wine list at Galaxy Macau contains some rare and unusual treasures – many of them new in 2014

Celebrity author RONNY LAU hosted an evening of fine wine, cuisine and music at Galaxy Macau, where he found perfect harmony at Gosto

Hot Scotch

The Finest Sake

CHINA ROUGE celebrates its second anniversary – and what a couple of years it’s been

Ensconced in Galaxy Macau’s forbidden chamber, discovers the exquisite, newly launched Feast for Eyes private soiree

The stellar cast of The White Storm made waves at The New Palace of Asia at the film’s gala premiere in November 2013

UA Galaxy Cinemas showcased this year’s Oscarnominated movies in the run-up to the Academy Awards

Film buffs can savor private screenings in the lap of luxury courtesy of UA Galaxy Cinemas’ brand-new Director’s Club 18

Talented R&B-and-rock artist DAVID TAO delivered a captivating performance for his exclusive Indulge with Me show at Galaxy Macau

Fresh from an exceptional live performance, the bandmates who make up GRASSHOPPER sat down with to share their thoughts on life, Macau and showbiz

The latest additions to the Foot Hub’s treatment menu include the Traditional Acupressure Body Massage and the Therapeutic Body Massage, both antidotes to a stressful or sedentary lifestyle

With its fascinating exhibitions featuring large reproductions of the city’s buildings, the Macao Museum is the perfect place to learn about the territory’s history

The Macao Arts Festival andbInternational Dragon Boat Races are on the calendar for spring

The Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion Black promises its members access to the most exclusive benefits and the most luxurious rewards to be found anywhere in Macau

Multiple accolades went to Galaxy Macau’s Executive Chef Simon Tho Chee Siang at a prominent Malaysian food competition

A record-breaking eight awards went to Galaxy Entertainment Group at the 2013 MORS Gold Pin Competition

Wining and dining at StarWorld Hotel? The property’s accolades speak for themselves

Galaxy Macau The Amazing Spider-Man 2 City

French Spider-man at Galaxy Macau

Macau’s first Barehand climb by French Spider-man

Octopus payment service

12-over-the-top-pools

Exclusive dinner at The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge

《Sojourn to Portugal》

China-Taiwan-Macau Jade and Jadeite Exhibition

Happy Chinese New Year!

When it comes to a wedding cake the options are endless…

Lucky golden horse has arrived at Galaxy Macau 

Spring Couplets give-away activity 

Golden Countdown Party

Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel have more to offer their loyal guests than ever before, thanks to the new Galaxy Privilege Club program

The New Palace of Asia scooped an impressive half a dozen awards during the months of October and November 2013

StarWorld Hotel’s Temptations restaurant scores big on CNN Travel with its Portuguese Seafood Rice

The New Palace of Asia celebrates recent awards for its whisky offering as well as the achievements of the resort’s pastry team

Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel won industry top honors at the 2013 Winning Awards Presentation Ceremony

Galaxy magazine was awarded a bronze trophy at the 2013 Sinar Mas Print Awards

Yamazato restaurant’s sake list was singled out for recognition in 2013

SpaChina named a seven-hour session of treatments at Banyan Tree Spa Macau as Best Spa Treatment Package of 2013

Galaxy Macau’s Francis Valdellon won first place at the 2013 Young Chef Competition

World Tourism Day 2013 reminds us to save water – and Galaxy Macau clinches the gold at the tray race on the day

Vivian Chow treated Jinmen Premium Club and GPC Pavilion VIPs to an intimate concert in September 2013

Luxurious CHINA ROUGE was the setting for an exclusive concert by Eric Moo

Galaxy Privilege Club members enjoyed a consummate performance from Cantopop star Hacken Lee in December

First place and second runner-up both went to GEG team members at the Best Sommelier Greater China Competition 2013

Guests got a special treat at Festiva in August and September, when the restaurant hosted an irresistible Malaysian Food Festival

Galaxy Macau team members staged a glamorous fashion show in November 2013

CHARLES SO, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of StarWorld Hotel, talks to oliver clasper about his team’s dedication to service excellence – and what makes the property stand out on the hospitality landscape of Macau

At Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel, every guest is treated like royalty. The most glamorous stays of all though are reserved for the properties’ Jinmen Premium Club/Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion Black VIPs

Galaxy Macau’s East Square proved to be the perfect venue for the recent Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, writes faith malmer

Up-and-coming Chinese driver SUN ZHENG tells denise li about his dreams of becoming an F1 racer as he looks forward to his MGP debut with the Galaxy Double R Racing Team

Delectable dishes to nourish and fortify us over the colder months are available as part of Jin Yue Xuan’s winter menu

When sweet comforts tempt you in the wintertime, the delectable Chinese desserts on offer at Galaxy Macau are just the ticket

Chef de Cuisine You Sung Gi gives an introduction to Korean cuisine, and recommends some dishes to try at Galaxy Macau’s authentic Myung Ga restaurant

Galaxy Macau’s BBQ Chef de Cuisine Ray Chan weaves his magic to put an extraordinary spin on traditional Cantonese food

Cantonese Haute Cuisine

A Cha Chaan Teng Institution

An Innovative Take on Delightful Thai Cuisine

East Meets West

European Fine Dining

International Buffet Dining with Live Cooking Theaters

A Taste of Old Macau

Fluffy Puff

First-Rate Froyo

Marvelously Moreish

Tea Time

LUCY MORGAN meets Master of Wine JEANNIE CHO LEE, and discovers why Terrazza restaurant has been honored for distinction in wine

OLIVER CLASPER takes a tour of sublime whiskies to ward against the winter frost

A roundup of great-value, classic Bordeaux on the Galaxy Macau wine list

Go with the Flow

Savor the Finest Sake

It Takes Two

Theresa harold meets the amiable members of Far East Movement, as they prepare to take the stage at CHINA ROUGE

Cantopop group the Big Four presented a thrilling concert to a VIP audience at Galaxy Macau in October 2013

Sean Lau, Louis Koo and Sinje Lee lit up Galaxy Macau at the premiere of Out of Inferno (3D)

Banyan Tree Spa Macau’s Pampering Day has all the ingredients for seven hours of blissful R&R

Visitors to Macau’s Handover Gifts Museum can explore the entire panoply of art in China

From thought-provoking artworks to fascinating relics of tea culture to Lunar New Year celebrations, winter 2014 has plenty of activities to stimulate locals and visitors alike.  

Galaxy Double Racing Revs up for 60th Macau Grand Prix

Terrazza Goes Wild in November

CHINA ROUGE Halloween Special - True Stars Never Die 

Galaxy Macau Sponsors Galaxy Double R Racing Team for the 60th Macau Grand Prix

「Macallan DUO」 at The Macallan Whisky Bar and Lounge

“Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie de Genève 2013

Full Moon Party

Galaxy Macau National Day & Moon Festival Celebrative Lantern Design Competition 2013

The Smurfs 2 Summer Village

 “Reserve Your Happiness” Wedding Fair 

Reserve Your Happiness

Cooking Secrets of Chef Gleb Snegin

2013 New Year Party 

Christmas Dreamland

The 59th Grand Prix Macau

Here you are royalty

Genesis and Spirit

Hennessy Appreciation Journey ─ The Musee d’Hennessy

 The Stars Come Out at CHINA ROUGE

MOVIA WINE EVENT@TERRAZZA

UA Galaxy Cinemas and East Square Opening 

Halloween Night

Galaxy Macau Host Macau Debut of Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, world’s fastest production car!

Galaxy Macau - Grand Resort Deck

Miss NY Chinese Beauty Pageant 2011 - Goodwill Tour to Galaxy Macau

Jeannie Cho Lee MW Introduces You to The Nightcaps at Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Macau TV Commercial Premieres Online

Get Ready For 15 May,2011 Grand Opening

Galaxy Macau presents Zombie Fight Club Gala Premi

Thanks for the support! Zombie Fight Club Gala Premiere was successfully held at Galaxy Macau. Director Joe Chien and the main cast Andy On, Jessica C. were presented at Galaxy Macau to meet and greet the fans...

The 2nd Macau Horror Film Festival 
Be thrilled by the best horror movies from around the world. Watch four horror movies for the price of one ($200), for a full-on terror experience on 31 October.

Promotion Period: 31 October ~ 2 November 
Ticket Price on 31 October: MOP200
▶Online Ticketing: http://goo.gl/rngATz

Celebrate the Arrival of 2014 Infiniti Q50 at Galaxy Macau

On October 11 2014, over a hundred guests gathered in Macau’s premier integrated resort Galaxy Macau™ to celebrate the arrival of the 2014 Infiniti Q50, underlined the resort's position as the leading venue in Macau for prestigious product launches. Macau’s premier night spot CHINA ROUGE hosted another glamorous event.

Galaxy Macau resort has been selected by four luxury car brands during 2014 as the preferred location for a major product launch event, underpinning Galaxy Macau's position as a luxury lifestyle brand and experience for discerning guests.

Galaxy Macau Unveils Jaguar F-Type S Coupé

On October 9 2014, the sensational Jaguar F-Type S Coupé roared into town with a high octane event at Galaxy Macau. The arrival of the supercharged 380hp sports car, capable of reaching 100kmph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds, underlined the resort’s position as the preferred venue to bring world-renowned marques to Macau. CHINA ROUGE, Macau’s leading nightspot, hosted a prestigious event again.

Foodies’ Choice Lucky Draw

Vote here to get the chance to win MOP500 dining coupon of Tastes of Asia!

▶http://goo.gl/AkkWAW

Tastes of Asia: http://goo.gl/PZd5hh

China Rouge Party

Myriad Shades of Red 

Ladies / Gentlemen in one-piece red dress
Complimentary Entry

▶Join now: http://goo.gl/kN3maV
2014.8.29 | Happy Friday
Come and have fun! 
See you at #CHINAROUGE !

VIP Table Reservation: +853 8883 8383
chinarouge@galaxyentertainment.com

Festiva Buffet

Festiva invites you to experience authentic Yangzhou cuisine for a mouth-watering culinary adventure. Not to be missed is the popular Yangzhou Style Braised Goose, an exquisitely succulent dish made by marinating the bird in its own juices. Other signature dishes include Pork Meat Ball with Hairy Crab Meat plus Double Boiled Fish Maw Soup with Chicken and Chinese Ham.

★International favorites, fresh seafood, desserts and more, are also on the buffet for your enjoyment!
Buffet〡from MOP238 per person
Up to 30% off for all GPC members!
Details & Enquiries: +853 8883 2221

✔Book your table online now: http://goo.gl/JCXcsR

Online Charity Voting

1 Vote = MOP5 Donation = A Chance to Win MOP500 Dining voucher

The Finalists of #GalaxyMacau - The 4th Annual National Day and Moon Festival Celebration Lantern Design Competition are now online! Please vote for “My Favorite Celebrative Lantern” and get your chance to win MOP500 Dining voucher. For every vote cast, Galaxy Macau will make a MOP5 donation to #ORBISMacau.

Voting Date:2014.08.18 ~2014.8.26

T&C: http://goo.gl/vmip9y

Enjoy the King of Fruits at Festiva!

Calling all durian lovers! Enjoy fresh durian at the Festiva – Singapore Food Festival durian station from 1:30 - 2:30pm and 8 - 9pm every day till 17 Aug!

In addition to durian, you can enjoy many other Singapore favorites
Buffet〡from MOP238 per person
Up to 30% off for all GPC members!
Details & Enquiries: +853 8883 2221

▶Book your table online now – lhttp://goo.gl/ZK3rQu

All Stars

  StarWorld Hotel and the Macau Artistes Association proudly launched the Star Voices concert series in March this year. The concerts will see an array
of Macau artists perform at the property’s acclaimed Whisky Bar. The collaboration aims to provide a platform for talented Macau musicians to showcase their artistic creativity.
  The Star Voices’ lineup is, appropriately, a stellar one, with a different Macau singer or group featured each month over a year-long period. Performers taking part include popular singer-songwriter Terence Siufay as well as Vivian Chan, one of 10 finalists in the Hong Kong singing competition The Voice 2. Musical genres will range from pop and rock to R&B and jazz. The shows take place on the last Sunday evening of each month, with the final performance
scheduled for February 22, 2015.
  All the musicians have contributed to a golden autographed album, which can be seen on display at the Whisky Bar. Commenting on the launch of the
concert series, Charles So, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of StarWorld Hotel, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Macau Artistes Association to bring musical talents and music lovers together at the Whisky Bar. This initiative is in line with StarWorld Hotel’s commitment to promoting Macau culture to our guests from around the world.”
  “It’s our honor to collaborate with StarWorld Hotel through the Star Voices concert series,” said Jones Chong, Chairman of the Macau Artistes Association. “We look forward to providing music enthusiasts with greater opportunities to realize their full potential, while we unveil new and emerging musical talents in Macau.”
  Adding to the excitement around the concert series, the Whisky Bar has prepared four exclusive Star Voices cocktails, each one themed around a season of the year. Now, the Whisky Bar presents Summer Power House – a refreshing concoction made with Absolut Mandarin, Blue Curaçao, Midori, Malibu, pineapple juice and spiced rum.
  To reserve tickets or inquire about the concert schedule, contact the Whisky Bar. Limited seats are available for each concert, so get your tickets soon!

STAR VOICES CONCERT SERIES
Location: The Whisky Bar,
StarWorld Hotel
Dates: Last Sunday of the
month, until February 22, 2015
Reservations: Recommended
Telephone: 853 8290 8698

Click here to view full version: http://promo.galaxymacau.com/magazine/2014/summer

Divalicious

  Hang on to your hat, because the summer months just got even hotter! The Star Divas are delighting guests and visitors to StarWorld Hotel with regular performances, held every day from 12:30pm to 8pm in the hotel’s Grand Lobby and at various locations dotted around the property.
  The 15-minute dance performances, choreographed in five different styles, star six glamorous divas showcasing stunning outfits. The opening number sees the elegant divas resplendent in dazzling costumes and brilliant jewelry, as they play contestants in a beauty pageant. There follows the “Little Black Dress” solo dance routine, performed to the hit song From Paris to Berlin. The performances that follow incorporate elements of modern dance and street dance,
showcasing the grace of our gorgeous performing artists. For the finale, five of the divas dance alongside the singing prima donna. Routines entitled “We Are Dream Girls,” “Shining Divas,” “Fiery Divas” and “Sassy Divas” are also included in the varied program.
  So next time you’re at StarWorld Hotel, don’t miss the irresistible charm of the Star Divas!

Click here to view full version: http://promo.galaxymacau.com/magazine/2014/summer

DANCE DRAMA

  With their extravagant plumage, peacocks have been admired in cultures around the world since time immemorial. In Chinese tradition, the peacock symbolizes luck and prosperity. This summer, guests and visitors to Galaxy MacauTM will be greeted with wishes for a most auspicious stay at the resort by a troupe of beautiful peacock dancers in the Diamond Lobby.
  Featuring colorful lights, dramatic music, a waterfall and a moving, 4m-tall, sparkling Fortune Diamond, the magnificent show in the Diamond Lobby has long been a draw at Galaxy Macau. Now, the Fortune Diamond show will be followed by a lively flock of peacock dancers shimmering into the Diamond Lobby to delight guests and visitors.

  The peacock troupe will dance around the fountain in celebration of the auspiciousness conveyed by the Fortune Diamond. The enthralling performance will
incorporate elements of both modern and Chinese dance while also spreading good fortune among the audience members, who are welcome to have their
picture taken with the stunning feather on display at the end of the show.
  Check out the sublime Peacock Dance Performance in the Diamond Lobby every hour between 6pm and 9pm (except on Tuesdays).

Click here to view full version: http://promo.galaxymacau.com/magazine/2014/summer

Tiger’s tale

 The Grand Ballroom of StarWorld Hotel was filled with the dulcet tones of Tiger Huang at a special concert in June. Dubbed “the Queen of Pubs” in her native Taiwan, the singer has impressed audiences across Southeast Asia with her soulful voice. Arriving in Macau in early summer, the songstress presented her Stargaze at StarWorld Tiger Huang Music Show, exclusively for Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion and Jinmen Premium Club members. Huang invited her
touring partner, singer-songwriter Ricky Xiao, to be a guest performer at her debut show at StarWorld Hotel.
  With a wealth of touring experience under their belts, the duo delivered a sensational performance to the 500-strong audience of VIPs. Fans enjoyed
hearing many of Huang’s biggest hits, including You Are the Only One in My Heart, More than Friends, You Are My Eyes and the iconic Not that Simple. The duo took some time out on the day of the concert to chat with Galaxy magazine.

How do you feel about performing at StarWorld Hotel?
TH: This is my first time at StarWorld Hotel, so it’s a whole new experience for me. Ricky and I have toured many times together in so many different places. We’re used to giving intimate performances at similar venues. So we don’t have too many worries about the show. We’re expecting to meet some of the guests, and I think they’ll enjoy our set, as we’ve included many of my classic hits. We’ll definitely be enjoying ourselves.

RX: I’m so happy to be a special guest at Tiger’s show. We’ve been tour buddies for quite some time, and I can’t wait to share our music with the guests at StarWorld Hotel.

How does the creative process normally go when you’re working together?
TH: Ricky will write a song, and I’ll sing it. But I don’t know why he always writes such difficult songs for me – the ones he writes for other people are easier!

RX: Yes, ever since I wrote Not that Simple for Tiger, many singers have asked me to write something similar for them. But each song needs the right singer to deliver it. Very few people could manage Not that Simple as well as Tiger.

How are you enjoying your stay at StarWorld Hotel?
TH: What’s impressed me the most during our short stay has been the food. We’ve tried some amazing dishes that really went beyond my expectations.

RX: I’ve been so happy and excited about this trip, because there’s so much delicious food to try. I’ve basically tried every single restaurant in StarWorld Hotel since arriving yesterday. I like staying here: it’s really comfortable and relaxing.

What’s it like going on tour together?
TH: We’ve been on tour in so many places – every place is different, with its own particular features and character. But what remains the same is our approach to touring: wherever we go, we sing and we eat together.

RX: Yes – I hope there’ll be more chances to go on tour with Tiger, so that I can go to more different places and try more delicious food.

TH: Ricky might sing less during the show, but he’ll definitely outperform me on the eating front!

With a successful music career and so many hit songs behind you, what goals would you like to pursue in the future?
TH: I’ve never set goals for my career – I don’t think that way. I just love to sing, so that’s what I do. Whether I’m happy or sad, I just keep singing. I’ve
been singing for over 20 years now, so it’s become my life – my religion. I love doing it and I will always do it. I’m so grateful to have met Ricky and to have his wonderful songs in my life. Not that Simple has brought me before a much broader audience in Asia.

Click here to view full version: http://promo.galaxymacau.com/magazine/2014/summer

 

For the love of music

  Dubbed the “King of Live Music,” Wu Bai is one of the biggest names in the Mandorock world, regularly performing to sold-out stadiums and arenas. Both as a solo artist and as frontman of the band China Blue, Wu finds plenty of opportunities for tender moments within the melodic, guitar-driven rock that has been his signature since the 1990s.
  Besides performing for big crowds, Wu also makes time for intimate gigs at small venues such as pubs in his native Taiwan. In April, Galaxy Privilege Club
Pavilion and Jinmen Premium Club VIPs were treated to just one such intimate gig by Wu Bai & China Blue, in Galaxy MacauTM’s Banyan Tree Ballroom. Speaking to Galaxy magazine before the show, Wu said he was looking forward to interacting with the audience.

"When I think of Galaxy Macau, I think of a relaxing resort vacation.  Every time I look out my hotel-room window I see the white sand, the beach umbrellas, the waves glistening in the sunshine"

  “Macau audiences are especially passionate,” he added. “I hope we’ll all enjoy the show together.”
  Wu and his bandmates delivered a spirited performance, regaling the assembled VIPs with such hits as The End of Love, Norwegian Wood, If This Is Not
Love, Wanderer’s Love Song and A Beautiful New World. A mid-show interlude came in the form of an unplugged set featuring the songs Crying Man and You Love Me. For the encore, Wu Bai & China Blue played Passive and Love You for 10,000 Years – the perfect ending to a
captivating show.
  Asked about the secret to his success as a songwriter, Wu says, “I don’t seek out inspiration, because that’s not how it works: inspiration will come when it comes.” Like many artists, Wu is very sensitive to the world around him; it’s sometimes the smallest things that inspire him, he says. This unusual degree
of perceptiveness no doubt feeds into his ability to pen such touching lyrics and melodies. “Inspiration can come from an emotion I’ve experienced, or from
something I’ve observed in my daily life,” he adds. “Whenever I have a feeling about anything I’ve seen or experienced, I’ll write it down.”
  A returning performer to Galaxy MacauTM, the rockstar reveals that his concert was not the only thing he was eagerly anticipating on this visit. “When I think of Galaxy Macau, I think of a relaxing resort vacation,” he says. “Last time, the view from my room was of the white-sand beach and Skytop Wave Pool – every time I looked out the window I’d see the white sand, the beach umbrellas, the waves glistening in the sunshine. All the ingredients of a chilled-out vacation.”
  Evocative images don’t just fire Wu’s imagination when it comes to songwriting, or planning a vacation: he’s also a keen photographer with two published
books of his images: Wu Bai Scenery and Wu Bai Story. Asked about the degree to which his two chosen art forms overlap, Wu says that they don’t. “I’m not thinking about music when I’m doing photography, and vice versa – they’re two separate things for me,” he explains. “That may sound strange to some people, but it’s something I’m very clear about. Maybe it’s because the two artistic functions each arise out of a pure interest – music is my way of communicating with the world, and photography enables me to communicate with my inner self. I find a peace and a release in taking photographs.”
  As for creating music, “Songwriting is like therapy for the soul,” notes Wu. “Every songwriter derives comfort from the creative process. This enables us to
deliver powerful, positive messages to others, which ultimately should be the objective of music or any other art form.” He adds that success in his career has come from dedicating himself to his work, rather than following any particular plan. “I’ve never set goals for myself; instead, I devote myself to whatever I’m doing in the moment,” Wu explains. “When I first started playing and writing music, I never thought of it as work or my future career. I’ve always made music because it’s what I love to do.”

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Lucy

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Director: Luc Besson
Release Date: August 14, 2014

Luc besson directs Scarlett Johansson in the titular role of this action-packed thriller. In a world dominated by street gangs, drug dealers and corrupt cops, Lucy is a woman living in Taipei who finds herself forced by the mob into working as a drug mule. But when the bag implanted inside Lucy’s body begins leaking the drug she’s supposed to be transporting, she is transformed into a superhuman who doesn’t feel pain, is capable of absorbing knowledge instantaneously and can move objects with her mind.

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Into the Storm

Starring: Richard Armitage, Jeremy Sumpter, Sarah Wayne Callies, Nathan Kress, Matt Walsh
Director: Steven Quale
Release Date: August 14, 2014

This summer’s disaster movie puts the viewer at the center of an onslaught of deadly cyclones. Set in initially serene Silverton, the full violence of Mother Nature is unleashed when successive tornadoes proceed on a path of destruction through the town. While most Silverton residents seek shelter, a few thrillseekers risk their lives by approaching the vortex. The storm grows in intensity, revealing just how extreme the planet’s natural disasters can be.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Starring: Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Release Date: August 7, 2014

Based on the franchise of the same name, this scifi action flick sees New York City subsumed by danger and darkness as the villain Shredder and his evil Foot Clan make their influence felt everywhere from politics to the justice system. Determined to unmask Shredder’s malevolence, fearless reporter April O’Neil (Fox) sets out to find a hero to save the city. She is told that “heroes are created” – and soon sees this for herself as four brothers rise from the sewers as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, determined to bring Shredder to justice.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
Director: James Gunn
Release Date: August 7, 2014

This latest marvel Studios picture is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. Our story begins in the far reaches of space, where Earthling pilot Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. Quill is forced into an uneasy alliance with a quartet of misfits: Gamora (Saldana), an alien orphan and trained assassin; Drax the Destroyer (Bautista), a warrior in search of revenge; Groot (Diesel), a tree-like humanoid; and Rocket (Cooper), a genetically engineered bounty-hunter raccoon. Having discovered the menacing power of the orb,
Quill must rally his ragtag warriors for one last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate hanging in the balance.

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Hercules (3D)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan
Director: Brett Ratner
Release Date: July 24, 2014

Dwayne “the rock” Johnson assumes the titular role is this epic story of the formidable Greek hero Hercules, the son of Zeus. After enduring his legendary 12 labors and the loss of his family, the demigod has become a tormented soul whose only solace can be found in bloody battle. Having turned his back on the world of the gods, Hercules is profiting from his extraordinary strength by fighting as a mercenary. His morals are tested, however, when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek the warrior’s help in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Hercules must come to terms with his true self and use his power to rise up, virtuous once more.

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Jupiter Ascending

Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne
Directors: The Wachowskis
Release Date: July 17, 2014

The makers of The Matrix trilogy return with this original sci-fi epic, set in a future in which alien families own the planets, unbeknown to the residents of Earth. Seemingly ordinary, Earth-dwelling Jupiter Jones (Kunis) is making ends meet by cleaning other people’s houses. When Caine Wise (Tatum), a genetically engineered interplanetary warrior, comes to Earth to seek her out, he reveals that Jupiter’s genetic signature leaves her due an inheritance that could alter the balance of the galaxies. Caine must also protect Jupiter from the bellicose Balem Abrasax (Redmayne), an alien royal from one of the most powerful dynasties in the universe.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee,
Keri Russell
Director: Matt Reeves
Release Date: July 17, 2014

In this sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, humans are being wiped out by a deadly virus that was unleashed a decade earlier. As humankind teeters on the verge of extinction, a new generation of genetically advanced apes rises up with the intention of taking over the world. The apes are challenged, however, by a small troop of human survivors. A truce is agreed by the leader of the apes (Serkis), but it proves short lived as both sides duke it out to determine who will inherit the Earth.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett,
Gerard Butler, Djimon Hounsou, America Ferrera
Director: Dean DeBlois
Release Date: July 3, 2014

The much-loved characters from the 2010 animated hit How to Train Your Dragon return for the second chapter in the trilogy. After uniting dragons and Vikings in chapter one, the Viking Hiccup (Baruchel) and his endearing dragon Toothless find themselves on a new adventure. Riding on the back of Toothless, Hiccup will now venture farther from his beloved Isle of Berk, exploring uncharted territory. He discovers an ice cave that is a haven for wild dragons and Hiccup’s long-lost mother (Blanchett). What she reveals to Hiccup will draw him into battle to protect the peace between the dragons and
the Vikings.

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Cinema Paradiso

  For movie buffs, UA Galaxy Cinemas was the place to be in early summer as the state-of-theart cineplex hosted two film festivals, in May and June. First, beginning on May 30, was a three-day French Film Festival, held in conjunction with the annual festival of French culture Le French May. The film festival
opened with award-winning director and screenwriter Philippe Muyl’s The Nightingale. The moving tale tells the story of an old man and his precocious
granddaughter, who journey across China to set a caged bird free.
  Then, from June 5 to 21, UA Galaxy Cinemas hosted the Asian Film Summer Showcase, an extravaganza featuring some of the most highly anticipated new releases from across the region. Perry Yung, Executive Manager of UA Galaxy Cinemas, said, “Since it opened in 2011, UA Galaxy Cinemas has established a reputation in Macau for screening the best films from around the world in a luxurious setting. Events like the French Film Festival and the Asian Film Summer Showcase show how committed we are to providing topnotch cultural offerings for residents and visitors, and to delivering our trademark ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ service.”

  Highlights of the Asian Film Summer Showcase included The Memories, a movie by Macanese director Fei Ho about two men trying to strike it rich; Like Father, Like Son, a Japanese picture that won the Jury Prize and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; Ilo Ilo from Singapore, winner of the Camera d’Or award at Cannes; and Bollywood movie The Lunchbox, which took home two gongs at this year’s Asian Film Awards. Many of the Asian Film Summer Showcase screenings were movies being shown to Macau audiences for the very first time.

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Pot Luck

  Stars of the hugely successful comedy Naked Ambition 2, aka 3D Naked Ambition, attended UA Galaxy Cinemas in May for the movie’s premiere – and took some time out afterwards to sup at the newly launched Hong Kong Gold Medal Seafood Hot Pot at Galaxy MacauTM.
  The celebrities enjoyed Hong Kong-style hot pot including prime cuts of meat, fresh vegetables and a wide variety of broths. A self-professed foodie, Chapman To confessed his ultimate indulgence to be the outlet’s Assorted Beef Organ Bowl, which featured an impressive surfeit of organ
meat. “This dish is unbeatable,” said To. “The organ meat is very tasty – I couldn’t stop eating the second I tried it!” The comedian also praised the restaurant’s Sashimi Platter, saying, “Freshness is the most important thing when it comes to sashimi, and Gold Medal has that for sure. Even the
seaweed tastes fresh.”
  Actress Candy Yuen opted for a lighter choice but enjoyed an equally satisfying meal. “I’ve always leaned more toward eating vegetables than meat,” she said. “This Vegetable and Mushroom Platter is perfect for me – it even includes several seasonal ingredients.” Yuen also had good things to say about the Seasoned Tomato Rock Cod: “Fish is one of my favorites. This rock cod is especially suitable for hot pot – the texture allows for flexibility in cooking time.”
  Writer-producer Chan Hing-ka, meanwhile, had nothing but praise for the US Angus Beef Platter: “The texture of the beef is very tender,” he said. “Neither too lean nor too fatty, and it melts in the mouth.” For the seafood lovers in the group, meanwhile, the geoduck clams scored high. “The clams are very fresh,” said director Lee Kung-lok. “They taste sweet raw and are equally tasty cooked.” As for the Crabmeat Dumplings, “The dumpling skin is light while the filling is succulent,” commended actor Tyson Chak. “They taste even juicier when you cook them.”
  Rounding off the repast, Deep-Fried Bean Curd Skin Rolls proved to be the meal’s crowning glory. “The rolls are fried to order, so they’re very crispy,”
noted Chak. “There’s no need to cook them again, but if you want a softer texture, a few seconds in the pot will do the trick.”
  An apt follow-up to the premiere of a box-office smash, the hot-pot celebratory meal had turned out to be as tasty as it was satisfying.

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Tea Time

  CHINA ROUGE has long been known as the place where molecular mixology finds its apogee in Greater China. Now, the exquisite nightclub and performance lounge presents the second drink in its Alluring TEAser series: the Chinese Tea with “Dim Sum” cocktail. A marriage of influences from East and West – much like CHINA ROUGE itself – the luscious libation and its accompanying treats present a plethora of flavors to tease the palate, and are
presented in appropriately playful fashion: as a dim-sum tea set.
  Take a sip of your “tea,” and experience the liquid gold of Chivas Regal, mandarin vodka, Bénédictine DOM and crème de cacao, all enhanced by a dash of Tabasco. The cocktail is complemented by an ice ball made from revitalizing angelica tea and ginseng. In between sips, enjoy the accompanying Mango
Coconut Cake: in fact, a summery Mango Piña Colada (comprising Malibu, mango juice and coconut milk) disguised as a Chinese steamed dim-sum cake through a transformative doublegelification process. Also complementing your “tea” are several Apple Martini Rolls – apple martini disguised as cheung fun through the process of gelification.
  Creative? Check. Delicious? Check. More than a little tongue in cheek? Check again. Taste it for yourself, and you’ll soon discover how this summer’s Chinese Tea with “Dim Sum” cocktail earned its stripes as Galaxy Macau’s latest Alluring TEAser.

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The Macall an whi sky bar & lounge

Dedicated to the makers of Macallan and their ambrosial drink, this cozy whisky lounge is steeped in Old World charm, with heavy oak panels and furniture from Scotland and England, including original Chesterfield leather sofas and Jacobean rugs. With over 400 whiskies to choose from, you can sip your favorite malt by the fireplace beneath the soft light of a stag-antler chandelier, just as you would in a distinguished members’ club in the Scottish Highlands.

203, 2/F, Galaxy Hotel 「銀河酒店」二樓203
Open 5pm-1am Mon-Thu, 5pm-2am Fri-Sat & public-holiday eve; closed Sun
Tel. 853 8883 2221
Reservations not required

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Cascades

At cozy cascades, spacious sofas and comfortable armchairs fan out from a central bar and stage. Guests can soak up the chilled-out vibes while choosing from a wide selection of cocktails and wines by the glass. An ideal venue for meeting up with friends and colleagues.

G002, G/F, Galaxy Hotel 「銀河酒店」地下G002
Open 10am-1am
Tel. 853 8883 2221
Reservations not required

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Just-won drink

  Some come for the view; others, the live music. There’s the vibrant social scene – and let’s not forget the exquisite cocktails and much-lauded whisky selection. And now, there’s one more reason to visit StarWorld Hotel’s popular Whisky Bar: the award-winning cocktail Star for All Seasons. Perfectly blended by master mixologist Kenneth D Abaricia, the drink is a delicious concoction of sake, natural-yogurt liqueur, melon liqueur, green-tea syrup and fresh lime. At last year’s Hofex Allworld Open Cup, Star for All Seasons was named Best Sake Cocktail in the Creative Classic & Bartending Flair category.
  Accolades aside, there are so many reasons to head to the top floor of the luxurious, iconic StarWorld Hotel. “We have a live band, DJs, ladies’ night every
Thursday, and then of course, there are the cocktails,” says Bar Manager Jerry Lo. “We also have dance performances, special events that attract the epicureans; we serve the finest whisky, and offer a private cigar room.”
  Lo adds that, besides winning the Best Sake Cocktail award, the Whisky Bar has previously ranked in the Hofex Local Flairtending Cocktail Competition (Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China), and also triumphed in Wine & Gourmet Asia’s Local Classic Cocktail and Local Flairtending Cocktail Competitions. But for now at least, the shining Star for All Seasons occupies the spotlight.

THE WHISKY BAR
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat 5pm-3am
Location: 16/F, StarWorld Hotel
Reservations: Recommended
Telephone: 853 8290 8698

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Winning Pairings

  Even for wine lovers and connoisseurs, wine pairing can be a challenging pursuit to master. To help guests choose the best wine to pair with every course of their meal – all in a fun, interactive atmosphere – Galaxy MacauTM in April launched the Wine Market at its Gosto Portuguese restaurant.
  The award-winning Portuguese wine Passadouro was served at the launch of the Wine Market. One of the Top 100 Most Exciting Wines in 2013, according to Wine Spectator magazine, Passadouro is produced in the Douro Valley, the Portuguese region with the highest wine classification, under the direction of famed vintner Jorge Serôdio Borges.
  A special four-course, wine-pairing menu created by Gosto’s expert culinary team – led by Chefs Fausto Airoldi and Mario Gil – was available at the restaurant from early April to early May. With an expert wine captain stationed at Gosto, guests enjoyed personalized recommendations. What’s more, the restaurant’s sommelier will make changes to the wine list every three months in order for customers to taste the best wines from various regions of Portugal.
  The special menu included such dishes as Roasted Fillet of Grouper with Caldeirada Juices and Crispy Potato, paired with Passadouro Red 2011; Stuffed Suckling Pig with Confit of Seasonal Root Vegetables, Sautéed Kai Lan and Sarrabulho Porridge, paired with Passadouro Reserva 2010; and Stuffed
Curry Crab Shell, paired with Passadouro White 2012.
  Executive Chef Airoldi – voted Chef of the Year in 1990 in his native Portugal – has appeared in TV cooking shows, authored cookbooks, and served with chefs’ associations. He works closely with Chef de Cuisine Gil, who comes to Galaxy Macau from stints at two Michelin-starred restaurants.
  Next time you’re in the mood for an evening of fine wining and dining, head to Gosto – you’ll be in exceedingly capable hands.

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Festiva

There’s something for every taste at Festiva. Each zone of the multileveled dining area offers new taste sensations, including freshly shucked oysters, sushi and sashimi, Indian fare and handmade Chinese noodles. Help yourself to scrumptious Asian cold cuts and a choice of international cuisine from a variety of open kitchens. Children are amply catered for at Festiva’s delightful Kids’ Corner. With so many choices, the only challenge is deciding how to treat yourself.

G007, G/F, Galaxy Macau 「澳門銀河」地下G007
Open 7am-11pm
Reservations recommended

For reservations, call 853 8883 2221

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JIN YUE XUAN

Offering exquisite, authentic dishes, Jin Yue Xuan specializes in delicious Cantonese seafood and dim sum. Housed in a contemporary and warm setting with dark-wood furnishings and crystal chandeliers, it’s one of the most beautiful venues at Galaxy MacauTM.

