Wanted to bring Aidan for a short holiday somewhere since it was the school hols but was undecided for a while on where to bring him to. Couldn't take too long a holiday as I didn't have many leave days left so places like Australia & NZ were out. I didn't want to go Hong Kong again since we were there earlier in the year and his daddy has promised to bring him there this November so..Macau it was! Heh, a few people were surprised at my choice since Macau ain't exactly a haven for kids since it is largely a casino town. But I've read so much about The Venetian hotel and have done quite a bit of online surfing on the place so I thought why not..something different and not too expensive :)
I didn't regret my decision at all! Macau was a place I'd wanted to visit and never got the chance even though I've been to HK so many times. And of course as most of you know, I do gamble which means that the casinos would be a definite attraction for moi. But making sure Aidan had fun was a high priority so I had to ensure that there was enough activities for him so that he'll enjoy himself there. Which was why my only choice of hotel there was the luxurious, grand Venetian Macau, a fully integrated resort. It was modelled after its sister casino in Vegas so not surprisingly, the hotel also came with the same faux Venetian design and canal and the fake blue skies and it supposedly has the biggest casino in the world. The mere size of the hotel itself was amazing and its gorgeous architecture and interior were a sight to behold I must say. Nenita was awestruck for a while and Aidan was basically ecstatic that he had so much space to run about.
The gorgeous interior of the hotel. Oh, the hotel offers free shuttle bus transporation from and to the airport. I didn't know about it and went into a cab. On realising that I wanted to go the The Venetian, the cab driver told me about the free shuttle and asked me not to waste my money taking his cab and still bothered to come out of the cab to help us with the luggage. So nice of him! Great way to start a holiday too :)
The Bella Suite..
Nenita actually squealed when she entered the room..it was pretty luxurious and spacious..the bedroom and living area was segregated and there was a tv set in each room so both Aidan & Nenita could enjoy their own programme in peace and harmony :P
Along the Grand Canal Shopping Mall..check out the fake blue sky.
Aidan kept saying that the sky was falling as he could see li' 'holes' in them..
Doing the touristy thingy- taking a ride on the gondola..
The boy really enjoyed the ride kept asking to go on it again (but I refused :P)
The Qube which was located at The Venetian Hotel itself was one of the key reasons why I chose to stay there. When I saw the description of this activity centre at the Venetian website, I knew instantly that Aidan would love the place. it isn't unlike Go-Go Bambini except that it was much bigger and had many more other activities. Apart from the super fun climbing structures with slides and nets & free fall slides, they also had wii and xbox game consoles, a pool table and free access to the computers (which enabled me to login to fb hehe). Parents could simply check their kids in there and come back a few hours later to collect them. In the end, we went to Qube every single day that we were there because Aidan couldn't get enough of it!
kids had to change into this blue outfit in order to play on the slide..
The game consoles area..
I was checking my email and when I was finished, I saw him sitting down at the lounge area enjoying an orange juice that he'd purchased on his own..He looks so adult..
Thought the Macau Fisherman's Wharf was a must-visit as it was reportedly the first theme park in Macau and supposedly had loads of activities for kids. But it was a dead-town when we got there. I guess The Venetian took away loads of their business. Quite a waste actually because it was actually quite fun place..
Yeah..we were the only ones on the bumper car ride..
Aidan trying his hand at foodtball at the Man U store
More touristy pics to proof that I didn't stay in the hotel the whole day (although the weather made me want to). It was so hot and humid!
At the Ruins of St Paul's, probably the most famous landmark in Macau and a designated UN heritage site..
It was located in the older portions of the city, next to old cobbled streets lined with small quaint shops..
The ugly gold building at the background is the Grand Lisboa hotel...
Icecream to cool us down!!
the warm weather made us crave for the pool so we did just that after our visit to the Ruins ..
All in all, it was a relaxing and enjoyable trip and again, the big smile on Aidan's face gave me loads of satisfaction. And yes, I did win some dough at the casino..not that much but more than enough to cover my 3 nights stay at The Venetian hehe....