This ain’t a fair world, really. There are just some doors open to those with the right credentials. In Macau, there’s a particular portal that is reserved for the ultra rich and high rollers. Piles of money that they can afford to burn in a night.
I was invited by the Macau Government Tourism Office-Philippines (MGTO) together with other travel writers and bloggers for a familiarization tour to this interesting place last May and it was a beautiful experience with its cuisine, glitz and old world charm. We were whisked to a side entrance, to a restricted part of the Sofitel Ponte 16. Inside, a cavernous hall with a grand staircase greeted us. From the looks of it, it was already screaming LUXURY.
Aptly called the Mansion, it is a series of presidential suites, the ultimate accommodation that has its own butler service and opulent rooms and amenities that has great views of Macau and neighboring China across the river. It has 19 units and each has different designs and themes. If you have around US$2,000 as loose change, then, do book at the Mansion.
For breakfast, we have it at the Mistral Restaurant with its wonderful breakfast buffet that consists of both western and oriental dishes. However, it can get boring as the dishes there tend to be the same thing.
But what I do like about the location of Sofitel Ponte 16 is that it is in old Macau with its old buildings and structures. It is just a short walk to the Leal Senado, Macau’s iconic Mater Dei and Camoes Garden. If not, one can just sit by the window and enjoy the river view.
Its a luxurious place to stay amidst old world charm.
Book a fly drive to Florida and visit as many theme parks as you wish. Or go shopping, exploring or surfing. The independence of your own transport is so much better than taxis or tour buses.