Despite being one of the most densely populated places in the world, Macau continues to generate the majority of its revenue from gambling. One of the centers of that income is Venetian Macau, one of the world’s most luxurious and opulent hotels and casinos.
Venetian Macau holds the honor of being the world’s largest Casino (and the fifth largest building in the world). That means that inside you’ll find everything you could possibly need for a deluxe getaway. From shopping to eating, gambling, and more. Here’s what you can expect from Venetian Macau.
Interesting Facts About Venetian Macau
-Venetian Macau is the largest hotel in the world, with a combined square footage of 10,500,000. That includes hotel space, gambling areas, shopping, eating, and entertainment venues.
-Venetian Macau is also the 7th largest building in the world. The 8th largest – the Sands Cotai Central – is located just over the road from Venetian Macau. Venetian Macau is large enough to house over 100 Boeing 747 jumbo jets.
-In order to accommodate the Cirque du Soleil between 2008 and 2012, Venetian Macau built a custom theatre in order to house the performances equipment. The show was a huge hit and would usually sell out many of its 1,800 seats per performance.
-Venetian Macau was actually built in a large swamp-like area and the reclamation effort took so much sand that it could have been used to build one of Egypt’s largest pyramids. Moreover, the amount of concrete used was enough to fill 318 Olympic pools.
-Despite being the largest hotel in the world, the hotel has sometimes faced controversies due to its location in Macau.
The History Of Venetian Macau
Venetian Macau’s main hotel tower was finished in July 2007, opening several months later on August 28th. The hotel opened with 3,000 suites, over 1,600,000 sq ft of retail outlets and space, 1,200,000 sq ft of convention space, and 550,000 sq ft of casino. The casino itself offers 3,400 slot machines, 800 tables for gambling, and a 15,000 seat entertainment area.
Being the largest casino in the world, Venetian Macau is often one of the first places many of those who visit the Macau strip visit. The building as designed to hold everything a person could need. From shopping to gambling, accommodation, and entertainment, the Las Vegas Sands hotel is an entirely enclosed resort. You don’t even need to visit the rest of Macau if you don’t want to.
Whilst the hotel’s main function is as a casino, it has also been home to many other activities and events, even playing host to the Cirque du Soleil for a couple of years between 2008 and 2012. Many who visit Venetian Macau do not even do so to gamble. Rather, they visit the building to see what else it has to offer. From luxurious meals to impressive evening shows, there is a lot of like about The Venetian and a lot to see.
The Culture Of Venetian Macau
Of course, the most obvious thing to do at Venetian Macau is to gamble. With over 800 tables and 3,400 slot machines laid out over 550,000 sq ft, Venetian Macau takes gambling seriously and offers some of the best equipment there is.
In order to match the look and feel of its namesake Venice, the shopping an eating area of the hotel is home to 51 separate gondolas. Guests can board these gondolas and take a trip through the hotel’s three indoor canals, whilst being serenaded with a theme of their choice.
Venetian Macau offers various shows throughout the year in its own entertainment venues. At the time of writing, this includes a large-scale production of the Monkey King, one of the most popular and oldest of Chinese folktales. Shows usually run for several months and can be booked in advance on Venetian Macau’s website. Languages for the productions can range from English to Chinese, to others. The website will give you full information about the show and English subtitles are usually provided for international guests.
The hotel area offers several different options for dining, the nicest of which offer guests the option to try a 5-course banquet with over 10,000 other guests. Of course, for those who are looking for something a little more exclusive, these options are also available on-site.
The Paiza Club
The Paiza Club is the area of the casino reserved for premium and high spending guests. The area has its own entrance and facilities and users can be entirely cut off from the rest of the casino’s guests if they want. The Paiza Club also has its own entertainment and dining facilities, with private rooms for patrons named after famous Asian cities and areas. There are sometimes opportunities to visit the Paiza Club without being a premium member, but they are quite rare. Keep your eyes open.
Tips For Visiting Venetian Macau
-If you are visiting Venetian Macau as a family, be aware that children under 18 are not permitted to enter the casino area. This is a local law and there is no way around it. The hotel offers several activities for children to keep them occupied, make sure to check with staff.
-English is spoken widely by staff at Venetian Macau. They will also speak Portuguese and Chinese.
-Try to grab a map of the hotel complex if you can. It is huge and it’s easy to get lost if you don’t know where you’re going.
-Whilst in Macau, try to go and visit the Macau Tower. Here you’ll find a short history of the local area and you can even give bungee jumping a go.
-If staying in Hong Kong, you can actually get a ferry to Macau relatively easily for a day trip. You will have more than enough time to visit the casino and head back. You can even rent a helicopter to take you there and back if you’re enough of a high roller!