1001, 1/F, Galaxy Hotel 「銀河酒店」一樓1001
Open 11am-3pm Mon-Fri; 5.30pm-11pm Sat; 10am-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm Sun & public holidays
Reservations recommended

For reservations, call 853 8883 2221

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Terrazza

Terrazza is bringing contemporary Italian cuisine to the fore with the launch of a thoroughly modern new menu. Combining tradition, innovation and the freshest seasonal ingredients, the menu draws inspiration from the length and breadth of Italy. The best way to sample the signature dishes is via Terrazza’s Tasting Menu, encompassing the chef’s personal favorites. Don’t forget the selection of indulgent desserts, with the restaurant’s signature Tiramisu topping the list.
Avail yourself too of the Wine Market, and taste a wide range of quality wines.

201, 2/F, Galaxy Hotel「 銀河酒店」2樓201
Open 6pm-11pm Mon-Sat
Reservations recommended

For reservations, call 853 8883 2221

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Myung Ga

The clean lines of Korean architecture meld with modern minimalism at Myung Ga, where large tables boast individual grills. Enjoy traditional Korean liquor like raspberry wine or the milky-white makgeolli (rice wine), or go for a more contemporary cocktail like a Cucumber and Ginseng-tini. Marvel at the glorious
array of homemade kimchi and mouthwatering Korean side dishes brought to your table. Besides popular Korean barbecue items like Marinated Galbi Beef Ribs, fresh seafood and bubbling hotpots, there are plenty of seasonal daily specials, as well as deluxe versions of Korean classics such as the deliciously nourishing Six- Year Red Ginseng Chicken Soup. Private dining room available.

G015, G/F, Galaxy Macau 「澳門銀河」地下G015
Open 11am-11pm Mon-Thu; 11am-1am Fri-Sat & public-holiday eve
Reservations recommended

For reservations, call 853 8883 2221

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Gosto

With its whitewashed walls, blue azulejo tiles, Moorish copper lanterns and domed ceilings, Gosto will take diners on a nostalgic trip back to prereunification
Macau. Vintage photographs, woodwork and ceramics from Portugal complete the authentic experience. Try the signature Pastéis de Bacalhau com Salada de Grão (Deep-Fried Codfish Balls), Cataplana do Mar (Seafood Stew on a Cataplana) and Bife à Portuguesa (Pan-Fried Portuguese Steak). Wash it all down with a carafe of refreshing house sangria, the nonalcoholic cranberry/orange sangria, or a bottle of fine Portuguese wine such as an Alentejo or Douro.

G009 & G011, G/F, Galaxy Macau 「澳門銀河」地下G009 & G011
Open 12nn-3pm, 6pm-11pm Mon-Fri; 12nn-11pm Sat-Sun & public holidays
Reservations recommended

For reservations, call 853 8883 2221

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Saffron

At banyan tree macau, the menu of signature restaurant Saffron features a wide variety of classic Thai dishes – from Goong Hom Par (Prawn Spring Rolls) to countryside staple Yum Som-O Nua Poo (Pomelo Salad) to the all-time favorite Tom Yum Goong Mae Nam (Spicy Prawn Soup). Authentic plates imbued with the chef’s fresh perspective on Thai cuisine, the delicious dishes are a firm favorite among aficionados.

G015, G/F, Banyan Tree Macau 澳門悅榕莊地下G015
Open 7am-11pm
Reservations recommended

For reservations, call 853 8883 2221

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CASCADES

Decorated with vibrant flowers, verdant foliage and magnificent water walls, this chic eatery is filled with the colors and sounds of nature. Looking to unwind? Roomy sofas and comfortable armchairs fan out from Cascades’ central bar area. This is the place to come for cocktails, delectable savory dishes, afternoon tea and desserts – don’t miss the Traditional English Scones or the Molten Chocolate Cake.

G002, G/F, Galaxy Hotel 「銀河酒店」地下G002
Open 10am-1am
Reservations not required

For reservations, call 853 8883 2221

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BELON

Banyan tree macau’s signature restaurant Belon is named after Brittany’s famous oyster delicacy, and affords breathtaking panoramic views over Cotai. The restaurant’s award-winning interior design is intended to evoke an aquatic environment, the luxuriously immersive experience beginning from the moment of arrival. Belon offers signature seafood and grill, with specialities prepared table side for an interactive dining experience.

31/F, Banyan Tree Macau 澳門悅榕莊31樓
Open 6pm-11pm Wed-Mon
Oyster Bar open 6pm-12mn
Reservations recommended

For reservations, call 853 8883 2221

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A Taste of Spain

  Guests at StarWorld Hotel enjoyed an incredible culinary experience this summer, sampling Temptations restaurant’s special four-course menu, A Taste of Spain. Created by top chefs Aitor Olabegoya, Ángel Pascual and Yuri Marquez, the menu brought authentic Spanish flavors to the plates of discerning diners from mid-May to mid-July.
  The Michelin-starred Executive Chef of Hong Kong’s acclaimed Quemo restaurant, Pascual is known for his traditional, earthy Catalonian cooking, as represented at his previous Michelin-starred restaurant, Lluçanès. Marquez is the talented son of top chef Quim Márquez Durán, owner of the renowned El Quim de la Boqueria restaurant in Barcelona’s famed La Boqueria market. The team is led by the innovative, award-winning Olabegoya, Executive Chef of Migas in Beijing, who trained under the three- Michelin-starred Ferran Adrià of the legendary, now defunct elBulli. Drawing on their varying styles, the chefs have created a menu representing the heart and soul of Spanish cuisine. The team collaborated with Andrés Torres, sommelier at Quemo, who devised the Spanish wine pairing.
  For Marquez and Pascual, this is not only their first visit to StarWorld Hotel but also their first time in Macau. Speaking to Galaxy magazine, the chefs said that they were attracted to the glamorous surroundings of the hotel and remarked that there’s “nothing like it in Barcelona.” All three chefs have an understandable affinity for Macau, given its history as a Portuguese colony. Indeed, the territory’s paved streets and colonial architecture would make many a Spaniard feel right at home.
  The top chefs’ collaboration with Temptations “presents a great opportunity to introduce our native cuisine to the gastronomic scene of Macau,” notes Pascual. Above all, the three say they strive to deliver an authentic, convivial dining experience such as guests would experience were they actually in Spain. Meanwhile, discussing the choice of vintages to accompany the menu, sommelier Torres explains, “The wines represent the different regions of Spain and complement the rich flavors of the dishes. It’s a great way of getting to know more about the country.”
  The feast began with Grilled Avocado, Pickled Tomato and Onion Cream Confit, prepared by Chef Olabegoya. Featuring Iberian ham cured over 36 months and doused in sherry vinegar, the starter delivered a delectable combination of sweet, sour and salty flavors.
  Next, an inviting entrée of Smoked Salad with Mackerel and Salmon came courtesy of Chef Marquez. The warm salad was enhanced by confit ginger and topped with a homemade aioli, and would arrive at the table fragrantly smoking!

"This collaboration presents a great opportunity to introduce our native cuisine to the gastronomic scene of Macau" – Ángel Pascual, Executive chef of Quemo

  Both entrée and starter were paired with the Trascampanas, DO Rueda Bodegas Gotica 2012, a delightfully dry yet fruity white wine offering citrus notes.
  Created by Chef Pascual, the main course was a mouthwatering Lobster Cooked with Spanish Noodles – the latter, known as fideos, are a vermicelli-like specialty of the Catalonia region. The dish was best enjoyed with the Honoro Vera, Do Calatayud Bodegas Ateca 2011, a fresh, medium-bodied red that was also chosen for the 2013 Academy Awards dinner.
  Finally, decadent Churros with Spicy Chocolate and Cream were accompanied by the Teatinos Moscatel, DO Ribera del Jucar, Bodegas Purisma Conception 2011, a smooth, complex dessert wine.
  Witnessing Olabegoya, Pascual and Marquez at work is fascinating, their collaboration punctuated by heated, good-natured debate. But to really understand these three star chefs, one needs to become familiar with “the art of eating on a stool” – a phrase coined at El Quim de la Boqueria to
describe the quintessential way of enjoying Spanish food. Located in charming La Boqueria market in Barcelona’s famous Gothic Quarter, the restaurant’s
atmosphere echoes the hustle and bustle of the market, while a symphony of fragrances from local produce – including fresh fruit, vegetables, salted fish, and smoked meats – envelops diners. As honest and unpretentious as the food itself is the seating: on a stool.
  Transporting their passion for authentic Spanish food to Asia, the three chefs say they consider themselves ambassadors of their native cuisine. And for Macau’s discerning diners, nothing could come closer to a genuine taste of Spain than the marvelous menu on offer at Temptations restaurant.

Temptations
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat-Sun & public holidays 12nn-10pm
Location: 16/F, StarWorld Hotel
Reservations: Recommended
Telephone: 853 8290 8688

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Dim Sum Delights

  Small, light and oh-so tasty, dim-sum dumplings are a beloved staple of breakfast and lunch across southern China, enjoyed alongside piping-hot tea with family and friends. Next time you’re at StarWorld Hotel, don’t miss the sumptuous Cantonese dim-sum lunch available on weekend days in the comfort of the property’s Grand Ballroom. Choose your preferred item for each of six courses: appetizer, dim sum, soup, main course, noodles/rice and dessert.
  With three to six items in each section, you really are spoiled for choice. Appetizers include Cantonese-barbecue favorites as well as Sautéed Wagyu Beef with Garlic. For dim sum, you can’t go wrong with the Fish Maw, Shrimp Dumpling or Pork Dumpling set (each one with several accompanying items) – the latter is made with black truffle for the most luxurious siu mai imaginable.
  Moving on to a choice of nourishing broths, choose from Braised Seafood Soup, two Double- Boiled Pork Soups (one made with the famed Kurobuta pork), and Braised Bird’s Nest Soup.

  Bird’s nest is renowned for being rich in epidermal growth factor, which stimulates skin and tissue repair. So if a healthy glow is what you’re after, look no further.
  Seafood is a feature of every main-course item here – from Braised Assorted Dried Seafood, to Deep-Fried Prawns, to Braised Conpoy and Goose Liver, to Roasted Scallop and Bacon. Abalone fans will be delighted to discover that two items out of four incorporate sauce made from the delectable mollusk.
  Of course, no Cantonese meal would be complete without the noodle/rice course – in this case, choose from three classic varieties of Fried Rice and three types of noodle, including so many people’s favorite: Dandan in Sichuan Style.
  Finally, do your best to select your favorite dessert from Mango Cream with Sago and Pomelo, Osmanthus Cake, and Frozen Taro Mochi – not an easy choice!
  This extremely affordable set lunch is as authentic as they come – indeed, it would be worth a special trip. Book ahead to secure your table, and remember to mention if you’re a Galaxy Privilege Club 

VIP: you’ll enjoy up to 20 percent discount.

DELIGHT FUL DIM SUM LU NCH
Location: The Grand Ballroom, 8/F, StarWorld Hotel
Opening Hours: Sat-Sun 11am-3pm
Reservations: Recommended
Telephone: 853 8290 8074

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Art and craft

  One of the world’s most fascinating and diverse cuisines, Chinese gastronomy encompasses a broad range of regional variations, each one reflecting that area’s particular history and culture. Six years ago, acclaimed culinary master Dong Zhenxiang, better known as DaDong, dared to take Chinese
cooking in a new direction. His exquisite DaDong Yijing Cuisine, or “artistic mood” cuisine, draws inspiration from traditional culture – everything from freehand Chinese painting to Chinese bonsai grooming. Describing his food as Greater China cuisine, Chef DaDong says that his modern cooking is the product of the interaction between different regional styles, including those of Shandong, Canton, Sichuan and Huaiyang. “In the past, we had geographically specific dishes because the country wasn’t developed,” notes the chef. “The lack of infrastructure hindered interaction, leading to the formation of distinctive
regional cuisines.”
  DaDong Yijing Cuisine not only breaks traditional geographic boundaries, it also takes Chinese cuisine to a new level by placing the emphasis on the influence of aesthetics on taste, as well as on the entirety of the dining experience. “Yijing [the artistic mood] is a unique element in Chinese painting. Beauty comes not
just from the art itself, but also from the way that the mood of the piece fires the viewer’s imagination,” Chef explains. “I have the same philosophy when it comes to food: it’s not just about flavor, but rather one should appreciate the entire dining experience.”
  From the choice of ingredients to the matching of colors, executing every element of a dish properly requires a high level of culinary as well as artistic knowledge, adds Chef DaDong. “The concept of my artistic cuisine is to combine the best features of every regional Chinese variety and present them in an original fashion.

  Traditionally, Chinese food presentation involves addition [adding decorative garnishes]. Here, it’s more about subtraction: we usually don’t use more than three colors in one dish, and the use of color has to be consistent.”
  In his quest to continuously increase his artistic knowledge, DaDong studies various art forms including photography, painting and calligraphy. “I think there’s common ground among these arts,” he says. “Each enriches my aesthetic sense in its own way, and all can contribute to the culinary field.” The visionary chef also requires his team to enrich themselves artistically. “I provide the best possible training for my team,” he explains. “We visit art galleries and photo exhibitions, and I encourage them to try different world cuisines.”
  In April Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion members had the exclusive opportunity to experience DaDong Yijing Cuisine at StarWorld Hotel, ahead of the launch of a special menu created by the master chef and his team. The menu was available during weekend lunch in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom from mid-May to mid-June.
  Guests were impressed by the beauty of the food presentation as well as the delicate taste of the dishes themselves. They enjoyed the dish that first brought Chef DaDong wide acclaim: Super Lean Roast Duck; the signature Chef Dong’s Braised Sea Cucumber; as well as seasonal dishes such as Stuffed Tomatoes with Crispy Mushrooms, and Lightly Roasted Wagyu Beef with Bolete Fungus. The correct ambience in which to enjoy this sumptuous Greater China cuisine was assured by the elegant surroundings of the Grand Ballroom.
  Reflecting on this maiden collaboration with StarWorld Hotel, Chef DaDong says that he hopes his guests enjoyed the entire experience. “DaDong Yijing Cuisine is still very new to many people,” he notes. “It’s a pleasure to be invited by StarWorld Hotel to introduce this cuisine to Macau, and share the artistic qualities of Chinese cuisine with food connoisseurs from around the world.”

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Cuisine de Chine

  Next time you’re in the mood for a scrumptious Chinese buffet, make a beeline for Galaxy MacauTM’s Festiva restaurant. As part of its ongoing Chinese Regional Cuisine Promotion, Festiva is, between now and mid-October, offering food from Jiangsu, Yangzhou and Fuzhou, with one month dedicated to each cuisine.
  First it’s the turn of Jiangsu, with the province’s cuisine being presented until August 15. From the live-cooking stations, highlights include Jiangsu-Style Poached Pigeon, Seafood and Minced Pork with Glutinous Rice, and Braised River Catfish with Bamboo Shoots. The latter tastes very fresh indeed, with the catfish braised in a deliciously light sauce. Seafood lovers should also be sure to try the wonderfully umami Fish Broth Noodles.
  Next, from August 16 to September 15, the cuisine of the municipality of Yangzhou, in central Jiangsu province, will find a home at Festiva. Not to be missed is the popular Marinated Goose, an exquisitely succulent dish made by marinating the bird in its own juices. Aside from the tenderness of the meat, the standout feature of this dish is its perfect balance of sweet, spicy, salty and bitter flavors, as various sauces as well as the taste of bitter melon come together beautifully.

  Also on the Yangzhou menu is the sumptuous Double-Boiled Fish Maw Soup with Chicken and Chinese Ham – fish maw being a luxury ingredient in Chinese cuisine. The maw is cooked for a long time, softening it and releasing precious nutrients including collagen, consumption of which is beneficial for the skin. The soup is also helpful in relieving flu symptoms. The chicken and Chinese ham add to the creamy texture of the broth, the flavor of which is further enhanced with spring onion and ginger.
  Pork Meatballs with Hairy Crab is another nutritious dish with a pleasingly soft texture. Fine pork mince crafted into spheres is accompanied by delectable crabmeat, which is naturally low in fat and rich in vitamins A, C and B12. Finally, the Steamed Boneless Fish Head with Ginger and Vegetables is a classic Yangzhou dish as healthy as it is moreish.
  Last but not least, from September 16 to October 15 the cuisine of Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, will delight diners at Festiva. Here, the star plate is the intriguingly named Buddha Jumps Over the Wall. A filling dish taking two days to prepare, it features over 30 ingredients including abalone, dried Chinese mushrooms, lamb, and pork fillet.
  Whether you’ve filled up on Buddha Jumps Over the Wall or any of the three buffets’ other exceptional dishes, be sure to leave room for dessert! During the Jiangsu promotion, try the classic Deep-Fried Crispy Dough, or the Sweetened Pumpkin Broth with Dumplings. The latter features handmade, glutinous-rice dumplings, and a broth made with milk and honey for a delightfully creamy texture. Or, at the end of a Yangzhou feast, try the regional Sweet Pastries, or the Steamed Rice Cakes – a treat for sweet-toothed diners prepared with syrupy rose sauce, candied Chinese dates and fragrant osmanthus.
  There’s no doubt that these three regional- Chinese promotions are bringing Festiva diners supremely authentic tastes from Jiangsu, Yangzhou and Fuzhou respectively. To make this possible, Galaxy MacauTM’s chefs visited mainland China several times in June to gain knowledge and insights into each regional cuisine. It’s all part of Galaxy Macau’s dedication to providing guests and visitors with luxurious, world-class, Asian experiences – each and every time they dine at the resort.

FESTIVA
Location: G007, G/F, Galaxy Macau
Opening Hours: 11:30am-4:30pm; Sun-Wed 5.30pm-10.30pm, Thu-Sat & public-holiday eve 5.30pm-12mn
Reservations: Recommended
Telephone: 853 8883 2221

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MAGIC TRIP

  Galaxy MacauTM hosted a glamorous launch party for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class at CHINA ROUGE in June. As hundreds of VIP guests arrived at the exclusive nightclub and performance lounge, they could hardly have expected the unforgettable evening of dazzling entertainment that awaited them.
  There was an air of mystery as guests waited eagerly for the cars to be unveiled. The Mercedes-Benz team used iPads to introduce the revolutionary design features of the new C-Class. Via an interactive, three-dimensional display, guests were able to customize the appearance of each car to their liking. As they awaited the big reveal, the VIPs enjoyed champagne and delicious canapés including hoisin-sauce mini-burgers, with a cigar bar provided by the Pacific Cigar Company. Guests could also indulge their playful side by using the Mercedes-Benz dress-up photo booth, or having their cartoon portrait drawn by artist Calvin Kwok of Lazehero Visionary Duo.
  The VIPs enjoyed music from CHINA ROUGE house band Red Moon, an acrobatics show, dance performances including K-pop, tango and Shanghai-style cabaret, plus a digital showcase on the evolution of the C-Class. Next, award-winning magician Louis Yan astounded the audience by magicking Andreas Binder, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong, out of an empty box to deliver his welcome speech.
  The big moment had arrived. Yan disappeared inside a small trunk, which his assistant caused to collapse flat, before reopening it to reveal another female performer. With the audience wondering what had happened to Yan, the magician appeared on screen – now inside one of the two brand-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles just beside the CHINA ROUGE entrance. As guests made their way over to the C200 and C250 AMG cars on display, Brazilian dancers took to the stage for a samba finale.
  Mercedes-Benz had, it seemed, not only set a new standard in automobile engineering, but also raised the bar in terms of throwing a launch party. “We want our guests to have an unforgettable night,” said Samson Leung, PR and Communications Manager at Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong. As guests departed with big smiles on their faces, it was clear that these vehicles, and this evening, would be remembered.

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Grand Premiere: Chinese Masterpieces

  Whether you’re staying at or visiting Galaxy Macau™ this summer, don’t miss the resort’s exclusive exhibition of 19 paintings by eight masters of contemporary art: Yue Minjun, Jing Kewen, He Dan, He Sen, Wu Haizhou, Li Chao, Huang Liyan and Liu Yujie. Entitled Chinese Contemporary Art of Excellence at Galaxy Macau, the exhibition will run until the end of August at East Square.
  With interest in the collecting of contemporary Chinese art growing among high-net-worth individuals, Galaxy Macau is proud to host this exhibition – the first in the city organized by eminent Chinese-art curator and critic Feng Boyi. This is the very first time many of these paintings are being seen in Macau.
  A launch event was held in mid-July, attended by participating artists, Macau SAR government officials, Galaxy Entertainment Group management and representatives of the media. A Valuable Art Exchange Experience workshop was held on the same day, giving students from the Macao Polytechnic Institute the unrivaled opportunity to gain insights from the renowned artists in person.
  The artists were in attendance at a private viewing for Galaxy MacauTM VIPs, Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion members and Jinmen Premium Club members, held in advance of the exhibition’s opening to the general public. Guests also had the opportunity to take part in a sharing session, where they learned all about the background of the artists and the inspiration behind their paintings. Each participating VIP left the private viewing and sharing session with an autographed art book.
  The privileges don’t end there however. During the exhibition period, Galaxy Privilege Club members can redeem special limited-edition items, including
a coaster featuring elements of 10 of the paintings on display.
  As a complement to the painting exhibition, significant sculptures by the world-renowned Yue Minjun – famous for his self-portraits with various backdrops in which the artist is seen frozen in laughter – are on display at both of Galaxy Entertainment Group’s properties: in Galaxy Macau’s Diamond Lobby and East Square, as well as in the Lobby of StarWorld Hotel.
  Meantime, Galaxy Macau guests who spend MOP300 or more at the resort’s F&B or retail outlets, or buy four or more movie tickets at UA Galaxy Cinemas during the exhibition period can redeem one of three limited-edition postcard sets. Entitled Sky, Earth and Faces respectively, each postcard set comprises nine individual artistic designs.
  During the exhibition period, visitors can snap themselves in art photos at the resort’s e-studio, as well as enjoy daily musical performances at East Square, and try desserts themed around the paintings at Festiva or Cascades.
  It’s a world-class, Asian exhibition like no other, where exclusivity and themed luxury-lifestyle experiences abound.

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Fashionably Yours

Impeccably dressed and wearing his own label (Dorian Ho Homme), naturally, Dorian Ho looks every bit the fashion-industry doyen. He started his own Doriano label for China back in 1993, later launching his highly successful Dorian Ho evening collection. His 2005 line of bridal gowns was so well received that the designer opened his first wedding store the same year, by popular demand. The following year saw Ho receive an Outstanding Designer Award at Moet & Chandon’s Tribute to Asian Fashion Designers. Not one to rest on his laurels, he remains ever-curious, constantly in vogue, always one step ahead of the fashion curve. He spoke to Galaxy magazine as Galaxy MacauTM prepares for Phase 2, with all the additional luxury fashion houses the expansion will bring.

What are the season’s up-and-coming trends?
In womenswear, ethnic, bold, pop-art and abstract prints are very popular for the summer daywear collections. Flashy metallics, brocade and sequins are a must for going out clubbing or an elegant affair. For men, engineered prints, florals and dark abstract prints for suiting; a bold mishmash of prints, studs and embroidery for shirting.

Which of those grab you, bearing in mind your own personal style?
I particularly like the bold abstract prints for daywear. Sportswear influences for daywear are also a very big trend at the moment. I love the engineered, printable floral embroidery for menswear suiting and shirts.

What’s a fad that makes you squirm?
What I dislike the most that I’ve seen lately on the street is the wearing of long leggings – usually in a dark color or with prints over a very wide short for men. This look is gym appropriate, but to wear it out is another story!

What about menswear – what’s in fashion this season?
It’s important to bring a variety of pieces to mix and match when traveling. For men I suggest a couple of shirts, preferably with details such as embroidery and beading, one white and another black for going out at night. A black suit jacket, and a more colorful option for special events. A long pant and also a
short for the day. For accessories, a bow tie and a trendy slim tie for glamming it up at night. And of course a pair of sandals for during the day, and loafers for more formal occasions. Follow these few simple rules, and you’ll be looking good on your resort holiday.

This is your first stay at Galaxy Macau.
What stands out for you?
CHINA ROUGE! The club exudes trendiness, class and culture. It’s East meets modern Western culture. It’s really a beautiful venue.

If you were at CHINA ROUGE for a party, what would you recommend wearing?
When hitting the party circuit I’d recommend less formal attire and more trendy, casual chic. Metallic colors for the ladies and bright hues for the men. Accessories should remain small, like a clutch, but bulky accessories are hot at the moment! I advise for any occasion not to overdress: avoid dressing
with designer logos from head to toe, and remember the old saying “Less is more.”

Galaxy MacauTM holds some glamorous events – parties at CHINA ROUGE, film premieres at UA Galaxy Cinemas. What’s in vogue on the red carpet?
For a glamorous night out at a five-star venue such as China Rouge, for men, I recommend a linen suit in a bright hue such as aqua or canary, with a crisp white shirt. Wear something bright in order to stand out. For the adventurous, a tapered pant cut above the ankle. For the ladies, a short silk-jersey wrap dress, or a silk-linen pantsuit with a threequarter- length, slightly baggy pant. These two looks will turn heads because they achieve casual chic without overdressing.

You’ve dressed celebrities for premieres and galas. For a grand affair in one of the ballrooms at Galaxy Macau, what would you recommend?
For the ladies, I’d suggest a fitted silk-jersey gown with a touch of beading detail and a long train for a sexy Hollywood look, or a bustier tulle ball gown with elaborate beading. For the gentlemen, a fitted black suit with a contrasting lapel in satin or leather with floral embroidery and stud detailing, or an eye-catching, engineered floralprint suit, a crisp white shirt and a novelty bow tie.

Tell us about your mini-staycation at the resort.
My stay at Banyan Tree Macau has been truly amazing and unforgettable. Having just finished three collections for Fall 2015, this short weekend getaway is just what I needed. The combination of nature and spa is the icing on the cake! The service has been excellent, and the attention to detail impeccable. After some afternoon pampering at Banyan Tree Spa Macau, I had dinner at the elegant Belon restaurant with its outstanding decor and the freshest seafood I’ve had in ages. Best of all were the breathtaking views of Macau.

What’s next for you as a designer?
The most important event for Dorian Ho this coming year is the launch of the uniform collection. Plus, this coming fall I will host a VIP trunk show with the cooperation of Rainbow, an international multi-brand retailer here in Macau. Rainbow has been carrying my designs for many years, and I’ll be hosting the trunk show to celebrate the launch of a shop that will carry all my designer labels: BabyDoll, the Dorian Ho Collection and Dorian Ho Homme.

Among Galaxy Macau’s iconic features, what stands out for you the most?
The most memorable features about the resort for me would have to be the enormous water-fountain show at the grand entrance and the art nouveau wrought-iron artwork with the changing colors of light. This particular piece of art will inspire my next collection!

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All that Glitters

What a night it was. What a year it’s been. Three in fact! Over 300 Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion members gathered in May for an exclusive event at the Banyan Tree Ballroom to mark the third anniversary of Galaxy MacauTM.
  A fabulous evening of music and fashion, the celebration was held in partnership with Chopard, the Swiss jewelry-and-watch brand. Top international models paraded before the distinguished guests in a spectacular catwalk show featuring over 100 exquisite watches, jewelry pieces and accessories, many of them limited-edition items.
  Celebrities Christine Ng and Timothy Sun gave a performance to commemorate the occasion, marking the milestone event with mellifluous music that could be heard well into the wee small hours.
  “We’re delighted to be celebrating our third anniversary with our valuable Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion guests together with our partner Chopard,” said Raymond Yap, Director of International Premium and Mass Market Development at Galaxy Entertainment Group. “We’re honored to have created such a memorable, luxurious evening for our guests.”

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View from the top

  With spellbound resort guests and media glued to his ascent, “French Spider-Man” Alain Robert scaled the 153-meter-tall Galaxy MacauTM East Tower in April, reaching the iconic, gleaming golden cupola that was his goal in just over 45 minutes. The breathtaking feat inaugurated the opening of the Galaxy Macau The Amazing Spider-Man 2 City at East Square, where Spider-Man-themed events, activities and performances took place from April 23 to June 2, all in celebration of the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro (3D), which opened at UA Galaxy Cinemas May 1. Robert’s was the first free climb ever to be undertaken in Macau.
  “Galaxy Macau is a fantastic building,” proclaimed Robert, having made it safely back to terra firma. “This was the first time in my life climbing a building with cupolas on the top!” Previous conquests of the French Spider-Man include Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Centre, Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers and the Sydney Opera House.
  At the Galaxy MacauTM The Amazing Spider-Man 2 City, visitors were greeted by a 6m-tall Spider-Man model standing atop the East Square tower. Inside the City, 3m-tall figures of the webbed crusader and his villainous foes, together with an array of backdrops from the movie, set the scene for magical photo opportunities.
  But the fun wasn’t confined to East Square. Every day during the City’s opening, Spider-Man could be seen in lively parades and dance performances taking place across the resort. Dancers at the exquisite club CHINA ROUGE, meanwhile, put their own spin on the Spider-Man story in a captivating nightly show from May 1 to June 2.

  Restaurants and cafes throughout Galaxy Macau joined in, preparing tempting Spider-Man desserts and drinks for fans. Collectibles and movie merchandise were also available to purchase as mementos.
  Adding to the excitement, the Spider-Man Lifestyle Experience Draw was held on May 30 for members of the Galaxy Privilege Club, featuring the fabulous Grand Prize of a first-class, five-star trip to New York City, where the movie was filmed.
  For the franchise’s fans, the climax came on May 1 as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (3D) leapt onto the screens of Macau’s most luxurious cineplex: UA Galaxy Cinemas. With its Grand Theater, and Director’s Clubs offering five-star dining and service, UA Galaxy Cinemas delivered the most immersive, big-screen 3D experience, putting fans right there with the webbed crusader.

"Galaxy Macau is a fantastic building. This was the first time in my life climbing a building with cupolas on the top!" – Alain robert

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forward motion

  Since opening in 2011, Galaxy MacauTM has established itself as a leading leisure destination offering three world-class hotels and more than 55 restaurants, cafes and bars. Now, the resort is about to shine even more brightly, with the completion of Phase 2 set for early 2015. The new phase will double Galaxy Macau’s current size to a whopping one million square meters.
  Catering to the ever-increasing demand for luxury leisure experiences, Galaxy Macau is looking forward to welcoming two new landmark hotels. In line with the resort’s “World Class, Asian Heart” philosophy, the new phase will include the world’s largest JW Marriott and the world’s first all-suite Ritz-Carlton hotel. When this happens, the Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) portfolio will represent the widest selection of hotel brands in Macau. It will encompass over 3,600 rooms, suites and villas across five luxury hotels including the existing Galaxy HotelTM, Banyan Tree Macau and Hotel Okura Macau.
  What’s more, a world-class shopping center will expand retail space to over 100,000 square meters. With over 200 retail outlets to shop at, visitors will be spoiled for choice. Having shopped up an appetite, they’ll be able to choose from an F&B directory offering the largest selection of pan-Asian cuisine all
under one roof. When it comes time for fun in the sun, guests visiting the Grand Resort Deck will find it’s expanded to the world’s largest skytop resort deck at over 80,000 square meters, with enhancements made to the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool and the lush tropical gardens that surround it.
  Phase 2 will also offer space for meetings, events and banquets at a capacity of over 3,000 guests. Galaxy Macau is about to get bigger and better in every sense of the word, and the resort’s attractions will continue to include arts and culture, concerts, nightlife, movie premieres and seasonal celebrations. To find out more details about Phase 2, Galaxy spoke to Kevin Clayton, Chief Marketing Officer at GEG. Clayton has over 30 years’ experience in strategic marketing, brand building, business development and product innovation.

"As the property grows, this characteristic – our ‘World-Class, Asian Heart’ philosophy – will also deepen, making every Galaxy Macau experience truly memorable – Alan walker, Senior Vice President of Retail, Galaxy Macau

How is work progressing on Phase 2?
With the opening of Phase 2, Galaxy MacauTM will complete its journey in becoming a truly iconic urban-resort destination, with many features being firsts for Macau. The development is on schedule to open in early 2015, and we’re very excited. Everything is coming together nicely.

What makes this expansion special?
Galaxy Macau is the truest example of a luxury integrated resort in Macau for all the following reasons: we offer real indulgence through our hospitality and dining; style leadership through our retail; fun and excitement through our Grand Resort Deck, and entertainment. Galaxy Privilege Club members also enjoy increased access to first-in-Macau and world-class Asian products and services. The expansion of Galaxy Macau will deliver an even more diverse set of luxury experiences.

Macau is constantly and rapidly evolving. How does this fact inform GEG’s strategy?
The expansion of the resort is informed by customer trends and insights, based on extensive research into our core, increasingly discerning Asian guests and
their growing desire to experience a wider world of luxury – an environment in which the very best of Asia is close at hand. This is all matched by destinations that cater to the whole family.

How will the two new international luxury hotels fit in with the existing hotels of GEG?
Both the Ritz-Carlton Macau and JW Marriott Macau are a perfect match with Galaxy Macau’s “World Class, Asian Heart” service philosophy. Together with Galaxy HotelTM, Banyan Tree Macau, Hotel Okura Macau, StarWorld Hotel and Waldo, GEG as a company will offer the largest selection of hotel brands in the city. Our MICE facilities will give us the capacity to host 3,000 guests in elegant meeting and banqueting spaces.

What will be the key changes to the Grand Resort Deck?
The Grand Resort Deck is the key facility underpinning our family-resort experiences that are unique to Macau. Where else in the city can you find that genuine a resort experience? The new features will include extending the lush tropical gardens, a number of additional water attractions, and poolside resort services for all our guests, including the extension of our spa services to the resort deck.

What does this new phase mean for visitors to Macau in terms of entertainment value?
The benefits revolve around diversity. Our job is to ensure that our guests enjoy value for money every time they visit. The Galaxy Privilege Club also plays an important part in providing our guests with access to the very best services. In terms of entertainment, we hold concerts in the Banyan Tree Ballroom, and will introduce theater performances going forward. We recognize that our customers enjoy the chance to catch their favorite performers in an intimate venue – be they Cantonese, Taiwanese or Korean pop stars, or more traditional artistes. They want to see the very best of world-class Asia at a single destination. We’ve met that requirement in Phase 1 and will expand that going forward.

Galaxy also spoke to Alan Walker, Senior Vice President of Retail at Galaxy MacauTM, for more insights into Phase 2. Walker has 20 years’ experience in retail-portfolio management, tenant management, property management and real-estate investment.

What does this expansion mean for Galaxy Macau?
Phase 2 will introduce additional major components to our integrated resort. The occupancy rates at Galaxy HotelTM, Banyan Tree Macau and Hotel Okura Macau are always very high, so bringing in JW Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton will help to relieve the pressure, and will provide our guests with a wider choice of world-class products. We’re also excited about our new shopping center, which will open early next year.

Tell us about the new retail outlets joining the resort.
 We’ve been very pleased with the market response to our new retail concept, and space has been snapped up quickly. The Galaxy Macau retail center will be unique in that it will be a mall for everyone – whether you’re shopping for the latest luxury items, fast fashion, or accessories. Of the brands coming in with the expansion, 30-40 percent are new to Macau.
  All this will be in a mall centrally located between the hotels and entertainment areas, making it easy to navigate. Some of the outlets will be two-story flagship stores, and I know that a number of brands are excited about opening with us and are planning something very special. From next year, if you want to go shopping in Macau, you’ll think, “It has to be Galaxy Macau.”

How do you see the future of Macau, as an ever-evolving travel destination?
I’ve never known a place with so much new infrastructure connected to it! New road and rail connections are coming from throughout China directly to Macau’s front door, providing easy travel options to over 1.3 billion people. Then there are the new air connections with China and Southeast Asian countries, and the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, due to open in under two years’ time. I think that Macau will continue to grow at a phenomenal pace, and will become increasingly attractive to both individual and family travelers as an all-encompassing holiday, entertainment and business destination. That’s why we’re providing an even greater choice of entertainment, retail and convention facilities with Phase 2.

How would you sum up Galaxy Macau’s brand DNA?
How does this luxurious expansion play into that?
Since day one, Galaxy Macau has been customer focused, and we always aim to be ahead of the market. Our “World-Class, Asian Heart” philosophy means that we pledge to provide our guests with an experience equal to or better than anything they can expect anywhere else in the world. At the same time, we do it with a unique Asian twist that only a company born in this part of the world is able to achieve. As the property grows, this characteristic will also deepen, making every Galaxy Macau experience truly memorable.

