Banyan Tree Macao
Connected to Macao by a bridge, the island of Taipa is known for its fireworks factories, its construction sites for traditional boats known as junks and for its huge hotels. The gigantic white and gold Galaxy complex contains three five star hotels and vast leisure activity and shopping areas. The Banyan Tree Macao is one these three prestigious establishments each of which has its own identity and its own interior design. They do however share a common, immense reception hall with a statue in the form of a vase by Florence Ng, called “Welcome”. The interiors of the Banyan Tree Macao are the creation of Hong Kong designer, Chhada Siemieda, whereas the entire Galaxy complex is the work of Simon Kwan. The difference is obvious in the corridors which have their own mini waiting rooms in front of the elevators. The hotel has 246 suites rising up to the tower. The atmosphere desired by the architects was that of a wellness, spa-like site.
The elegance of the décor stems from the material and the colors chosen, including ivory marble floors, tapestries in red (the Chinese good luck color), shades of beiges and browns for the fabrics, elements of noble wood for the furniture and a bathroom that intentionally opens onto the bedroom. Although the complex has the largest swimming pool with waves in Asia, the Banyan Tree has its own pool and ten villas nestled in a tropical garden. The idea of a sanctuary of the senses is also characteristic of the hotel’s spa. Its 2,800 square meters contain 21 treatment room spread around a garden. All of the spa’s employees have been trained in a variety of traditional Asian therapies at Banyan Tree schools in Thailand, Indonesia and China. For culinary pleasures, guests need only go down to the Saffron, on the ground floor to enjoy the cuisine created by Gina, who in spite of her name, is actually Thai. Guests who prefer dining at a certain altitude can try the Banyan Tree’s gastronomic restaurant, the Belon, on the 31st floor, where Spanish chef, Matias Martinez serves his creative cuisine in a grandiose and marine inspired environment. The Belon is especially recommended in the evening for its exceptional view. Refinement, elegance and intimacy are undoubtedly the key features of the Banyan Tree Macao, with the extra attraction of space, an important element in a city that can become stifling very quickly.