3:00 p.m. Arrival and Check-In @ The St. Regis Macao
Having escaped from a rainy day in Hong Kong, I arrived at the pier being greeted by my personal butler – who took me to the limousine and informed me of a personalized itinerary for the coming 24 hours.
I got to the hotel in 10 minutes and was led to my suite right away. Efficiency lovers, this is for you. With express pre-check-in, I did not spend one minute waiting for anything or anyone. The suite was lavishly and elegantly designed in my favourite hues of cream, beige, wood, and dark marbles.
St. Regis hotels are renowned for delivering exceptional bespoke service, so I came with an expectation. Not exaggerating here, their thoughtful Butler Service still managed to go beyond the benchmark. Think 24-7, customized to suit each guest’s tastes and preferences (read on to find out).
4:30 p.m. Cocktails – A date with Eight @ St. Regis Bar
Quick fact: The first ever Bloody Mary in the world was born in 1934 at St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, created by bartender Fernand Petiot.
Since then, each of its sister hotels has their own version of the signature drink that incorporates the rich heritage of its locale. If you’re in for a little quiz – you can guess where are these versions from:
I absolutely love how piquant, spicy and tangy it is. It seemed to cure all headaches and kicked away any tiredness to get you ready for the night. The rich texture and smoky touch to the concoction was also perfect for my taste – nothing sweet, fresh and straight on spiced.
The bartender delightedly explained how it was created and it was nothing like I imagined. The perfect combination was made from the seductive hinds of Oriental flavours and robust Iberian components across the seven seas: chourico from Portugal, pink peppercorn and limes from Brazil, Piri Piri from Africa, Cinnamon and paprika from India, Lobster and seasalt, and even a hint of egg tart, black vinegar, and black peppercorn from China.
As you can see here, the glass rim is covered with salt and adorned with a skewer of celery leaf, cherry tomato, lime wedge, and roasted red bell pepper julienned. On the side, they serve the blend with a warm lobster egg tart, sautéed chourico cooked over medium fire, a miniature bottle of vodka and Tabasco (yes, you heard me right!).
A date with eight (which my boyfriend is disallowed) is a set of perfume-like bottles were filled specially designed cocktails that come in unorthodox flavours like truffle, matcha, and jasmine.
6:00 p.m. Spa – Signature gemstone treatment @ Irdium Spa
The chic and contemporary Irdium spa is the highest spa in Macau, offering captivating views of the Cotai Strip. The rare and refined of gemstone therapy is also exclusive to the hotel.
To ensure the experience is truly tailored, there is a little digital programme that determines your needs and goals based on your feelings. After filling it in, I got this pretty yellow gem, citrine, that will be used in my treatment.
The welcome ritual started in the treatment room that has its own Jacuzzi tub, my therapist talked me through the spa services while serving a warm water foot bath, enjoyed with hot floral tea.
The spa uses products rich in minerals from the gemstone to ensure total well-being to the body and the mind. The customized massage oil was very tranquilizing, and the elements of the treatment are tailored around my gemstone. The pressure was spot-on and I completely relaxed in the urban oasis. I felt instantly energized and rebalanced afterwards.
8 p.m. till late
After going out for some portugese treat, I managed to crawl to the The St. Regis Athletic Club for a quick jog. The floor-to-floor ceiling windows offer scenic views for guests while they work out. The club is well-equipped, and provides a variety of classes. Sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi are also offered. And because Suits is finally back, I emailed my butler for some mid-night comfort snacks while I watch the show.
8:00 a.m. Morning swim and in-room breakfast
I brought along a silk dress, and a silk shirt - tricky items to pack as they get wrinkled so easily. But I'm lucky that the hotel got me covered. I put the items in a mini cabinet that can only be accessed by my butler, and when I came back from the swim, my nicely pressed clothes await. Time to get ready for the brunch!
12:30 p.m. Lavish Sunday Brunch @ The Manor
A place to satiate your palate. The buffet features an extensive spread of the freshest seafood, prime meat, and gourmet delicacies.
Brunch starts with cold poached Alaskan crab legs, Boston lobsters, blue mussels and razor clams at the Verandah. Then the Oyster Bar serves a variety of oysters including Gillardeau, Fine de Claire, Daniel Sorlut, and Kumamoto. At the antipasti table there is a spread of cold cuts, cheese, and cured fished served with mini toasted bagels. There was also a series of lobster dishes showcasing a rich-flavour. Of course, you'll also find the hot plates, including grilled beef, tepanyaki and foie gras.
Finishing off on a sweet note, the Manor also serves a medley of desserts such as Croquebouche and creme brûlée with cinnamon and caramel. Enciting desserts like miso ice-cream was also passed around the tables.
The Sunday brunch is priced at MOP 488pp with free-flow alcohol.
3:00 p.m. Check-out and pick-up by butler
Saying good bye to the stay and back to the busy city life. I genuinely appreciated the unparalleled service and would go back anytime!