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PROMENADE

Roses have been the inspiration for countless delicate creations by Yves Piaget, with the motif a feature of the Piaget brand’s watch and jewelry collections since the 1960s. Now, the maison honors its former chairman’s passion for roses once again, this time with a captivating ring collection. In 18k rose gold, each piece’s beautiful rose design is set with brilliant-cut stones.
G117, G/F, West Promenade

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PROMENADE

Three new exquisite collections for women from 3D-Gold Jewellery take their inspiration from flowers. The four-leaf clover of the Flowers of Joy collection symbolizes health, wealth, love and freedom. The three-dimensional roses of Les Fleurs collection signify nobility. Finally, the designs of the Happy Women collection have a mix-and-match element, so each piece can be worn in multiple ways.
G014, G/F, West Promenade

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PROMENADE

Renowned for balancing tradition and innovation, Panerai unveils three special editions of the Radiomir 10 Days GMT. The water-resistant watches boast an automatic winding function and an unusually long power reserve of 10 days. Their exquisite design combines platinum, white gold and red gold with exceptional, specialized performance. Along with the usual hour, minute and seconds hands, the beautifully crafted timepiece features Arabic numerals, a date window, an additional hand displaying am or pm, and an indicator to reveal the remaining power reserve.
G111, G/F, West Promenade

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PROMENADE

Luxury maison Jaeger-LeCoultre expresses its passion for haute horlogerie through design innovation. The brand’s latest Duomètre Unique Travel Time watch features a dual time zone, which for the first time allows to-the-minute adjustment of the secondary zone. The dual-zone display doesn’t influence the running of the timepiece, enhancing its complexity. The pink-gold watch with two magnificent subdials is an excellent companion for all who need to synchronize their time zones when traveling.
G123, G/F, West Promenade

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PROMENADE

The distinguished tobacco-goods brand has unveiled its first limitededition cigar-box design dedicated to the Davidoff Art Initiative in support of Caribbean contemporary artists. Created by Quisqueya Henríquez, the design’s richly colored, abstract images are obtained from the layering of multiple photographs of tobacco leaves, evoking the multiple phases involved in the process of cigar manufacture. Each box contains a sumptuous cigar from Davidoff Master Blender Hendrik “Henke” Kelner, delivering notes from floral to peppery to creamy and sweet.
205, 2/F, Galaxy Hotel

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PROMENADE

A vision of pure femininity, with a curvy silhouette to match, the Exaclibur Lady Roger Dubuis comes in seven variants: five versions in 18k rose gold or steel, with two limited editions in 18k rose gold or white gold. The bezel of the limited-edition Excalibur Lady Améthyste, in 18k rose gold, is set with 48 baguette-cut amethysts, totaling approximately 1.99 carats, while the limitededition Excalibur Lady Joaillerie is set with 585 diamonds – including 48 baguettecut stones on the bezel – totaling approximately 5.51 carats.
G112, G/F, West Promenade

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PROMENADE

The renowned IWC Schaffhausen has launched its newest diver’s watches, part of the 2014 Aquatimer collection. Embodying masculine appeal, the Aquatimer is robust and elegant, boasting a design to take the wearer from the boardroom to the deep blue sea. Choose from a matching black rubber strap or a bracelet in stainless steel. The new line includes unique features such as a perpetual calendar with large digital date-and-month display, a mechanical depth gauge, and a rotating bezel system. With the capability to withstand high pressures, it’s practical for both amateurs and professionals.
G113, G/F, West Promenade

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Try a Little Tenderness

  Tsai Chin, dubbed “the Chinese Barbara Streisand,” gave an exclusive concert for Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion and Jinmen Premium Club VIPs in March in the luxurious surroundings of the Banyan Tree Ballroom.
  More than 400 distinguished guests spent a memorable evening being serenaded by the singer famous for her mellifluous voice and charismatic persona. The ever-busy songstress had flown from Taiwan to Macau especially for this intimate musical performance for Galaxy Entertainment Group VIPs.
  Her voice as rich and powerful as fans have come to expect, Tsai delivered stunning renditions of classic Chinese songs as well as her own hits, including Night in Shanghai, Your Eyes, Forgotten Time and The Moon Represents My Heart. Her encore performance of Just Like Your Tenderness left the audience awestruck. Having spent three decades in this glamorous business, the singer’s repertoire is familiar to audiences of all ages.
  The poetic lyrics and tender melodies – what a moment it was when the audience sang along with the diva to some of her most popular songs.
  With Galaxy MacauTM dedicated to delivering the best of world-class Asian entertainment to its valued guests, this moving evening with Tsai Chin will be remembered by everyone who was there for years to come.

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Two’s Company

  Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion and Jinmen Premium Club members were treated to a wonderful private concert by superstar Dicky Cheung in April. Held at StarWorld Macau, the exclusive show also featured a surprise guest performer: singer-songwriter Eddie Ng.
  Friends and collaborators for years, the charismatic twosome enthralled the assembled VIPs with an evening of music and laughter. With their unique on-stage chemistry, Cheung and Ng displayed their gift for effortless repartee throughout the night, much to the delight of the audience.

  On the set list this sensational evening were hits of Cheung’s including Whatever You Want Me to Be and Health. The dynamic duo also performed covers of classic songs – among them, William So’s Kiss More, Sad More and Leslie Cheung’s The Wind Blows On.
  The intimate venue offered VIP guests the rare chance to interact with the two singers. Featuring so many memorable hits, the concert was a nostalgic trip down memory lane and a truly unforgettable night.

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Safety in Numbers

  Macau’s Labour Affairs Bureau held the 1st Restaurant Industry Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Awards in April this year, with Galaxy MacauTM winning an amazing 17 accolades.
  The OSH Award Scheme recognizes outstanding food establishments and employees in the field through open competition, with the aim of building and promoting a good culture of occupational safety and health within Macau’s catering industry.
  Out of Galaxy Macau’s 17 awards, one was for the resort, five were for restaurants, and 11 were given to team members, as follows:
·Group Safety Performance Award (Silver): Galaxy Macau
·Best OSH Restaurant Awards (Silver): Terrazza and Terrace

·Best OSH Restaurant Awards (Bronze): Myung Ga, Cascades and Gosto

·Outstanding Safety Supervisor Award (Gold): Julie Wong
·Outstanding Safety Supervisor Award (Silver): William Chan
·Outstanding Safety Supervisor Awards (Bronze): Terry Ong and Melissa Lo
·Outstanding Safety Supervisor Awards (Qualifier): Ng Kam Hon and Leong Chong Oi
·Outstanding OSH Worker Award (Gold): Cao Yai Chang
·Outstanding OSH Worker Awards (Merit): Chen Li Yu and Lai Chi Kit
·Outstanding OSH Worker Awards (Qualifier): Chao Kam Ho and Macapanas Joselito Alejo

  Wong Chi Hong, Director of the Labour Affairs Bureau, presented the Group Safety Performance Award to Chan Chee Pong, Senior Vice President, Facilities Management at Galaxy Macau, who received it on behalf of the company. Chan said, “In line with our ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ philosophy, Galaxy Macau promises its guests warm hospitality, attentive service and unrivaled dining experiences. Work safety and the health of our team members are key factors when it comes to ensuring we deliver on our promise. These awards affirm Galaxy Macau’s achievements in the implementation of OSH practices. Maintaining them depends on the company and whole team working together to build and continuously strengthen the OSH culture, while also promoting the importance of occupational safety and health.”

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Manna of macau

  Galaxy MacauTM continued its run of culinary success at this year’s Macanese Cooking Competition, held in May. Two of the resort’s chefs placed in the contest, with Oscar Wang of Oasis winning the Gold Medal, and Mario Gil of Gosto restaurant winning the Bronze.
  Organized by the Institute for Tourism Studies and the Macau Culinary Association, the competition showcased the skills of the best purveyors of Macanese cuisine in town. Each competitor was required to prepare a three-course menu in no more than three hours.
  As the results of the contest show, when it comes to authentic Macanese and Portuguese cuisine, nowhere beats Galaxy Macau.

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Galaxy Goes Green

  Having implemented a host of conservation initiatives since 2013, in line with EU Eco- Management and Audit Scheme criteria, Galaxy MacauTM is now proudly a recipient of ISO 14001 certification. Thanks to its environmental-management system, the resort has achieved energy savings of more than five million kWh over the past year alone. The company’s substantial investment in facility improvement and retrofit has covered everything from the optimization of chiller plants and boilers, to the adoption of LED lighting and motion sensors.
  The new system has also proven effective at reducing water consumption. Through measures such as water-flow restriction and recycling condensate water for irrigation, Galaxy Macau saved one million liters of water in a year, equaling the total volume of daily water intake for 500,000 adults. Recycle bins have also been installed in various parts of the resort to collect waste such as paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
  Galaxy Entertainment Group is committed to social responsibility, sustainable development, and the fostering of a green culture within its properties. Having achieved ISO 14001 certification at Galaxy Macau, the group will continue to provide safe, eco-friendly spaces in which guests can enjoy world-class service as well as a wide range of leisure and entertainment facilities.

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Favorite Things

  Galaxy MacauTM’s popular buffet restaurant Festiva has been named My Favorite Restaurant at a Macau Hotel. The gong was bestowed at the U Favorite Food Awards, organized by Hong Kong’s U Magazine.
  The awards’ winners were selected over two stages: firstly, through public polling, and secondly, by an expert judging panel. This means that Festiva not only impressed foodies in Hong Kong but also met the high standards of experts in the food-and-beverage industry.
  At the ceremony, Hong Kong food critic Ray Lau presented the award to Eddie Liu, Galaxy Macau’s Assistant Vice President of Food and Beverage.
  John Sloane, Vice President of Food and Beverage, said, “With the great variety and quality of food on offer at Festiva, the team has created a ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ buffet experience that truly spans the globe.”
  Variety is the spice of life, and Festiva serves up everyone’s favorite things.

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SIMPLY THE BEST

  Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) properties won big at the prestigious China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards, held in May. Galaxy MacauTM was honored as Best Resort of the Year (Hong Kong/Macau), while StarWorld Hotel retained its title from the 2013 award ceremony: Best Service Hotel of the Year.
  As the only Asian integrated resort in the city, Galaxy Macau strives to create an impeccable holiday experience through a diverse offering of leisure and entertainment facilities. The China Travel & Meetings Industry Award is a testament to the hard work of the resort’s more than 10,000 dedicated team members, who are fully committed to the “World Class, Asian Heart” service standard.
  Deputy Chief Operating Officer of StarWorld Hotel Charles So, meanwhile, commended the hard work of his own team members: “This award is a tribute to the work of our outstanding team members, who deliver the most exceptional customer service. As StarWorld Hotel celebrates its eighth anniversary, we’ll continue to provide the best possible service through putting into practice Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel were honored at this year’s China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards the ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ service philosophy across all aspects of the business.”
  The 2014 China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards were jointly organized by two prestigious travel magazines, Travel Weekly and Events, with a judging panel comprising leading experts and professionals from the tourism industry. The awards pay testament to the entire GEG team’s dedication to delivering “World Class, Asian Heart” service to every guest and visitor to Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel.

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Shining star

  Since opening in 2006, StarWorld Hotel has won over 40 industry awards. Among them, the property has been the recipient of the Macau Elite Service Hotel Award from Ming Pao Weekly for three years running, having recently added 2014 to the list.
  Responding to the news, Charles So, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of StarWorld Hotel, said, “Our team is proud to have received this award from Ming Pao Weekly for three consecutive years. As Galaxy Entertainment Group’s first fivestar property, StarWorld Hotel embodies the distinct Asian characteristics of intelligence, experience and innovation, combining world-class accommodation, entertainment, leisure and dining facilities in
‘one world.’”
  The hotel has frequently been graced by the presence of VIP guests, and leaders of industry throughout the years – not surprising, considering it offers 500 luxurious guest rooms, world-class amenities, limousine services and outstanding facilities. “The attention to detail of our team has earned StarWorld Hotel recognition through numerous prestigious awards,” added So. The property is famed for its “Star-Rated” hospitality, entertainment, accommodation and restaurants, all based around the guest-experience philosophy “When I step into StarWorld, I shine like a star.”

Above: adrian lee accepts the Award on behalf of starworld hotel

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Striking Gold

The China Hotel Golden Horse Awards and China Hotel Starlight Awards have been dubbed “the Oscars of the Chinese hotel industry,” with Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) winning five such coveted accolades in March.

  At the Golden Horse Awards, Galaxy MacauTM and StarWorld Hotel were named Best Service Resort of Asia and Best Service Hotel of Asia respectively. At the Starlight Awards, the two properties won inclusion in the categories Top Ten Resort Hotels of China and Top Ten Glamorous Hotels of China respectively. In addition, Francis Lui, Vice Chairman of GEG, won inclusion in the category China’s Top 10 Hoteliers of the Year, also at the Starlight Awards.

  For its part, Galaxy Macau can claim uniqueness in being Macau’s only integrated resort with Asian roots, boasting three world-class hotels – Galaxy HotelTM, Banyan Tree Macau and Hotel Okura Macau – the Grand Resort Deck, the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool, a white-sand beach, the widest selection of pan-Asian cuisine under one roof, UA Galaxy Cinemas, and exclusive nightclub and performance lounge CHINA ROUGE. The China Hotel Awards acknowledge not only the resort’s services and offerings, but also the hard work of the property’s more than 10,000 dedicated team members.

  From StarWorld Hotel, Charles So, the property’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer, extended his heartfelt gratitude to his team. “Since its debut in 2006, StarWorld Hotel has built up a hospitality brand that enjoys wide recognition not only in mainland China but across Asia,” he said. “To achieve this great success, we’ve had to anticipate the needs of our customers and be proactive. We strive to exceed expectations by constantly improving our services and facilities.”

  Both properties’ teams look forward to the Golden Horse Awards and Starlight Awards in 2015.

Above: gillian murphy and patrick san receive the golden horse awards on behal f of galaxy macau and starworld hotel respectively

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First Impressions

  Galaxy MacauTM has hosted an unprecedented number of firsts so far this year – almost too many to count!
  April saw the first free climb of any building in Macau, with onlookers holding their breath as “French Spider- Man” Alain Robert scaled the resort’s East Tower. The daredevil feat heralded the launch of the Galaxy Macau The Amazing Spider-Man 2 City, open to visitors in East Square until early June, and featuring Spider-Man-themed events, activities and performances.

  In June automobile aficionados were delighted to experience the Macau debut of the new, luxury Mercedes-Benz C-Class – with the launch party at CHINA ROUGE nearly as groundbreaking as the state-of-the-art vehicles themselves (see page 62).

  From mid-July until the end of August, Galaxy Macau is proud to host the city’s first art exhibition organized by noted Chineseart curator and critic Feng Boyi. Entitled Chinese Contemporary Art of Excellence at Galaxy Macau, the exhibition includes works by worldfamous painter Yue Minjun and seven other renowned Chinese artists. This is also the very first time many of these paintings have been seen in Macau.

  For movie lovers, UA Galaxy Cinemas has become the first and only cinema in Macau to be open 24 hours a day. And for Galaxy Privilege Club VIPs, the resort’s latest WeChat facility is the city’s first and only online concierge service. The exclusive Privilege Collection, meanwhile, gives Galaxy Privilege Club members the chance to redeem the most luxurious gifts, many of them one of a kind in the world.

  First in the city, unique in the world – it’s all in a day’s work at Galaxy Macau!

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A new luxury-lifestyle magazine for members of the Galaxy Privilege Club, Privilege has arrived at Galaxy Macau and StarWorld Hotel

This summer Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) proudly announces the launch of Privilege, a luxury-lifestyle magazine created exclusively for members of the Galaxy Privilege Club. Reserved for the select few, the booklet is packed with information on the exclusive benefits these GEG VIPs can enjoy at both Galaxy MacauTM and StarWorld Hotel.

  Galaxy Privilege Club membership gives you access to a world of unparalleled benefits – from once-in-a-lifetime luxury experiences to complimentary room stays, to dining and shopping rewards, and invitations to private events. Highlights include Asian Food Lovers dining privileges, whereby patrons can receive discounts of up to 30 percent on the most popular Asian dishes across Galaxy Macau’s various dining outlets.

  Pick up your copy of the magazine today. From exclusive entertainment and private film screenings, to luxury products and services, it’s all inside Privilege – the little book full of big ideas.

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Precious privilege

Showcasing the finest luxury design, the new Galaxy Privilege Club redemption catalog, Privilege Collection, will offer discerning VIPs the most sumptuous assortment of gifts. These new additions to the redemption range all represent the absolute pinnacle of luxury. Galaxy Privilege Club members will have the chance to choose from fine timepieces crafted from the rarest metals and jewels, exquisite leather goods, as well as opulent, cutting-edge tech gadgets.

  This new range of gifts is generating real excitement, as a selection of very special pieces makes its debut in Macau over the summer. It will be the first time these luxury collectibles are made available in the territory. To add to the buzz, some of these gorgeous gifts are limited-edition pieces, giving Galaxy Privilege Club VIPs the opportunity to own something truly precious and exclusive. What’s more, a number of these rare examples of top craftsmanship are one of a kind – meaning that only one perfectly executed piece has ever been created in the world. This is the very definition of unique, with Galaxy Privilege Club members alone having the chance to own these wonderful, individual gifts.

  One such example of exquisite craftsmanship available exclusively to Galaxy Privilege Club VIPs is an incredibly detailed, eye-catching wristwatch fashioned by talented Swiss
maison Jaquet Droz. The manufacture’s timepieces have a long history in China, dating back to the time of the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, who was fascinated by European clocks and collected several exemplars created by the esteemed watchmaker. Now, one fortunate Galaxy Privilege Club member can share a hobby with the Qianlong Emperor, by selecting the Jaquet Droz Tourbillon watch – a one-of-a-kind creation in a white-gold case, set with 809 brilliant diamonds and 92 baguette-cut diamonds. This opportunity will only be available to Galaxy Privilege Club VIPs.

  Diamond aficionados can indulge their passion for the precious gem in another unique way. For the first time in Macau, one of the most expensive champagne glasses in the world, the DIG Imperial Champagne Glass, lovingly crafted by Austrian glassware specialists Tauerngold, will be available for redemption by Galaxy Privilege Club members. This exquisite champagne flute, with a stem handmade from 180g of pure yellow gold, is set with a dazzling 8.1 carats of diamonds. The most extravagant, glamorous vessel for serving champagne it must surely be.

  Meanwhile, tech fans will never need to compromise on glamour or style, when they choose from the Galaxy Privilege Club’s spectacular tech-gift selection. Among other rarities, the Ademov 24k Gold iPad is embossed with an exquisite diamond logo, demonstrating perfectly how the most modern, efficient gadget can be contained within a gorgeous, precious-metal exterior.

  The new range of gifts for redemption will be available to Galaxy Privilege Club VIPs from July – some of them for a limited time only. Now is your chance to shine and be dazzled by some seriously beautiful, exclusive gifts. It’s your privilege.

  Galaxy Privilege Club members can choose from fine timepieces crafted from the rarest metals and jewels, exquisite leather goods, as well as opulent, cutting-edge tech gadgets

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Galaxy Privilege Club members can now enjoy the convenience of Galaxy Macau concierge services via WeChat

  Galaxy MacauTM’s awardwinning concierge team have found a new means of delivering their first-rate, tailor-made service to Galaxy Privilege Club VIPs – via WeChat!
  Thanks to Macau’s first and only WeChat concierge service, Galaxy Privilege Club members can:
  · Make one-to-one contact with a Galaxy Macau or StarWorld Hotel concierge
  · Take care of hotel and transportation arrangements
  · Enjoy priority booking of shows and movie premieres
  · Be entered in special weekly lucky draws, featuring 888 fantastic prizes including room stays, gourmet meals, cinema tickets and spa treatments*
  · Receive advance notice of oneof- a-kind or first-in-Macau gift redemption opportunities
  · Receive notifications about upcoming special offers and rewards, so missing out is a thing of the past 
  Bind your WeChat account now for the chance to win a fabulous prize each week. Next, sit back and let the Galaxy Privilege Club WeChat concierge team take care of all your hotel arrangements, wherever you are in the world.

  * Enrollment ends August 11, 2014

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The Magazine of Galaxy Macau™ | Summer 2014

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28 MERCEDES-BENZ EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU

Are you driven to win? Galaxy Privilege Club is giving its valued members the chance to find out during the biggest lucky draw promotion in town! At stake is over HK$11.9 million in luxury Mercedes-Benz automobiles, just waiting to be snapped up!

The ultimate prize –one breathtaking Mercedes-Benz SL 500 model priced HKD 1,600,000 will be given to one lucky winner on 24 October…

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The first champion of “World Baccarat Master of Macau” wins HK$1 million in cash!

Galaxy Macau hosts the richest, biggest baccarat tournament in town – with total prizes worth HK$41 million. The ultimate winner claiming an additional HK$5 million in cash and a Master Champion Ring, fashioned from 18K white gold and set with over 100 brilliant diamonds!
Next tournament: Aug 21-24, 2014
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Chinese Contemporary Art of Excellence

Featuring exquisite paintings from 8 masters of Contemporary Art including “Isolated Island” and “Gaze” from Yun Minjun, “Cloudless” from Jing Kewen and “Golden Ants” from He Dan, etc. Guests may also enjoy a 360 holistic view of Yun Minjun’s renowned sculptures series at Galaxy Macau and StarWorld. Don’t forget to take photos at the E-studio with the masterpieces and watch out the daily performance. Come now and enjoy a summer of beautiful art!

Exhibition Date: Now open until 31 Aug.

Location: East Square, Galaxy Macau

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Privilege Collection

Galaxy Privilege Club presents “Privilege Collection” this summer, with series of rare and exquisite luxury products exclusively for our honored members! Join Galaxy Privilege Club now and redeem your favorite items! 

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World Baccarat Master of Macau

Who will be the FIRST World Baccarat Master of Macau? 

World Baccarat Master of Macau – exclusively at Galaxy Macau – is the RICHEST and BIGGEST world-class baccarat tournament ever in Macau, with a staggering HK$41 million total prize pool! The first qualifying round will start from July 24th until July 26th and the first monthly championship tournament will be held on Sunday July 27. 

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Contemporary Art of Excellence

Galaxy Macau features exquisite paintings from 8 masters of Contemporary Art including Yue Minjun, guests can now appreciate their true masterpieces in Macau for the first time. Come and enjoy a summer of Chinese Contemporary Art of Excellence, at Galaxy!
20 Jul – 31 Aug | East Square | Free Admission
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Galaxy Macau National Day & Moon Festival Celebration

Now available for entries!!
Rediscover the essence of Chinese traditional artistic craftsmanship through the lantern design competition. Design your own lantern & win BIG PRIZES now!

Prizes are: 
●Champion: MOP10, 000 and trophy
●1st runner-up: MOP5, 000 and trophy
●2nd runner-up: MOP3, 000 and trophy
●Merit Prizes: MOP1, 500
●My Favorite Celebrative Lantern: MOP1, 500 dining voucher 
Submission Deadline: 25 Jul 2014
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Galaxy Entertainment Group Celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

Galaxy Entertainment Group hosted a Gala Dinner to celebrate its 10th anniversary in operation and Galaxy Macau’s 3rd anniversary on last Friday, 4th July 2014. Dr. Lui Che Woo, Chairman of Galaxy Entertainment Group, announced that the company has established a HKD1.3 Billion Charitable Foundation to reinforce its commitment to the long-term development of Macau and the country.

The New Mercedes-Benz C-Class VIP Party

To celebrate the debuts of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, an exclusive launch party for Macau customers was held at CHINA ROUGE, Galaxy Macau last Thursday, June 26th 2014

UA Galaxy Cinemas

24-hour Cinematic Entertainment only at UA Galaxy Cinemas
From 28 June 2014, enjoy an unprecedented visual experience with an all-day-movie entertainment.
Online Ticketing: http://goo.gl/89FfjI

Hong Kong Gold Medal Seafood Hot Pot

Hong Kong Gold Medal Seafood Hot Pot Opening Offer: from now to 30 August, all Galaxy Privilege Club members can enjoy 20% discount and 30% off on selected dishes!

Come and savor the true Hong Kong-style hot pot flavors with jet-fresh seafood, prime meat cuts, fresh vegetables and a wide variety of broths!

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Galaxy Macau wins 4 awards at 2014 International Top Chefs Competition

Thank you all! We are proud to announce that Galaxy Macau wins 4 awards at 2014 International Top Chefs Competition, including: 

 The Best Chef Medal - Executive Chef Simon Tho Chee Siang | Stir-fried Spotted Grouper with Sea Urchin
 The Top 5 Star award - Chef Dong Dai Ji
 Distinction Gold in the culinary figurine arts - Chef Dong Dai Ji
 Distinction Gold in the Set Menu Display Category, and finished first runner-up in the Final Team Challenge - Galaxy Macau Chinese culinary team

The team’s winning dishes demonstrated authentic as well as innovative takes on Chinese classics.

Peacock Prosperity Performance

Taiwan beauty artist Andrea Wei had fun with our dancers at Diamond Lobby. Come and join us!
- Show Time: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm (except Tuesdays)
- Location:Diamond Lobby, Galaxy Macau

The 3rd Anniversary of Galaxy Macau

Thank you all for attending the 3rd anniversary event of Galaxy Macau. We teamed up with Chopard, a world class luxury brand, presented over a hundred of well-crafted watches, jewelries and accessories to our guests in the event. Hong Kong and Macau famous artist and Saxophonist, Ms. Christine Ng and Mr. Timothy Sun dedicated to celebrate the 3rd anniversary with their talents, plus other remarkable performances as well as the lucky draw, altogether formed the best way to share the joyfulness with our guests in this meaningful occasion.

Ultimate Cigar and Whisky Pairing Journey

Only one night exclusive "Ultimate Cigar and Whisky Pairing Journey" event was held on last Saturday (May 10) at The Macallan Whisky Bar and Lounge. Every guest who ordered a Whisky Flight Tasting Set could enjoy a complimentary freshly rolled Davidoff Cigar by cigar roller Mr. Julio Antonio Martinez from Dominican Republic! Stay tuned for more upcoming exciting events on Galaxy Macau Facebook 
▶The Macallan Whisky Bar and Lounge: http://goo.gl/MlouQR

5th Macanese Cooking Competition

We are proud to announce that Galaxy Macau continued its run of culinary success at the prestigious 5th Macanese Cooking Competition for Professionals. Galaxy Macau chefs took home two of three awards, with Oscar Wang winning the Gold Medal and Mario Gil claiming the Bronze. Please join us in congratulating chefs Oscar, Mario and the entire Galaxy Macau culinary team on another outstanding accomplishment. Thank you all!

Simply the Best

Galaxy Entertainment Group’s flagship properties, Galaxy Macau™ and StarWorld Hotel, by popular vote and for the second time running, won big at the Exmoo Macau Elite Service Awards last year. Organized by local newspaper Exmoo News, the glamorous ceremony saw Galaxy Macau pick up the gong for Best Integrated Resort Brand, while StarWorld Hotel scooped the award for Best Hotel Brand.

Gabe Hunterton, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Galaxy Macau, and Charles So, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of StarWorld Hotel, attended the evening’s event and collected their respective awards.

Committed to a “World Class, Asian Heart” service philosophy, Galaxy Macau consistently provides the highest level of dining, entertainment and leisure facilities and service to all of its guests. For its part, StarWorld Hotel is committed to consistently delivering “Star-Rated” quality in hospitality, entertainment, accommodation, and food and beverage.

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Once, Twice, Thrice Is Nice

StarWorld Hotel received top honors at a soiree held at Hong Kong’s Mira hotel in November 2013.
At the TVB Weekly awards ceremony, the Galaxy Entertainment Group property was named Most Popular Macau Hotel for a third consecutive year. Providing sensational, “Star-Rated” service to all the esteemed guests to have passed through its doors, the iconic hotel certainly lives up to its title.

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Best in Show

In recognition of its outstanding business success, Galaxy Macau™ won a Best Star Performance trophy at the Hurun Best of the Best Awards 2014. Providing benchmark market surveys of China’s luxury market, the Hurun Report is greatly respected and influential.

The New Palace of Asia bested a host of otherb luxury resorts to win the award, which is given to the industry-recognized brand that has shown the greatest development over the previous year. For its part, Galaxy Macau was recognized for its continued expansion and growth in the luxuryhotel market.

In addition, The New Palace of Asia won a 2013 Gold Circle Award from Agoda.com after scoring an impressive 9 out of 10 for overall guest experience on the popular website. As Asia’s premier hotelbooking site, Agoda gives out its annual awards based on customer feedback and review scores.With its stunning facilities and “World Class, Asian Heart” service, Galaxy Macau achieved consistently positive feedback and high scores.

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Recognizing Excellence

Held in March, the 9th China Hotel Starlight Awards saw Galaxy Entertainment Group’s flagship properties honored yet again. Organized by the Asia Hotel Forum, the annual awards ceremony is known as “the Oscars of the Chinese hospitality industry.”

On the night, Galaxy Macau™ was named among the Top 10 Resort Hotels of China in 2013, while StarWorld Hotel was named among the year’s Top 10 Glamorous Hotels of China.

The awards were collected by Gabe Hunterton, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Galaxy Macau, and Charles So, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of StarWorld Hotel, respectively.

The theme of this year’s China Hotel Starlight Awards was “Brand of China, Innovation in Asia.” Held annually, the grand industry event showcases international hotel groups, recognizes the greatest achievements of Chinese hotels and hoteliers, and supports hospitality brands in achieving industry-wide recognition.

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ON THE RUN

Over 6,000 runners from around the world took part in the 2013 Macau Galaxy Entertainment International
Marathon one Sunday morning in December 2013. For the 10th consecutive year, Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) was the event’s title sponsor, with GEG team members continuing to deliver a strong performance by taking home the Group Trophy for the ninth time.

Kenya’s Julius Kiplimo Maisei finished the marathon in 2:12:43 to scoop the men’s title, while the women’s trophy went to Kim Mi-Gyong of North Korea with a winning time of 2:36:32.

Francis Lui, Vice Chairman of GEG, remarked, “Galaxy Entertainment Group’s 10-year title sponsorship of the Macau International Marathon is proof of our commitment to fostering a sustainable sports culture within the community.Over the past decade, the Macau marathon has grown into an internationally acclaimed sporting event, and a well-established platform for local and overseas athletes to showcase their talent. We’re delighted that the annual event has turned out to be such a great success, and would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the organizers on their achievement.”


Among the GEG runners were several senior executives including Philip Cheng, Director of GEG, and Eileen Lui, Human Resources & Administration Director. Alongside the race route, GEG team members cheered on the runners and handed out drinks to their GEG colleagues as well as other athletes. With the support of their colleagues, the GEG athletes completed the run successfully to take home the marathon’s Group Trophy.

Shanti Devi Adhikari and Tek Paudel KC from GEG’s security department joined the minimarathon and achieved first runner-up status in the women’s Category B and men’s Category C respectively. Joining the race for a third year, Tek said, “I’m thrilled to have won my first marathon title. I’d like to say a big thank-you to GEG and my colleagues for their support. I’ll definitely come back next year to aim for a better result.”

As in previous years, the race offered participants a scenic run around some of the territory’s most popular tourist attractions, including GEG’s flagship property, Galaxy Macau™. To support the marathon runners, GEG stationed cheerleaders alongside the race route to cheer on the athletes, and in addition gave out prizes to the fastest local and invited runners in the full marathon.

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Royal Feasts

Eight of Galaxy Macau™’s top chefs joined forces in January to prepare a traditional Poon Choi, or
Big Bowl Feast, in celebration of the Lunar New Year. The giant Golden Poon Choi was an impressive 90cm in diameter and 35cm in height, and featured 18 prized ingredients including sea cucumber, abalone, fish maw, shrimp, scallop, oyster and deer tendon.

From the end of January to mid-February, three restaurants at The New Palace of Asia each delighted diners with their individual take on Poon Choi goodness. Festiva’s buffet featured an Eight Seafood Treasures Poon Choi, Jin Yue Xuan offered a Healthy and Nutritious Poon Choi designed to be nourishing for the skin, while Laurel served
its esteemed diners an Imperial Dried Seafood and Pumpkin Poon Choi.

As befitting the welcome guests can expect at The New Palace of Asia, each Poon Choi was a feast fit for royalty. The dish is meant to bring good luck to all those who enjoy it over the Lunar New Year; and the Galaxy Macau family added their own festive wishes – for all their guests and visitors to enjoy a healthy, prosperous Year of the Horse.

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Celebrating Spring Festival

Galaxy MacauTM hosted a seriesof dinners in the Banyan Tree Ballroom to celebrate the Lunar New Year in style. First, VIP guests enjoyed a scrumptious Spring Dinner, filled with music and magic, on Valentine’s Day. Entertainment was provided by Wu Bai and his band China Blue, singers Uni Yeh and Takki Wong, and magician Louis Yan.

Jinmen Premium Club members enjoyed an elegant Spring Dinner the following evening, as divas Maria Cordero and Elisa Chan serenaded guests. Both ladies had the audience in the palm of their hand, and neither was shy about sharing amusing personal anecdotes with their fans. Magician Yan delighted the audience with his eyebrow-raising tricks, and actor Bob Lam and TV host Winnie Miao emceed.

Last but not least, it was the turn of Galaxy Privilege Club members, who attended their Spring Dinner on February 16. Yan and emcee Lam were in fine form, with the main entertainment of the evening provided by singer Sky Wu. The VIP guests enjoyed games, lucky draws, and enchanting lion and dragon dances to ring in the Year of the Horse.

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Super Rewards

Galaxy Entertainment Group is luring its Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion members into an irresistible “web”
of luxury lifestyle experiences in the run-up to this year’s highly anticipated blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (3D).

The fun begins on April 23 with a visit by Alain Robert, who will undertake a dramatic, barehand climb of the spectacular Galaxy MacauTM tower – his first barehand climb in the city. Known as “the French Spider-Man” (after the Marvel Comics character), Robert is famous for scaling iconic skyscrapers, and now he’ll be able to add The New Palace of Asia to his list of climbing conquests. The breathtaking feat will inaugurate the Galaxy Macau The Amazing Spider-Man 2 City at East Square, open from noon to 9pm daily and running until June 2. Visitors can look forward to themed parades –processing from various departure points in the resort to East Square and featuring Spider-Man characters – as well as dance performances by the costumed artists at East Square. At StarWorld Hotel, meanwhile, you can find two unique 3D floor sets featuring characters from the blockbuster movie franchise.

From April 23 to May 30, Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion members can enter the Win Ultimate New York Travel Experience draw at StarWorld Hotel or Galaxy MacauTM for the chance to win a travel package for two to New York City, where The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (3D) was filmed. Should you win, you’ll fly first class, stay five nights at a five-star hotel, and enjoy private limousine transport for the duration of your trip. Based on scenes in the movie, your itinerary will include a visit to the city’s highest rooftop bar and lounge, the Sky Room, as well as a helicopter tour for two. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll also be gifted HK$400,000 to put towards the shopping spree of your choice.

The luxury lifestyle offerings don’t end there however. From now until July 18 (with draw dates on May 16, June 16 and July 18), you can enter the Ultimate Travel Experience of a Lifetime draw at StarWorld Hotel or Galaxy Macau for the chance to win one of three private-jet packages to Vietnam for up to four guests. You’ll stay for three nights at the ultraluxurious Banyan Tree Lang Co, Central Vietnam in two one-bedroom villas, each with private pool and direct access to a 3km, soft, sandy beach.

Also included in this Pavilion Privilege Experience are four days’ private SUV transport, the choice of a private-dining experience (at signature Thai restaurant Saffron) or destination dining for four, one “ultimate treatment” at the resort’s award-winning spa, and one golf-course experience at its stunning Sir Nick Faldodesigned course. For those interested in venturing beyond the resort, the Banyan Tree Lang Co, Central Vietnam is equidistant from the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hoi An, Hue and My Son.

These unrivaled lifestyle experiences represent ideal expressions of the Galaxy Privilege Club’s motto of “You Deserve More” as well as Galaxy Macau’s “World Class, Asian Heart” service philosophy. Be sure to get your entries in to stand a chance of indulging in lifestyle experiences at the pinnacle of luxury.

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marry me, galaxy

Galaxy MacauTM’s Oasis function room has beentrans formed into a bridal paradise. Outside, in the lush,
tropical grounds of the Grand Resort Deck, a wedding arch and white chairs sit on a freshly mown lawn, readyfor a beautiful wedding ceremony. Inside, the opulent interior of Oasis is decorated with silk drapes and elegant chandeliers, lending a timeless elegance to the poolside venue.

