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Galaxy Macau
澳門銀河綜合渡假城
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Galaxy Macau (2011)
Address Galaxy Macau™ Resort, Cotai, Macau, SAR of PRC
Opening date15 May 2011; 10 years ago (15 May 2011)
ThemeModernism
No. of rooms3,458
Total gaming space37,160 m²
Signature attractionsArtificial beach and wave pool
Notable restaurantsOver 50 outlets
Casino typeLand-Based
OwnerGalaxy Entertainment Group
ArchitectSimon Kwan & Associates
Websitegalaxymacau.com
Galaxy Macau
Traditional Chinese澳門銀河綜合渡假城
Simplified Chinese澳门银河综合渡假城

Galaxy Macau (Chinese: 澳門銀河綜合渡假城) is a casino resort located in Cotai, Macau, SAR of People's Republic of China. Construction on the Cotai project began in 2002. Its opening was rescheduled several times. Its developer, Galaxy Entertainment Group, announced on 10 March 2011 that the HKD 14.9 billion (US$1.9 billion) resort would officially open on 15 May 2011.[1] The resort is designed by Gary Goddard.[2] The resort currently consists of five different hotels, each with its own 'theme', Galaxy Macau, Banyan Tree, Hotel Okura, The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott.

History[edit]

When the Cotai project's first phase opened in 2011. The 550,000 square metres (5,900,000 sq ft) property offered around 2,200 hotel rooms comprising the Galaxy Macau hotel tower complete with casino and entertainment areas, as well as two hotel partners, the Japanese-owned Hotel Okura and the Singapore-operated Banyan Tree Hotel.

On 26 April 2012, Galaxy Macau announced that JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels would be added to the Cotai resort.[3] Galaxy's Chief Financial Officer Robert Drake said it would start construction of the two hotels at the end of 2013 and begin operations gradually from 2016 through 2018.[4]

According to a presentation released by Galaxy Entertainment, the total investment for Galaxy Phase 2 was estimated to be 16 billion HKD with construction completion scheduled for mid-2015. Phase 2 would consist of 450,000 square metres (4,800,000 sq ft) of new resort space, additional rooms across the five hotels and an increased casino table count of up to 500.[5] Phase 2 was eventually opened on 27 May 2015.[6]

Attractions[edit]

Grand Resort Deck[edit]

The Grand Resort Deck offers scheduled all-day water activities. It was expanded in May 2015 to 75,000 square meters. It can be used by guests of the Galaxy Macau. Day passes are also sold to non-hotel guests. The grand resort deck includes the world's largest skytop wave pool, the world's longest skytop adventure rapids, and two artificial beaches.[7]

Fortune Diamond[edit]

Every 20 minutes, the Diamond Lobby's main attraction, the fountain displays a giant Fortune Diamond, accompanied with music. This show spans 5 minutes.

At the start of the show, the accompanying music begins and the fountain exteriors are raised with the above chandeliers raising as well, to cover for the diamond rising. Then, the exterior fountain drops to reveal a large diamond spinning around with overhead lamps shining across it, displaying several colours. After its spin, the fountain exteriors raise again to hide the diamond and the fountain exteriors drop to its normal positions, thus ending the show.

Designed and built by Entertainment Design Corporation (EDC). Principle Designer; Jeremy Railton, Project Direction / Producer; Edward S. Marks, Technical Director; Bob Chambers, and Art Direction; Alex M. Calle. The team was brought on to oversee the construction, installation, and programming.

Jeremy Railton, Chairman of Entertainment Design Corp, commented, "It's a metaphor for wishing casino goers eternal luck and prosperity."[8][9]

Wishing Crystals[edit]

The lobby also houses a series of "crystals" that float above a pool of water. The decorations have motion sensor technology that triggers special visual effects when guests come close. When all the "crystals" are activated, good luck symbols flash from the "crystals" and reflect in the water.[10]

Designed and Built by Entertainment Design Corporation (EDC). Principle Designer; Jeremy Railton, Project Direction / Producer; Edward S. Marks, Technical Director; Bob Chambers, and Art Direction; Alex M. Calle. The team was brought on to oversee the construction, installation, and programming.

Gold Leaf Cupolas[edit]

Galaxy Hotel Macau, Poolside

There are 6 gold-covered cupolas at the top of the two towers of Galaxy Macau.[11] Four of them measure 15 metres (49 ft) high and the other two at 24 metres (79 ft).[12]

Galaxy Laserama[edit]

The gold-leaf cupolas of Galaxy Macau feature a laser show system which projects laser beams into the sky every 15 minutes. It is claimed to be the largest laser show in the world and is visible across Macau.[citation needed]

UA Galaxy Cinemas[edit]

On 15 December 2011, Galaxy Macau opened UA Galaxy Cinemas & East Square. Action star Jet Li and director-producer Tsui Hark were among the VIP guests to celebrate the occasion. The opening programme included the premiere of Tsui's latest work, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D, China's first 3D wuxia movie, which stars Li, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun and Gwei Lun-mei.[13]

