The late starchitect Zaha Hadid leaves her mark on Macau in the form of the ever-evolving resort complex
Morpheus, City of Dreams’ recently opened flagship hotel, is described as the “world’s first high-rise supported by a free-form steel exoskeleton”. In addition to the head-turning façade, there’s a sky-high atrium, 40th-floor infinity pool, villas and two dining outlets from culinary mastermind Alain Ducasse. Estr do Istmo; cityofdreamsmacau.com
Some of the hotel’s top art pieces are reserved for hotel guests only. But passers-by can also check out inventive works such as 9 Seas by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, Sky by Beijing-based artist Zhao Zhao and Echoes Infinity by Shinji Ohmaki in the corridors connecting Morpheus with the rest of City of Dreams.
The most famous show in Macau, The House of Dancing Water (thehouseofdancingwater.com) takes place on a custom-built stage filled with 3.7 million gallons of water. As the dancers and acrobats tell the story, the stage morphs — sometimes it’s solid ground and other times it’s an expanse of water. It’s moving and mesmerizing all at once. Tickets are available from HK$580 (about P3,950).
Try T for Tapas if you’re craving Mediterranean sharing plates, such as charcuterie and croquettes. And for Asian flavors? The list covers quick spots like Northern Noodle House and Din Tai Fung, alongside upscale options like Beijing Kitchen and Edo Japanese.
Morpheus might not be the most budget-friendly hotel in town, but the Countdown Hotel sits right next door inside City of Dreams. Recently rebranded from Hard Rock, this bang-for-your-buck address delivers stylish rooms, a spa and an inviting outdoor pool.
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Street art in Macau
Earlier in the year, Portuguese street artist Vhils and gallerist Pauline Foessel presented a series of curated art installations across Macau. Dubbed “Alter Ego”, the citywide event unveiled works from 27 artists on themes of introspection, culture and immersive experiences. For now, the series has been almost entirely wrapped up, but people can still catch a glimpse of the Altered mural by Add Fuel, aka Portuguese visual artist and illustrator Diogo Machado. Designed to capture the unique cultural relationship between Portugal and Macau, the artwork can be found on the side of the Best Western Hotel Sun Sun. 14 E 16, Praça de Ponte e Horta; addfuel.com
This article first appeared in the October 2018 issue of Smile magazine.