Tables bedecked with beautiful flowers await a throng of guests. Mannequins in elegant wedding gowns flank Oasis’s grand entrance. Plates are heaped with delectable pastries. A juicy suckling pig lies on a serving dish, while delicious bacalhau balls jostle for space in a steamer.

A beautiful young woman is having her hair teased into tumbling curls. Another is having her flawless skin dusted with a light powder. This is the Reserve Your Happiness Wedding Fair at Galaxy Macau –a two-day event where brides and grooms can see just how spectacular their special day would be in the hands of the competent, imaginative team at The New Palace of Asia.

Couples view the venues available for their ceremony and banquet, and taste pastries prepared by talented Galaxy Macau Pastry Chef de Cuisine Smita Grosse. They browse the stands of photographers,
bridal-fashion suppliers and wedding planners in order to get ideas for the perfect wedding day. Galaxy Macau has invited three experts – renowned wedding planner Macy Lee, makeup artist Karen Yiu, and
hairstylist Qube Ho of Toni & Guy – to host sharing and information sessions at the fair. It’s the perfect opportunity for bride and groom to find out about the latest bridal fashions, and to collect some sage advice on making their big day as successful as possible.

There’s a wonderful range of venues available for weddings at Galaxy Macau. The resort’s three world-class properties – Galaxy HotelTM, Banyan Tree Macau and Hotel Okura Macau – each offer glamorous, romantic options for weddings large and small. Seating 500, the stately Banyan Tree Ballroom is ideal for a grand wedding banquet. Or, for a tropical-themed cocktail party, why not hold your reception next to the hotel’s poolside cabanas? Hotel Okura Macau has a suite of elegant banqueting rooms, all decorated in contemporary Japanese style, offering sweeping vistas over the Pearl River. Naturally, these rooms are ideally suited to couples opting for a Japanese theme for their special day.

Planning a wedding can seem a daunting task, with plenty of work and preparation required to ensure your special day proceeds without a hitch. Elaine Lo, Executive Manager, Banquet & Event Sales at Galaxy MacauTM, has a wealth of experience, and explains how the resort’s Wedding Sales team can take all the headaches out of organizing a first-class wedding. “We can take charge of everything and introduce guests to trusted contractors – photographers, dressmakers, videographers – so the couple can liaise directly with them to discuss their requirements,” she says. “We do everything at the resort – flowers, staging, wedding cakes, food and beverage – so the couple can relax and look forward to a perfect wedding day.”

Similarly, StarWorld Hotel’s dedicated wedding-banquet specialists can provide a tailor-made one-stop service in accordance with a couple’s needs, tastes, requirements and budget. From venue decor, event flow and schedule, to fine wine and food, attention is paid to the smallest of details in order to ensure that this will indeed be a
dream wedding come true.

At StarWorld Hotel, the most magnificent weddings of all take place in the property’s elegant 8,000sqft Grand Ballroom. All are spacious and come with opulent furnishings and top-of-the-range audiovisual capabilities.

Back at the wedding fair, guests browse the stylish interior of Oasis, tasting pastries and canapés specially prepared by the culinary team at The New Palace of Asia. Monogrammed macaroons, cute cake pops and traditional chocolate brownies draw a crowd of sweet-toothed guests. These are delicious tidbits, perfect for a cocktail reception; but there are some truly magnificent pastry creations on display too.

A dramatic tiered cake with bright-red icing is dazzling on a stand in front of the stage. An intricately detailed dragon is coiled around the base of the cake, while a large phoenix with detailed plumage is perched to one side. Lo explains the symbolism: “We have different styles of cake to suit our customers’ preferences. This cake is very traditional. The dragon and phoenix are Chinese symbols of luck for the marriage.” Nearby a stand shaped like a tree has clusters of colorful cupcakes atop its branches. “Young couples are increasingly keen on a modern theme for their wedding,” notes Lo. “We created this design because cupcakes are popular and playful.”

The interior of Oasis showcases three elegant banquet settings, so guests can choose a theme best suited to their requirements. There’s a traditional Chinese setting, with circular tables, red tablecloths and colorful flowers. “This setting appeals to couples seeking a very conventional, time-honored wedding. The older generation of guests like this the best,” says Lo. “But we can also do a traditional Western wedding setting, with Tiffany chairs and white tablecloths – very pure, elegant and classic. And today, we’re showcasing a new banquet setting: a long table with Tiffany chairs, beautiful china and brightly colored flowers. It’s very modern, very fresh and somewhere between the traditional Chinese and Western styles. Galaxy MacauTM’s experienced team is very flexible and open to ideas.” This setting is indeed stunning: the contrast between the white cloth and the bright pink and purple flowers as vibrant centerpieces gives the table a joyful, festive look, perfect for the celebration of a happy union.

No wedding is complete without beautiful flowers, and Cecilia Chu, Executive Manager, Floral at Galaxy Macau, explains her part in weddings held at the resort – and how the right floral arrangements can make a wedding the most glamorous, dramatic and fragrant event. “At the moment, the most fashionable wedding flowers are hydrangeas and peonies, pea flowers in soft pastel colors, and roses for really good scents,” she notes. As well as being perfumed and delightful to look at, the flowers at a wedding have hidden meanings. “Roses represent love, and the number of roses in the bouquet is important,” explains Chu. “For example, a single rose means you’re the one and only love. This is a very romantic message on your wedding day. I’ve made a bridal bouquet using a giant single rose. What I do is take one single rose stem and then hand-stick petals around the flower head to form one huge rose for the bouquet. It looks wonderful.”

The choice of floral theme should also represent the couple’s story of their budding love. “I ask the couple about their first date or the first bouquet the bride received, to get a sense of their memories, and then create floral arrangements to reflect their story,” says Chu. “Wedding flowers should be personal. We can make all the floral arrangements here at Galaxy Macau – corsages, headdresses, garlands, bouquet, table flowers, everything.” Chu sources the best flowers from all around the world to ensure her arrangements are always stunning and fresh.

Wedding fashions change quickly, and two people who really understand the importance of choosing the bride’s look carefully are makeup artist Karen Yiu and hairstylist Qube Ho of Toni & Guy. Both experts give a 20-minute presentation, demonstrating how to create a look that exudes timeless elegance. Ho talks about choosing hairstyles for the big day. “A simple hairstyle is the new trend,” she says. “Hair down and with natural-looking waves. What makes the style special are the hair ornaments.” Ho has a selection of beautiful ornaments fashioned from feathers, silk and net, which add a romantic dimension to the coiffure. She gives some specific advice to brides-to-be about how to ensure their hair looks beautiful on the day. “It’s a good idea to lighten your hair by a few shades to show off the curls, and maybe add a few highlights for texture,” she says. “Wash your hair the night before your wedding, not in the morning. It will hold the style better.”

Yiu has similarly wise advice about keeping bridal makeup natural and fresh: “Many brides want to experiment with dramatic false lashes and bright makeup colors. But they can end up looking very different from normal – and when they look back at their wedding photographs they won’t recognize themselves. If we look at photographs of our grandmothers on their wedding day, they always looked so elegant and beautiful. I use subtle makeup to contour the face, and use false lashes carefully interlaced with the bride’s own lashes, so they look absolutely natural. I think the bride should aim to look like the most beautiful version of herself on her special day – and when she looks at the photographs in 20, 30, 40 years’ time, she’ll still look beautiful. Natural beauty is a look that will never date.”

After listening to expert advice, and enjoying the imaginative and creative ideas shared by Galaxy Macau’s Wedding Sales team, the happy wedding-fair guests go home to dream about romance, love and living happily ever after. As Elaine Lo says, “With so many options for wedding venue, style and theme there really are endless possibilities at Galaxy Macau for a couple to have the wedding of their dreams. What is special about Galaxy Macau is the extra mile we’ll go for you. It might be your first time, but we’ve done this hundreds of times. We guide our happy couples through the entire process, ensuring they’re left with the most wonderful memories!”

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CHEFS’ APPEAL

Angliss Macau, one of the region’s top food importers, celebrated its fifth anniversary in January with a sumptuous dinner at Galaxy Macau™’s Oasis. To mark this special occasion, the company flew in five celebrity chefs from Bangkok: Executive Chef Mark Hagenbach (Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok), Executive Chef Norbert Kostner (Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok), Executive Chef Leslie Stronach (InterContinental Bangkok), Executive Chef Erwin Eberharter (Dusit Thani Bangkok) and Executive Chef Jose Martin Ruiz Borja (Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong). The culinary wizards were tasked with producing a royal Thai banquet on Macanese shores for Angliss Macau’s VIP guests. Having previously created a menu for the Princess of Thailand herself, they were more than up to the task.

For this feast fit for royalty, what better venue than the regal Galaxy Macau? The repast opened with Chef Hagenbach’s Lobster Salad, White Asparagus Fondant, Avocado Gazpacho and Oyster Leaves. Next came Chef Kostner’s Forest of Mushroom Tortelli with Natural Chicken Pan Juices. A Limoncello and Citrus Shot, courtesy of Chef Kostner, refreshed the palate, before two entrées were presented: Roasted Chilean Seabass, Fennel Confit and Mussel Saffron Blanquette by Chef Stronach, followed by Challan Duck Rosettes, Creanes Carrots, Confit Cromesquis and Fig Duck Glace by Chef Eberharter. The soiree’s dessert was Chef Ruiz Borja’s Panna Cotta, Seasonal Berries and Sweet Basil Froth. The most exquisite wines were paired with all six plates, with Royal Thai Petits Fours to round off the exquisite evening.

In addition, award-winning royal Thai cultural dancers performed for the VIP guests, while Rabee’a Yeung, noted Hong Kong TV personality, was the emcee for the occasion. Sweet sounds were provided between courses by Asian collective Zá, featuring guest vocalist Tess Collins. With fine music, dance and cuisine, it had certainly been an evening fit for royalty – and one befitting the regal surroundings of Galaxy MacauTM.

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Turned to Stone

A crowd of guests walk through Galaxy Macau™’s Tastes of Asia into the cool, airy space of East Square, where they wait patiently behind a velvet rope. They are here for the three-day China-Taiwan- Macau Jade and Jadeite Exhibition. Featuring nearly 400 pieces by renowned artists from China, Taiwan and Macau – including the latest creations of one of Macau’s greatest jade sculptors, Leong Man Nin – the exhibition provided a chance to see some of the finest jade art in the region, and to understand this mysterious and beautiful stone, which for centuries has formed an important part of China’s rich culture.

The elegant architecture of East Square is the perfect setting for the exhibition, its monochromeand- gold color scheme, marble walls and sweeping staircases being just the sophisticated environment that important works of art need to look their best. Rays of sunlight are shining through the square’s domed, vaulted glass ceiling and bouncing off the complex, gleaming surfaces of the jade pieces, illuminating their subtle, elegant colors.

The velvet rope is pulled back, and the crowd begins to filter slowly into the square. Phones and tablets are on display, as people pause to film and photograph the exhibits. This is an extraordinary opportunity to see jade carvings at close quarters. The exhibits range in size from tiny, intricately zarved, polished jewelry pieces, to large, complex, decorative objects carved in the round from a single hunk of rock.

Jade is an ornamental stone of a similar hardness to quartz. In the rough it’s plain looking; but when cut, it reveals an inner beauty. There are two types of jade – nephrite and jadeite – which differ slightly in texture. The stone comes in a range of beautiful hues – translucent green, cream, lavender, gray, pink, and bright emerald. The challenge for a jade artist is to discover which colors lie within the rock, and then to work with them in a way that best displays the natural beauty of the stone. The display at The New Palace of Asia shows how talented and imaginative these artists need to be in order to create such intricate, exquisite pieces.

A sculpture of a pack of cream-colored wolves attracts the attention of some; meanwhile, two vivid-green lizards are so lifelike, other guests are unsure as to whether they’re real. A large sculpture of an auspicious toad draws a crowd of guests from all the generations, who gather round and touch it for luck. All the pieces feature elements from nature – animals, birds, fish and flowers, and human and divine figures. The level of detail is extraordinary, and guests peer closely at the pieces to discover more elements to the design. A serene figure of the goddess Guan Yin stands in a peaceful grotto. To one side is a bamboo grove, carved from a seam of stone bright green in color. The artist has carved the bamboo in such detail that the individual leaves are separate and lifelike. Another very large carving is of a rambling lotus flower. The piece of jade from which it’s carved is a mixture of lavender, pink and green, and from this huge piece of stone the artist has created a perfect sculpture. He’s used the green elements of the rock to create the leaves, the sweet lavender color to tint the lotus flowers. The natural colors of this vast piece of stone lend themselves perfectly to producing a sculptural work of the subject.

The challenge of jade’s mysterious hidden colors is the main inspiration for these artists. They can’t have a picture in their heads of what they’re going to carve before they start work on the stone, as they’re obliged to work with the natural colors as they reveal themselves. Sometimes the colorful elements may be very small, so artists need to use their imagination to the full in order to create the most beautiful piece possible.

One sculpture at the exhibition is a smaller piece featuring a perfect vine of flowers woven around a rock. Most of the stone is a translucent gray-green, with flecks of brighter green illuminating the leaves and petals. Toward the top of the sculpture, the jade displays a small flash of golden stone. The artist has made use of this colorful patch to carve a delicate, beautiful yellow butterfly, which is seen pausing to feast on the nectar of the flower. This level of vision shows the true talent that jade artists need in order to create such beautiful works.

The composition of the pieces is astonishing, and the level of skill required to carve a challenging piece of rock is humbling to consider. A proud craftsman standing by a beautiful sculpture chats to a group of guests about his work. “It takes a very long time to make each piece,” he explains. “A large piece like the lotus sculpture can take around six months. There are different stages to the process of carving jade – cutting the rock open, choosing a design, carving, grinding and polishing, so that it takes on this lovely, gleaming texture. It takes a long time to train, but I love my work; I love what I do.” Such a complex, mysterious subject as jade carving deserves a technical explanation, so Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion members were given priority access to Jade and Jadeite Appreciation and Sharing Session talks given by some of China’s foremost jade experts. These talks were held in a quiet corner of East Square filled with plush sofas, giving guests the opportunity to listen to the experts in comfort. Guests learned to identify different grades of jade and to recognize quality in a jade piece; they also gained insights into China’s long, rich history. The sessions were popular, as guests seized the opportunity to learn more about this beautiful craft.

The exhibition was organized by the Macau Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the Macau Association of Chinese Painting, and was supported by the Macao Foundation and Galaxy MacauTM. An opening ceremony for distinguished, honored guests from government and the arts – including Cai Siping, Deputy Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macau SAR, and Zhang Xiaoguang, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Culture and Education of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macau SAR – was held in February.

Leong Man Nin, Chairman of the Macau Federation of Literary and Art Circles, spoke about the importance of making Chinese culture and art accessible. “I’d like to thank all parties concerned for their efforts, in particular Galaxy Macau for its support in making this exhibition possible,” he said. “Visitors to Galaxy Macau will be able to enjoy exquisite jade and jadeite carvings by leading artists from across the region.”

Gabe Hunterton, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Galaxy Macau, spoke about the resort’s commitment to promoting the arts. “This exhibition presents artworks of superlative quality that have been painstakingly crafted by talented artists,” he said. “As an avid supporter of Macau’s arts and culture, Galaxy Macau will continue to bring a variety of events and programs to residents and visitors throughout 2014.”

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Service from the Heart

Alice Tan
Assistant Manager, the Spaghetti House

BEGINNING HER CAREER at Galaxy MacauTM as a Service Agent at the Spaghetti House, Alice Tan is one team member who’s been with the resort since it opened. She was transferred to the post of Senior Service Agent at the cinema-concessions counter in 2011, going on to become Captain in 2012, Team Leader in 2013, and now Assistant Manager in 2014, having been transferred back to the Spaghetti House.

Having worked front of house at The New Palace of Asia for three years now, Tan has faced different kinds of challenges, including helping train junior team members in handling unexpected situations. She’s grateful for all the opportunities that working at Galaxy Macau has afforded her. “I never thought I’d come so far as to be working in my current position,” she says. “I’m very lucky to have worked with so many kind people who taught and assisted me over the years.”

Being promoted to managerial level has not only broadened Tan’s horizons; she’s also developed a sense of responsibility when it comes to dealing with frontline situations and client relations, being as she is a role model for her team. Above all, Tan stresses, genuine care and friendliness are key when it comes to delivering service from the heart.

Mable Zhao
Team Leader, Katsuya Restaurant

“i love my job, and I’m very happy working at Katsuya with my team,” says Team Leader Mable Zhao, with a big smile on her face. Zhao joined The New Palace of Asia back in 2011 as Cashier Supervisor at Lugang Cafe. In April 2013 she was transferred to the post of Cashier Supervisor at Tastes of Asia. She says her favorite thing about her job is the chance to interact with different kinds of guests. “Although my title is the same, the work is totally different at Tastes of Asia as I have to deal with clients directly,” she says. “I’ve learned to multitask – answering clients’ inquiries while I do cashier work.” Further career development was right around the corner for this patient, optimistic team member. In July 2013 Zhao was promoted to Team Leader overseeing daily operations at chic Japanese restaurant Katsuya. She finds the diverse nature of her duties challenging, she says.

“I take care of everything from the working schedule of team members to product innovation to merchandising,” says Zhao. “I’m glad to be given the opportunity to gain exposure to new things. I really enjoy working with my team, and have kind supervisors and helpful subordinates. This creates a pleasant atmosphere for us to work in and for our guests to dine in.”

Nuno Coelho
Manager, In-Room Dining

as manager of In-Room Dining, Nuno Coelho says that his main focus is to make sure guests are well taken care of, right from the moment they call with their order, up until when his team picks up the table at the end of a meal. He adds that achieving the highest service standards requires plenty of guest interaction – complete with guest recognition. “I’ve found this to be one essential element of In-Room Dining,” Coelho explains. “Not only can you impress guests by remembering their preferences; you can also create a friendly, comfortable experience that makes them feel at home.”

Coelho’s other core duties include providing professional training to his 18-member team, performing administrative work, and coordinating with the other departments in the resort. All of these areas are vital when it comes to delivering service from the heart, he notes. Having joined The New Palace of Asia in March 2013 as Assistant Manager of the resort’s signature Italian restaurant Terrazza, Coelho was next transferred to buffet restaurant Festiva, where he remained for three months before moving to In-Room Dining. With each of his posts presenting a different set of challenges, Coelho says he feels lucky and thankful to have gained such horizontal experience in food and beverage– especially at such an inspiring integrated resort, and in the company of so many great people. Leading the In-Room Dining team to a new level of maximal service standards is the goal he strives for, he says.

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Quin tessen tially Cantonese

Dainty, tasty and varied, dim-sum dumplings are popular all over the world – yet few of us stop to consider the practice and hard work that go into perfecting the sophisticated art of dim-sum making. Galaxy MacauTM is proud to present these quintessentially Cantonese delicacies in the most authentic manner possible, with an emphasis on quality and creativity.

With 19 years’ experience in dim-sum preparation, awardwinning Dim Sum Chef Ke Zunzhi leads his team of 14 junior chefs to produce dim sum, dumplings and other plates for all of the resort’s Cantonese-food outlets. Chef Ke notes that a sophisticated level of technique is at the heart of this delightful culinary specialty. “Excellent-quality dim sum requires solid, fundamental skills that must be finessed – especially because of the rich variety of dim sum, with different dishes requiring different preparation methods. For instance, every dumpling h-as its own specific wrapping, with different skills involved for each. For this reason, it takes far longer to train a dim-sum chef than it does a chef of any other type of Asian cuisine.”

Freshness also play a critical role in producing top-quality dim sum, and Chef Ke ensures that everything leaving his kitchen is made from the freshest ingredients. Another factor that Chef stresses is that the food should be healthy. “All our dim sum is free from MSG,” he says, adding, “Most traditional dim sum is steamed – a very healthy way of cooking. We also use less oil during preparation, so that both taste and health are our priorities.” No wonder traditional dim-sum favorites such as shrimp dumplings (ha gao), pork dumplings
(siu mai) and egg tarts are always so popular at Festiva, Sweet Splendor and Tastes of Asia. Chef Ke’s other focus is in the area of innovation – creating traditional dim sum with a twist. Examples include his Coffee Sponge
Cake, an unorthodox take on ma lai go; and his Royal Pancake, which he describes as “the Chinese pizza.” To make this dish, handmade dough is filled with tender pork and chives. “This is extremely popular with guests from China,” notes Chef Ke.

In 2012 Ke won a Macao Occupational Skills Recognition System (MORS) Gold Pin in the Chinese Cook: Cantonese Dim Sum (Intermediate Level) category. The winning entries were two of his signature dim-sum creations: the Golden Bowl Dumpling and the Peacock Dumpling. Drawing inspiration from Galaxy MacauTM’s cupola logo, the cupola-shaped Golden Bowl Dumpling sees fresh, shredded crabmeat enclosed within a tender, purple wrapping, while the Peacock Dumpling is made using fresh scallop and squid paste, giving a complex, refreshing seafood flavor. These unique dumplings are specially made for Galaxy Macau’s VIP guests and are only available by ordering in advance.

Satisfying diners’ seemingly insatiable appetite for top-quality dim sum, Festiva’s buffet is a consistently popular destination. Nearly 20 types of exquisite dim sum are featured in the buffet, including some signature dumplings recommended by Chef Ke: Siu Mai with Wolfberry; an acclaimed, velvety Custard Bun; the resort’s signature Ha Gao, with a sheer wrapping and fresh, juicy, shrimp filling; the unique, award-winning Golden Bowl Dumpling; and the best-selling Royal Pancake – all meticulously prepared with health and freshness in mind.

For the most important meal of the day, don’t miss Festiva’s Dim Sum Breakfast with its Chinese hot-dish station (try the Stir-Fried Rice with Roasted Duck), live wok station (featuring Stir-Fried XO Sauce Chee Cheong Fun) and live congee station. You’ll find all the dim-sum classics here, including BBQ Pork Buns, Siu Mai, Shrimp Dumplings, Panfried Dumplings and Vegetable Spring Rolls.

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Divine Decanter

Galaxy Macau™hosted an exclusive whisky-pairing dinner in March to celebrate the release of the extremely rare Macallan M Decanter. The event was held at the Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge and was open to Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion members. David Cox, Director of Fine and Rare Whiskies at the Macallan, and UK celebrity chef Mark Sargeant introduced guests to some of the most sophisticated single malts in the world.

Cox has traveled the globe in his quest to introduce premium Macallan whiskies to connoisseurs. “The Macallan M Decanter was born of a collaboration between three masters of their crafts to create one of the world’s most sophisticated whiskies within an exquisite, exclusively designed crystal decanter,” he explained. “M is a masterpiece of design brought to conception by creative director Fabien Baron; brought to life by Lalique’s mastery of crystal; and brought to fruition through the Macallan’s beautifully made single-malt whisky.”

During the dinner, Cox entertained and enlightened guests, inviting them to taste eight prized whiskies: the Macallan 1851 Inspiration, the Macallan Sherry Oak 12 Year Old, the Macallan Fine Oak 15 Year Old, the Macallan Fine Oak 17 Year Old, the Macallan Sherry Oak 18 Year Old, the Macallan Fine Oak 21 Year Old, the Macallan Fine Oak 25 Year Old and finally, the Macallan M Decanter. Rich in wood spices, dried fruits and apple, with polished oak and wood-smoke tones, the Macallan M Decanter perfectly reflects the tradition of classic, full flavors of this great distillery. With its rich color, complexity and sumptuous intensity, M’s character is achieved to a large degree through maturation in Spanish oak first-fill sherry casks.

Whisky lovers had the exclusive opportunity to taste these eight unique whiskies alongside world-class dishes prepared by Chef Sargeant. Crowned 2002 Knorr National Chef of the Year in his native UK, Sargeant is also a TV personality and book author. He presented to guests a six-course menu designed to complement the flavors of the evening’s featured Macallan whiskies.

Also at the dinner was John Sloane, Vice President of Food & Beverage at Galaxy Macau. “With its oak paneling and leather chairs, the Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge was designed as an exclusive retreat,” he noted. “So what better place to host this premier event for our most valued guests and to present the unique Macallan M Decanter? It’s a true privilege to have an expert like David Cox to help us sample these exquisite whiskies and a chef of Mark Sargeant’s stature to cook for us. Our Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion members can look forward to many more exclusive events like this.”

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Transcendent Gastronomy

Sister restaurant to StarWorld Hotel’s famed, Michelin-recommended eatery by the same name, Laurel at Galaxy MacauTM has likewise taken the city by storm. Next to the main entrance of the resort’s gaming floor, the restaurant’s 18m-wide facade cuts a distinctive silhouette. Double-height ceilings featuring vintage crystal chandeliers provide a sense of arrival, while the restaurant’s opulent interiors fuse elements of East and West, and a marble staircase leads to five luxurious private rooms, reserved for VIP guests. Another highlight is the alfresco space on the patio, where guests can dine in a natural setting under the stars. By contrast, the decor of the StarWorld Hotel branch suggests a more cozy, contemporary ambience, while retaining a style and color palette consistent with those of its sister restaurant.

At all Laurel restaurants, the chefs have taken contemporary Cantonese cuisine to a whole new level. From ingredient sourcing right up to the moment a dish is served, each of the restaurant’s processes requires strict adherence to protocol. All ingredients are organic and seasonal, and are sourced from certified suppliers to assure the highest level of food safety; in addition, pesticideresidue testing is performed on raw ingredients on delivery. And when it comes to food preparation, Laurel substitutes oft-used food additives for natural seasoning. The restaurant’s chefs pledge to prepare food in the most ethical, professional manner possible, without any artificial colors or MSG – ensuring that the nutritional value and the original taste of the food are preserved.

Highlights on the menu include the Fresh Cold Abalone with Salmon and Areola Babylon Sashimi, which sees fresh, Australian abalone slow-cooked in Laurel’s own special sauce, and served alongside luscious salmon sashimi and delicate areola Babylon sashimi – a most delectable cold dish to start.

With their passion for culinary excellence, Laurel’s chefs create gourmet food that demonstrates a sensitivity toward balancing tradition and innovation

Drunken Prawns Flambé is a sensational dish prepared in a simple way. The fresh raw prawns are soaked in Chinese rose wine before being stirfried in front of guests. The dramatic flames and tantalizing scent of the rose wine make ordering this dish a journey for all the senses.

The Braised Sea Cucumber with Cereal in Pumpkin Soup, meanwhile, is rich in protein and can help to lower blood pressure, the nourishing sea cucumber handled expertly alongside Laurel’s secret soup base with premium oats. Featuring nutritious bird’s nest, juicy prawns and fresh green beans, the signature Fried Prawns with Bird’s Nest and Haricots Verts is a healthy, succulent dish. Not to be missed is the restaurant’s most popular dish: Fresh Fish Head with Chinese Herb Soup. The fresh fish head is panfried before being simmered in Chinese herbs, and is finished with a splash of huadiao jiu. Delicate and nutritious, the velvety soup is deliciously savory, while the recipe’s medicinal herbs can soothe a headache.

With their passion for culinary excellence, Laurel’s chefs create gourmet food that demonstrates a sensitivity toward balancing tradition and innovation. But the most exquisite gastronomic journey requires the ideal combination of great atmosphere, delectable food and beloved people to share it with. Take your family and friends to Laurel at Galaxy MacauTM or StarWorld Hotel; the restaurant will take care of the rest.


laurel
Location: G02, G/F, Galaxy Macau
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm;
Sat-Sun & public holidays 10am-11pm
Reservations: Recommended
Telephone: 853 8883 2298

Location: 2/F, StarWorld Hotel
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm;
Sat-Sun & public holidays 10am-11pm
Reservations: Recommended
Telephone: 853 8290 8628

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The Secrets of Their Success

Asian cuisine is notable for its diversity: Japanese food is the epitome of daintiness; decadent Malaysian is a symphony of herbs and spices; Korean packs heat on a level with the country’s music scene; and Chinese comprises a dizzying variety of regional cuisines. Mastering any of these, naturally, requires immense skill, technique and a dedication to meticulousness. A paradise for gourmands, Galaxy Macau™ houses a panoply of acclaimed Asian restaurants and food outlets. Thanks to the passion and creativity of the resort’s chefs, all who dine at The New Palace of Asia can look forward to enjoying a stimulating and satisfying culinary journey. But what are the secrets to preparing such world-class food? To appease the seemingly insatiable curiosity of foodies, Galaxy Macau has invited four of its chefs to share what goes into making some of their most popular dishes, in video demonstrations revealing every step in the cooking process.

Lobster Gusokuni
Akira Hayashi, Executive Chef – Japanese Cuisine, Hotel Okura Macau
The Kyoto native initially received his training in authentic, traditional Japanese cuisine from a top chef in his hometown. After a stint as a Japanese chef in New York, Akira Hayashi joined Yamazato restaurant at Hotel Okura Tokyo, before moving in January 2011 to Yamazato at Hotel Okura Macau.

Chef Hayashi and his team create Japanese dishes at the highest level of sophistication, a fact that has led to Yamazato being a Michelin-recommended restaurant for three consecutive years since 2012. Believing that food should convey the natural flavors of each ingredient, Chef Hayashi strives to deliver the most authentic Japanese cuisine in the form of sushi, kaiseki meals and grilled items. A featured dish at Yamazato is the Lobster Gusokuni, a traditional dish from Kyoto. Sourcing fresh, natural ingredients is Chef Hayashi’s first priority, he tells Galaxy. Aside from that, he says, “Time and temperature management are key” when it comes to preparing this delectable dish.

Sautéed Prawns with Yuzu Sauce
Wyman Chin, Executive Chef – Chinese Cuisine, Hotel Okura Macau
With 20 years’ experience managing restaurants and kitchens for large-scale events, Wyman Chin joined Hotel Okura Macau in November 2010. Chef Chin takes a creative, improvisational approach to traditional Chinese cooking, especially when it comes to the preparation of dim sum and his exquisite signature dishes. To deliver on Hotel Okura Macau’s promise of “the best accommodation, cuisine and service,” Chef Chin and his team endeavor to create the most memorable experiences for their guests.

“Chefs are like fashion designers – we need to know about trends in order to be trendsetters,” says Chef Chin as he prepares one of his signature dishes: Sautéed Prawns with Yuzu Sauce. Chef explains that the secret to retaining the aroma of the fruit in a cooked dish is to simmer the prawns in the yuzu sauce, so the juices are absorbed by the prawns. “Color, taste and aroma are what we need,” he notes. Guests can check out the latest trends in contemporary Chinese cuisine and enjoy Chef Chin’s delicious dim sum, as well as the seasonal à la carte menu, at the Lotus Room in Hotel Okura Macau.

Malaysian Claypot Curry with Whole Sea Bass, Fresh Tomato and Eggplant
Max Hoo, Chef de Cuisine, Galaxy Macau
Curries are among the most popular dishes in Asian cuisine, with various countries having their own interpretations of the form. There are Indian curries with their complexity of spices, Japanese curries for those who don’t like it hot, and chili-based green, red and yellow Thai curries, with green being the hottest and yellow the mildest. As delicious as any curry under the sun is the Malaysian variant, which Chef Max Hoo introduces in his demonstration. He puts a creative twist on a traditional dish by using tamarind from Malaysia in his Malaysian Claypot Curry with Whole Sea Bass, Fresh Tomato and Eggplant. Inspired by a Malaysian tamarind-prawn dish he once tried, Chef explains that the tamarind brings a sweetness and a tartness to the curry sauce, while the taste of the sea bass is enhanced by the addition of the fresh tomato and eggplant.

Chef Hoo is a total culinary enthusiast who says that cooking isn’t just his career, but something he enjoys in his leisure time as well. He understands that to produce world-class food, one must be continuously learning, experimenting and improving. He says that he enjoys discovering new concepts in food and presentation through experiencing different world cuisines, and he pays close attention to every detail in his quest to learn from others and strengthen his own skills.

Korean Barbecue Ribs
You Suonggi, Chef de Cuisine, Myung Ga
Don’t try this at home – at least, that’s what many Korean barbecue fans would assume. The secret, however, is in the preparation of the ingredients. In his demonstration, Chef You Suonggi teaches us the secret to making tender, juicy barbecue ribs. First, select around a half dozen of the most tender, juicy ribs; next, cut the ribs across the grain so that the natural juices are retained in the meat. Finally, grill to your desired degree.

Chef You’s responsibilities at Myung Ga include developing new menu items, maintaining the highest standards of quality, and ensuring smooth operation of the restaurant. With 17 years’ experience in Korean fine dining, Chef You has also worked with one of the largest food conglomerates in Korea: CJ Group. There, he says, his mission was to provide guests with gastronomic experiences that transcended the basics of texture, presentation, aroma and taste. Excellence is not an action, he adds, but a habit requiring continuous practice. Chef You leads his team in producing world-class traditional Korean food, and at the same time stresses the importance of creating new dining experiences for guests.

Next time you’re looking for inspiration in the kitchen, tune into the Galaxy Macau™ gourmet channel and begin learning to cook like a master chef. More Asian-food demonstrations are coming soon, so stay tuned!

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All Thai ’d Up

Preparing a restaurant-level Thai meal at home can be an adventurous proposition. Even with the most authentic recipes to follow, you may end up with dishes that come nowhere close to your expectations, while also not being able to spot what went wrong in the process. The ways of combining the vast range of Thai herbs and spices remain a complete mystery to most foreign home cooks.

Known for its tried-and-traditional cooking methods, Saffron, the acclaimed signature Thai restaurant of Banyan Tree Macau, has launched a series of cooking classes designed to teach participants the secrets to preparing authentic Thai cuisine. The classes are being presented by award-winning native Chef de Cuisine Gina Pungjaroenkijkul.

A three-time winner at Thailand’s national Thai Food Competition and a winner at the country’s Som Tam cooking contest, Chef Pungjaroenkijkul is renowned not only for her skill in achieving exquisitely balanced flavors, but also for her mastery of traditional cooking methods and techniques passed down through the generations.

Under the expert tutelage of Chef Pungjaroenkijkul, cooking-class participants will gain hands-on experience at preparing authentic Thai food, including appetizers, soups, main dishes and desserts. Popular plates taught on the course include Spicy Prawn Soup, Green Chicken Curry and Pandan Tapioca – all in a fun, interactive atmosphere.

Those looking for a top-to-toe experience – including learning how to select the right ingredients – can opt to join a tour to the local market, prior to the class. The knowledge and skills you need to create an authentic Thai meal at home are all here to be learned, at Banyan Tree Macau’s Saffron restaurant.

For more information or to enroll, call Saffron on 853 88836061 or email saffron-macau@banyantree.com

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Belon

Banyan tree Macau’s signature restaurant Belon is named after Brittany’s famous oyster delicacy, and affords breathtaking panoramic views over Cotai. The restaurant’s awardwinning interior design is intended to evoke an aquatic environment, the luxuriously immersive experience beginning from the moment of arrival. Belon offers a classic European grill with premium seafood, and specialties prepared table side for an interactive dining experience.

31/F, Banyan Tree Macau 澳門悅榕庄31樓
Open 6pm-11pm Wed-Mon
Oyster Bar open 6pm-12mn
Reservations recommended

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CASCADES

Decorated with vibrant flowers, verdant foliage and magnificent water walls, this chic eatery is filled with the colors and sounds of nature. Looking to unwind? Roomy sofas and comfortable armchairs fan out from Cascades’ central bar area. This is the place to come for cocktails, delectable savory dishes, afternoon tea and desserts – don’t miss the Traditional English Scones or the Molten Chocolate Cake.

G05, G/F, Galaxy Hotel 「銀河酒店」地下G05
Open 10am-1am
Reservations not required

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Saffron

At Banyan Tree Macau, the menu of signature restaurant Saffron features a wide variety of classic Thai dishes – from Goong Hom Par (Prawn Spring Rolls) to countryside staple Yum Som-O Nua Poo (Pomelo Salad) to the alltime favorite Tom Yum Goong Mae Nam (Spicy Prawn Soup). Authentic plates imbued with the chef’s fresh perspective on Thai cuisine, the delicious dishes are a firm favorite among aficionados.

G40, G/F, Banyan Tree Macau 澳門悅榕庄地下G40
Open 7am-11pm
Reservations recommended

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Gosto

With its whitewashed walls, blue azulejo tiles, Moorish copper lantern sand domed ceilings, Gosto will take diners on a nostalgic trip back to prereunification Macau. Vintage photographs, woodwork and ceramics from Portugal complete the authentic experience. Try the signature Pastéis de Bacalhau com Salada de Grão (Deep-Fried Codfish Balls), Cataplana do Mar (Seafood Stew on a Cataplana) and Bife à Portuguesa (Pan-Fried Portuguese Steak). Wash it all down with a carafe of refreshing house sangria, the nonalcoholic cranberry/orange sangria, or a bottle of fine Portuguese wine such as an Alentejo or Douro.

