The Venetian Hotel and Resorts is simply amazing. It is like feeling, sensing or even tasting Europe while you are in Asia.
I’ve never been outside the continent of Asia, so I cannot say if it really looks like Venice, but still, seeing such a wonderful thing in an unknown place is just plain amazing!
I told you from my other post that I don’t even care about what Macau has to offer, so I didn’t expect anything from it, but when I entered this place, my jaw literally dropped… and it stayed like that for about 5 minutes. I was like “Wow! So this is Macau!”
The Venetian Hotel is like Venice itself (maybe I’m overreacting) but it is designed to look like one. It is an imitation of Venice in a closed room and inside a mall. It is within a mall! It is Venice but located indoors!—That’s a good thing especially Asians like to have fairer skin—- no need for sunblock! Yey! And the freezing cold air-conditioning is a plus correctly addressing Macau’s unusual heat during the summer. Macau’s weather during summer will make you sweat like a pig. Trust me!
Maybe those who already went to Venice or Las Vegas might not enjoy this place like I do, but as a person like me who still have no means to go to Europe, you will enjoy and be stunned on what this place has to offer. We all know that being Manilenyos (people from Manila, Philippines) are used to having big shopping malls but I tell you this is different! Very different than the ones you see in Manila. It is a theme park! A casino! A hotel and a shopping Mall merged into one! Where can you see that in the Philippines? (Comment in the box if you see one.. hehe)
But to those who has the means to go to Europe, don’t worry this place is good for shopping! There are a lot of branded goods offered here… and I think it is cheaper to buy this kind of stuff here… I heard that some of the shops offer it tax-free (But I don’t know where and how) and you can go have some fun in the Casino— that Casino there is really big!!! And actually my first time there (back in 2009) was my first time to see a Casino and I saw a really big one!!! What a great first experience! But I almost didn’t get inside because the guard thought I’m a minor but I was already 18 years old… maybe, I really look young 🙂
Anyway, this is a theme park sans the rides… but the sights to see here is more than what you can see in the whole city of Macau (overreacting?!)
Why did I say that this is a theme park? It is a theme park because its theme is Venice or Europe as a whole!
The wonderful paintings in its ceiling reminds me of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel (I really wanna visit that place!) The paintings are really great and you can see all the tourists are looking at it with awe..
And this is the first time I saw a Curving Escalator. The main lobby of the building (not the hotel) reminds me of Titanic.. I don’t know why… maybe because of the yellow lights??
And there is a canal (water canal) where you can ride a gondola just like how they do it in Venice. Take note that the Gondola ride is made inside the mall, not the lake (or moat) outside. Though the ride here is not for free, it comes with a fee..
How to Buy Tickets for the Gondola Ride:
- Boutique di Gondola (Shop No. 2301)
- Emporio di Gondola (Shop No. 2660)
- MOP118 PHP649, 15USD(per ride) for adults
- MOP88 PHP484, 12USD(per ride) for kids
- MOP472 PHP2596, 61USD(per ride) Private Gondola
And also, there is ZAiA by Cirque du Soleil, this is one of the well-known performances in Macau but I haven’t watched this since it is quite expensive. To book your tickets please click here.
And while walking in the busy streets of Venice in Venetian, you can find some entertainment, like the one we found during our visit. It is like a puppet show with a love story twist.
One more trivia, if you are familiar with Boys over Flowers a Korean TV series then this is one of the place they shoot some scenes!
How to get here:
1. Ride the plenty shuttle buses of Venetian Macau. They all over the place! 🙂
2. Most of your hotel will have a complimentary shuttle bus to and from this place