Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16: a taste of France in the beating heart of Macao

On my first visit to Macao in 1990, there were probably only three hotels where international travellers could comfortably stay. Fast-forward nearly three decades and there are 70-plus hotels, more than 20 of which are five-star: Famous brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Wynn, Four Seasons, The Venetian, JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La, Banyan Tree and St Regis are here already or on their way. It’s an extraordinary increase for a city that’s only around 31 square-kilometres in size.
For couples looking for excitement the choice of luxury accommodation, dining, entertainment, spas, nightlife and casinos is only rivalled by the Las Vegas glitter strip. If you only have a few days in which to discover the many charms of this UNESCO World Heritage city, base yourself within easy walking distance of Macao’s historic heart which has more than 20 notable historic lcations The hotel that’s closest to them all is the Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, on the waterfront overlooking Macao’s Inner Harbour.


Vive that glorious Gallic style! Entering the hotel lobby you could easily imagine you’d been transported to Europe. The rooms and suites are just as beautifully decorated, with luxurious textures and fabrics in cafe au lait caramel and black. Club Floor rooms come with lovely extras, such as complimentary breakfasts, snacks and evening drinks. For families or couples travelling in a party of four, the Mansion section of the hotel offers luxe digs with one, two or three bedroom apartments and a private swimming pool for guests.


The hotel’s Mistral Restaurant offers a melange of French – and Mediterranean – style dining. The breakfast spread includes all the daily favourites. Champagne if desired (do you really need to ask?) and a chocolate fountain – yes, even in the early hours of the morning. Le Chinois serves delicious, authentic Cantonese dishes presented with French-inspired flair. For a very special occasion, Privé French restaurant is the place to book – well in advance.


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