G21, G/F, Galaxy Macau
「 澳門銀河」地下G21
Open 12nn-3pm, 6pm-11pm Mon-Fri;
12nn-11pm Sat-Sun & public holidays

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Myung Ga

The clean lines of Korean architecture meld with modern minimalism at Myung Ga, where large tables boast individual grills. Enjoy traditional Korean liquor like raspberry wine or the milkywhite makgeolli (rice wine), or go for a more contemporary cocktail like a Cucumber and Ginseng-tini. Marvel at the glorious array of homemade kimchi and mouthwatering Korean side dishes brought to your table. Besides popular Korean barbecue items like Marinated Galbi Beef Ribs, fresh seafood and bubbling hotpots, there are plenty of seasonal daily specials, as well as deluxe versions of Korean classics such as the deliciously nourishing Six-Year Red Ginseng Chicken Soup. Private dining room available.

G27, G/F, Galaxy Macau 「澳門銀河」地下G27
Open 11am-11pm
Reservations recommend

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SWEET SPLENDOR

Ever since sweet Splendor opened, it’s been the place for those with a sweet tooth who also love traditional desserts made using healthy ingredients. Specialties include Chinese Herbal Jelly with Bird’s Nest and Korean Ginseng, Double-Boiled Fresh-Milk Custard, and Freshly Ground Almond Cream with Egg White.

G39, G/F, Galaxy Macau 「澳門銀河」地下G39
Open 1pm-2am
Reservations not required

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Yamazato

A beacon of Japanese fine dining, Hotel Okura Macau’s signature restaurant
Yamazato is where sushi, kaiseki and robatayaki cuisine are prepared to perfection.
With advance booking, you can also take part in a traditional tea ceremony.

200, 2/F, Hotel Okura Macau 澳門大倉酒店2樓200
Open 12nn-10.30pm
Reservations required

 

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Terrazza

At terrazza, long corridors with illuminated columns lead you to a secret garden surrounded by earthtoned walls with Italian mosaics. Watch your dishes being prepared in the restaurant’s exhibition kitchen. Step inside a cave packed with imported antipasti, cured hams and cheeses; and avail yourself of the Wine Market: a chance to enjoy free wine tastings, with advice from Terrazza’s knowledgeable sommelier, to help you find the perfect bottle to accompany your meal. Try signature dishes such as the Paccheri with Spicy Fresh Pork Sausage and Pecorino, or the Rack of Lamb with Celeriac Puree, Salsify and Black Garlic.

201, 2/F, Galaxy Hotel「 銀河酒店」2樓201
Open 6pm-11pm Mon-Sat
Reservations recommended

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Festiva

There’s something for every taste at Festiva. Each zone of the multileveled dining area offers new taste sensations, including freshly shucked oysters, sushi and sashimi, Indian fare and handmade Chinese noodles. Help yourself to scrumptious Asian cold cuts and a choice of international cuisine from a variety of open kitchens. Children are amply catered for at Festiva’s delightful Kids’ Corner. With so many choices, the only challenge is deciding how to treat yourself.

G19, G/F, Galaxy Macau 「澳門銀河」地下G19
Open 7am-11pm
Reservations recommended

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CHOUX CRÈME

As will come as no surprise to Francophones, this is an outlet dedicated to the delectable cream puff. Light and fluffy, the desserts are filled with whipped cream and other delights such as custard and crème brûlée. Hailing from Japan, Choux Crème highlights include the Uji Mocha Red Bean Puff and Hokkaido Milk Pudding Puff. The pastries are made fresh daily on site from all-natural ingredients.

G43, G/F, Tastes of Asia 亞洲美食坊地下G43
Open 10am-12mn
Reservations not required

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MOCHI SWEETS

Here, you can find an incredible array of light and delicate desserts, some of them filled with cream. Dessert flavors abound, promising plenty of surprises for the palate. Mochi fans interested in seeing the iconic sweet taken to a new level should make a beeline for this eatery.

G43, G/F, Tastes of Asia 亞洲美食坊地下G43
Open 10am-12mn
Reservations not required

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KUNG FU TEA SHOP

This tea shop has proved a big hit in its native Taiwan, thanks to a willingness to cater to the growing demand for healthy drinks. Besides choosing top-quality ingredients, Kung Fu Tea Shop has replaced fructose with honey in its beverages. The menu includes a long list of teas as well as fresh juices and blended fruit drinks.

G43, G/F, Tastes of Asia 亞洲美食坊地下G43
Open 10am-12mn
Reservations not required

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Golden Harvests

Ask a wine professional to name the most exciting wine region in the world today, and the majority of producers and traders will answer “China.” Producers can’t help but be impressed by the vast progress made in winemaking in regions like Yantai and Ningxia. Traders salivate at the thought of breaking into the huge, growing wine market in nearly every city in China. While wine consumption in most European countries continues to decline or remain flat, Chinese consumption over the past 18 months has been steadily increasing.

Currently ranked fifth among wine-consuming countries in the world, China receives little attention as a producer. Domestic wine consumption amounts to a staggering 80 percent, and very few locally produced wines are exported. Despite the surge in imports of European wine over the past decade, China’s wine consumption continues to be domestically derived. Quality is improving at all levels, with super-premium wines like Junding and Château Dynasty costing as much as first growths from Bordeaux.

Ningxia, in northwest China, is currently one of the most exciting regions for Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine production. A cluster of wineries, mostly based around the foot of the Helan Mountains, are winning awards in major wine competitions around the world. Despite the challenging growing conditions
– with hot, dry summers and freezing winters – Cabernet Sauvignon vines are thriving in this harsh environment.

In 2011, the Decanter World Wine Awards bestowed its highest honor on Château Helan Qingxue’s Jia Bei Lan. This Bordeaux-style red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Gernischt (Carmenère), stood out in competition among 12,000 wines. Less than 5,000 cases of this wine are produced each year. Top wines from Ningxia are rarely exported, but Galaxy MacauTM has managed to acquire some great vintages. Discover Helan Qingxue’s Jia Bei Lan 2010 on our list, as well as the sold-out 2009 vintage, which won the Decanter World Wine Awards competition. Jia Bei Lan is a balanced, mediumbodied red that’s closer to Bordeaux in flavor and shape than to Cabernet blends from California or Australia. Look out for more Ningxia wines that will be added to our growing list of wines from China.

Also new to our list are some delicious Bordeaux reds, drinking beautifully, at their peak now. Château Giscours, a third-growth château, is a property with great terroir and the potential ton produce consistently beautifu wines. For the past decade, Giscours has been performing above its classification level at great-value prices. Eric Albada Jelgersma, a Dutch entrepreneur, purchased the château in 1995, and has rejuvenated and invested heavily in it. At Galaxy Macau, try the mature 1990 Giscours, which is a pleasure to drink now. With the typical Margaux bouquet of sweet roses, cedar and violets, this silky red is at its peak at 24 years of age. Enjoy its harmonious, nuanced flavors and refined texture.

Another property that’s owned and operated by the same team at Giscours is Château du Tertre, ranked a fifth growth according to the Grand Cru Classé system. Like Giscours, du Tertre’s vineyards lie on Margaux’ gravel soils. The unique soil and plot add to the gorgeous bouquet and elegant profile of Château du Tertre. On Galaxy Macau’s list, find the fabulous 1996 vintage – a beautiful wine with poise and precision. The wine’s aroma and flavors are expressive, mature, evolved and complex. By contrast, the 2006 is intense, youthful and perfect for those who prefer younger Bordeaux.

Our vintage port selection has expanded tremendously this past year, with 14 new additions. From the picturesque, terraced valleys of Douro in Portugal, discover port in various styles – from tawny to late bottled vintage (LBV) and vintage styles. This fortified red wine, a favorite English drink, was exported over the centuries to countries around the world. In the world of fortified wines, port remains at the top of the hierarchy, producing some of the most longlived, complex wines.

On the Galaxy Macau list, the 1963 Quinta do Noval’s Nacional is a rare, exceptional wine from one of the best port vintages in the 1960s; other great vintages from the ’60s and ’70s include 1966, 1970 and 1977.
For port lovers, our list is a treat filled with wonderful choices – find 20- to 40-year-old tawnies, rare Colheitas from 1964 and 1955 as well as LBV ports.

The updated Galaxy Macau wine list in 2014 is filled with hidden treasures. In creating our list, we hope to inspire you to explore new, exciting wine regions like Ningxia, tempt you with delicious, mature wines, and impress you with the depth that our wine list has to offer.

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Symphony for the Senses

Author Ronny Lau is known in music and wine circles as the “wineloving music critic and music-loving
wine critic.” The writer is a regular columnist for numerous magazines and newspapers around Asia and a media celeb in his own right. Chairman of the Greater China Wine Critics Association, he’s also the author of six books on wine – notably, Music & Wine: The Perfect Matching, the first ever music-and-wine-pairing CD in Asia.

Having recently launched a follow-up CD in the same vein, Lau took the opportunity to introduce his album to some of his celebrity friends, at a private dinner held at Galaxy MacauTM. Having chosen to host his soiree at Gosto, the resort’s Portuguese restaurant, Lau created a divine pairing of wine, cuisine and melody, playing smooth and straight-ahead jazz at his repast.

The new album is entitled Red: A Music & Wine Party, a nod to Lau’s suggestion to enjoy red wine with the music. At his party he played Day, a disc of smooth jazz, followed by Night, a disc of straightahead jazz, while the chefs of Gosto served tailormade dishes to complement the music and wine. But first, exquisite finger food and Portuguese tapas whet the appetite of diners.

The feast comprised Roasted Black Pudding with Apple Puree, Stuffed Curry Crab Shell, and Roasted Sardine with Red Bell Pepper Salad and Grilled Potato, with Tomato Gazpacho as the palate cleanser between courses. Scrumptious Deep-Fried Codfish Balls and Sautéed Shrimps with Garlic, White Wine and Chili were also on the menu.

Galaxy magazine caught up with Lau during his stay at The New Palace of Asia to find out more about music-and-wine pairing as well as his private album-launch party.

What can we expect from Red: A Music & Wine Party?
This is the second volume of my Music & Wine collection. I’ve included some party-food recipes to make this a real treat for everyone. With the CD, you’re taking a party home with you! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the launch of Red: A Music & Wine Party than by throwing a dinner party for my good friends.

What made you choose Gosto for your dinner?
I wanted a casual, relaxed atmosphere for my party, and to me, Portuguese tapas are perfect for that. I like [Chef de Cuisine] Mario Gil’s cooking a great deal, so Gosto was the first place on my mind when I started compiling the album. I’m so happy to be able to feature six of Mario’s creations with the CD. They’re easy to make, and yummy!

How did you go about pairing music, wine and food, with Chef Gil’s dishes in mind?
Although music doesn’t have a taste per se, it does have texture and structure, just like wine. Play a track of smooth jazz as you pour yourself a glass of red wine with smooth tannins. If you’re listening to intellectual, straight-ahead jazz, then a powerfully structured red wine is just the ticket. Food-andwine pairing is even easier – it’s not rocket science.Everybody has a different palate; be imaginative, pick the flavors you like, and you won’t go far wrong.

What’s been the best part of the evening at Galaxy Macau?
After dinner, a drink at CHINA ROUGE is very entertaining. I love the interior design and the ambience of the club. Order a bottle of champagne and some snacks – another Music & Wine Party is about to start!

What would be your top recommendation from the dinner?
My favorite dish is the Stuffed Curry Crab Shell. It’s spicy but not too spicy; the rich, intense flavors mean that it goes very well with red wine. Who says seafood has to be paired with white wine?

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The Macallan whisky bar & lounge

Dedicated to the makers of Macallan and their ambrosial drink, this cozy whisky lounge is steeped in Old World charm, with heavy oak panels and furniture from Scotland and England, including original Chesterfield leather sofas and Jacobean rugs. With over 400 whiskies to choose from, you can sip your favorite malt by the fireplace beneath the soft light of a stag-antler chandelier, just as you would in a distinguished members’ club in the Scottish Highlands.

203, 2/F, Galaxy Hotel 「銀河酒店」2樓203
Open 5pm-1am Mon-Thu; 5pm-2am Fri-Sat
& public-holiday eve; closed Sun
Tel. 853 8883 2221
Reservations not required

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Sakazuki Sake Bar

Sample fine sake in a relaxing, island setting while gentle music plays, and take your taste buds on an authentic sake tour of Japan. The bar offers tasting sets featuring five types of sake.

202, 2/F, Hotel Okura Macau 澳門大倉酒店2樓202
Open 4pm-12mn Tue-Sun
Tel. 853 8883 5125
Reservations recommended
Guests must be aged 18 years or over

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Happy Anniversary!

Looking back, walking down memory lane, it’s all a hedonistic daze! As Macau’s premier club
CHINA ROUGE celebrates its second anniversary, we relive some of the most glorious, glamorous soirees to have taken place in southern China. When CHINA ROUGE first opened its gilded doors back in March 2012, guests and residents of Macau could not have guessed at the steady constellation of stars and superstars who would be finding themselves on stage in the forbidden chamber.

Stars of East and West have found a home at the most vibrant club in Macau – and it’s a list that leaves us breathless. Grammy winning jazz singer Laura Fygi took the stage on opening night among the cream of Macau and Hong Kong society. Superstars Far East Movement, instrumentalist Kenny G, singer and multi-instrumentalist Kenny Bee and K-pop group Pandora have all given showstopping performances at the club.

Among CHINA ROUGE’s other unforgettable soirees have been Latin American-themed events and legendary New Year’s Eve bashes. The forbidden chamber has produced many events especially for VIP guests over the past two years. For your next private party, why not let CHINA ROUGE’s team of experts create a tailor-made event just for you? Here’s to another wonderful year ahead – whenever you think celebration, think CHINA ROUGE.

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Decadent Dining

It’s time for a celebration – and it needs to be exceptional. You want to throw an enchanting party with expertly crafted cocktails, the finest wines, and mouthwatering dishes made from the highest-quality ingredients, prepared by award-winning chefs. And this is the type of celebration that should take place in the smartest, most glamorous location, with internationally acclaimed performers serenading your guests as they eat. Can it be done?

It can. The bar has just been raised for partying in Macau. Southern China’s most sophisticated nightclub and lounge, CHINA ROUGE, has created an extravagant soiree experience to transport guests into another realm of grandeur. Moving through the different areas of this exquisite club, showcasing CHINA ROUGE’s fine cuisine, exceptional drinks and world-class entertainment, Feast for Eyes gives guests the chance to dine in unparalleled style. Ideal to entertain VIP guests, for a business dinner, or to end a day of meetings with a dazzling event, Feast for Eyes is a soiree with the wow factor.

This unique private soiree is perfect for select groups of VIP guests. Partygoers can feast on Galaxy MacauTM’s most exquisite cuisine while enjoying a private performance by some of the region’s most talented artists. Sensational singers, instrumentalists and dancers will ensure the experience is an exciting occasion, all taking place in a dramatic, glamorous setting.

CHINA ROUGE is a beautifully designed space, with striking decor and important artworks, specially commissioned from worldfamous artists. Fabulous sculptures and arresting paintings are displayed among lavish furnishings. The team members looking after you are attentive and discreet, and understand exactly what their VIP guests need.

Feast for Eyes is an experience that will transport partygoers into a magical world of fine dining, exceptional wines and worldclass performances. Over the course of an evening, a private group of 40 to 60 guests will be entertained in style in various areas of the club. The party starts at CHINA ROUGE’s stunning bar, where expert mixologists welcome each partygoer with a delectable cocktail. Delicately crafted canapés will whet the appetite of guests as they sip their drinks and mingle in the chic environs of the bar.

The party then moves to the performance lounge; with its intimate stage, this is a perfect space for shows made to delight the most discerning VIPs. Guests take their seats close to the action, enjoying a sumptuous dinner as they’re entertained. CHINA ROUGE’s cuisine is renowned for its elegant fusion of Chinese ingredients with Western presentation, and Galaxy MacauTM’s award-winning chefs have designed two tempting menus, paired with fine wines.

Guests can indulge in the finest cuisine, served in an artful, inventive manner. There are playful elements to the menu – for example, when a delicate broth of egg white and scallop is teamed with a Tsingtao-beer foam. Each menu features five exquisite courses – but the chefs are also happy to tailor-make dishes on request, ensuring that guests with dietary preferences are also treated like royalty. Dishes are paired with champagnes and wines from around the world, all selected by discerning Bar Manager Roy Kong.

Pairing excellent cuisine with fine wine helps to enhance the flavors of the food, ensuring the most exciting, delicious culinary adventure. The indulgent, wickedly enticing dessert island that concludes each menu features the most luxurious offerings from Galaxy Macau’s talented pastry chefs, all washed down with fragrant tea or fresh, rich coffee.

A gorgeous conclusion, making dinner a truly sensational occasion. The experienced team at Galaxy Macau will take care of organizing every element of your soiree. All the host need do is to draw up a guest list, and sit back and relax and enjoy the evening. What’s more, CHINA ROUGE will gift the host a bottle of some of the finest champagne in the world. This is truly a stress-free, rewarding, relaxing solution to party planning.

Glamour, drama and decadence await – so it’s time to indulge your guests with a special night of sophisticated entertainment. Book a Feast for Eyes private dinner, and prepare to be delighted.

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starry, starry night

Galaxy Macau™’s spacious East Square was filled with VIP guests last November, as three of Asian
cinema’s most sought-after actors – Sean Lau, Louis Koo and Nick Cheung – stepped onto the red carpet for the premiere of their latest movie, The White Storm, which features many scenes shot at The New Palace of Asia.

Directed by Benny Chan, the action-thriller was filmed in Hong Kong, Thailand and Macau. Lau,
Koo and Cheung play police officers who are also good friends, with those friendships tested during a horrendous operation against a Thai drug lord. Scenes replete with gunfights, explosions and stunts are a given in any Benny Chan film. Add to this a cast that features a legion of top-quality Hong Kong supporting actors – including Lo Hoipang, Ken Lo, Berg Ng and Benjamin Lam – and you get a classic cops-and-robbers blockbuster that sees Chan pay homage to the brotherhood-in-peril melodrama genre of the late 1980s.


For most of the cast attending the gala premiere, this was not their first time at Galaxy MacauTM – not just because the premiere of Lau and Koo’s last movie, Out of Inferno, was held at the resort, but also because certain scenes of The White Storm had been shot at The New Palace of Asia. The film includes shots of the resort’s majestic grand entrance and the Grand Resort Deck, with its impressive, final gunfight sequence filmed at Galaxy Macau’s luxurious nightclub, CHINA ROUGE. Director Chan explains how the style of the club’s interiors drew him to include it in the movie. “I was really impressed when I first came to CHINA ROUGE,” he says. “The club’s ambience perfectly fits the film.”


Aside from the exciting scene they filmed at CHINA ROUGE, the trio also enjoyed their time offscreen at the exclusive performance lounge. “We really enjoyed filming in such a nice place, and we spent some time chilling there before the premiere,” says Cheung. Koo also thinks the club is a great place to relax among close friends, adding, “I’d recommend it highly.”

“I was really impressed when I first came to CHINA ROUGE. The club’s ambience perfectly fits the film” – BENNY CHAN, DIRECTOR

Watching the three together, it’s clear that the brotherhood doesn’t just exist on film, but that they’re also friends in real life. Long-term acting duo Koo and Lau have nothing but praise for Cheung’s contribution to the movie: “Nick is a very interesting man and has a great sense of humor. We had a really good time filming together, and I’m sure the audience will find it refreshing to see him in a movie with me and Louis,” says Lau.

On this particular trip to Macau, the cast and crew were en route from Italy, where The White Storm closed out the Rome Film Festival. “The fans here in Macau are no different to those in Rome – both are warm and supportive,” says Lau. “It was surprising to find that there was not just a foreign audience at the premiere in Rome: there were actually quite a lot of Chinese students who came to support us, so we felt right at home.”

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Oscars countdown

With a screening of multiple-Oscar-nominee American Hustle and a cocktail reception, UA Galaxy Cinemas in February kicked off its spectacular Oscars Season – a celebration of Hollywood’s most influential awards ceremony.

VIP guests, moviegoers, fans and the media had the opportunity to take part in a prize draw by watching any of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies at UA Galaxy Cinemas. Galaxy Macau™ put audiences at the center of the action, asking them to predict the winners in the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress categories. Those who guessed correctly were entered in a draw for the chance to win a private viewing at the Director’s Club for up to 15 friends and family, or a pair of UA Galaxy Cinemas 3D movie tickets, with the latter going to 40 lucky winners.

“For movie fans, no time of the year is more exciting than Oscars season,” said Perry Yung, Executive Manger of Cinema Operations at Galaxy MacauTM. “As one of Asia’s top filmgoing destinations, we feel it’s our duty to screen the world’s best movies in the surroundings they deserve. Those who missed these great films when they came out now have the chance to catch them all – and be rewarded for their expertise with some fantastic prizes.”

UA Galaxy Cinemas boasts 16,000 square meters of space across five floors, and includes the elegant Grand Theater – its largest cinema. With an opulent design modeled after a grand opera house, the premium venue is a preferred location for movie premieres and star-studded soirees.

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Movie Miracles

With the opening of Director’s Club 18 at UA Galaxy Cinemas, there are now five Director’s Clubs and a total of 10 theaters at the deluxe entertainment complex, including the opulent Grand Theater with its more than 300 seats.
There’s nothing quite like the Director’s Club, offering premium seats for those who live to luxuriate in the cinematic experience. Features include five-star dining and service, a lounge with waitstaff, and reclining sofa seats.

Far from the teeming masses, guests of the Director’s Club can stretch out their legs in cushioned comfort, enjoying the latest 3D blockbuster, or an intimate drama or romantic comedy, completely undisturbed by the proximity of others.

With the biggest films today being all about putting the viewer right inside the action, the space, privacy and luxury afforded by the Director’s Club are sure to fit the bill for film buffs.

Providing the most romantic filmviewing experience possible, nothing compares to the Director’s Club!

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Lost in music

In December the Grand Ballroom of Banyan Tree Macau staged a most melodic, soulful performance by David Tao, as the popular artist performed his Indulge with Me show to a select audience of VIPs.

Born in Hong Kong, raised in Taiwan and having lived in the US, Tao was exposed to a wide range of musical styles during his early years. His mixed cultural background nourished his unique musical style – a combination of R&B and hard rock. “I feel very lucky to have such a mixed background that’s given me lots of resources and inspiration for my music,” he says. “As a Chinese person who received a Western education, a very large part of me remains traditional while other parts are Westernized. When these two polarized elements are blended, it forms a sharp contrast in a perfect way. That’s why you can find topics covering family, society and traditional values in my music, together with a Western touch of rock power or cynical sentiment. This is my music; this is my background.”

Apart from a brief visit to CHINA ROUGE to attend a concert, this was Tao’s first time at The New Palace of Asia. He told Galaxy he was keen to explore the resort as soon as the show was finished, having heard about the famous white-sand beach at the Grand Resort Deck, and the wide range of fine restaurants: “I’ve heard about all these unique features of Galaxy MacauTM – I just can’t wait to check them out for myself.”

While this was Tao’s first performance at Galaxy Macau, it was far from his first in the city. Looking back over all his previous visits to Macau, Tao reveals his fondness for intimate concerts. “I’ve always wanted to go on a concert tour of intimate shows,” he confesses. “While the focus in the industry as a whole is on large-scale touring, I’d say a compact show like this one at Galaxy Macau is ideal, as it provides a closer level of interaction with the audience.”

Regardless of the scale of the venue, Tao treats every concert with equal passion, aiming to deliver the best possible performance every time. “This kind of show is really my favorite; perhaps I won’t have many opportunities to hold such an intimate concert again,” he notes. “I insisted on bringing my own band with me; I want to deliver a show with the kind of music that touches the heart of those listening, rather than merely giving a singing performance. This is going to be a fun show – it’s different!”

As the lights of the Grand Ballroom dimmed, Tao rocked the opening by singing his well-known Rain, Susan Said, My Anata and Airport at 10:30. The energy of the audience soon reached a crescendo thanks to Tao’s spirited voice and the band’s powerful performance. Following his latest single Blink of the Heart came a series of classics from Tao’s back catalog, including love ballads Who Do You Love, Love Can, Just a Friend and Small-Town Girl – numbers that gave the audience a chance to indulge in Tao’s Western-influenced R&B flavor. He closed the show with his famed catchy hit I Love You.

For all his nearly two decades in the music industry, Tao resolutely refuses to stay inside his comfort zone. Pulling out the stops for the audience at Galaxy Macau was typical of an artist always striving for the next career breakthrough. “I have a natural curiosity about things that I don’t know or have never done before,” he explains. “I always look to learn something new – be it a language, a skill, a sport; and especially in my music, I’m always trying something new, doing my best at every single project and working with all my heart.”

In line with this passionate approach to work, Tao has released more than his fair share of awardwinning singles and albums. Having dedicated himself to music for so many years, the multitalented Tao branched out in 2009 into directing and acting in short films. He reveals that he’ll be devoting most of his time to making movies this year: “I’m very serious about films, which are probably where my future career lies.”

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Hop to It!

It’s late – hours after the show – when Hong Kong rock supergroup Grasshopper hop into the interview room, still beaming with energy and post-performance enthusiasm. After 30 years in showbiz, the trio have more than proved their mettle in the Hong Kong music industry, with audience members of all ages familiar with their songs. Their concert, A Date with You, saw over 1,000 VIPs make a date with the band on January 10, at the Banyan Tree Ballroom.

Comprising brothers Calvin and Remus Choy and their childhood friend Edmond So, Grasshopper shot to fame back in 1985 when they took part in the 4th annual New Talent Singing Awards in Hong Kong. While they didn’t win, they did make it to the finals, winning the praise of Cantopop legend Anita Mui in the process. Mui would go on to become their mentor and agent, her influence helping to kickstart the band’s flourishing career. Grasshopper were soon carving out a unique sound for themselves, becoming one of Hong Kong’s most famous rock bands in the process.

Grasshopper began their show with a bang, opening with the hit songs Stage of Flamboyance and You Are Everything. Known for their impressive, nimble dance moves, the trio kept the temperature up with Baby, I’m Sorry, followed by Friends, during which they left the stage to pose for photos with fans. The group closed the concert with an enchanting performance of Immersed in Samba and the classic ballad Us.

So how did the band find their first concert at Galaxy Macau™? “We were exceptionally happy with the stage design, as it gave us a closer interaction with the audience,” said Calvin, adding that they’d been closer to their audience than at any previous concert. “It was very touching to be so close and intimate with them. They totally surprised us – they were so full of energy; it felt like we were all back in our teens.” Edmond concurred, “Everyone left really happy, with smiles on their faces. This is our biggest mission as singers, and we think it’s mission accomplished tonight.”

Asked about their decision to cover I Only Care About You, Calvin explained, “We rarely sing other people’s songs at our shows, so it was very special to perform this song by our most beloved idol, Teresa Teng. And most interesting of all for us was singing in Hokkien.” The band spent some time learning the correct pronunciations in Hokkien, a dialect none of them were familiar with. “We had to fully understand the meaning in order to portray the right emotions on stage,” noted Remus.

Although they hadn’t performed at The New Palace of Asia before, the three are regular visitors to Macau – indeed, Calvin has previously appeared in Galaxy magazine, having been a guest at a glamorous event at the resort. They say their biggest must-do whenever they’re in town is to enjoy their favorite local dishes, which include water-crab congee and bacalhau – the famous Portuguese salted codfish. They’ve certainly earned their leisure time.

Besides marking their 30th anniversary this year, the band has an album release and world concert tour planned for later this year – proving that if anyone knows how to hop to it, it’s this hardworking trio from Hong Kong.

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The Pleasure of Pressure

Foot massage and reflexology may come top of the list at Galaxy Macau™’s Foot Hub, but the wellness sanctuary’s newest treatments aren’t for your tootsies. The Foot Hub now offers a Traditional Acupressure Body Massage or Therapeutic Body Massage, either of which can be enjoyed in the Lounge, or in a VIP Suite – offering unrivaled levels of privacy and luxury.

The Traditional Acupressure Body Massage is a pure-acupressure, oil-free treatment, while the Therapeutic Body
Massage combines acupressure massage with oil-based strokes to relieve tension, ease stiff muscles and promote circulation.

An integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure is believed to have been practiced as far back as five millennia ago. Renowned for easing pain in general and aching muscles in particular, acupressure is as relevant to our modern lives as it was to people in ancient times. Sitting too long at a computer – as so many of us do – wreaks havoc on our muscles. If you’ve ever stopped to knead your neck and shoulders, flex your arms or rub your lower back, then you’re a prime candidate for acupressure massage.

Repetitive use of muscles in a hunched position can cause them to become tense and eventually harden into knots, blocking the flow of energy through the body. Applying pressure to specific points along the body’s 12 meridians, or energy lines, helps to get the energy flowing again, making it easier for the body to heal itself.

Acupressure massage is renowned for helping tone muscles, improve circulation, detoxify the body and boost the immune system. Symptoms caused by emotional issues or stress also involve energy blockages, and so can be eased using acupressure massage. Acupressure can boost morale, and improve self-esteem, confidence and will power. If none of the above applies to you, book a session for a well-deserved dose of pampering.

At the Foot Hub, any treatment begins with a hydrating welcome drink. Relax as you enjoy the anticipation of knowing you’re about to be pampered for 60 or 90 minutes. The low lighting, indulgent surroundings and calming music will have you relaxing before your treatment even begins. If you’re in a VIP Suite, plug your phone into the in-room dock and bliss out to your favorite tunes.

The body’s pressure points are normally manipulated using the fingers, in a similar way as needles are used in acupuncture. If a particular muscle or area calls for a firmer or more gentle pressure, then the hands, elbows, knees and feet can also be used. Pressure levels vary from light and gentle to extremely firm, and from short taps to long holds. During the treatment, you’ll get the most benefit by breathing out while the therapist is applying pressure, and breathing in as they release.

The therapist will gradually work their way around your body, kneading the muscles, enlivening the body’s circulation, and checking for any tension hot spots. With the ideal pressure, this deeply healing treatment can be a pleasurable rather than challenging experience. For optimum results, you need to be able to relax, so make sure you ask for the pressure that suits you best.

After the treatment you should feel physically, mentally and emotionally relaxed, and your muscles should be deliciously loosened and warm. With tension released and the flow of energy in your body improved, internal healing processes are now taking place naturally. It’s ideal to keep warm and remain resting for some time following your treatment. So relax – as long as you’re at the Foot Hub, it’s your most important job.

Opening Hours: 2pm-2am
Location: LG02, LG/F, East Square
Reservations: Recommended

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Glimpses of History

Macau is a beautiful, exciting territory with spectacular architecture, ancient and modern. Its bustling city center nestles among scenic hills and tranquil reaches of water. The SAR has an extraordinary history, having evolved from a sleepy fishing community to a thriving international trading port to one of the world’s most popular leisure destinations.

The most fun way to learn about the history of Macau is to visit the Macao Museum, housed in the Fortaleza do
Monte, an imposing 16th-century fort located on a hill overlooking the beautiful Ruins of St Paul’s. This historical location offers a generous 2,100 square meters of exhibition space, and visitors can roam
around the fortress while learning about Macau’s past.

Arranged over three floors, the museum takes visitors on an exciting, interactive journey from Macau’s charming past to its exhilarating present. The firstfloor exhibition documents the arrival of Portuguese traders and Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century, and explains the commercial and cultural cooperation between these newcomers and the indigenous Chinese.

The second-floor display concentrates on the folk art and customs of Macau, including some of the many colorful religious festivals celebrated in the territory. The third floor showcases contemporary Macau, with a vibrant display of modern city life, and important examples of contemporary art and literature.

Having celebrated its 15th anniversary only last year, the Macao Museum is relatively young – a fact reflected in the modern, fresh design of its exhibitions. One highlight among the museum’s interesting, attractive displays are large reproductions of important Macau buildings. These structures help visitors put the sights that can be seen on a walk around Macau into their historical context.

Having celebrated its 15th anniversary only last year, the Macao Museum is relatively young – a fact reflected in the modern, fresh design of its exhibitions

The displays are well labeled and informative, and it’s easy to spend a few hours at the museum taking in the vast number of objects of historical and cultural value. There’s also an auditorium showing films relating to the exhibitions, and an educational zone with fun activities and interactive games. These multisensory exhibits make the process of absorbing information about the history and culture of Macau an enjoyable, entertaining experience.

The museum has a wonderful gift shop with a wealth of items for guests to browse. Beautifully bound books with photographs of the museum’s cultural relics are available for purchase along with souvenirs. A visit to the museum is a must for people with a curiosity about the world who are keen to learn more about unique, fascinating Macau.

THE MACAO MUSEUM
Opening Hours: 10am-6pm; closed Mondays
Admission: MOP15/8 (adult/concessionary)
Free on the 15th of every month
Address: 112 Praceta do Museu de Macau
Telephone: 853 2835 7911

Galaxy Tour & Travel Company Limited
Travel Agency Service Hot line: 853 8883 3622
Operating Hours: 8am-12mn

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What’s On?

A highlight on the territory’s culturalb calendar, the Macao Arts Festival this year takes place from May 2 to June 8. The festival showcases a diverse range of performances by local and international artists – from theater, dance, music and circus skills to multimedia and the visual arts. Performances take place all over the territory, including at Macau’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These iconic, beautiful landmarks are transformed into atmospheric, stunning stages during the festival period. For more information, visit www.icm.gov.mo/fam

The ancient origins of Dragon Boat Festival are said to lie in the passing of the statesman and poet Qu Yuan in the third century BCE. Legend has it that in order to keep the respected man’s body from being eaten by fish, the townspeople took to their boats, banging drums and scattering rice in the water. It’s a practice that lives on to this day, wherever Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated. In Macau, another integral part of the festivities are the International Dragon Boat Races, which this year take place from May 30 to June 1. Crowds gather to watch the teams paddle their colorful boats to the sound of rhythmic drumming, as they race across Nam Van Lake. Free to watch, the races are an exciting, joyful way to spend an early summer’s day. Details at www.sport.gov.mo

Beat the crowds and the heat with a visit to the lush, tropical gardens of the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion at Seac Pai Van Park in leafy rural Coloane. Two rare giant pandas, Kai Kai and Xin Xin, call this corner of Macau home. The bears were a gift to Macau from the central government in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the reunification. The pavilion is the perfect place to see these beautiful, endangered creatures up close and to learn about their natural habitat. Kai Kai and Xin Xin live in a state-of-the-art facility, with indoor and outdoor activity areas and feeding, zones. Their living quarters are set in spacious botanical gardens with clearly marked trails. The park also features an education center, with activities to keep young guests entertained. See www.macaupanda.org.mo

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Luxury is the New Black

There are two luxury properties in Macau that devote their energy to creating the perfect environment in which to unwind, and be refreshed and stimulated throughout your stay. Galaxy Macau™ is an imposing palatial resort in the Cotai district offering a choice of three world-class hotels. Guests can enjoy the resplendent opulence of Galaxy Hotel™, the calming sanctuary of Banyan Tree Macau, or the elegant sophistication of Hotel Okura Macau. These hotels are linked by the acres of tranquil landscaped gardens that form the Grand Resort Deck. This verdant outdoor space features the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool, a white-sand beach, palm trees, elegant statuary and lush tropical vegetation. It’s the perfect place to rest in the spring sunshine beneath the golden finials of The New Palace of Asia.

Guests seeking the excitement of city life can choose to stay at StarWorld Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Macau’s entertainment district, and a sister property to Galaxy Macau. Personalized, “Star- Rated” service and award-winning restaurants make StarWorld Hotel the perfect choice for guests looking for exceptional entertainment, dramatic urban vistas and the convenience of proximity to downtown sights.

All guests can expect a royal welcome both at StarWorld Hotel and Galaxy Macau, with their wealth of dining, shopping and entertainment options. But the team at Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) wanted to give their loyal guests even more. “When people choose StarWorld Hotel or Galaxy Macau as their primary choice of destination in Macau, we love to be able to show our appreciation in generous, unique ways,” says Raymond Yap, Director of International Premium & Mass Market Development at GEG. With that goal in mind, the Galaxy Privilege Club is a program whereby members earn rewards for every dollar they spend either GEG property. By presenting your Galaxy Privilege Club card each time you dine or shop, you’ll earn valuable Galaxy Privilege Dollars, which can be exchanged for a wide range of luxury gifts and services. There are four tiers of membership: Gold, Platinum, Pavilion Platinum, with the most exclusive of all being the Pavilion Black.

