Macao is one of the most thrilling and bustling travel destinations in the world with a seamless amalgamation of beautifully preserved colonial glories and contemporary charms, atop of Macanese cuisine borne out of centuries of cultural exchange. This highly-developed peninsula is home to many significant heritage sites, cultural and entertainment zones as well as many fascinating hotels – both ultra-luxe and green. The luxury hotels on this list all go to great lengths to maximise their green credentials, so you can relax on your Macao holiday safe in the knowledge that you are not doing harm to the planet.
We all know that the ultra-luxurious Venetian Macao is a Venice themed and Vegan style hotel, but what we do not know is that besides its spectacular décor, impeccable maintenance, incredible facilities and upscale services, the Venetian Macao is also a multi-award-winning green hotel. After a sustainability audit, The Venetian Macao is the first hotel in Macao to earn the Macao Green Hotel Platinum Award. Situated on Cotai Strip, the Venetian Macao implemented a number of eco measures, which includes initiatives such as an extensive recycling and composting program; a number of design and sourcing methods to reduce the demand for external energy supplies; establishing an eco-friendly mattress replacement programme; minimising plastic use and water waste; maximising the use of natural, recyclable materials and products; and carrying out regular carbon audits to identify areas for improvement.
Boasting a truly personalized level of service that caters to guests and travellers, the multi-award-winning Conrad Macao is a luxury hotel offering 636 guestrooms and Suites in a 40-storey tower overlooking the Cotai Strip. Named by the World Travel Awards as one of the World’s Leading Green Hotel, Conrad Macao undertakes strategic environmental management system to lessen the impact on the hotel’s footprint. As part of Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, the largest integrated resort city in Macao, Conrad Macao implemented numerous green initiatives, including established a ‘Green Action Team’ which includes management and team members whose role is to communicate, energize sustainability initiatives and promote the ideas within the company.
In addition, Conrad Macao leads the way with Earth Hour, the worldwide campaign which invites people and organisations around the world to turn off their lights in support of action on global climate change. Conrad Macao’s commitment to conserving energy goes well beyond a once-a-year Earth Day event, Conrad Macao has made Earth Hour a bi-weekly event, switching off all non-essential lighting on the first and third Tuesday of each month as part of its green resolution to observe ‘Earth Hour, Every Month.’
The luxurious Banyan Tree Macao — part of the gigantic Galaxy Macao hotel complex — was created to be the largest 5 stars complex in the city. The interior decoration, entrusted to the renowned firm of Chhada Siembieda and Associates, is an elegant blend of contemporary design with Asian elements. The 246 magnificent suites decorated with ivory coloured marble, beige and brown fabrics and vermilion carpets are faithful to the image of the Banyan Tree group. The same atmosphere prevails in the 10 villas nestled in a tropical garden, each with its own private swimming pool. Like all other Banyan Tree establishments, the Banyan Tree Macao wish to be recognised for creating positive environmental outcomes, and deeply committed to achieving best practice environmental and social sustainability. The hotel team strives towards minimising their environmental footprint by implementing sustainable initiatives and action plans to reduce the use of energy and water as well as effectively managing waste. They even imparting their eco initiatives in their award-winning spa by providing guests with green souvenirs and messages.
Apparently, one MGM in Macao just isn’t enough. The American brand expanded with a 1,390-room resort on the Cotai Strip. Featuring a can’t-miss structure designed to resemble stacked jewellery boxes, the MGM Cotai is the latest addition to the MGM portfolio in China. MGM COTAI opened in February 2018 with everything you could dream of under one roof — restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs, luxury fashion shops, eye-catching contemporary Asian art, the latest in-room technologies and an immense, state-of-the-art theatre offering unique in-house performances. The MGM Cotai incorporated green elements into the building itself through the design and construction process. Built as a green building, the hotel weaved natural elements into the urban fabric of the property. Both green and glamorous, the hotel achieved China Green Building Design Label’s three-star certification. Among the eco-friendly features, check out Nature’s Art. Said to be the world’s largest indoor art garden, the vertical wall holds more than 100,000 plants, several extinct species were even brought back to life with the aid of botanical garden seed banks based in Hong Kong and Europe.
One of the final buildings designed by the late Zaha Hadid, the Morpheus — named after the Greek god of dreams — is a compelling architectural presence that brings a new dynamic and awe-inspiring luxury to Macau. With 772 rooms and guest facilities exceeding five-star hotel standards, Morpheus promises a new kind of contemporary luxury that is sophisticated, inspiring, and green. Morpheus is one of the four establishments owned by Melco Resorts to receive a Green Key award for environmental sustainability efforts. The award is a global tourism industry eco-label which recognizes excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation. Morpheus garnered the esteemed award upon compliance with the highest environmental management standards set by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). From reducing plastic and minimising the hotels' environmental footprints through energy and design strategies, to encouraging guests to use electric cars during their stays and using reclaimed materials throughout the interior, the hotel is taking green steps to reduce environmental impact.
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