Inside Macau’s New Ultra-Luxury Casino Hotel: The MGM Cotai
Macau, the “Vegas of Asia,” has long been a top choice for high-end casino experiences. Now, with the recent opening of the MGM Cotai in early 2018, Macau has taken the luxury game to an entirely new level. As a journalist, I was fortunate enough to stay at the MGM Cotai, and I’m here to give you the inside scoop.
The Rise of Macau
Once considered only a secondary option to Vegas, Macau overtook its American rival in revenue several years ago. While Vegas may still be the go-to for those seeking excess and extravagance, Macau offers a more refined type of luxury that attracts players from all over the world.
The lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic led to an increase in online gambling, which sparked renewed interest in luxurious land-based establishments. Thus, the infamous casino resorts in Macau have returned, turning over eye-watering amounts in gambling revenue. Visitors from nearby countries such as China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan have cemented Macau’s position as a destination for high-end gambling.
The MGM Cotai
The MGM Cotai is a standout in this opulent destination, offering a complete entertainment experience with its casino, amenities, and ultra-plush, high-end hotel. Located on the Cotai Strip, a stretch of reclaimed land that is now home to some of Macau’s most prestigious resorts and casinos, the MGM Cotai is simply breathtaking.
Spread over two floors, the MGM Cotai casino boasts an impressive 500 gaming tables, along with 1,400 slot machines and plenty of luxurious amenities. While its expansive size is impressive, what sets the MGM Cotai apart is the balance it strikes between traditional casino games and modern entertainment options.
With over 1,400 rooms, the MGM Cotai has plenty of options when it comes to accommodations. Each room is beautifully furnished, with high-end amenities like flat-screen TVs, minibars, and high-speed WiFi, and promises incredible views. Want to take it up a notch? Opt for one of the hotel’s many suites, which come with additional space, luxury amenities, and, best of all, private balconies overlooking the city.
The hotel’s signature Skylofts take luxury to a new level. Floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, and expansive living spaces all come with a private butler and exclusive privileges, including access to the hotel’s VIP lounge.
Beyond the Casino
The MGM Cotai is more than just a casino. The resort features a 1,500-seat theater and a sprawling shopping mall with more than 100 stores. But perhaps the most notable features are the hotel’s restaurants and bars, which range from casual eateries to Michelin-starred restaurants.
Macau’s rise to become the gambling capital of the world has been a fascinating one. Macau’s unique balance of traditional and modern casino games is what sets it apart from the likes of Las Vegas. And, with the opening of establishments like the MGM Cotai, visitors can expect the same level of luxury as they would in Sin City—without the lairy crowds.
– Macau surpassed Las Vegas in gambling revenue several years ago.
– The lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic led to a surge in online casino gaming.
– Macau’s Cotai Strip was reclaimed from the sea and is now home to several prestigious resorts and casinos.
– The MGM Cotai’s casino boasts 500 gaming tables and 1,400 slot machines, as well as traditional and modern entertainment options.
– The hotel features over 1,400 rooms and suites, a theater, a shopping mall, and several restaurants and bars.
The MGM Cotai is an ultra-luxury casino hotel that is leading Macau’s charge to become the ultimate destination for high-end gambling. Its stunning casino, paired with its incredible amenities and impeccable accommodations, makes it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an unforgettable gaming experience in an opulent setting.