City of Dreams Macau – 11 Things That Got Me Excited for City of Dreams Manila
When I first heard that the City of Dreams was coming to Manila a few months ago, I was intrigued and maybe a little curious. However, after experiencing City of Dreams Macau for myself for the first time last month, my intrigue and curiosity turned into that of the utmost excitement. The City of Dreams isn’t just full of excitement, after all; it is full of fun, wonder, and even comes across as a bit magical… and there is something there for everyone.
Whether you are a bachelor, a mom, a kid or a dragon, you will find something to keep you entertained, relaxed, happy and satisfied at the City of Dreams. Here are the top 11 things that I experienced in City of Dreams Macau that got me uber excited for City of Dreams Manila. Read on.
City of Dreams Macau – 11 Things That Have Got Me Excited for City of Dreams Manila
11. “Dragon’s Treasure”, the Visual Extravaganza
Being the Game of Thrones fan that I am, the name of this show was enough to get me excited and it was the first stop on our itinerary after we got off the plane and walkd into the City of Dreams Macau. I got even more excited, though, when we were told more about the show itself.
“Dragon’s Treasure” is shown at The Bubble, which is a dome-shaped theatre at City of Dreams Macau that provides a 360-degree view of the show showcased on the ‘ceiling’ and ‘walls’ of The Bubble. If you have ever watched the mini galaxy show at The Mind Museum, it’s kinda like that… but much, much bigger. And you’re standing, so you can whirl around like a ballerina if you want to keep your eye on the dragons on the screen.
And you won’t just see dragons, either. The fantastic journey into this underwater realm of magical enchantment will take you farther than your wildest dreams. More than an entertaining story about the four Dragon Kings, I was amazed by the spectacular 18-minute visual feast that I set my eyes upon. There were jellyfish, merfolk, volcanoes and more! Kids and adults alike are sure to be amazed by this show.
Fast facts: The Bubble is the biggest special effects projection dome in the world and it took almost $40 million to create. It also uses HD video content and more than 29,000 LED lights! Amazing!
Ticket prices are MOP50 (Php274) for adults, MOP30 (Php164) for Macau residents and MOP25 (Php137) for kids from 3 to 12 years of age. The show runs every 30 minutes from 12pm to 8pm, too; so even if you miss your schedule, you can just wait for the next one! :) Talk about convenience!
10. The Only Cabaret Experience in Asia, “Taboo”
Having grown up in Bangkok and having seen numerous versions of their ladyboy ‘cabaret’ shows there (and other ‘cultural’ shows, for that matter), I knew that nothing would shock me anymore. The tagline ‘The Show of Secret Fantasies’ for Taboo definitely intrigued me, though, and things just got better when we walked into Club Cubic before the show.
For starters, we got to enjoy a bottle of delicious Perrier Jouet, served by equally delicious, practically topless chinito men. Secondly, we were given Venetian masks to wear and lacey whips to match! It felt like Chuck Bass’s burlesque club ‘Victoria’ in the show ‘Gossip Girl’. The vibe was dark and sultry, but never dirty, and the show? Well, the show was fantastic!
Yes, there was a lot of nudity. Yes, there was a lot of sensuality. Yes, there was a lot of body contact. And curves. And hot bodies. And yes, it was provocative with some parts taking place in on-stage bathtubs and with hints of bondage. However, Taboo does all of this in a classy manner – one that doesn’t exude sleaze nor will make you cringe or want to look away (again: I grew up in Bangkok. :p)
The cast is filled with great-looking, talented and awe-inspiring people that create the unique and sophisticated theatrical show that is Taboo. I wouldn’t even call it a show; I’d call it an ‘experience’.
The prices to watch Taboo range from HKD580 (Php3,271) to HKD1,180 (Php6,655), depending on the day of your visit and your choice of seats. This is one show you would definitely not want to miss!
9. The VIP Party Rooms at Club Cubic
To amp up the Taboo experience even more, you can rent one of Club Cubic’s VIP rooms with a balcony to make the most of the experience. The best part? You get to choose from all sorts of different themed rooms, depending on the mood that you want to set for the night.
Even if you don’t want to watch Taboo, you can rent out one of these gorgeous rooms and just have the time of your life with your best buddies. Set to completely redefine your nightlife experience, Club Cubic provides VIP party rooms with lavish decorations, smoking areas, fancy drinks, karaoke machines, and wide-screen television sets.
Club Cubic itself also offers a wide array of internationally renowned DJs and musicians every night. Spreading around 30,000 square feet across two levels of live entertainment space, Club Cubic has a spectacular performing stage, a Gothic style bar, a laser-lit dance pool, a Gothic style bar and Asia’s first Perrier-Jouet champagne bar.
8. The Ultra Luxurious 5-Star Massages at The Crown Spa
Some people think that massages are massages wherever they go. I know a lot of people who aren’t very picky with where they get their massages done because, well, “as long as it gets the job done…” This has never held true for me, though. I have gotten massages that made me wish they were over the minute they started. I have gotten massages that were good but then left me with backache the next morning. Things are different at The Crown Spa, though.
The vibe of the place in itself screams of the utmost luxury and relaxation the minute you walk in. I don’t know how to describe it better, but… it smells like peace.
The Crown Spa of Crown Towers, City of Dreams Macau is one of the most luxurious spas in Macau and offers the ultimate rejuvenating spa experience in a contemporary resort-style setting. Their signature spa treatment is the Crown Shell Massage (MOP1380 / Php7,549), which incorporates Swedish and Lomi Lomi massage techniques with heated lava shells that result in deep relaxation and weightless balance throughout the body. It also nourishes the skin and releases deep-seated tension.
It was the first time I had tried this kind of massage and I actually fell asleep. This is really something because I never fall asleep when getting massages. It was so peaceful and relaxing and definitely what I needed on our second day in the City of Dreams. It is no wonder why the Crown Spa was named the Best Luxury Hotel Spa in Macau in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards; and the Forbes 5-Star Spa 2014.
The Crown Spa also features sophisticated wet spa facilities for both men and women, including vitality pools, saunas, and Hamman steam and experience showers. The place was downright gorgeous, I wanted to stay there for the rest of the day and pamper myself even more.
The Crown Spa is open every day from 11am til midnight, and non-hotel guests and in-house guests can get exclusive memberships as needed.
7. The Quick Yet Sulit Hand Massage at T Galleria by DFS
If you don’t have time for a proper massage, then you can just drop by T Galleria by DFS at The Boulevard in City of Dreams Macau to get a quick hand massage at La Prairie, Jurlique or La Mer. The hand masseuses here are professionally trained and well-versed in what they do, so they can rid your busy and tired hands of any tension. Plus, they use top quality products to ensure that your hands are smooth and baby soft (and smell good) by the end of it, as well. Best 15 minutes spent ever!
This is the ultimate beauty pampering haven for anyone who visits the City of Dreams Macau with high-end beauty brands including Benefits, Biotherm, Clinique, Clarins, Dior, Guerlain, L’Occitane, Shiseido, and Shu Uemura.