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ritz carlton macau

MY $1700 STAY AT THE RITZ CARLTON MACAU

During my Hong Kong trip this past winter, after a short soiree through Japan, my friend and I decided to take a quick trip to the Sin City of the East, Macau. As in my usual attitude towards “nothing but the best”, we decided to stay in one of the best hotels we could muster in the Las Vegas of Asia, the Ritz Carlton. We booked the Carlton Suite with a 1 King bedroom, 1.5 marble bathrooms, complimentary wine, and a fully automated bidet, which I’ll get to in just a minute.

Ritz carlton macau

No joke, this hotel room was 13,500 HKG for one night, which converts to about $1700 USD a night. Using my Chase Sapphire Reserve points, we were able to reserve this room for only about 40,000 points.

Getting to the hotel was a challenge in itself, as we navigated the maze that was the Galaxy Macau complex with 6 different hotels, 3 Michelin star restaurants, and a massive casino.

We took the elevator up to the 51st floor to check into the hotel. In front of us were two large desks, occupied by two receptionists, and surrounded by rather large vases. Towards the back were sweeping views of downtown Macau. You could see the Macau Tower, MGM Macau, and Wynn Macau, amongst a few. I sat down at the desk as a woman checked me in, asked for the usual information (although a bit skeptical at what a 23-year-old such as myself was doing at a resort like the Ritz Carlton), and proceeded to give me details about the room.

We took the elevator down to the 35th floor, walked down a long, calmly lit hallway lined with even more large vases, and stepped into the Carlton Suite.

rtiz carlton suite macau bedroom

The king bedroom had it’s own chandelier, love seat, tv, automated curtains and blinds, and was connected to the luxurious, top to bottom, marble bathroom.

ritz carlton suite macau bathroom

The bathroom was covered in marble, had its own chandelier, hot tub, his and her’s vanities, a rain shower, a powder room, and a fully automated bidet with a remote control. This was the most advanced toilet I’ve ever seen, even compared to Japan, with buttons to lift up the seat, light-up the bowl, and even air it out.

ritz carlton suite macau living room

The living room had more vases, a little study area, a half bathroom, a wine cabinet, and another bed.

ritz carlton welcome package

Before arriving, the staff had laid out a welcome package for us, complete with a complimentary bottle of red wine, and assorted fruits, chocolates, and macaroons.

ritz carlton

They even wrote me a hand written letter to welcome us to the Ritz Carlton. Now that’s some VIP service!

view from ritz carlton macau

Overall, we had a great time in Macau. The Ritz-Carlton was one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed at in my life. It’s unfair to compare Macau to Sin City. It’s another animal entirely, and definitely a city worth visiting again!

 

(C) The points guy

Official Review: Chase Sapphire Reserve

Last week I reviewed the Top 3 No-Brainer Credit Cards Everyone Must Have in Their Wallet. For those travelers who enjoy the hotel life, Uber everywhere, and want to join the mile high club, I have added a new card to that list: the all new Chase Sapphire Reserve.


reserveChase Sapphire Reserve

For the longest time, the Chase Sapphire Preferred was the best travel credit card out there. When I heard about the Chase Sapphire Reserve, I thought it was too good to be true. You get 100,000 points after you spend $4000 in the first 3 months (worth $2100 with Chase Ultimate Rewards®), $300 annual travel credit automatically applied to your account after each travel expense, $100 reimbursement for your Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® application, access to 900+ airport lounges worldwide, and 3X points on Hotels, Flights, Taxis (Ubers, Lyfts), Restaurants, and any other travel related expenses.

The card does have a $450 annual fee, but the $300 travel credit alone brings that cost down to $150 a year, assuming you don’t take advantage of the $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® reimbursement. As always, there are no foreign transaction fees, no blackout dates, no travel restrictions. I’ve booked numerous hotels and flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards and have never had a problem.

I use the Reserve card to buy my flights, book hotels, pay for food, and is my default card on Uber and Lyft. Bonus points if you link your Uber account to your SPG account as well! I’d been a loyal fan of the Chase Sapphire Preferred for many years, but the Chase has hit it out of the ballpark with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Whether you’re a traveler or not, the Chase Sapphire Reserve‘s signup bonus alone more than pays for the card, and is a no-brainer card to have in your wallet!

You can check out a great review of the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card at ThePointsGuy.com.