Pavilion Black membership entitles guests to extravagant, unique rewards, with a particular focus on personalized, round-the-clock service. These privileges are designed to ensure that every moment of your holiday time is spent relaxing and enjoying the spectacular facilities StarWorld Hotel and Galaxy Macau™ have to offer.

Members have access to priority-booking services and accommodation upgrades, including for the most luxurious suites at StarWorld Hotel, Galaxy Hotel™, Banyan Tree Macau and Hotel Okura Macau. This ensures that as a Pavilion Black member, you enjoy the greatest choice and the best value for your stay, whenever you visit StarWorld Hotel or Galaxy Macau.

All the stress of travel is also removed for the Pavilion Black member: reservations of plane, helicopter and ferry tickets can be taken care of by the Galaxy Privilege Club team, 24 hours a day. For those who prefer to arrive by car, you can be transferred by cross-border chauffeur service from mainland China to the door of your hotel. If you prefer to arrive in your own vehicle, a special valet-parking service is also at your disposal. On arrival, to afford immediate relaxation, you’ll be greeted by dedicated hosts and taken directly to your room or suite, where you can check in while enjoying the sumptuous surroundings of your accommodation.

It’s these thoughtful, deluxe touches that make the transition from busy working life to relaxed leisure time seamless and stress-free, enabling you to make the most of every second of your down time.

Both StarWorld Hotel and Galaxy Macau are magnificent properties offering a vast array of relaxation, dining and entertainment options. For Pavilion Black members there are even more opportunities, since these privileged guests have access to VIP areas of the properties, reserved especially for them. Galaxy Macau’s Pavilion Club VIP area is a spacious, restful lounge that’s open to privileged guests at any time of the day or night. Offering round-the-clock service of Chinese delicacies, the space is a luxurious retreat for night owls and early birds alike. Pavilion Black members also enjoy access to southern China’s most glamorous nightclub and lounge, CHINA ROUGE, with its dramatic, stylish interiors, its important contemporary artworks, and shows by some of the region’s most talented performers. Dubbed “the forbidden chamber,” the club attracts VIPs seeking a sophisticated night out, complete with live entertainment and expertly mixed cocktails. CHINA ROUGE is also the perfect venue for performances – its stunning stage area creates an elegant atmosphere, where guests can feel close to the artist.

Pavilion Black members are invited to elite concerts at this intimate venue, where highly regarded artists perform for select audiences – a unique experience, reserved for the chosen few. The club’s VIP balcony area is a perfect place to view first-class performances.

The many dining, shopping and entertainment options on offer at StarWorld Hotel and Galaxy Macau are a huge draw for the properties’ esteemed guests. Pavilion Black members can visit the hotels’ most popular destinations at the busiest times and enjoy priority access. Pavilion Black members have first priority at all food-and-beverage outlets as well as at UA Galaxy Cinemas: leave it to the experienced 24-hour VIP concierge to arrange reservations and tickets. Some of the luxury brands along the Galaxy Macau Promenade may close their store to customers at busy times, but Pavilion Black members will always be welcome – another perk of being a premium guest at a world-class hotel or resort.

In addition, Pavilion Black members receive exclusive invitations to select dinner and wine pairing events at StarWorld Hotel and Galaxy Macau, showcasing the skills of some of the region’s finest chefs. Renowned Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee recently worked with highly regarded Executive Chef Joe Chan of StarWorld Hotel to create a stunning dinner at Temptations restaurant, where classic French dishes were perfectly matched with interesting wines, all for the enjoyment of VIPs. Meantime, a splendid Spring Dinner was held at StarWorld Hotel in February, with entertainment provided by divas Maria Cordero and Elisa Chan. Celebrity emcees King Kong and Toby Chan also amused guests with lighthearted banter during the meal. What’s more, Galaxy Macau plays frequent host to VIP concerts, featuring such superstar performers as George Lam and Kenny G. Pavilion
Black members enjoy priority access to these premier events, including the best seating, photo opportunities with the stars, and special backstage passes. As a Pavilion Black guest, you’ll come to realize soon enough that at StarWorld Hotel and Galaxy Macau™, you too are a celebrity.

The priority access doesn’t end there however. As a Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion Black member, you’ll enjoy admission to Galaxy Macau’s Grand Resort Deck – with its white-sand beach and the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool – even when you’re not a guest at the resort. You’ll also enjoy the sensual experience of CHINA ROUGE, and will receive priority invitations to star-studded movie premieres at UA Galaxy Cinemas.

Best of all, the more you use your Galaxy Privilege Club card when dining or shopping at GEG properties, the more lavish the rewards, discounts and privileges become. Pavilion Black members know that the Galaxy Privilege Club’s top tier isn’t just about access to exclusive events and services: it’s also about receiving rewards up to three times faster. These rewards come in many forms, but perhaps the most visible is through the accumulation of Galaxy Privilege Dollars. Galaxy Privilege Dollars can be redeemed for the most luxurious brand merchandise, spectacular accommodation, impeccable culinary experiences and so much more.

So while you rest, relax and enjoy the facilities at StarWorld Hotel or Galaxy Macau, your leisure budget is working hard for you, earning you savings and gifts, all through the Galaxy Privilege Club. Being on vacation just got even more rewarding – and for the Pavilion Black member, these rewards translate into glamorous experiences that equate to the pinnacle of luxury living.

For more information or to join, visit the Galaxy Privilege Club counter at StarWorld Hotel or Galaxy Macau, call the hotline on 853 8883 3333, go to mygalaxyclub.com, or scan the QR code to follow the Galaxy Privilege Club on WeChat.

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Cooking Up a Storm

Galaxy Macau™’s Executive Chef Simon Tho Chee Siang received four accolades at the recent Fabulous Food 1Malaysia 2013 Restaurant Food Festival & Cooking Competition.

Organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, the competition’s award ceremony was held in December last year. Chef Tho’s gongs include a Special Gold Medal at the International Golden Chef Cooking Competition and a Maggi Golden Chef Hat Award, while his star dish of Stir- Fried Spotted Grouper Roll with Sea Urchin won the day against more than 90 competitors from six Asian countries.

“At Galaxy Macau, we emphasize our ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ service philosophy,” said John Sloane, the resort’s Vice President, Food & Beverage. “This winning dish truly demonstrates the dedication to high-quality ingredients, innovative use of traditional Chinese cooking techniques and beautiful, international food presentation that have made The New Palace of Asia a beacon for Chinese cuisine in Macau.” The resort’s portfolio of pan-Asian and international restaurants equates to the city’s widest range of dining options all under one roof.

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MAGIC EIGHT

Closing out 2013 in style, Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) set a record by winning eight awards at the Macao Occupational Skills Recognition System (MORS) Gold Pin Competition, making it the biggest winner at the annual event, which is organized by the Institute for Tourism Studies.

Scooping Gold Pins in 11 categories among a field of 400 contestants, the GEG team demonstrated great skill and knowledge, winning broad industry recognition. The unprecedented result is proof of the remarkable progress and professional development of GEG’s devoted team members. It was the fifth year that GEG had participated, with the team now having won a total of 22 Gold Pins to date.

Ip Wai Chong, Room Controller, Hotel Operations at Galaxy Macau™, won a Gold Pin in the Front Desk Agent/Customer Relations Officer category. On accepting the award, Ip expressed gratitude for the support of his colleagues. “I worked very hard over the past few months to prepare for the competition,” he said. “My colleagues also took the time to practice with me, so that I could bring my best performance to the competition. I’d also like to thank the company for providing vocational training to help us improve our service quality.”

A member of StarWorld Hotel’s Security department for the past eight years, Supervisor Huang Shehan was a winner in the Security Officer category. “I didn’t know I would gain so much during my years at StarWorld Hotel,” Huang said. “The professional skills I’ve acquired from this job – including in first aid, fire safety and customer service – are especially useful for my career development.”

Other categories in which GEG was a winner were Concierge and Bell Attendant, Assistant Cook (Western Kitchen), Cook in Chinese Dim Sum (Intermediate), Waiter/Waitress (Chinese Restaurant Service), Bartender, and Cook in Chinese Cuisine (Intermediate). The first round of the competition consisted of written examinations and skill evaluations. The second round was a showcase of technical skills, after which the contestants with the highest scores entered the final.

During the competition, the contestants were observed and assessed by a panel of judges comprising over 30 experts and professional instructors. Two finalists with the highest scores in each category were named the winners, and each of them was awarded a MORS certificate, a cash prize of MOP6,000 and a subsidy of MOP2,000 to be used toward training courses at the Institute for Tourism Studies.

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Decidedly Delicious

StarWorld Hotel received a Top Class Comfort ranking in the recently released Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau 2014, with the guidebook’s reviewer describing the five-star property as “a comfortable, wellmanaged hotel in a good location.” What’s more, Jade de Jardin restaurant and the Whisky Bar received a rating of Recommended in another guide: the 2014 edition of Hong Kong Tatler Best Restaurants, which surveys restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau.

Charles So, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of StarWorld Hotel, said, “We’re very honored and happy to receive these accolades from two most authoritative guides among chefs, restaurant critics and guests alike. I’d like to thank all StarWorld Hotel team members for their contribution in bringing excellent service to our guests. We’ll continue to work in the spirit of ‘One Team, One Heart, One Goal’ to achieve even better results going forward.”

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Galaxy Macau The Amazing Spider-Man 2 City

Galaxy Macau The Amazing Spider-Man 2 City was successfully launched on 23 April! Come check out the amazing city of Spider-Man at East Square! Be surprised with the giant Spider-Man, daily themed parade, hottest movie merchandise, special dessert and the exclusive “Win The Ultimate New York Travel Experience” for Galaxy Privilege Club members!
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French Spider-man at Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Macau “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” City got off to a spectacular start today (April 23rd) when world-famous free climber Alain Robert scaled the outside of one of Galaxy Macau’s golden-cupola-topped towers.

Macau’s first Barehand climb by French Spider-man

The 52-year-old French rock and urban climber Alain Robert, known as “The French Spider-Man,” is famous for climbing international landmarks with his bare hands. He climbed more than 140 buildings throughout the world, including a number of the tallest skyscrapers. In his latest challenge, Robert has decided to climb the 33-story Galaxy Hotel Tower at Galaxy Macau TOMORROW (April 23)– becoming the first bare-hand climber in Macau as he reckons the Asian-palace-like and Chinese-inspired building design very iconic and unique.

Octopus payment service

Galaxy Macau is first integrated resort to launch the Octopus payment service in Macau! Enjoy the convenience and ease at selected restaurants, bars, cafes, retail shops and UA Galaxy Macau!

Skytop Wave Pool

It's an honour and privilege that Skytop Wave Pool of Galaxy Macau has been selected by Forbes Travel to be one of the 12 over the top pools in the world ! Thank you all!

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Exclusive dinner at The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge

Earlier in March, Galaxy Macau hosted an exclusive dinner at The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge. The evening, held to celebrate the release of the whisky-maker’s extremely rare The Macallan M Decanter, was reserved for our guests.

The invited guests at the dinner enjoyed a very special selection of eight oak-aged whiskies from The Macallan introduced by David Cox, the company’s Director of Fine and Rare Whiskies of The Macallan. Each whisky was paired with a delicious dish created by Michelin star celebrity chef Mark Sargeant to bring out the very best of the whisky they were paired with.

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《Sojourn to Portugal》

Come and take a little journey to Portugal with an enchanting Portuguese wine pairing dinner featuring award-winning Passadouro – listed in the Top 100 most exciting wines of 2013 by Wine Spectator. Our chefs will be dishing up great flavors of Portugal! 6-course wine dinner at MOP888 per person.

《Sojourn to Portugal》Cocktail &Dinner 
Date: 2 April 2014 |Venue: Oasis
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China-Taiwan-Macau Jade and Jadeite Exhibition

With the full support by Galaxy Macau, government representatives and VIP guests gathered at East Square last Friday to kick off the “China-Taiwan-Macau Jade and Jadeite Exhibition” on 21-23 Feb! Up to 7500 visitors enjoyed the three-day exhibition and the Appreciation and Sharing Session. Thanks for the participation to make this a successful event, and please stay in touch with us for more exciting events to come!

Happy Chinese New Year!

We celebrate Chinese New Year with a variety of activities and performances. Beside enjoying the traditional Lion Dance Performance and God of Fortune Parade, you could also join the Golden Horse Lucky Draw every day during 31 January to 6 February! May the year of the horse bring you great fortune!
 

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When it comes to a wedding cake the options are endless…

"We strive to create a stunning piece of edible art that makes guests gush ‘wow!’ upon entering the reception…” At Galaxy Macau, wedding cakes come in all shapes and sizes and expert Pastry Chef Smita Grosse is on hand to ensure you get the cake of your dreams.
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Lucky golden horse has arrived at Galaxy Macau

God of Fortune will be here at Galaxy Macau, together with the 4-meter tall giant horses, golden hills and vibrant lions to celebrate a prosperous Chinese New Year with you!
Join the celebration and don’t miss the daily lucky draw to get lucky in Year of The Horse

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Spring Couplets give-away activity

Schedule:12pm - 6pm on 18, 19, 25 & 26 Jan, 2014
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui iSquare Entrance, KL, HK

Golden Countdown Party

Galaxy Macau kicks off 2014 with a Golden Countdown Party! We wish all of you a very happy new year full of love, peace and laughter!

BECAUSE YOU DESERVE MORE

From the moment guests enter Galaxy Macau™, they’re treated like royalty – privileged VIPs with the opportunity to enjoy the best of everything. Offering one-of-a-kind holiday experiences, the resort has garnered a loyal global following thanks to its signature “World Class, Asian Heart” service. The New Palace of Asia’s three hotels – five-star Galaxy Hotel™, Japan’s Hotel Okura Macau and the award-winning Banyan Tree Macau – comprise 2,200 luxurious rooms, suites and villas. Connecting the three properties is the impressive Grand Resort Deck, with its 52,000 square meters of lush green, the world’s largest Skytop Wave Pool and a white-sand beach. An oasis in the heart of Macau, the resort has won a raft of awards since opening in May 2011. 

Located in the heart of Macau’s dynamic entertainment district, sister property StarWorld Hotel promises its guests “Star-Rated” hospitality, entertainment, accommodation and restaurants. The 39-storey property embodies the Asian characteristics of intelligence, experience and innovation, combined with ultra-high levels of personalized service, appealing to both Asian and international guests. 

Now, tying together these two stellar properties’ first-class service, shopping, entertainment, and wining and dining experiences is one truly special card – a card whose owners enjoy access to peerless rewards and benefits. “You Deserve More” is our philosophy and our promise – a promise that finds fulfillment in the new Galaxy Privilege Club. 

Joe Malnerich, Senior Vice President at Galaxy Entertainment Group, explains: “The new Galaxy Privilege Club rewards loyalty like no other club in Macau. We know our guests have choices when it comes to spending their entertainment and leisure dollars. When people choose Galaxy Macau™ or StarWorld Hotel, we love to be able to show our appreciation in generous and unique ways. The more often someone chooses us, the more generous the rewards – it’s that simple. That’s why we’re introducing the new Galaxy Privilege Club: because we feel our loyal guests deserve more and more and even more. 

“If you look at our loyalty-club brochure, you’ll see that as our guests move up the card tiers they earn rewards at a greatly accelerated rate. They can earn twice or even three times the rewards compared with the starting level. These rewards come in the form of Privilege Dollars, which our guests can spend in ways they truly enjoy. Privilege Dollars can be used all across StarWorld Hotel and Galaxy Macau, so the range of options is huge. We’re introducing the new Galaxy Privilege Club because we know our guests want the very best and because they deserve more.” 

Privilege Points, Privilege Dollars and Peerless Rewards
The amazing benefits available to members of the Galaxy Privilege Club are virtually innumerable. Simply present your membership card when shopping or dining at Galaxy Macau or StarWorld Hotel to begin earning valuable Privilege Dollars. Every 1 Privilege Dollar is worth MOP1 in exclusive rewards, while Privilege Points can be used to upgrade your membership. At the Jinmen Premium Club/Galaxy Privilege Club’s top two tiers – the Pavilion Platinum and the Pavilion Black – benefits include access to member-only events including exclusive concerts, tournaments, dinners and retail promotions. Black-card members receive more personalized service as well as triple Privilege Dollars, enabling them to redeem even more rewards. 

Because You Deserve More, you can expect memorable experiences, courtesy of your Galaxy Privilege Club membership, whenever you visit Galaxy Macau or StarWorld Hotel. 

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Six Degrees of Celebration

Continuing on its seemingly unending winning streak, Galaxy Macau™ wonsix coveted travel and hospitality gongs in October and November 2013 alone – a resounding testament to The New Palace of Asia’s popularity among industry experts and frequent travelers alike. 

“We’re truly honored to have won these prestigious awards,” said Gabe Hunterton, the resort’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer. “We’re grateful for the industry recognition, and we’re especially proud of the public’s vote of approval for our spectacular resort, which underlines how our ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ hospitality has become a new service standard for guests from Asia and around the world.” 

In October Galaxy Macau was named Asia’s Leading Casino Resort at the 2013 World Travel Awards, known as the “Oscars of the travel industry.” The award was voted for by travel-trade professionals and the public, who cited the new standards Galaxy Macau is setting for luxurious resort amenities, gaming offerings and service. 

Then, in November, the resort won Best Resort Hotel at the 2013 Continental Diamond Awards, organized by the World Hotel Association. One of the most respected hotel-industry events in China, the awards are adjudicated by an expert judging panel that conducts a rigorous selection process based on anonymous visits to competing properties. A hotel’s brand, facilities and ability to drive tourism to the region are all key criteria in the decision-making process. 

The same month, at the inaugural U Magazine Travel Awards – held to recognize the region’s best brands in travel and tourism – Galaxy Macau was voted My Favorite Hotel & Resort in Asia by over 100,000 members of the public. The resort was also nominated by the editorial team at U for providing outstanding service and facilities. 

Finally, also in November, Galaxy Macau won awards for Most Luxurious Wedding Venue, Perfect Wedding Banquet Service and Most Inspirational Wedding Campaign (for the film short Reserve Your Happiness) at the Darizi Awards 2013 – an independent program established by Darizi magazine to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the wedding industry, as recognized by industry professionals and prospective couples. 

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IRRESISTIBLE TEMPTATIONS

Temptations, a signature restaurant of StarWorld Hotel, serves one of the tastiest dishes in town, according to CNN Travel. The leading travel website has named the restaurant’s Portuguese Seafood Rice as among 10 Must-Try Macau Foods. “The flavorful seafood juice is locked into the rice without losing its distinctive texture,” remarked the CNN Travel reviewer, who also recommended such classic delicacies as the Portuguese Egg Tarts, Pork Chop Buns and Sweet Pork Jerky. 

Executive Chef of StarWorld Hotel Joe Chan expressed his gratitude upon receiving this distinction, and shared his tips for preparing the popular dish: “The key to delivering a rich, delectable mixture of tastes lies in handpicking fresh, quality ingredients – namely blue mussels, scallops, prawns, bacalhau, Portuguese chouriço, tomatoes and olives, together with my seasoned olive oil. Adding a spoon of this specially prepared oil to the rice alone can take this dish to another level.” 

One of a very few Chinese executive chefs in Macau, Chef Chan has over 30 years’ culinary experience. He specializes in Portuguese, Italian and French cuisine, and has gained a well-earned reputation among connoisseurs of classic European food.

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Galaxy Macau Takes The cake

Whether Galaxy Macuau™’s guests have a sweet tooth or justwant to wet their whistle, there’s something for every discerning customer of the integrated resort – as The New Palace of Asia’s pastry team and whisky sommeliers recently proved.

In October, two of Galaxy Macau’s talented pastry chefs were named the winners of the Fonterra Pastry Challenge 2013, one of the most competitive events of its kind. Chefs 

Chrisgelyn Marie Ang Cruz and Terry Du Lin Chuan secured the gold in the Taste of Seasons: Live Cake Presentation category with their Autumn Delight – an Earl Grey cake served with 

chocolate mousse and apricot. In addition to the award, the chefs also received a pastry-training course provided by esteemed trade organization Meilleurs Ouvriers de France.

John Sloane, Vice President of Food & Beverage at Galaxy Macau, said, “Our chefs’ achievements underscoreThe New Palace of Asia’s position as the leading dining destination in Macau and one synonymous with quality, innovative cuisine.”

Meanwhile, the Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge was listed in the prestigious Great Whisky Bars of the World 2013 – the only bar in Macau to be included. The guide is published by respected UK-based Whisky magazine, where listings are comprised entirely of reader recommendations.

“The Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge houses some of the rarest and finest whiskies in the world,” noted Sloane. “But it’s above all the in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm of the managers and bartenders that make the lounge one of the treasures of Galaxy Macau.”

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By Popular Demand

In a winning streak of awards and recognition,Galaxy Entertainment Group’s (GEG) two flagship properties garnered industry top honors at the 2013 Winning AwardsPresentation Ceremony for the Most Popular Hong Kong and Macau Brands, held in Guangzhou last October. Galaxy MacauTM won the Most Popular Brand for Tourists Gold Trophy Award, with StarWorld Hotel winning the Most Popular Brand for Tourists Starlight Award for a second year. The annual Winning Awards aim to acknowledge tourism brands with high-quality service and an excellent reputation among travelers from mainland China. With a judging panel comprising members of the China Media Network as well as the Hong Kong and Macau Individual Visit Scheme Organizing Committee, the awards provide a means of increasing Hong Kong and Macau brand awareness among mainland travelers.

This was the first year Galaxy Macau had participated in the awards, with the deserved recognition sure to drive even more visitors to
The New Palace of Asia to experience its regal hospitality, and diverse leisure and entertainment facilities. For their part, the team at StarWorld Hotel are committed to providing top-notch, “Asian Heart” service, dining and entertainment to every guest, and will continue to maintain every aspect of their five-star offering.

“These awards are a testament to the fine work contributed by every GEG team member over the past year,” said Michael Mecca, GEG’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “With a commitment to putting our unique ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ service philosophy into practice across every aspect of our business, we’ll continue to strive for even greater success by offering our guests exceptional services.”

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IMPRIMATUR OF EXCELLENCE

At the 6th annual Sinar Mas Print Awards, held in October 2013, the Summer 2013 edition of Galaxy magazine picked up a bronze trophy in the Magazines (Sheet-Fed) category – coming just behind Vogue and L’Officiel magazines. The awards are organized by Asia Pulp & Paper, and sponsored by the China Print Organization, the Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong, the Asian Print Awards and the Printing Technology Association of Thailand.

Just 289 out of a total of 2,814 entries from 1,339 printers and publishers around the world were short listed, with the glossy Summer issue among a select few to be rewarded with a trophy.

Comprising 11 internationally known professionals from the US, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and mainland China, the judging committee deemed this year’s entries to be especially strong in terms of printing technique and quality.

The awards provide a platform for worldwide printers to exchange experiences, and adopt the latest printing materials and technologies. The event is also aimed at promoting printing excellence and helping printers increase their market exposure.

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High Spirits

Hotel Okura Macau’s signature Japanese restaurant, Yamazato, has garnered rave reviews over the years for the quality of its food and service. Now, adding to its long list of achievements, Yamazato’s sake list has received a recommendation from China’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2013.

Announced in Shanghai last September, thelist was adjudicated by leading wine experts from Greater China, as well as some of the world’s most respected Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, wine media and wine judges. Attending the event were Chinese-government representatives and members of the international media.

Yamazato has an extraordinary sake list, with over 80 delicious sakes – all of them individually selected by sommelier Fufu Liao, who works closely with Executive Chef Akira Hayashi to complement the restaurant’s exquisite dishes.

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All in a day’s pampering

Banyan Tree Spa Macau has been awarded Best Spa Treatment Package of the Year at the prestigious SpaChina Awards 2013 for its Pampering Day package. The 450-minute session features signature Banyan Tree Spa Macau therapies for total top-to-toe renewal. The level of indulgence offered by the package as well as the specific treatments’ nourishing and rejuvenating properties have made Pampering Day a deserved favorite among guests.

Treatments included in the comprehensive spa package include Body Scrub, Body Conditioner, Massage, Facial, and Hand or Foot Treatment. Besides these signature spa treatments, the session includes a healthy spa-cuisine lunch to complement the entire wellness experience.

“We’re truly delighted to have received this prestigious award from SpaChina, and achieved such important recognition for the high quality of our spa treatments,” said Joseph Beck, Hotel Manager of Banyan Tree Macau. “The age-old Asian traditions that we hold dear at Banyan Tree Spa Macau are a reflection of our company’s overall philosophy around providing a sanctuary for all the senses.”

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YOUNG AND ABLE

Organized by the Macau Culinary Association, the 6thannual Young Chef Competition was held in November2013. Galaxy MacauTM’s Francis Valdellon vanquished the competition – including chefs from many of thecity’s top hotels – with his star dishes.

Open to chefs aged 27 or younger, the contest featured 12 top chefs from various hotels in Macau, including MGM, Mandarin Oriental,Melco Crown, the Venetian Macao and Wynn. Galaxy Macau won first prize thanks to the contribution of Valdellon, Demi Chef at Galaxy HotelTM’s Terrazza restaurant.During the competition, the chefs had to use three black-box ingredients – foie gras, Iberico pork and black codfish – to create two separate dishes within two hours. Chef Valdellon served the foie gras with poached green apple, fennel foam, pear chutney, mousseline sauce and black truffle. For his second plate, black cod coated in seafood mousse was served alongside a reduction of Iberico pork,lentils, fava beans, beetroot and orange beurre blanc. The beautifully presented and delicious dishes won over the judges, who proclaimed Valdellon the winner in the face of stiff competition.

The contest aims to nurture and inspire new chefs in Macau, and to provide greater opportunities for talented aspiring chefs.

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A FINE BALANCE

At the 2013 World Tourism Day,hosted by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) in September, Leong Mei Fong fromGalaxy HotelTM won first prize in the women’s category of the annual tray race. With her trayand bottle skillfully balanced, the hot stepper beat the competition clean.

The traditional tray race was held in theafternoon, with participants setting off from the Ruins of St Paul’s to the finish line in Senado Square. The race was divided into men’s and women’s categories, and attracted over 200 participants representing more than 24 hotels and restaurants in Macau.

Remarking on the theme of World Tourism Day 2013 – Water: Protecting Our Common Future – MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said, “Water isn’t only a vital spring of life for humanity; it’s also a key resource for the tourism industry. It’s our obligation to encourage industry partners and to remind visitors to treasure our water resources. The Macau Green Hotel Award scheme is advocating eco-friendly management in the hospitality industry, and we believe the theme of World Tourism Day this year can help spread a positive message

As part of the festival, De Senna Fernandes,together with MGTO Deputy Directors Manuel Pires and Cecilia Tse, presented welcome souvenirs to a group of lucky tourists at the Macau Ferry Terminal. Souvenirs were also distributed to visitors at MGTO Information Counters throughout the day. The lucky tourists hailed from Australia and were in Macau on a visit to see the territory’s renowned World Heritage sites.

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FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

Stylish songstress Vivian Chow performed in the fall for a select audience of Jinmen Premium Club and GPC The Pavilion VIPs, owning the stage at CHINA ROUGE with her sultry presence and mellifluous vocals.

Taking place in September 2013, Chow’s Love Eternity Music Show was a glamorous affair as the fashionable
star strutted center stage, mesmerizing her fans with romantic love songs including Lonely Heartache and When the

Leaves Fall. With the spotlight on her, the diva switched gears next to sing a song in Japanese, Cosmos, much to the delight of the audience.

With violin and piano accompaniment, her soulful renditions of Waited and Waited, Long Time No See and Walking in the Rain were a veritable medley of hits. Finally, Chow belted out classic hits Favorites and Nostalgia for the entranced group of VIPs.

Speaking before her concert, Chow said, “I believe in a happy married life, and I stay cheerfuland active. I’ve pursued a career in showbiz in order to do what I love, and I enjoy life to the full.”

Chow, whose first time it was on stage at The New Palace of Asia, said she was very impressed with the resort, adding, “I’m
in a relaxed, holiday mood
going into this concert; I’m just going to have fun up there. I hope to enjoy an evening with guests and fans from around the region. It isn’t a huge, impersonal auditorium but an intimate crowd. I love singing with the audience so close – it’s very interactive.”

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RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT

Jinmen Premium Club and GPC The Pavilion VIPs had a chance to reminisce along with acclaimed singer Eric Moo Kai-yin last November, as he took his audience on a musical journey spanning three decades of melodies from his illustrious career. Following Moo’s pan-Asian tour, which included stops in Shanghai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, fans had the opportunity to enjoy an intimate concert at CHINA ROUGE, the exquisite private club of Galaxy Macau™, as the veteran artist took to the stage among glamorous surroundings.

Reveling in a night of fond memories, Moo opened the show with signature ballads and classic numbers, including Life Is a Dream, When You Wait Until I’m Sad, as well as the memorable love songs You Are My Only, At Least as Well as You, Special Love for Special You and Love Puppet.

Speaking between songs, Moo said, “I’m delighted tobe here at Galaxy Macau to perform for the VIP guests in attendance. This is a night like no other.”

Having performed at various international venues over the 30 years since he first made
his debut in the 1980s, Moo’s intimate show was unlike any other in his illustrious career so far. Judging by the audience’s and the singing sensation’s reactions, clearly it was a night to remember.

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Parting Shot

Ace photographer Forbes Conrad has held the last page of Galaxy magazine captive for the past year, shooting the edifice of Galaxy MacauTM at different times, from myriad angles, and in distinctive hues. “As with most buildings, Galaxy Macau looks its best when either lit up by the sun or illuminated by its own lighting around dusk,” he says. “The greatest challenge to surmount when attempting to produce an image is to get a day with an interesting-looking sky,” he adds. “The property certainly wouldn’t be the same without those giant, golden finials accenting the roof line. Every time I’m here, I look for something new – and I find it.”

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MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

One of the biggest musical stars in the region, multi-award- winning Cantopop

artist Hacken Lee gave a one- off concert at Galaxy Macau™ for Galaxy Privilege Club members in December 2013.

With the flawless delivery for which he’s deservedly famous, Lee performed hits from the 1980s and ’90s as well as some of his latest songs. An emotional memoir, the concert was a journey through music and time, as Lee gave renditions of classic and contemporary numbers seemingly with equal ease.

The energetic singer was soon performing hit after hit – including Together for Marriage,
Half-Moon Serenade, Summer of the Myth, Red Sun and Blue Moon, as well as the more recent House
of Cards. The crowd responded especially enthusiastically to the evergreen Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, a particular gem in Lee’s vast repertoire.

Following a string of concerts around the region, Lee’s performance at The
New Palace of Asia was the final stop on his tour. “I first came to Galaxy Macau in early 2012, when I was at CHINA ROUGE,” he told Galaxy magazine. “It’s a great feeling
to be welcomed back to this wonderful resort. I love to sing at beautiful venues such as this,” he added. “Everything here is very impressive.”

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GRAPE MINDS

Two members of the Galaxy Entertainment Group family were rewarded at the Best Sommelier Greater China Competition 2013. The event was held in Macau in October last year and was organized by the Hong Kong Sommelier Association.

Billy de Leon, Wine Captain at Galaxy Macau™’s Terrazza restaurant, won first place, while the contest’s second runner-up was King Yang, Assistant Manager of StarWorld Hotel’s Temptations restaurant and the Whisky Bar.

As in previous years, all of the regional champions will undergo a final selection process to determine who will represent Greater China at the ASI Asia-Oceania and International competitions.

The aims of the Best Sommelier Greater China Competition include educating members of the F&B industry about the sommelier profession as well as promoting Macau’s wine-and-spirits industry. An important date on the regional sommelier calendar, the event provides an international platform for professionals to share their skills and experience.

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TASTES OF MALAYSIA

Held at Galaxy Macau™ in August and early September 2013, the Malaysian Food Festival saw six guest chefs from Penang serve their finest culinary delights to guests at the resort’s international buffet restaurant Festiva.

Featuring live Cooking Theaters, as well as signature Penang dishes including Char Kway Teow (stir-fried, flat rice noodles with shrimp, cockles, Chinese sausage, bean sprouts, chives, egg and chili paste madeto a secret recipe), Hokkien Hae Mee (braised, thick yellow noodles with spinach, bean sprouts, egg, pork, shrimp and onion, in a fragrant, spicy soup made to a secret recipe) and Satay (chicken, beef or lamb, served with a spicy peanut sauce), the food festival was visited by over 20,000 guests. The visiting chefs proudly presented a total of 25 Malaysian specialty dishes over the course of the festival.

Chef Richard Stuart, Assistant Vice President of Culinary at Galaxy Macau, led a cocktail reception at the conclusion of the scrumptious event, and the visiting chefs were presented with souvenirs and certificates
of appreciation.

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“LOOKING” THE PART

Shining a spotlight on the stylish uniforms worn by the team members of Galaxy Macau , the resort hosted a glamorous “The Look of Galaxy” fashion show at East Square in November 2013. The event showcased nearly 60 beautiful uniforms and exquisite costumes, modeled by the effervescent team members of The New Palace of Asia.

Viewing the show were representatives of the fashion industry and nongovernmental organizations, as well as design- school students and other Galaxy Macau team members. Amazingly, there are more
than 900 distinctive Galaxy Macau uniforms worn by the resort’s 10,000 dedicated team members. The event also offered the opportunity to promote
the resort’s grooming program; introduced in 2012, the scheme enables Galaxy Macau team members to receive makeup and hairstyling training.

“‘The Look’ means a world- class look,” said Eileen Lui, Galaxy Entertainment Group’s Director of Human Resources & Administration, in her welcome speech. “Grooming excellence
is just one more area in which Galaxy Macau aims to set the benchmark for Macau’s hospitality industry, as we seek to apply
our ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ approach to every facet of our business. We’ll continue to invest in training our team members, and that includes classes focusing on their professional appearance through this sustainable, in-house grooming program.”

Dr Shuen Ka Hung, the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center’s Director General, and Stella Tang, President of the Macao Local Fashion Designers’ Society, also attended the fashion show.

Gabe Hunterton, Galaxy Macau’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer, presented Galaxy Grooming Stars of the Year awards to six winners: Man Lok, Apple Galmesa, Ling Zhang,
Efz Galocgoc, Claire Zhang and Rachel Chan. The event was a festival of colors, with spectacular song-and-dance performances throughout the show.

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PASSION,PROFESSIONALISM AND PERFECTION

Possessing over three decades’ experience in the service industry in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Ho Chi Minh City, Davao City, Beijing and Macau, Charles So has more than earned his spurs. With a personal style that’s relaxed and approachable,
he’s also driven and hardworking. Inspired by the motto “Customer is King,” he likes to stress the importance of excellent service above all else. So sat down with Galaxy magazine to talk about his favorite memories at StarWorld Hotel, the numerous awards the property has garnered, and the first time he can remember stepping inside a five-star hotel.

Can you explain the philosophy behind the motto “Customer is King”?

“Customer is King” can refer to paying customers, customers passing through, or to internal customers – i.e. our team members. When
you have a good team, it means “Team Effort, Achieve More.” I often share my experiences and insights with my team members, which builds trust. Magazine articles tend to focus on a hotel’sbeautiful rooms and great restaurants, but we’re in the people business. And really, there are three P’s that make it all happen, and that I instill in my team members: passion, professionalism and perfection. When we serve our customers, 100 percent satisfaction isn’t enough. It has to be more than perfect.

Do you remember the first time you walked into a hotel? What was your initial impression?
Yes – it was a five-star hotel in Hong Kong. I remember the big door and the fountain. I felt very nervous and at the same time very honored. I distinctly recall the doormen, who were dressed so very smartly. I’ll never forget that all-important first impression.

What makes StarWorld Hotel a unique property in Macau?
Firstly, we’re in a unique location. The property’s owner had unsurpassed vision and decided to open a flagship hotel under Galaxy Entertainment Group here. He wanted it to be in the best location, for the best of life’s occasions. He selected this plot of land and built the road that serves it. It’s all about convenience for the customer. It took us over 20 months to complete the project: everything from the taxi service and public transport, to the high- ceilinged lobby, to our statuesque ambassadors who greet customers at the foyer. We wanted to combine convenience with the best service possible. It’s these small things that make all the difference. Also, while the hotel’s grown, the high quality hasn’t changed.

