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Top 5 things to do in Macau this month

Dine in style, get into the spirit of the Macau Grand Prix or simply disconnect and switch off from it all


1. If you can bear to be separated from your phone for an hour or two, or relish the opportunity to disconnect for a while, look no further than the Spa at Mandarin Oriental Macau. They have launched a Digital Detox Retreat designed to help guests find new ways to manage their relationship with technology and the stress that can come with a connected digital lifestyle. Your phone is collected on arrival and expertly cleaned while you enjoy two hours of disconnected bliss. The treatment includes relaxation in an aromatic bath, followed by a massage that concentrates on the head, eyes, neck, shoulders, hands and feet.

Spa at Mandarin Oriental Macau (853) 8805 8588

2. Grab the opportunity to try some delicious Nordic cuisine. Until December 17, renowned Swedish chef Björn Frantzén from his eponymous two Michellin-starred restaurant, which is listed in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants”, will craft two menus of modern Scandinavian dishes with subtle Japanese influences for up to 12 guests a night. Food lovers will have a rare opportunity to go on a culinary journey of Restaurant Frantzén’s signature dishes - in Macau.

Available every Thursday to Saturday in Yi Pavilion, on Level 10 of Altira Macau.
Reservations: (853) 2886 8868

3. Should you find that the annual Macau Grand Prix has inspired you to want to get behind the wheel yourself, go-karting at Macao Motorsports Club could be the next best thing. The 1.2km track has been renovated and is one of the most challenging tracks in Asia. All the gear is included in the hire price.  You’ll need a drivers’ licence though.

For info (853) 2888 2126 ; 180 patacas (per kart per 15 minutes). Buy tickets on site.

4. Yamazato, on the 28th floor of Hotel Okura, is famous for its kaiseki meals,  which usually involve delicious multicourse menus, similar to Western style haute cuisine, tailor-made to your tastes. It’s viewed as the ultimate expression of Japanese cuisine. Chief executive chef  Arkila San, from Kyoto is at the helm and he is famous for his kaiseki ryori sets. He has worked out amazing dishes for guests using the most seasonal and prime ingredients. Try a special tailor-made lunch set or order from the standard menu. Lunch sets are priced at 600 patacas. Reserve a seat by the window to enjoy spectacular views of Macau.

28th Floor, Hotel Okura Macau, Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Macau, 853 8883 5127

5. If you’re looking for something new to entertain the children, Planet J, the world’s first live action role-play theme park, has opened at Sands Cotai Central. Visitors are invited to become the lead player in their own special adventure. The theme park features more than 200 games for young ones to enjoy, divided into eight-themed zones and is highly interactive.

Level 3, Shoppes at Cotai Central, Sands Cotai Central

Admission fee 120 patacas per person for a one-day pass