Stayed for one night while taking a vacation in Hong Kong. AMAZING hotel. A limousine service comes to greet you at the Ferry Terminal, and while not a limo in the traditional sense, it's IS a luxury van. Bottles of water are provided along with fresh minty cold towels for a quick wash up. The rooms are huge (I'm guessing close to 700sq ft.) and coming from the microscopic expensive rooms of Hong Kong, it was a very welcome surprise. Our room (3510) had a crazy unobstructed view of the water and city, as i'm sure almost every other room does as well. The room had a foyer, large comfortable queen size bed, a desk area and a large sectional couch by the huge picture window. The bathroom, which takes up about 1/3 of the room is compete with a walk-in closet, LARGE soaking tub, bath salts, and luxurious robes and slippers. I used the tub just because I couldn't resist and I NEVER get in the tub at any hotel no matter how nice. Service was awesome - very attentive, eager to please and everyone speaks English well. Got a late check out of 2pm no problem and thoroughly enjoyed the luxury of the hotel for an extra couple of hours.
Tip: may have missed it when they went over the hotel info, but you have to take the elevator back up to the lobby on the 38th floor to get to the lobby on the ground floor. If you mistakingly take the room elevators down you end up on the 6th floor of the casino and it's quite a maze to make your way through and down all the floors of the smokey casino just to get outside.
The spa: We got the room with spa package which included two 60-minute massages for about US$440. Didn't know what to expect from the spa, but was very pleasantly surprised. Went with a friend and thought we would spend our time post massage hanging out together in the spa facilities, but the Altira Spa is set up a little different. They take you to your own private treatment room complete with steam shower, "locker" and bathroom with anything you would need to shower and get ready afterwards. Even you have an appointment time there is no rush to do anything. If you arrive for your appointment and want to spend some time in the steam shower or head up to the pool you can do that. Once in the room your therapist shows you around and offers you a variety of teas and asks if you would to start your treatment or spend some time in the steam shower. If you are ready, she leaves and let's you get ready. They start with a 10 min foot soak and leg scrub and then the 60 mins massage begins. I made the mistake of asking for hard pressure because my back was aching and she looked tiny, but she certainly had some strong hands - asked her to ease up and it was smooth sailing from there. Afterwards she gets you tea and you can take your sweet time in the AMAZING cavernous shower and get ready in the bathroom. Our 60 min appointments were at 4 and we didnt make our way out of the spa until 6:20! I wanted to check out the pool as well so after my shower I left my hair wet, packed up my things, got dressed and headed up the stairs to the pool. The ladies locker room had lockers, a large heated pool, steam room and sauna, the same experience showers (although they are a little in the open for my taste as they face the heated pool and have no doors). The indoor infinity pool itself is lovely with a small free spa snack bar (water, dried fruit & nuts) and a nice small covered outdoor terrace.
Breakfast: also amazing, included in the room package and NOT a buffet. You have your choice of menus (I.e. western, eastern, spa) with fresh squeezed juice and cappuccinos. Each menu comes with 3-4 small/med courses. For example, I had the Western: fresh orange juice, cappucino, a good bread and pastry basket, poached eggs with smoked salmon and a fresh fruit plate followed by another cappuccino. The food is comparable to any four star restaurant.
The Water Show: About an MOP20 taxi ride to the show. Being a big Cirque du Soleil fan, I thought I would check out this must-see show. Bought tickets through the site for the section to the left of the middle and the row right behind the "splash" zone. Initially thinking "how wet can you really get?"I was going to purchase splash tickets like I've done in the past for the "O" show in Vegas. VERY glad I did not. The splash zone attendees are given hand towels upon entry, which you must use to avoid getting considerably wet from the performance. It's also on such a large scale and stage that if I were buying tickets again I wouldn't bother to buy the A level tickets since the "theatre" itself is rather small. Def. a cool show, the story could use work, but take it at face value of a series of stunts and theatrics and it goes down better.
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