What experience do you bring to this role?I’ve been in the hotel business for more than
30 years, and I believe I’ve learned a lot from my mentors – from all the international hotels I’ve worked in. What I picked up the most was the attitude and style of the German, Swiss and American hoteliers. It’s a very practical kind of management, and it’s about walking the talk.
You also have to personally check on your team members. If you don’t do that, how will you know what’s going on? You need to be ever-present. And when a customer leaves the hotel, we don’t ask them what they had from the mini-bar [laughs], but whether they enjoyed their stay and  whether they may have left anything behind. As for the hotel itself, I spend a large proportion of my time seeing how our team members and customers are behaving.

How do you deal with unusual requests from guests? What if you’re not able to accommodate their wishes? Whenever a customer asks for something strange, the response from our team members should never be “No.” They will always offer alternatives, or will seek their supervisor’s direction if necessary. That’s important, especially when we’re talking about high-value customers.

StarWorld Hotel has won many prestigious awards over the years. What makes the property stand out on the hospitality landscape, do you think?
People who stay here experience the quality of the product and services. They say we offer charm and glamour, as well as value for money. Every year we’ve been in the running, we’ve won; and we make sure it’s clear the awards are a team achievement. Our motto is “One Team, One Heart, One Goal.” That’s what makes the hotel successful. It’s not us saying we’re good, but the customers.

What have been some of your most memorable experiences here at StarWorld Hotel over the past seven years?
The first-anniversary party stands out. The hotel opened in October 2006, and a year later the ballroom had been built, so all the facilities were in place. It only sat around 500 people, but we made it like an evening at the Oscars. Celebrities from Hong Kong, Macau and around the world were here, for two nights in a row. It was amazing. Second would be the event after the Olympics in 2008. We had all the Chinese gold-medal Olympians staying here. We needed to make sure they had hassle-free accommodation, that they were safe and that the food was good.

Every year we’ve been in the running, we’ve won; we make sure it’s clear the awards are a team achievement. Our motto is ‘One Team, One Heart, One Goal.’ That’s what makes the hotel successful

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THE LIFE DELUXE

Luxury reaches new heights at Galaxy Macau™ and StarWorld Hotel – and reaches its pinnacle in the experiences enjoyed by Jinmen Premium Club/ Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion Black VIPs. For guests of Galaxy Macau, from the moment you’re met by your driver and escorted to the Rolls- Royce limousine ready to spirit you away to the resort, you know you’re in for a treat.

Your personal butler will have drawn out an itinerary for you in advance, and will be happy to make any desired tweaks upon your arrival. You’ve already enjoyed priority booking of the hotel room of your choice – perhaps the Banyan Tree Macau Presidential Suite or the Imperial Suite at Hotel Okura Macau. Now, enjoy in-room check-in as you survey the amenities left waiting for you. A little touch here, a thoughtful item there – the team have remembered which amenities you enjoyed on your last stay and have anticipated your preferences. It’s all part of our “World Class, Asian Heart” philosophy.

It’s time to relax, and how better than with another benefit enjoyed by Jinmen/Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion Black VIPs – an in-room spa treatment? Enjoy this à deux, and you’ll soon feel the pressures of the outside world melting away.

In the evening, enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the cozy Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge. Next, take your pick from the resort’s array of world-class fine-dining restaurants, including Jin Yue Xuan and Laurel (both Cantonese), Terrazza (Italian), Yamazato (Japanese) and Belon (international). You’ll enjoy discounts when wining and dining at the resort courtesy of your Jinmen/Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion Black card, and will earn Privilege Dollars in the process.

After dinner, relax in the sophisticated environs of Galaxy MacauTM’s exclusive nightclub CHINA ROUGE. You might also visit the Director’s Club at UA Galaxy Cinemas and avail yourself of the newly introduced foot-massage facilities, available only to the privileged few. Or, make use of your superior status to gain entry to the Jinmen/Pavilion Club VIP area, a lavish setting made for A touch here, a thoughtful item there – the team have remembered which amenities you enjoyed on your last stay and have anticipated your preferences high-class entertainment. The VIP area also offers a full menu featuring an array of Chinese favorites, available to order 24 hours a day.

The discounts and Privilege Dollars continue when you shop at the resort. Use your Privilege Points to upgrade your membership to the next tier (for those still on their way to attaining Pavilion Black status) and to gain entry to events reserved for the resort’s VIPs. Use your Privilege Dollars for retail purchases and to redeem luxury gifts at the Galaxy Privilege Club redemption counter. Jinmen/Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion Black members earn triple Privilege Dollars for every Privilege Point they earn.

With your VIP membership, you also enjoy access to four exclusive entertainment areas in the resort. As
if that weren’t enough, certain private events are the purview of Jinmen/ Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion Black members alone. These include exclusive dinners featuring delicacies from around the world, special tournaments at Sky 32 and Sky 33, and intimate, invitation-only concerts at CHINA ROUGE.

At StarWorld Hotel, Jinmen/Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion Black members enjoy complimentary cross-border limousine service, and upon arrival, bypass the front desk to receive their room key directly from their personal host. The property’s accommodation includes the 108sqm StarWorld Suite, graded by the Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau 2014 in the category “Top-Class Comfort,” and affording panoramic views of the Macau Tower and the South China Sea.

In the evening, enjoy privileges and priority booking at StarWorld Hotel’s award-winning restaurants and bars, including Temptations (where the Portuguese Seafood Rice has been named by CNN Travel as one of 10 Must-Try Macau Foods), the Whisky Bar (named Best Whisky Bar in Hong Kong & Macau by Wine-Luxe magazine) and Jade de Jardin (a Michelin-starred restaurant in 2010 and 2011).

During your leisure time at the hotel, enjoy exclusive invitations to intimate concerts by renowned Asian artists, and participate in premium, member-only events including wine-pairing dinners, Grand Prix events and themed parties.

Luxury seemingly knows no bounds at Galaxy MacauTM and StarWorld Hotel, but Jinmen/Galaxy Privilege Club Pavilion Black VIPs know
this best of all – theirs is a world of unsurpassed luxury where their feet barely touch the ground.

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RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

As watchmaking awards go, none is more coveted than the world-renowned Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). In October 2013, with Edmond de Rothschild as global partner, Hong Kong Tatler as event organizer and Galaxy Macau™ as exclusive sponsor, the world’s most sensational horological event graced The New Palace of Asia’s glamorous East Square. The grand debut proved to be a real showstopper, with a stunning collection of the world’s most elegant and innovative timepieces on display.

The opening ceremony was a glitzy affair, as hundreds of VIP guests, celebrities and members of the media descended on East Square to honor the exclusive unveiling of the 69 preselected watches of the GPHG 2013. Taking place in Macau for the first time, the event – known as the “Oscars of watchmaking” – rewards the elite of haute horlogerie for their finest achievements of the year.
Guests at the opening ceremony were treated to Perrier-Joüet champagne, fine wines and delicious canapés, amid an elegant setting draped in black velvet. Only later, and much to the excitement of all, were the magnificent watches revealed. Competing for the prestigious Aiguille d’Or (Golden Watch Hand), the preselected watches traveled the world to be admired by collectors and enthusiasts alike, all ahead of the grand awards ceremony in Geneva on November 15.

Janette Kendall, the resort’s Senior Vice President of Property Marketing, said, “Galaxy MacauTM, The New Palace of Asia, continually strives to bring new, prestigious and memorable experiences to our guests. We’re honored and excited to host
this exhibition of one-of-a-kind timepieces that represent the finest in watchmaking traditions and craftsmanship, combined

with technical innovation, design and novelty. The precision and attention to detail required to produce these masterpieces mirror our own ‘World Class Asian Heart’ philosophy of attentiveness and commitment to excellence.”
With guests mingling at East Square, there was a palpable feeling of anticipation around the unveiling of the Grand Prix nominees, whose combined worth totaled some HK$49 million. With the time of the big reveal finally upon them, attendees could hardly wait to get their first up-close look at the world’s most exquisite and avant-garde timepieces.

As Carlo Lamprecht, President of the GPHG Foundation, pointed out, the exhibition represented the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work. Moving the timepieces around the world – from Beijing to Singapore to Dubai, and back to Geneva – was no small feat. He also had praise for Galaxy Macau as a destination on the Grand Prix exhibition circuit. “It’s wonderful and very tastefully done,” said Lamprecht. “The resort is so luxurious and grand. Plus, the service is extraordinary and everything is very well maintained.”

The art of keeping time calls upon a wealth of innovation as well as technological and artistic creativity. In this regard, Lamprecht confesses to finding himself as susceptible as anyone to the charms of the horological world’s prime exemplars of beauty and craftsmanship.

Last year, in the wake of the 12th edition of the Grand Prix, the GPHG launched a campaign to grant the status of “12th art” to watchmaking. “Cinema is known as the seventh art,” notes Lamprecht. “We believe that watchmaking is a complete art form. With all the grand complications, research, innovations and aesthetics, we call it the 12th art. We promote the values of excellence and innovation through these watches.” A veritable connoisseur, Lamprecht went on to give a tour of the exhibition, introducing guests to the uniqueness and technical landscape of selected timepieces.

With categories like Grande Complication Watch, Innovation Watch and Jewelry Watch, the preselected laureates of the GPHG were a fine sight indeed. As the evening wore on, guests marveled at the rigorously chosen watches, which had been short listed from over 200 nominees. They picked out their own favorites from a range that featured triumphs of mechanical engineering, with high- complication systems alongside eye-catching pieces dripping with diamonds. Brand heavyweights included Hublot, Zenith, Chanel and Montblanc, but there were also some lesser-known brands in Asia such as Voutilainen and Urban Jürgensen & Sønner.

What the crème de la crème of the horological realm have
in common is an utter dedication to design, technology and performance. At Galaxy Macau these values were duly honored, in true homage to, and celebration of, the 12th art.

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COURSES OF ACTION

Acareer in motor racing is the dream of many a teenage boy; but while many are called, few are chosen. one of the very few with the talent to make those fantasies a reality is sun Zheng. speaking to the 21-year- old chinese driver, you begin to get a sense of his determination to pursue his dream. “Like many boys, i started really becoming interested in cars around the age of 13. i would go kart racing with friends; i just loved racing so much,” says the self-possessed young man. “after that, i started training with a coach and watched a lot of racing videos.”

Beginning his professional career in 2008, sun would go on to deliver impressive performances at the asian Geely formula, the scirocco r-cup china and the china touring car championship, with a win at the Gt asia series further cementing his credentials. in 2012, the racing world took note when sun became china formula Grand Prix series champion. He also took fourth place in the final of the 2012 audi r8 LMs cup, and was the youngest driver to stand on the podium when he finished third on his home track of Zhuhai. earlier this year, sun became the first chinese driver to win the British f3 national 

class championship. “that was definitely one of the most memorable moments of my career; that kind of recognition gives me the confidence to go further,” he says.

Having achieved such remarkable performances to date, sun now
joins the Galaxy Double r racing team for this year’s Macau Grand Prix (MGP). Living up to Galaxy MacautM’s “World class, asian Heart” philosophy, the driving team pairs sun Zheng with another rising star – 20-year-old estonian driver Kevin Korjus, who joins the team for a second consecutive year. sun says he’s found it easy to bond with his teammate and the crew even in the short time he’s been onboard.

Known for its demanding Guia circuit, the MGP is a challenge and an honor to take part in, says sun. “it’s a prestigious race since entry is by invitation, which means that those taking part are all top drivers from around the world. as a chinese person racing at home, it’s a very special feeling,” he adds. sun explains how he’s been focusing on mental preparation ahead of the famous race: “i spent some time in the simulator learning the circuit, and i tried the car on other racetracks to familiarize myself with its handling. the most critical thing though is to stay focused during the race because the feeling then is totally different.

“To complete the race means not making mistakes, which isn’t easy, especially on such a challenging circuit,” sun continues calmly. “everything is new to me: the track, the team, as well as the car. for my first attempt at the MGP, my aim is simply to learn from this amazing experience. You see, the MGP formula 3 is like a graduation exam – if you perform well, you’re more likely to climb the ladder and participate in other top races, like formula 1.”

He may not know how far he can go, but sun makes clear the kind of competitor he wants to be when he names German f1 driver sebastian Vettel as his role model. “some drivers have an aggressive style; others perform in a way that’s more steady and reliable,” notes sun. “Vettel is the kind of driver who doesn’t make mistakes – he’s cautious, from the first lap to the last. that’s very difficult to achieve because it requires maintaining a level of calmness; if you’re nervous or anxious, your decision making and performance will be affected. so placing is not the first priority for my first attempt at the MGP. i really want to gain experience, and one day i hope to be able to compete alongside the top european drivers in f1.”

If he does become an f1 driver, sun may also succeed in taking chinese motor racing to the next level. “formula series is the highest standard in the sport, but we still don’t have a chinese f1 driver,” he notes. “We have a long way to go in the development of motor racing.”

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COLD DAYS,WARM PLATES

Jin Yue Xuan has long had a reputation for delivering exquisite dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Now, with winter upon us, Chef de Cuisine Wan Chi-ho has specially designed a tantalizing seasonal menu combining delectable flavors with ingredients known for their beneficial effects during the colder, drier months.

To help the body adjust to the seasonal decrease in temperature and humidity, Chef Wan recommends three popular Cantonese dishes. A traditional Chinese meal begins with a warming broth – in this case, Black Truffle with Sea Cucumber Soup, whose energizing constituents include ginseng tea. The broth arrives in a Chinese teapot with a candle beneath it to keep it warm. Black truffle is included not only for its flavor but also for its immune-system-strengthening properties, helping us to ward off colds during the winter. The sea cucumber, which is imported from Japan, is rich in protein and can also help in lowering the blood pressure.

Another highlight on the winter menu is Fresh Abalone and Fish Maw with Chicken. “It’s a premium version of the traditional Chinese hotpot,” says Chef Wan. Served in a clay pot, this dish contains an abundance of savory ingredients, including mushrooms, pork knuckle and sea cucumber, as well as turnip and bean curd at the bottom of the pot. “This is a very nourishing dish for winter, as both the abalone and fish maw are rich in protein, helping to fortify dehydrated skin,” Wan explains.

Finally, the restaurant’s succulent Lamb Stew is braised with seasonal ingredients including ginger and dried fruit rind, and can aid in recovery from a cold. “Lamb stew is traditionally enjoyed in winter for its warming properties,” notes Chef Wan. “This recipe involves lots of spices and braising in a clay pot, to produce big, satisfying flavors.”

Wan explains how both ingredient profiles and cooking methods differ in the winter compared with at other times of the year: “We tend to use more herbs, spices and seasoning in winter, as the stronger flavors can help us to feel warm and full. Also, braising in a pot is favored over stir-frying, as the juices – and therefore the nutrients in the food – can be preserved.”

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Light and Luscious

It’s that time of year when temperatures plummet and our need for comfort food rises. At the many restaurants around
Galaxy Macau™, the resort’s export, award-winning pastry chefs are serving up traditional Chinese desserts – those perfect winter warmers – but with a twist.

With a subtle, moreish flavor – and boasting multiple health benefits to boot – Sweet Splendor’s Red Date and Ginseng Pastry comes highly recommended. Ginseng is famed for its ability
to restore energy, improve the circulation, and strengthen the spleen and stomach. To make the dessert, steamed red dates are blended with Korean ginseng, and the resulting puree is wrapped in homemade puff pastry. The creation is then deep fried for five minutes, with the finished tidbit crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

For those with a sweeter tooth, the dessert shop’s Crispy Pear with Dates and Ginseng delivers bigger flavors. Here, the recipe calls for Tianjin pears to be cored and stuffed with a homemade red-date puree. The pears are then given a cereal coating and deep fried until golden. When bitten into, the dessert releases the juices of its multiple layers, providing a cornucopia of textures, aromas and flavors.

Chinese desserts are traditionally made using all-natural ingredients, with no artificial additives – and this is indeed the case at Galaxy Macau’s Cantonese fine-dining restaurant Laurel. Guests in the mood for a sweet soup can choose from the restaurant’s warming Tangerine and Red Bean Soup, the light Walnut Soup, or the delightful Egg White and Almond Soup. For a thicker treat, opt for the Fresh Soya Bean Custard. All are made using freshly ground ingredients.

During the coldest, driest months of the year, foods that provide moisturizing properties make ideal choices. Try Laurel’s Double- Boiled Whole Papaya and Hasma, the Sweet Potato Soup, or the Double-Boiled Bird’s Nest in Icing Sugar.The award-winning chefs behind the resort’s offerings are passionate not only about creating exquisite traditional desserts, but also about using innovative methods to stimulate the palate. For Sweet Splendor’s Red Date and Ginseng Jelly with Coconut and Wolfberry, the jelly is made from red dates, coconut milk and ginseng-flavored passion-fruit juice. It’s a new kind of ginseng dessert that’s proved a big hit with guests.

Over at Laurel, the best-selling dessert during winter is the Double-Boiled Fresh Milk in Coconut. Considered to be good for the respiratory system, it’s also the ideal antidote to a heavy meal, and will calm and cool the body.

Another original spin on a traditional dessert comes in the form of the restaurant’s Double-Boiled Papaya with Almond Cream. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, papaya is good for the skin, while almond is considered in traditional Chinese medicine to be beneficial for the throat. Almonds are also loaded with vitamins and healthy fats that are good for the brain.

Blending the traditional with the innovative, the creations of Galaxy Macau™’s pastry chefs provide comfort and delight in equal measure this wintertime.

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Seoul food

You can follow the sizzle of a traditional Korean barbeque, or be drawn inby the tempting aroma of grilled marinated meat. A splash of color and a fiery kick come courtesy of the kimchi and other side dishes. The scene at Myung Ga, Galaxy Macau™’s authentic Korean restaurant, is one suffused with sights, sounds and colors. Most importantly, the exquisite dishes coming out of the kitchen – and off the grill – are just the thing to satisfy hungry diners.

The beautifully designed restaurant – an oasis of clean lines and modern minimalism – serves traditional Korean liquor alongside its authentic dishes, including raspberry wine and the milky- white Makgeolli. It’s also the place to enjoy contemporary cocktails such as the refreshing Cucumber and Ginsengtini.

To find out more about Korean cuisine and what makes Myung Ga so special, Galaxy sat down with the restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine, You Sung Gi. Hailing from Seoul, Chef You has an impressive 17 years’ experience in Korean fine dining.

What are the main ingredients and flavors used in Korean cuisine?
The most important aspect of Korean food culture is the sauce. Chili sauce, soybeans and soy sauce are absolutely necessary when we cook. The other main ingredients we use are garlic and dates. Every Korean family has a sauce flavor they use often, and each region has its own special sauce too.

For Koreans, the most important food staples are rice and soup. We have to pay careful attention in order for all the ingredients used
in our dishes to taste authentic and remain true to Korean cuisine. We import most of our ingredients from South Korea, and the rice we use is from Icheon, which is famous for producing the best rice in Korea. Also, we don’t use products containing MSG.

What is Myung ga’s most popular dish? What would you recommend for winter?
The guests who come here order the grilled, marinated items most often. Since our meat is marinated and handled in accordance with traditional Korean methods, the texture and taste are very authentic indeed! For the winter months, I would recommend our hot pot and barbecue dishes.

What’s the best drink to accompany Korean food?
White rice wine goes best with seafood cakes or pickles with onion bread. The Korean grill must be paired with soju. Korean medicinal wines, such as raspberry wine, have also gained in popularity lately.

What are your favorite dishes on the menu?
Soybean soup, tofu soup and kimchi soup – I love soup! I especially love preparing miso soup when I’m in the kitchen, as it’s hugely important in our Korean culture.

Otherwise, I’d recommend guests try the Grilled Maekjeok, which is a traditional roasted pork dish with soybean paste. The ingredients of the paste include refined soy sauce from South Korea, as well as onion, pear and miso. We marinate fresh pork in these ingredients for 48 hours, so that the flavors are completely absorbed into the meat.

As a side dish to accompany, I’d recommend the Gyeojachae – it’s a salad dish consisting of squid and shrimp, with chopped cucumber, radish and other vegetables, all tossed with a mustard dressing. It’s assembled right before serving so it tastes very fresh!

What’s been the feedback from guests on Myung ga’s new barbecue stoves?
Our new stoves are from South Korea. They help to maintain excellent gravy texture as well as a pleasant dining environment, which is very important. The guests are happy, as not a lot of smoke comes out when using the grill.

The traditional Shin Sun Ro is an extra-special dish. Can you tell us about it?
The Shin Sun Ro belongs to traditional Korean palace cuisine and is considered very difficult to make. At a lot of Korean restaurants, the chefs are afraid to cook this traditional palace cuisine. It’s very hard to find in Hong Kong, Macau or the mainland.

MYUNG GA 
Opening Hours: 11am-11pm 
Location: G27, G/F, Galaxy Macau 
Reservations: Recommended 
Telephone: 853 8883 2221 

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View to a Grill

Aromatic, savory and moreish, Chinese barbecue – including char siu, roast goose and roast pork – is a staple of Cantonese cuisine. But what characteristics define the best-quality Chinese barbecue? according to ray Chan, BBQ Chef de Cuisine at Galaxy Macau™, the food should be “crispy but not burnt, not greasy, perfectly seasoned, and with a tenderness of the meat.” with 28 years’ experience in Chinese barbecue, Chef Chan has worked at several celebrated restaurants in Greater China including lei Garden in Hong Kong, Hsin tung Yang in taiwan and the New world Beijing Hotel. today, he oversees a 30-strong barbecue kitchen supplying food to over 10 restaurants in Galaxy Macau. 

"The quality of the ingredients is important in all kinds of dishes; freshness is always the first priority. The other secret to making good Chinese barbecue is proper manipulation of the grill "

Chef Chan reveals that the quality of the ingredients as well as proper cooking technique are crucial to making good barbecue dishes. “Not just for Chinese barbecue – the quality of the ingredients is important in all kinds of dishes; freshness is always the first priority,” he says. “the secret to making good Chinese barbecue is proper manipulation of the grill: the food can be ruined if you fail to adequately control the heat. optimal grilling is essential to barbecue, but perfect technique isn’t something that can be taught: it has to be learned through years of experience,” he notes. 

Combining a knowledge of fundamental principles and with his own regional culinary insights, Chef Chan strives to create new Chinese- barbecue dishes to cater to the multicultural guests of Galaxy MacautM. a luxurious dish with a French twist, his roast Chicken wing Stuffed with Foie Gras is served specially at the resort’s exclusive nightclub, the glamorous China Rouge, as well as at certain ViP events. 

Another signature innovation is the Finger-Shaped Char Siu Pork with truffle. this is one masterpiece that proves the veteran Chinese-barbecue chef’s ability to think out of the box. “Usually we use ordinary pork shoulder to make char siu,” he says. “For this dish, i specially use ribs of the black Bigorre pig. their size is comparable to that of a little finger, with tendons wrapped around either side. Unlike ordinary pork shoulder, which has thin tendons that fall off during the grilling process, this finger-shaped roast pork is more crispy and juicy,” he explains. among the wide range of Chinese-barbecue delights, Chef Chan admits he’s fond of ordinary Chinese roast pork, for nostalgic reasons. “Char siu is definitely my favorite Chinese-barbecue item,” he says. “i’ve liked it since i was very young, and it’s really tasty. Most importantly, it’s a tradition, a part of our culture, because whenever my mom wasn’t able to cook, she’d ask us to buy some char siu from the wet market for dinner,” he adds. “Many people in Hong Kong and Macau would have similar childhood memories.” 

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LAUREL

SISTER RESTAURANT TO the famed Michelinrecommended outlet at StarWorld Hotel, Laurel takes you on a culinary journey through southern China. Located next to the main entrance of the gaming floor and with a vast, 18m-wide transparent facade, the restaurant has opulent interiors fusing elements of East and West, while the ambience is fin de siècle. Double-height ceilings soar over the alfresco courtyard at front, and a majestic marble staircase leads the privileged few to five luxurious, private VIP rooms decked out with beautiful damask fabrics, elegant wool carpets and crystal chandeliers. Enjoy the beautifully simple and fresh flavors of Cantonese haute cuisine, including exquisitely steamed seafood, with a pot of robust, vintage pu-erh tea.

G02, G/F, West Promenade
Open 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Reservations recommended
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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TSUI WAH

IT'S A HONG KONG cha chaan teng like you’ve never seen before. Guests entering through the wrought iron gates at either end of the restaurant are greeted by a quaint central courtyard featuring balustrades, water fountains and a gazebo. Sit by rustic brick walls or the open exhibition kitchen complete with noodle station. Relax in the chilled and distinctly Macanese surrounds with a crisp, fluffy slice of thick buttered toast and a hot cup of rich and velvety Hong Kongstyle milk tea, both prepared to perfection.

G45, G/F, East Promenade
Open 24 hours
Reservations not required
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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SAFFRON

At banyan tree macau, the menu of signature restaurant Saffron features a wide variety of classic Thai dishes – from Goong Hom Par (Prawn Spring Rolls) to countryside staple Yum Som-O Nua Poo (Pomelo Salad) to the all-time favorite Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Grilled Tiger Prawn Soup). Authentic plates imbued with the chef’s fresh perspective on Thai cuisine, the delicious dishes are a firm favorite among aficionados.

G40, G/F, Banyan Tree Macau
Open 12noon-11pm
Reservations recommended
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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TERRACE RESAURANT

OFFERING OUTDOOR TERRACED seating and spectacular resort views, Terrace serves Western and Asian cuisine. Treat yourself to the restaurant’s weekend dinner buffet, and take your palate on a journey around the world. Enjoy a full array of fresh Irish oysters, snow-crab legs and shellfish, as well as a fine assortment of sushi and sashimi. Check out too the carving station serving American rib eye, and the giant seafood pizzas – making sure to leave room for Terrace’s gorgeous desserts.

206, 2/F, Hotel Okura Macau
Open 7am-12midnight
Reservations recommended
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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BELON

BANYAN TREE MACAU'S signature restaurant Belon is named after Brittany’s famous oyster delicacy, and affords breathtaking panoramic views over Cotai. The restaurant’s award-winning interior design is intended to evoke an aquatic environment, the luxuriously immersive experience beginning from the moment of arrival. Belon offers a classic European grill with premium seafood, and specialties prepared table side for an interactive dining experience.

31/F, Banyan Tree Macau
Open 6pm-12midnight Wed-Mon (oyster bar open till 1am)
Reservations recommended
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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FESTIVA

THERE’S SOMETHING FOR every taste at Festiva. Each zone of the multileveled dining area offers new taste sensations, including freshly shucked oysters, sushi and sashimi, Indian fare, handmade Chinese noodles and much more. Help yourself to scrumptious Asian cold cuts and a choice of international cuisine from a variety of open kitchens. Children are amply catered for at Festiva’s delightful Kids’ Corner. With so many choices, the only challenge is deciding how to treat yourself.

G19, G/F, Galaxy Macau
Open 7am-11pm
Reservations recommended
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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GOSTO

TRANSPORTING DINERS BACK to Macau’s colonial past, Gosto’s whitewashed walls, blue azulejo tiles and Moorish copper lanterns hanging from domed ceilings simultaneously evoke the medieval quarters of Lisbon. Vintage photographs, woodwork and ceramics from Portugal complete the authentic experience. Try the signature Pastéis de Bacalhau com Salada de Grão (Deep-Fried Codfish Balls), Cataplana do Mar (Seafood Stew on a Cataplana) and Bife à Portuguesa (Pan-Fried Portuguese Steak). Wash it all down with a carafe of refreshing house sangria, the nonalcoholic cranberry/orange sangria, or a bottle of fine Portuguese wine such as an Alentejo or Douro.

G21, G/F, Galaxy Macau
Open 12noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm Mon-Fri;
12noon-11pm weekends & public holidays
Reservations recommended
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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CHOUX CRÈME

AS WILL COME as no surprise to Francophones, this is an outlet dedicated to the delectable cream puff. Light and fluffy, the desserts are filled with whipped cream and other delights such as custard and crème brûlée. Hailing from Japan, Choux Crème highlights include the Uji Mocha Red Bean Puff and Hokkaido Milk Pudding Puff. The pastries are made fresh daily on site from all-natural ingredients.

G43, G/F, Tastes of Asia
Open 10am-12midnight
Reservations not required
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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RED MANGO

Using ALL-NATURAL INGREDIENTS and probiotics for its nonfat frozen yogurts, smoothies and parfaits, Red Mango has a massive following, with fans the world over. For those who are health conscious and have a sweet tooth, it’s a delectable destination for refreshingly tangy froyo complete with fresh and exciting toppings. Founded in 2007 by Dan Kim, Red Mango today has over 200 stores around the world.

Come and taste why restaurant-rating website Zagat in 2011 awarded Red Mango Best Smoothie/Frozen Yogurt as well as Top Healthy Options in the Quick Refreshment Chain category.

G43, G/F, Tastes of Asia
Open 11am-12midnight
Reservations not required
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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MOCHI SWEETS


HERE, YOU CAN find an incredible array of light and delicate desserts, some of them filled with cream. Dessert flavors abound, promising plenty of surprises for the palate. Mochi fans interested in seeing the iconic sweet taken to a new level should make a beeline for this eatery.

G43, G/F, Tastes of Asia
Open 10am-12midnight
Reservations not required
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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KUNG FU TEA SHOP

THIS TEA SHOP has proved a big hit in its native Taiwan, thanks to a willingness to cater to the growing demand for healthy drinks. Besides choosing topquality ingredients, Kung Fu Tea Shop has replaced fructose with honey in its beverages. The menu includes a long list of teas as well as fresh juices and blended fruit drinks.

G43, G/F, Tastes of Asia
Open 10am-12midnight
Reservations not required
For reservations, call +853 8883 2221

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FINE COMPANY

   Inside Galaxy MacauTM’s signature Italian restaurant Terrazza, the mood is buoyant. Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee and Vice President of Food & Beverage John Sloane are ready tocelebrate. Chef de Cuisine Gleb Snegin is busy preparing a special seasonal menu. The occasion? Just two years since opening, Terrazza has been chosen by Wine Spectator magazine to receive a 2013 “Best of Award of Excellence” – a high mark of recognition for restaurants with distinction in wine.
  
  “Only 25 restaurants in the Greater China region received this prestigious award in 2012, so we’re very honored,” explains Cho Lee. “We have over 700 wines to choose from and are constantly seeking out new additions. We have 20 beautiful wines from around Asia on our list – a perfect fit for our ‘World Class, Asian Heart’ philosophy. They are a pleasure to drink and pair very well with Asian food.”
  
  Adds Sloane, “Much of the credit must go to Jeannie for overseeing the development of our selection and food pairings, and also to the exceptional managers and sommeliers at
Terrazza for helping create its award-winning wine list. Their knowledge and infectious enthusiasm have made Terrazza a beacon of wine excellence.”
  
  Galaxy Macau’s wines are treated with great care. A beautiful walk-in cellar flanks Terrazza’s elegant dining area, and guests are welcome to browse and taste the wines on
offer within the temperaturecontrolled cave. Kept at a constant 15 degrees, this is the perfect environment for wines to be stored. A bank of special fridges holds the delicate and precious older vintages, set at a chillier 10-12 degrees Celsius. “Older fine wine is very fragile,” explains Cho Lee. “It needs to be kept at a slightly lower temperature as it’s so delicate.”
  
  Terrazza specializes in authentic, regional, seasonal Italian cuisine, and this is reflected in the number of classic and unique Italian wines on the list. “We have to keep adding more Italian wines, to keep up with the changing menu,” says Cho Lee. “The chefs at Terrazza are passionate about the quality of the food, and we on the wine team are equally passionate about bringing delicious, interesting wines to our guests.”
  
  Cho Lee and Chef Snegin have worked hard to create a wine-pairing menu featuring the finest ingredients of the season – earthy truffles, mushrooms, dried fruits, chestnuts and leafy vegetables. These dishes work beautifully with wines from all over the world.
  
  A light lobster salad is teamed with a beautiful Japanese white wine. “If you’ve ever been to a Japanese vineyard, the vines are meticulously looked after,” says Cho Lee. “Sometimes the grapes have umbrellas on top of them, to protect them from the rain.” The white she has chosen is a Katsunuma Jyozo Aruga Branca Vinhal Issehara Koshu Yamanashi 2010, which pairs beautifully with the delicate flesh of the lobster. “We’re lucky to have this on our wine list. It’s very Asian in character and a high-quality product,” says Cho Lee, who sourced the wine on a visit to Japan, and persuaded the producer to ship to Macau for the first time ever. “That’s how you put together an interesting wine list. You need to search for new and different wines to introduce to your guests.”
  
  The next dish on the pairing menu is a delicate trio of ravioli – paper-thin pasta concealing a dark center of tender spinach, raisins and rich, dark chocolate, topped with shards of parmesan for a salty tang. The flavor combinations are exquisite. Each raviolo sits in a shallow pool of golden butter sauce, speckled with vanilla. Cho Lee pairs this sweet-yet-savory dish with an Italian Chardonnay, another gem on the Galaxy MacauTM wine list. “This is a full-bodied Chardonnay: Castello della Sala Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay 2007. The richness and generosity of the ravioli and butter are echoed in the wine. It comes from the Umbria region, where the more progressive winemakers are using this grape variety. It has so much Italian spirit.”
  
  Outside, on the Grand Resort Deck, the heavens have opened. Rain beats down onto the verdant tropical plants, freckling them with glistening droplets. Cho Lee describes how wine is affected by the vagaries of the weather: “Wine is a living thing and is sensitive to the climate. Older wines need coaxing out of the bottle. When it’s raining, some older, finer wines may not express themselves fully. Our sommeliers understand this and advise guests as to which wines are suitable in every situation. When choosing a wine, you need to think about the company you’re in, your mood and the food you’re eating. We have a wine for every occasion.”
  
  A six-year-old Burgundy is poured to accompany a clear, fragrant beef broth. Dusky pink raviolini and curls of black truffle float on the surface of the soup. The raviolini conceal an earthy beetroot center, echoed by pungent truffle notes. “Domaine Jean-Jacques Confuron Chambolle-Musigny 2007 is now of an age to start showing its excellent structure,” notes Cho Lee. “This is one of my favorite producers by style. The aromas are delicate, feminine and very aromatic – there’s a hint of truffle in the wine, which is revealed as you drink it with this dish.”
  
  The next wine chosen is a 1997 Chianti: Fattoria Nittardi Chianti Classico Riserva – versatile enough to pair either with a soft, white, buttery  black cod, or the rich flavors of a sweet, dark-pink squab – the two main courses on the menu. As this wine is older, it’s been decanted for an hour by the sommeliers to ensure it can deliver the extraordinary versatility it promises. In her travels, Cho Lee sourced this particular wine directly from the producer. “This Chianti has so much energy and intensity of flavor – the tannins would have been high when younger, but now after 16 years the wine is mellow and more versatile.”
  
  Finally, Cho Lee produces a beautiful, sweet Moscato from Sicily, served alongside a sharp lemon dessert. “This is different to many sweet wines,” she says of the Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria 2010. The grapes that go toward making the pure, rose-colored liquid are collected at the main harvest, but then dried. As the water
evaporates from the fruit during the drying process, natural sugars add color and flavor to the wine, lending toffee, caramel and stone-fruit aromas. It’s a delicious, sweet accompaniment to the acid of the lemon pudding.
  
  These are just five of the wines to be found on Terrazza’s formidable list – all with interesting stories and fantastic flavors. Cho Lee is relentless in her global search for interesting, delicious wines to offer her guests. “We’re going to expand our collection – adding new vintages and regions to keep up with the pace of the talented chefs working here. We like to bring you something new and exciting each time you visit.”

  "We’re going to expand our collection – adding new vintages and regions to keep up with the pace of Terrazza’s talented chefs. We like to bring you something new and exciting each time you visit"

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CAUGHT IN AMBER

With the chill of winter in the air, it’s that time of year to take stock of the past 12 months, and spend time catching up with friends and family. The festive period is also a time to treat ourselves – and what better way to warm up during the winter months than with a dram of whisky? For an enhanced sense of occasion and mood, the ultimate destination for indulging in that most ambrosial of pick-me-ups is the Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge at Galaxy MacauTM. With its luxurious and cozy surroundings – not to mention Old World charm complete with log fire, cigar room, Jacobean rugs and leather couches – it’s the ideal place to while away a few hours and be transported to another time and place. Here’s our pick of heavenly drops to sip this winter.

The Macallan 25-year-old Fine Oak
Can the master distillery from Speyside do no wrong? This quarter-century-old, triplecask- matured tipple has been distilled in both American bourbon-whisky barrels and Spanish oak, sherry-seasoned barrels. It has hints of vanilla and butterscotch, as well as a fruit-filled essence of juicy sultanas and peaches, and a touch of citrus. As expected, it’s peaty on the nose, with the scent of wood smoke filling the palate. On the finish it tends to linger, light and smooth, with the sherry, fruit and spices coming through to round off the whole experience.