Hotels in Galaxy Macau[edit]

Hotels No. of Rooms Management
Hotel Okura Macau 488 Okura Hotels & Resorts
Banyan Tree Macau 256 Banyan Tree Holdings Limited
Galaxy Hotel 1,449 Galaxy Macau
JW Marriott Macau 1,015 JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
The Ritz-Carlton Macau 250 JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Andaz Macau (Future) 700 Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Raffles at Galaxy Macau (Future) 450 Raffles Hotels & Resorts

Transportation[edit]

Bus[edit]

There are several shuttle bus services connecting Galaxy Macau to Macau's major ports of entry and other hotels. These shuttle services are provided free of charge. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some services are temporarily not in operation.[14]

  • Galaxy Macau to Hengqin Port
  • Galaxy Macau to Border Gate
  • Galaxy Macau to StarWorld Hotel

Macau Light Rapid Transit[edit]

Galaxy Macau is within walking distance from Cotai West Station and Pai Kok Station on the Taipa section of the Macau Light Rapid Transit that serves Cotai.[15][16]

Future Developments[edit]

As part of its Phase 3 expansion, a large-scale 16,000-seat arena named Galaxy Arena, a 650-seat auditorium, 40,000 square metres of MICE space, and a 700-room Andaz hotel are scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2021. The expansion, named Galaxy International Convention Centre (GICC), will be built adjacent to Macau Light Rapid Transit's Cotai West Station.[17][18] Announced on 1 March 2021, Galaxy Macau has signed an agreement with Accor (Raffles Hotels & Resorts) to bring the Raffles brand to the resort. The 450-room Raffles at Galaxy Macau will be housed in an all-new exclusive all-suite tower that is currently under construction as part of Phase 3. Located east of the resort, the hotel will feature a glass airbridge connecting the two towers on every floor. A Mediterranean-inspired garden with a glass house as its focal point, an infinity edge pool, a luxury spa, and a fine dining restaurant are also part of the hotel. Raffles at Galaxy Macau is scheduled to open in the second half of 2021.[19][20]

Phase 4 of the expansion will primarily be non-gaming focused and will add approximately 2,000 hotel rooms to the resort. It is scheduled to be completed in 2022.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Galaxy to open Cotai resort on May 15. Archived 12 August 2012 at WebCite 11 March 2011 09:06:00 Tiago Azevedo. Macau Daily Times
  2. ^ Asia Theme Park Boom Is Big Business for Designers By Kelvin Chan Business Writer HONG KONG 21 July 2011 (AP)
  3. ^ "Galaxy Macau(TM) Phase 2 -- A New Chapter Begins". prnewswire.com. 26 April 2012.
  4. ^ Vinicy Chan (22 May 2013). "Galaxy to Spend Up to HK$60 Billion in Casino Expansion". Bloomberg.com.
  5. ^ Galaxy Entertainment Group (26 April 2012). "GALAXY MACAU PHASE 2 A new chapter BEGINS" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  6. ^ "About Us". Galaxy Macau. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Galaxy Macau Grand Resort Deck". www.galaxymacau.com. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  8. ^ [1] Entertainment Design Corp
  9. ^ Galaxy reschedules Macau mega resort opening to 2011 23 August 2010 Macau News
  10. ^ New $1.9 Billion Galaxy Resort in Macau Dazzles visitors with a Pair of Attractions designed by Four-Time Emmy Winner Jeremy Railton. Archived 14 May 2012 at WebCite 27 June 2011 Entertainment Design Corporation
  11. ^ Galaxy Macau celebrates topping-out Archived 7 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine 16 February 2011 Macau Business
  12. ^ WOW Features at Galaxy Macau Archived 22 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine Galaxy Macau Official Website.
  13. ^ A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES GRAND OPENING OF UA GALAXY CINEMAS & EAST SQUARE, GALAXY MACAU Prestige Hong Kong. 15 December 2011.
  14. ^ "Transportation Guide". Galaxy Macau. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Cotai West Station". Macao Light Rapid Transit Corporation.
  16. ^ "Pai Kok Station". Macao Light Rapid Transit Corporation.
  17. ^ "GALAXY INTEGRATED RESORTS INTRODUCES GICC AT IT&CM CHINA". Galaxy International Convention Center. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Galaxy International Convention Center likely to open 4Q21". IAG. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  19. ^ "Singapore's famous Raffles hotel brand coming to Galaxy Macau Phase 3". IAG. 1 March 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Legendary Raffles at Macau Added To Galaxy Entertainment Portfolio". The Taiwan Times. 1 March 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  21. ^ "GGRAsia – Galaxy Phase 3 open maybe mid-2021: analysts". Retrieved 20 February 2021.

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Coordinates: 22°08′59″N 113°33′10″E / 22.14972°N 113.55278°E / 22.14972; 113.55278