31 August 2010

Weekend Getaway | The Venetian



 

Not Vegas.  Not Disneyland.  Not Italy.

Where we went was only an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong.

We went to Macau.  Former Portuguese colony, the first and the last European colony in China.

 

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And we stayed at The Venetian.

 

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As soon as Josh got home from school, we headed for Macau.  I’d made sure to get motion sickness pills beforehand, but the ferry ride was still a bit rough for me.  The kids, though, had no problem.  Zoë was so excited, she could hardly sit still!

 

Here she is taking a picture of Josh with the phone

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Upon arrival in Macau, we got on The Venetian’s big blue shuttle bus, which dropped us off at the West Lobby.  I wonder if the shuttle buses ever drop off guests at the Main Lobby.  Do they do that for more efficient check-in of the guests –i.e., that they split the drop-off between different lobbies?

 

 

Entering the hotel, one immediately got a sense of grandiose over-the-top-ness.

 

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Our suite had two queen-size canopy-draped beds and a sunken living room with a sofa bed.

 

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Josh and Zoë immediately climbed onto one of the beds and pretended that it was a stage.  They then proceeded to take turns “performing.”

 

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Because we got in quite late, we didn’t really get to do much after dinner beyond going for a short walk around before putting the kids to bed. 

 

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We’d initially planned to check out the casino after Josh and Zoë were asleep, but Chris and I were just too tired and we fell asleep ourselves!

 

The following morning, we took the children to the pool after breakfast, while Chris went off for his meeting.  Both Josh and Zoë loved going down this slide.

 

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Good thing I wasn’t really expecting a relaxing weekend, because relaxing it was not.  While it was definitely fun, by the end of the trip, I was so tuckered out.  More about Macau in the next few days…

 

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33 COMMENTS:

blueviolet said...

What an absolutely GORGEOUS hotel, a resort of resorts! Lucky you!

Rachel said...

That place looks amazing!!! Sounds like the kids had a fabulous time too!

LPC said...

The guys I worked with did several projects in Macau. I think they really liked it, and agreed with you on the lavishness of the top hotels and casinos. Did you go into the Wynn at all?

Ashley Sisk said...

That looks absolutely incredible. I'm so glad you had a good time.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Gorgeous! We stayed at the Venetian in Vegas once... the Tongginator's favorite part? The gondola ride! (And we were there for a family wedding. And yes, they actually live in Vegas. I'd like to say that it wasn't an Elvis wedding, but... yep, Elvis was there.) Glad y'all had a wonderful time!

Terri said...

That place looks awesome! I was going to guess Disneyworld yesterday but I was having a hard time with my computer.

I'm glad you had a great time! =)

Yelena R. said...

Wow so pretty! Looks like so much fun too! Everything I know about Macau, I learned from Korean dramas...hehehe :D

parkanista said...

WOW!!!!! Thanks for sharing this with us! I absolutely love seeing other parts of the world. That place is gorgeous, I'm glad you guys had a good time.

Naomi said...

wow-looks gorgeous and like it was a lot of fun! very cool!

Alicia said...

You guys really know how to travel!!!!! How beautiful!!!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That's so much like the one in Las Vegas. How far of a trip was it for you? It looked like it was a blast for you all. Now it's time to rest up.

Cathy said...

What an amazing place. Looks like you all had a fab time.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

You guys are so much fun! What a lovely getaway.

Krystal said...

that looks so exciting and fun!!

Anita Johnson said...

Why would anyone want to go to Las Vegas when you could go to Macau. It's so beautiful! If I had survived the ferry ride, I would so loved to see the sights there too. I'm glad you had such a good time!
PS No I don't have a butterfly farm, but "raise" monarchs for the pure joy of it. If you have a minute, check out Monarch Butterflies on my sidebar. Your kids might like the pictures! :-)

Lindy said...

That place looks so nice! But it sure looks like you did a TON of stuff in a short amount of time!

Lisa P@www.isitmondayalready.com said...

wow what a gorgeous Hotel I had no clue that there was one around Hong Kong! Lovely baby you have! As far as the camera Hun you seem very happy with your Sony so stick with one of them! I cant complain about mine as you were able to see from my post!

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous! The hotel, the photos and your cute little babies. I love the photos of them playing on the bed, something about Zoë's little peek a boo with that big smile!

Life with Kaishon said...

It looks like SO much fun! So, so much. Nothing with kids is ever relaxing! I didn't feel like I could really relax again until my kid was like 8 : )

Nezzy said...

What a gorgeous place to stay. I fear I would just have to lock myself in the room and the world out! I just love the water pic of that little Zoe! She looks as if she is about to spout water. :o)

God bless ya and have the most beautiful day sweetie!!!

Natalie said...

Those water pictures are my FAVORITES! The slide/play thing looks soooo fun! I wanna go play! And the hotel..just..wow. Awesome. Thanks for stoppin by my blog! I am your newest following friend!

Anika said...

These are great photos...looks like you are having a lot of fun!!

Nya's mom said...

Great photos! It definitely looks like you all had a lot of fun! I am so jealous!!Take me with you next time!
-Jessica

Maddy said...

Ok!! So jealous of this little paradise you esacaped to! The kids look like they had a blast. I would too if I had those giant beds to jump on ;o)

Annelie said...

Well now, Buckeroomama, where do you find all those wonderful places? I love them! And thank´s for your kind comment!

Mahmee said...

Wow...that looks exactly like The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Fun place. Great pics!
M.

Angela said...

WOW What an amazing place! Love it!

likeschocolate said...

Gorgeous rooms! Lucky you!

natalee said...

Oh my... Such a beautiful place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Serline said...

After all the stories my hubby told me about Vegas, this glimpse into Macau is probably a good visual reflection of what to expect had I gone across the Pacific to the original Sin City. Since it will cost us S$100 per pax to visit the casinos back home in Singapore (citizen's "benefit"!), Macau here I come!

Caseybumpinalong said...

Wow! Gorgeous, beautiful pictures!

Wanda said...

Knew it! What a great place to visit. It must have been hard to tear yourself away.
:)

Tezzie said...

Fabulous!! What an amazing little get-away...and what a 'posh' place! I think the closest I've ever come to such a room is in a museum or visiting a castle or something ;D

Your pics are gorgeous...as are your kids. That shot of Zoë in the pool is a stunner!

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