The Macallan 17-year-old Fine Oak
Similar in many respects to its older cousin, the 17-year-old is a slightly lighter offering, packed with more citrus flavors, while containing just as much punch. This has also been triple cask matured and distilled in American bourbon and Spanish oak, sherryseasoned barrels. It has hints of floral notes on the nose, as well as exotic spices such as jasmine, rounded off with tropical fruits with a peaty overtone. On the palate it’s soft, rich and smooth, with the wood smoke sitting alongside the spices. Orange zest infuses the finish, making it an ideal festive drink.

The ultimate destination for indulging in that most ambrosial of pick-me-ups is the Macallan Whisky Bar & Lounge

Glenrothes 1985
Hailing from the Speyside region of Scotland, this is arguably the pick of the bunch. Bottled in 2005, it has a rich bouquet of dried fruits, vanilla, and lots of cooked orange. It’s smooth and velvety on the palate, with flavors ranging from oaky honey and vanilla to white grapes. Its lengthy finish strikes a balance between mild sweetness and dry oak. Overall it’s a complex, authoritative whisky that makes a lovely after-dinner drink, and is the perfect companion to a comfortable chair and a good book. It’s the last of the vintage to be bottled, so grab it while it lasts.

Ichiro 23-Year-Old Malt
No list of great whiskies is complete without something from Japan, and this punchy number is among the best (and most expensive) around. This single malt from the Hanyu Distillery in the province of the same name on the banks of the Tone River is a real beauty. Surrounded by barley and paddyfields, Hanyu make malts according to the traditional Scottish method. Unfortunately they stopped distilling in 2000. This batch harks from 1990, and comes in at a whopping 58 percent proof. There’s a clear sherry presence, without being domineering, with some tropical fruits to finish.

THE MACALLAN WHISKY BAR & Lounge
Opening Hours: 5pm-1am Mon-Thu, 5pm-2am Fri-Sat
& public-holiday eve; closed Sundays
Location: 203, 2/F, Galaxy Hotel
Reservations: Not required. Guests must be aged 18 years or over
Telephone: +853 8883 2221

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CLASSIC VINTAGES

  Asian wine lovers are disenchanted with Bordeaux, especially the top wines that were selling for over HK$5,000 a bottle just a few years ago. Anyone who thought they were getting the best prices by buying Bordeaux futures, en primeur, in 2009 and 2010, has been disappointed: prices for wines like Lafite 2009 have halved over the past 18 months.
 

  But it isn’t just first-growth Bordeaux that have been affected by a combination of austerity measures in China and a slowing economy. Top baijiu producers like Moutai are hurting too. In 2011, the average bottle of Moutai cost over RMB2,000. Since early 2012, prices have been in decline, and now prices for the same bottle can be found at half that amount.

  The 2013 vintage in Bordeaux looks very difficult. Harvest and weather reports suggest this will be the third vintage in a row where conditions were challenging, and the wines will likely be moderate to good at best. This vintage looks to be another one where prices will need to come down even further from the previous year. Prices for 2012 Bordeaux were down between 10 to 35 percent from 2011, but still not low enough to interest buyers.
 

  There’s been a great deal of supply in the market due to lagging consumption, with excess supply in China over the past three years. Merchants are sitting on stock they haven’t been able to move since last year’s sluggish sales. On top of this, the recent austerity measures have decreased sales. All of this creates a market where wine lovers are looking for value for money and real quality.
 

  Bordeaux can still offer value, and Asian wine lovers haven’t suddenly shifted their tastes away from Bordeaux. What’s making them turn away from the top wines is a disenchantment with the marketing machine that escalated prices to stratospheric levels from 2009 to early 2011. However, not all wineries succumbed to the pressure of escalating prices. Wines like Beychevelle and Giscours didn’t raise their prices to crazy levels, and their older vintages prior to this price bubble offer good value.
 

  Below are three Bordeaux châteaux that offer great value, consistent quality, and can be aged in your cellar easily for a decade or longer. All three châteaux’ wines can be found on Galaxy MacauTM’s master wine list.

Château smith haut lafitte, pessacleognan, graves, bordeaux
  Daniel and Florence Cathiard purchased Smith Haut Lafitte in 1990 and have completely transformed the property. The dynamic duo have backgrounds as impressive as they’re diverse. Daniel is a former Olympic ski champion as well as a successful businessman, at one point managing over 300 supermarkets and launching a chain of sporting-goods shops employing 9,000 people. Florence was Vice President of McCann Europe, before launching her own advertising firm. With all their other business interests now divested, the couple is dedicated to crafting the best whites and reds from Bordeaux.

  Over the past decade, Smith Haut Lafitte wines have gained confidence and complexity, focusing less on power and concentration and more on finesse and elegance. The château’s white wines are lovely and consistently among my favorites, and their red wines are balanced and supple. Even in the challenging 2012 vintage, their white was terrific; it ranks among my top-five dry whites from Bordeaux. Smith Haut Lafitte employs organic practices at its 67-hectare vineyard, and has a modern winery that helps to make precise and detailed wines.

Recommended wine from Galaxy MacauTM list: 1996 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Three Bordeaux châteaux that offer great value, consistent quality, and can be aged in your cellar easily for a decade or longer can be found on Galaxy Macau’s master wine list

Château Montrose, Saint-Estephe, Bordeaux
  Since this second-growth Saint-Estephe property was purchased by the Bouygues brothers in 2006, vast improvements to the winery and vineyard have taken place. This 95-hectare property in a single parcel makes some of the best wines of this appellation, renowned for long aging. Historically, in the 1850s, Montrose was sold at the same price as Cos d’Estournel, though in recent years, Cos sells for higher prices. By quality alone over the past decade, Montrose is often on a par with Cos, representing good value.
 

  Montrose is not for lovers of delicate, gentle wines. The wines are powerful, typical of wines from Saint-Estephe; the tannins are firm, and the texture thick and massive. However, after a decade in bottle, the tannins start to soften, the flavors unfold, and the wine’s texture becomes more velvety. The Caberne-dominant Montrose needs at least 10 years in weaker years, but in the best years, it’s best after 15 years. The 1989 and 1990 are outstanding wines, considered benchmark-quality wines from Saint-Estephe. The 1996 is also a gorgeous wine – still very vigorous and youthful, so decanting for an hour is recommended.

Recommended wine from Galaxy Macau list: 1996 Château Montrose

Château Beychevelle, Saint- Julien, Bordeaux
  Château Beychevelle is on fire in China. As an affordable fourth growth with an attractive dragon boat on the label, the wine is catching on quickly in cities across the country. The history of the château goes back over 400 years, and it was once owned by the Duke of Épernon. Since 2011, Beychevelle’s ties to Asia have strengthened: one of the new owners is Suntory from Japan, which owns ASC in China as well as Château Lagrange.
 

  The estate covers 90 hectares and is planted with predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. There’s an ongoing effort to move towards organic farming, with around one third now organically farmed. Beychevelle had been known as a classic, dependable but somewhat unexciting wine throughout its older history. In recent times however, wine quality has been improving steadily, and recent vintages are riper, plush and more generous in style. In great vintages like 2000 and 2005, Beychevelle offers very good value for money.

Recommended wine from Galaxy Macau list: 2000 Beycjevelle

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Cascades

At cozy cascades, spacious sofas and comfortable armchairs fan out from a central bar and stage. Guests can soak up the chilled-out vibes while choosing from a wide selection of cocktails and wines by the glass. Live entertainment, including lounge music and singing, happens from 3pm-11pm, except Tuesdays.

G03 & G05, G/F, Galaxy Hotel
Open 10am-1am
Tel. +853 8883 2221
Reservations not required

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Sakazuki Sake Bar

Sample fine sake in a relaxing, island setting while gentle music plays, and take your taste buds on an authentic sake tour of Japan. The bar offers tasting sets featuring five types of sake.

202, 2/F, Hotel Okura Macau
Open 4pm-12midnight Tue-Sun
Tel. +853 8883 5125
Guests must be aged 18 years or over

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The Crystal Piano

There’s a musical act that’s beguiling guests at the Crystal Piano with melodies sung in Mandarin, English, Cantonese and Japanese. Consisting of Taiwan-born May and Wing, the Crystal Duo performs everything from timeless classic ballads to pop songs.

28/F, Hotel Okura Macau
Open 6pm-2am
Tel. +853 8883 5109
Reservations recommended
Guests must be aged 18 years or over

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East Side Story

  It’s nearly midnight, and I’m sitting backstage with Far East Movement at CHINA ROUGE, Galaxy MacauTM’s exclusive performance lounge. The group, whose hits include the platinum-selling singles Like a G6 and Turn Up the Love, are getting ready to perform for Macau’s finest at the Full Moon Party later, but for now they’re more than happy to chill.
 

  Unlike pop music’s boy bands, there’s no group dress code that I can discern – though the members of Far East Movement are sat, rather pleasingly, in a “casual, smart, casual, smart” order. DJ Virman is sat farthest away on the corner sofa, dressed in head-to-toe black save for his flaming-red trainers. Prohgress is next, looking like the most dapper man in hip-hop with his bow tie/braces combo. Beside him, J-Splif is sporting a shirt by LA brand X-Large, with whom the band have recently announced a collaboration. Kev Nish completes the quartet in a debonair look comprised of black jacket, white shirt and psychedelic pocket square. In just over an hour, the quartet will take to the stage wearing matching white overalls designed by X-Large – but Prohgress will keep his bow tie.
 

  Having risen from the LA underground scene to become the first Asian-American group with a Billboard #1 hit, the band nonetheless remain firmly humble. “[Before getting on stage] we stretch and we pray. We always thank god for every show,” says Nish, the group’s de facto front man. “It’s a motivation thing to keep us grateful. We’re happy to be doing this.”
 

  If this modest attitude seems at odds with their genre (hip-hop is, after all, the natural domain of hype men), then it’s worth considering how hard they’ve worked for this. From their early days interning at Cherrytree Records (“getting coffee and making copies all day”), to signing a contract and touring with Lady Gaga, it’s certainly been a memorable journey so far. “It’s crazy. Another [great] thing has been getting a song on the radio, like [hip-hop station] Power 106 in LA. For the first time, turning it on and hearing your voice – you just can’t believe it, because you grew up listening to that radio station,” says Nish.
 

  Another milestone for the band was winning at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in 2010 – the last time they were in Macau. “We were in the middle of a tour,” Nish explains. “We’d missed one of our flights due to a delay, so we scrambled around Beijing airport for another flight. The awards were already filming and we just pulled up – I think we had to take five helicopters or something crazy. But that’s Macau! Galaxy MacauTM is amazing. This place is like Wonderland. I always wish I could spend more time here. And Virman, he likes to look around a little bit, so he might not sleep. You could find him prowling the resort corridors all night.”

"Galaxy Macau is amazing. This place is like Wonderland. I wish I could spend more time here" – Kev Nish
 

  Virman laughs. When I ask what his deal is, he replies, “It’s Galaxy Macau: they have everything!”

  When I ask what they have planned for their show at CHINA ROUGE, Nish replies, “It’s like a DJ mash-up set. Virman will start spinning; he’ll play some of our new songs, our new remixes and whatnot. Then we’ll do a few live songs… and party!”
 

  And how are they feeling beforehand? “We feel good,” Nish answers. “We feel full: we had our first mooncake.” Earlier, the band had lamented the fact that they hadn’t tried a mooncake at Mid-Autumn Festival the previous night. Then, as if by magic, a box of mooncakes had appeared, courtesy of CHINA ROUGE. “It was good. I thought it was an apricot [in the middle], but it wasn’t. It was egg yolk.” Nish pauses, then adds, “It’s crazy because I’m actually a vegan.” My face falls. The group burst out laughing, and I realize that Nish was kidding.
 

  That’s what it’s like hanging out with Far East Movement. First and foremost, they’re a bunch of friends who like to fool around and make music. Theirs is an infectious enthusiasm – and one that permeates CHINA ROUGE as soon as the band takes the stage at 1am. A high-voltage set follows, with hit after hit blasting the crowd into eager submission. When the finale arrives and Prohgress takes a dive into the audience, I’m reminded of the crowd-surfing advice he’d dispensed to me earlier: “You’ve got to take your shoes off before you jump; otherwise, you kick people in the head.” To which Nish added, “Also, it’s courteous.”
 

  They’re probably the most polite hip-hop group in the world.

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Four-star fusion

   In October 2013, Cantopop group the Big Four – an all-star lineup featuring William So, Dicky Cheung, Edmond Leung and Andy Hui – gave an exclusive VIP concert for Pavilion members of the Galaxy Privilege Club and Jinmen Club members, in the Grand Ballroom of Banyan Tree Macau. Despite this being the group’s first performance at the luxurious venue in The New Palace of Asia, each of the four were already familiar with Galaxy MacauTM. Andy Hui had held a concert at the same venue in July, while William So had also previously performed at CHINA ROUGE, which he describes as “an intimate and exclusive venue.” Adds Hui, “We like performing at intimate venues, as these allow us to get closer to, and have more interaction with, the audience, which creates a better atmosphere.”

  Formed in 2009, the Big Four is one of Asia’s most popular boy bands. Leung explains the idea behind the formation of the group: “We’ve been good friends for many years, and we always wanted to go traveling together. It was during the 1990s that we first had the idea to go on tour together; then, recently, someone suggested actually forming a group, and now here we are.” The Big Four have been on two world tours to date.

  The four members come from a solid musical background, having all been winners at the New Talent Singing Awards in the 1980s. They’re also known for their deep, lasting friendships, with the chemistry among the four “kidults” one of the amusing highlights of their concerts. Although they enjoy teasing one another, Hui says that they all truly understand their role in the group: “There’s no doubt that Dicky’s job is to do all the talking, because we all know he has a silver tongue. When it comes to fashion or costume design, William has got the sense. Edmond is good at arranging the rundown of songs, while I do all the miscellaneous stuff. We have fun and we enjoy joining forces to perform as a group.”

"We like performing at intimate venues at Galaxy Macau, as these allow us to get closer to, and have more interaction with, the audience, which creates a better atmosphere" – Andy hui

  Combining the strengths of four in one, the group took the VIP audience on an amazing musical journey. They opened the concert with the signature hit Unable to Help, drawing much applause. Some good-natured ribbing followed, much to the amusement of the audience. Next, each singer gave a solo performance, drawing on repertoires from more than 20 years in the music business. So performed his famous Men Shouldn’t Make Women Cry, the awardwinning Kiss More, Sad More, as well as recent hit That Who. Cheung presented songs from his famous TVseries soundtracks, including Who Do You Love Me As. Leung sang his signature hits Fleet, Man in Wardrobe and Seven Friends. And Hui performed classics from his repertoire such as Loving You and Faith with Heart. The four friends reunited on stage at the end to complete the show as the Big Four. Guests were enthralled and amused by the performance, especially when each member of the group came down from the stage to interact with the audience.

  Being their true selves on stage alongside their closest friends, the Big Four certainly seem to enjoy putting on a show. Says Cheung, “We’ve had so many memorable experiences together.” So recalls the Big Four’s concert during the Lunar New Year: “The most memorable part was performing Youthful Ignorance as a band, with us playing the instruments ourselves. We enjoyed that a lot, and it was surprisingly well received by the audience.”

  Having performed this most-recent concert, the Big Four have no firm plans for the year ahead. They say they’re all looking forward to reuniting and surprising their fans with new collaborations. “We’ll get back to our own work now: the others will focus on their records while I’ll get back to filming, until the time comes to be reunited,” says Cheung. Their renowned classic Cantopop songs, their jokes and teasing, and their spirit of brotherhood altogether make up the unique elements of the Big Four’s live shows. “We try to bring joy and happiness to the audience and our fans,” says Hui. “I think this is the ‘Big Four spirit,’ and I hope everyone in the entertainment industry will also keep this idea in mind – to deliver a positive energy to the audience.”

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Inferno affairs

  The temperature of Galaxy MacauTM’s East Square hit a record high in September, with the gala premiere of Out of Inferno (3D), Hong Kong cinema’s first-ever 3D firefighting film. Directed by the acclaimed Pang brothers (Danny Pang Phat and Oxide Pang Chun), the HK$150 million blockbuster is also the first Hong Kong 3D disaster movie starring longtime acting duo Sean Lau and Louis Koo, who play two firefighting brothers alongside award-winning Malaysian Chinese actress Sinje Lee.

  The glittering premiere at East Square began with a dance performance, after which the cast, directors, Galaxy MacauTM senior executives and guests hit the red carpet amid resounding hurrahs. In a nod to the film’s blazing action sequences, confetti guns and prop fire extinguishers were used during the celebration. Following a star-studded cocktail party, the evening’s guests enjoyed the sensational 3D experience of viewing the movie at UA Galaxy Cinemas’ Grand Theater, with its stateof- the-art audiovisual system.

  It was the first time the three renowned film stars had premiered one of their own films at The New Palace of Asia. “This is my first time visiting Galaxy Macau; the venue is so grand and spacious that it can accommodate huge crowds, creating a joyful atmosphere throughout,” said Lee, adding, “I’ve had a delightful stay here. The people are so nice; I’ve enjoyed it very much. And today is very special too as it will be the first time I watch the complete movie since we finished filming.”

  Unlike Lee, Lau and Koo have been frequent visitors to Macau, thanks to several film projects in the city of late. Explained Koo, “We were costarring in two film projects bearlier this year, and both of them were filmed in Macau, so we’ve had quite a few opportunities to stay in the city.” He added, “I rarely come to Macau on holiday, and most of the time when I come for work I’m on a tight schedule. I’d really love to spend some time enjoying a relaxing break at Galaxy Macau some day.”

  The New Palace of Asia will be ready to welcome them in a manner fit for royalty, whenever that time does come.
 

"This is my first time visiting Galaxy Macau; the venue is so grand and spacious, creating a joyful atmosphere throughout" – SINJE lee

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A Perfect, Pampering Day

  Relax, chill, snooze, dream – and then return to dry land with a spa-cuisine treat. The threecourse healthy feasts are available as Asian, Western or Vegetarian menus

  Combining cleansing, muscle easing and beautifying, the Pampering Day is a journey that starts with a scrub, continues with a massage and ends with a facial, with each therapy
tailor made for the individual guest. “Every treatment adopts the healing sense of touch and incorporates natural ingredients, both of which reflect the essence of Asian traditions,” says Spa Director Annie Jiang. “We wanted to create a holistic spa experience in order for guests to relax and pamper themselves amid the seasonal celebrations.”
 

  The Pampering Day begins with clients sharing any health and lifestyle concerns with their therapist. This can be a form of therapy in itself, and your goals for the day will be taken into account as the therapist cherry-picks the most suitable treatments and ingredients for you.
 

  Following a Floral Foot Bath and Steam – setting the body and mind up to leave the real world behind and begin the spa journey – the first treatment is the full-body scrub. Jiang explains that the spa’s scrubs all make use of local, fresh ingredients, which pass on their intensely healing benefits directly through the skin. Choose the fragrant Apple Green Tea for all skin types, rich Papaya for normal to oily skin, Red Bean for normal to dry skin, or hydrating Cucumber Aloe for sensitive skin. “Freshly concocted before the treatment, each scrub harnesses the natural benefits of the ingredients to cleanse the body, and reveal smooth and silky skin,” says Jiang.
 

  With your body prepped, and new, smoother skin revealed, it’s time for the massage. Depending on which technique you prefer, various essential oils will be delivering their healing goodness both through the skin and via the olfactory system as you inhale their heavenly scents.
 

  There are nine massages to choose from; among them, the Thai Classic is designed to energize the body, using Earth Oil of sandalwood, jasmine and clary sage. If you need a firm pressure, the Balinese or Sports Massage would be best. The Balinese variety also uses Earth Oil, while the Sports Massage uses an oil redolent of sandalwood, cedarwood and benzoin, to help tone muscles and spark creativity. The mindmelting, rhythmic Hawaiian massage Lomi Lomi delivers deep relaxation through the therapist’s thumbs, palms and elbows, with an energizing blend of black pepper, ginger and cassia making up the massage’s Fire Oil.

  If you’re too exhausted for firm pressure, Tender Touch uses the most heavenly gentle strokes, interspersed with a rice compress dipped in a blend of sesame, jojoba and vitamin E oils.
 

  With all this cleansing, detoxing and muscle relaxing, what else could possibly come next but a bath soak? The therapist will run a bath of warm water, suffused with petals, for you, with the sensation of the water adding to the overall feeling of being on holiday, far from the real world.
 

  Relax, chill, snooze, dream – and then return to dry land with a spa-cuisine treat. The three-course healthy feasts are available as Asian, Western or Vegetarian menus, which
you choose at the beginning of your Perfect Day. The Vegetarian set features a delicious Thai starter of Pomelo Salad, Crispy Shallot, Ground Peanut, Kaffir Lime and Tamarind
Sauce. Or go for the Western menu: its main of Pan-Seared Sea Bass, Summer Vegetables and Tomato Sauce is a tempting option. Finish with a dessert of Pandan Tapioca Pudding, Gingko Fruit and Black and White Sesame, if you’re having the Asian set.
 

  After time to relax and digest, next comes the facial – Banyan Tree Spa Macau’s selection being designed according to the Chinese elements. It’s hard not to go for Gold, the spa’s signature, which helps turn back the years while nourishing the skin with a rich mask. There are also firming Wood, hydrating Earth, purifying Fire and balancing Water to choose from, the latter being especially good for sensitive skin, combating the effects of cold, dry weather, air-conditioning and the city’s pollution.
 

  And that’s not all. In case you thought your day was over, a head, neck and shoulder massage, and finally a hand or foot treatment wrap up an altogether incredible day.
 

  “The Pampering Day package is designed to help clients rediscover themselves, restoring the body, resting the mind, and inspiring healthy lifestyle changes,” says Jiang. “It’s perfect for individuals seeking a holistic and rejuvenating experience, or exhausted guests who wish to renew and recharge.”

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ART AND SOUL

The rare collection comprises works of art sent by the 56 ethnic groups of China to wish Macau prosperity and success
 

  Macau is famous for its dazzling hotels and resorts, its luxury entertainment and its fine dining. To fully appreciate this gem of a city however, it’s worth taking the time to delve into Macau’s fascinating history and culture.

  The former Portuguese colony retains charming remnants of its European past – right next to evidence of its deep-rooted Asian heritage. Colorful colonial buildings can be seen beside Chinese temples, while in certain parts of the territory, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Lisbon.

  Located in the heart of the city’s cultural district is the Handover Gifts Museum, its sleek, modern building with its glass frontage constructed to commemorate the territory’s reunification with China in 1999. It houses a collection of gifts presented to Macau on the occasion of the establishment of the Special Administrative Region.

  The rare collection comprises impressive works of art sent by the 56 ethnic groups of China to wish Macau prosperity and success in the future. A visit to the museum provides a rare opportunity to explore the artistic diversity of China.
 

  Each of China’s ethnic groups donated a single, meaningful gift, with many of them remarkable, uniquely crafted works of art. From ornamental shields to calligraphycovered banners to intricate sculptures, they’re all here, displayed in their full, resplendent glory. A treat for lovers of art and history alike, the museum’s pieces provide fascinating insights into their creators’ beliefs and cultures.
 

  Among the gifts on display is a miniature version of the sublime Lotus Flower in Full Bloom. Situated in Golden Lotus Square, the original sculpture reaches six meters high. It glistens beautifully in the sunlight, hinting at the promise of Macau’s bright future. It’s an intricately crafted piece that was gifted by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. The floral sculpture’s state of full bloom symbolizes everlasting prosperity and success for the city.

  The provincial government of Hebei sent a remarkable, symbolic gift to Macau. The sculpture consists of nine golden lions holding up a sphere. The sphere is embellished with 34 pieces of precious stone, representing the 34 province-level administrative units of the motherland. Gold and silver filigree-woven strips are inlaid with beads, jade and precious stones, making this rare piece a must-see.

  The municipal government of Tianjin gifted a huge shield, crafted with 24k inlaid lacquer. Its bright, colorful illustration features a happy girl embracing a golden fish and a lotus flower. This piece represents the prospect of success and joy for Macau, post reunification.

  This historical snapshot of China’s ethnic groups, coupled with the sheer artistry of the pieces on display, makes the museum a must for visitors to Macau, who are sure to be captivated by its unique collection of gifts, each with its own hallmarks of local tradition and craftsmanship.

  While it may not be as famous as the Ruins of St Paul’s or the Historic Centre of Macao, the Handover Gifts Museum remains a significant commemoration of Macau’s reunification with the motherland, and one that bears viewing. A trip to the museum represents a unique opportunity to take in the diverse range of art from the various regions of China, all under one roof.

HANDOVER GIFTS MUSEUM OF MACAO
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm Tue-Sun; closed Mondays
Admission: Free
Address: Avenida Xian Xing Hai, NAPE, Macau
Telephone: +853 8504 1800

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What’s On?

It’s that time of year again when the streets of Macau come to life. Dragon dancers, lion dancers and other performers will usher in the Year of the Horse in true spectacular style. Immerse yourself in the excitement, with a breathtaking fireworks display at Nam Van Lake that’s not to be missed. From January 31 to February 3. For more information, visit www.macautourism.gov.mo

One of china’s most prominent artists has unveiled his latest collection, on show at the Macao Museum of Art until February 16. Yue Minjun gained international acclaim in the 1990s for his “laughing man” creations, including Execution, which in 2007 became the most expensive work sold by a Chinese contemporary artist, at a price tag of £2.9 million (US$5.9 million). Yue’s latest exhibition, Neo-Idolatry, showcases 52 works including oil paintings, sketches and sculptures. It’s an energetic collection that features pieces in the iconic laughingman theme as well as works in completely different styles. See www.mam.gov.mo

The macao museum of art is showcasing an intriguing exhibition themed entirely around Chinese and Western tea culture, until March 9. Entitled Taste and Essence: A Special Exhibition of Chinese and Western Historical Tea Pieces from the Collections of the Palace Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, it features a stunning array of more than 170 historical tea sets and porcelain relics. To find out more, go to www.mam.gov.mo

Clockwise from left: Landscape Paintings of 20th Century Macao (x3); Taste and Essence (x2)

On display until May 11, Landscape Paintings of 20th Century Macao showcases 68 works – including sketches, watercolors and oil paintings – by 25 artists including Lio Man Cheong, Kwok Se, Lai Ieng, Lok Cheong, Tam Chi Sang and Ung Vai Meng. It’s a colorful exhibition that promises to take the viewer on a journey back to a simpler time. For more information, visit www.mam.gov.mo

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Galaxy Double Racing Revs up for 60th Macau Grand Prix

Journalists and spectators were treated to fast cars and flashy moves today at Galaxy Macau, where Galaxy Double R Racing unveiled its race car and team for the 60th Macau Grand Prix.

Sun Zheng demonstrates his considerable driving skills by spinning off several “donuts” to the delight of the audience.

During the event, team executives showed off one of the two sleek cars specially designed for the venerable Formula 3 race, and also revealed that Galaxy Double R Racing will include the Macau Grand Prix – Formula 3’s only Chinese driver: Sun Zheng, the first Chinese winner of the British F3 Nation Class championship. Teaming with Sun is Kevin Korjus of Estonia, who currently sits in third place in the ultra-competitive GP3 series and is returning for his second year behind the wheel in Macau.

Terrazza Goes Wild in November

From 14 to 30 November, savor our delectable, seasonal wild game and mushroom promotional dishes, or choose our special wine pairing menu - not to be missed this Autumn, limited season only!
Enquiries and reservations:+853 8883 2221

CHINA ROUGE Halloween Special - True Stars Never Die

Thur, 31 Oct, 2013 | 10pm onwards

** Dressed as your favorite afterlife superstar for Free Entry with complimentary beverages & Special Awards which you may get prizes worth over MOP 20,000! Surprise shooters will be provided after mid-night...

General Admission : 
Advance Ticket: MOP480
At Door Ticket: MOP680
*Including 1 glass of Veuve Cliquot

VIP Table Reservation:
+853 2888 0888 |chinarouge@galaxyentertainment.com

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN3kdm4C2_E

Galaxy Macau Sponsors Galaxy Double R Racing Team for the 60th Macau Grand Prix

“Galaxy Macau is once again very delighted to take a leading role supporting the Macau Grand Prix through sponsorship of the Galaxy Double R Racing team. This year is more exciting than ever with the introduction of a great young Chinese sporting talent, Sun Zheng, who will race alongside Kevin Korjus, our world-class driver from last year,” said Mr. Francis Lui, Deputy Chairman of Galaxy Entertainment Group.
Sun Zheng recently joined the British Formula 3 National Class and was the first Chinese crowned Champion. His teammate is highly-rated 20-year-old Estonian driver, Kevin Korjus, who currently sits in third place in the ultra-competitive GP3 series and is returning to his favorite circuit in another bid for a podium place with Galaxy Double R Racing team in Macau.

「Macallan DUO」 at The Macallan Whisky Bar and Lounge

Our resident “Macallan DUO” belts out all-time classic hits while you indulge in the best of Scottish malts. Perfect way to unwind for an enjoyable evening!

Performance times:
Monday to Thursday: 9pm – 12:40am
Friday to Saturday: 10pm – 1:40am
(Off on Sundays)
Enquiries and reservations
+853 8883 2221

“Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie de Genève 2013

Galaxy Macau is the sole venue for “Grand Prix d’ Horlogerie de Genève 2013” exhibition in Hong Kong and Macau to showcase 69 finalist timepieces, valued at about HK$ 50million. Hong Kong model Ms. Karena Ng joined the opening ceremony as special guest.

Exhibition Dates: 16-18 Oct, 2013

 

CHINA ROUGE x Far East Movement

Prestigious China Rouge members and hip-hop fans from Macau and Hong Kong got the VIP treatment on last Friday night (Sep 20th )with an exclusive, one-night-only Mid-Autumn Festival performance by global sensations Far East Movement, who raised the roof until the wee hours during the venue "Full Moon Party"!

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Galaxy Macau National Day & Moon Festival Celebrative Lantern Design Competition 2013

Champion: MOP10,000 and trophy
And More Prizes for Winners 
Photo submission period: 23 Aug 2013
Competition Guidelines & Application: http://goo.gl/7mLF2r
In picture: 2012 winning entries

The Smurfs 2 Summer Village

Join Us at Our "Smurf-tastic" Summer Carnival at East Square! Be sure to capture the perfect moment to enter the “Smurfy Snap Shot” photo contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes!
Date: 2013.7.13 ~8.11

“Reserve Your Happiness” Wedding Fair

The fair, which was held on June 28 to June 30, 2013, showcased the resort’s wonderful one-stop wedding facilities and provided inspiration with everything from a fashion show of William Tang’s latest wedding gown and evening dress creations, including a very special wedding gown, “Royalty”, tailor-made for Galaxy Macau. 

 

Reserve Your Happiness

Join microfilm <Reserve Your Happiness> campaign, enjoy special privileges, and have a chance to win free romantic stays. ►Join Now:http://www.galaxymacau.com/marryme/index_en.php

Microfilm Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXtykx-WEEE

 

Cooking Secrets of Chef Gleb Snegin

Walter Kei, a travel and food columnist, highly recommends the tasting Menu of Gleb Snegin, Chef de Cuisine of Terrazza. Let's see how he managed to find out the cooking secrets of Gleb Snegin…

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIjF86bTH40

New Year Party

Wish you all a good start into the new year and happy 2013!

Christmas Dreamland

From now on to Dec 26, 2012, Come and join us at East Square as we celebrate the holiday season in our “Christmas Dreamland” filled with colorful and fancy candy houses, an array of festive pastries and drinks, fun activities, celebrative entertainments and more!

The 59th Grand Prix Macau

The Macau Grand Prix is such an incredible occasion that truly raises the profile of the city on the world stage. Galaxy Macau is privileged to be able to play such a central role by sponsoring a team – Double R Racing Team, and helping to promote Macau as a destination for major sporting events.

Galaxy Macau TVC

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXxsZ11Yth0

Genesis and Spirit

“Genesis and Spirit – Exhibition and Performance of Inner Mongolian Folk Arts – Chinese National Intangible Cultural Heritage”

Hennessy Appreciation Journey ─ The Musee d’Hennessy

The celebrated Maison Hennessy always have a passion for art and has invariably forsaken common sense and common wisdom to imagine beautiful prospects. The Musee d’Hennessy is made to connect visitors to the distinctive characteristics of Hennessy - ARTISTIC, ADVENTUROUS, TIMELESSNESS and DISCOVERY. Each zone is substantiated by one or more of Hennessy’s premier products. 

Hennessy is ART features Hennessy Beauté du Siècle, a beautiful treasure-like chest created and produced by Jean-Michel Othoniel in celebration of the 100th birthday of the previous president of the House, Kilian Hennessy. 

Hennessy is ADVENTUROUS is brought forward by the Hennessy X.O. Mathusalems designed by Arik Levy and Berluti, as well as the Hennessy X.O. Exclusive Collection. 

Hennessy is TIMELESS highlights the Hennessy Paradis Imperial, a blend crafted on an exclusive vintage created centuries before for the Tsars of Russia. 

Hennessy is DISCOVERY presents the second numbered collector’s edition bottle Hennessy V.S.O.P. NyX, with its unique and bespoke offerings for the modern age. 

The Musee d’Hennessy is located at East Square, Galaxy MacauTM, opens to public at 12 noon to 8pm from April 21 to May 11, 2012. Selection of Hennessy signature and global limited collections of cognac is available for sale in the exhibition bar corner, including the Hennessy Paradis Imperial.

The Stars Come Out at CHINA ROUGE

The members-only performance lounge – located at the main entrance of Galaxy MacauTM, the New Palace of Asia – is the forbidden chamber for those with discerning tastes for the finer things in life. Partygoers were stunned and delighted by CHINA ROUGE’s sensational interiors, designed by world-renowned, Hong Kong-born designer Alan Chan and accentuated with works by some of China’s leading contemporary artists.

China Rouge Website: http://china-rouge.com

MOVIA WINE EVENT@TERRAZZA

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UA Galaxy Cinemas and East Square Opening

UA Galaxy Cinemas' Grand Opening Today! To live broadcast the grand opening to all our fans, we've set up a big screen on-site for SINA Weibo users. Simply jump into http://t.cn/StRdod and send your Weibo post, messages will be selected to show on the screen and be visible to all the invited guests. What's more, we'll also pick a few questions from our fans to ask the movie stars. Cast members from "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" will attend the red carpet ceremony at 5:30pm today.

Halloween Night

Halloween Night - Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Macau Host Macau Debut of Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, world’s fastest production car!

"Macau Galaxy" first to preview the world's fastest Supercars day Worth 17 million Bugatti Grand Dragon of HK $ 16.4 Grand Sport exhibition in Macau Galaxy the lead bus lobby today. 1,001 horsepower, 1,250Nm torque, a top speed of more than 400 km, horsepower of the strongest and fastest speed in the world's ultimate sports car! Supercar preview day only today, only after October 31 return "Macau Galaxy" with you meet again.

Galaxy Macau - Grand Resort Deck

The breathtaking rooftop Grand Resort Deck offers guests the ultimate in relaxation amidst an enchanting network of swimming pools, luxurious cabanas , soaring palms and lush tropical gardens. In this totally unique resort in the sky, guests can swim in the world’s largest skytop wave pool, surf on 1.5-meter high waves, play on the pristine white sands of the 2,000 sqm beach or work out in the gym. For more relaxing days, private beachside cabanas provide secluded retreats before enjoying a meal in the lovely Oasis restaurant, or a spell of pampering in the salon.

Miss NY Chinese Beauty Pageant 2011

Miss NY Chinese Beauty Pageant 2011 - Goodwill Tour to Galaxy Macau

The Nightcaps at Galaxy Macau

Jeannie Cho Lee MW Introduces You to The Nightcaps at Galaxy Macau

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Galaxy Macau TV Commercial Premieres Online

Get Ready For 15 May,2011 Grand Opening

Just recently the LAST piece of real gold leaf was applied to one of the cupolas decorating Galaxy Macau towers! Twenty-four-carat gold leaf was used to cover the property’s all six cupolas, four of which measure 15.2 meters high by 12.1 meters wide and two of which are a massive 24 meters by 17 meters.
In the photo, Francis Lui (left), Vice Chairman of the Galaxy Entertainment Group and Michael Mecca (right), President and COO of Galaxy Entertainment Group, opened bottles of champagne to celebrate the topping-out of Galaxy Macau!