Breathtaking entertainment

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 October, 2010, 12:00am

A 12,000 sqft Playboy Club will open on November 20 in the penthouse of the Sands Macao. Coinciding with Playboy's 50th anniversary, it is just the latest example of the diversification of Macau's entertainment industry.

In addition to private gaming areas, the exclusive club will have hi-tech media rooms, live entertainment and a unique VIP arrival experience.

A 30,000 sqft Playboy mansion will follow in the first quarter of 2012. The Sands Macao, which was launched on May 18, 2004, was the first Las Vegas-style casino to open in the city following the lifting of the gambling monopoly. It raised the bar for entertainment.

The House of Dancing Water at the City of Dreams in Cotai has been packing in the crowds since it was launched in mid-September. An epic tale of love that transcends time and space, it tells the story of a young hero who saves a princess who has been kept in a cage by her evil step-mother.

With spectacular acrobatics, the show comes to a thrilling climax with a breathtaking display of stunts on motorcycles.

What makes this show so special is that a 49-metre-wide circular swimming pool serves as its stage. With five years of planning and two years of rehearsals, the HK$2 billion show features 77 acrobats, dancers, musicians and other performers.

It's just one of the entertainment options at the City of Dreams. Others include Dragon's Treasure, a 10-minute audio-visual multimedia extravaganza about four dragon kings exploring the mysteries of the Dragon Pearl; and Kids' City, Macau's largest attraction aimed at the younger set.

With Performance Lake, the Wynn Macau also has a water-based show. With plumes of water punctuated by bursts of fire, the show explores a variety of emotions, moods and rhythms - all set to popular music and Broadway tunes.

The three-minute show takes place every 15 minutes from 11am to midnight. It is best viewed after dark - especially from Il Teatro, the Italian restaurant at the Wynn Macau, whose dining room has picture windows overlooking the outdoor fountain in which the show takes place.

Thrill-seekers should check out the Macau Tower Convention and Exhibition Centre.

At AJ Hackett, you can take a stroll around a platform 1.8 metres wide and 233 metres in the air - with no handrail. Or try bungee jumping at Skywalk X.

For more traditional entertainment, the lobby lounges of five-star hotels are some of the hottest spots. You can sip champagne and dance to live music in The Lobby Bar at the Grand Hyatt until 1am. You can party until 3am amid rock memorabilia at the Flame Bar in the Hard Rock Hotel.

The Lion's Bar in the MGM Grand Macau features cool cocktails and cooler acts. You can dance the night away in this cosy den until 5am. Or you can rock around the clock to live music at City Bar at the City of Dreams, which remains open 24/7.