Cotai, in keeping with much of Macau, is an artificial island that was created in order to build more casinos and bring in more revenue, and is based on reclaimed land. There is not much here to recommend it other than the various casinos that dot the main strip. Still, if you have come here for the gambling then this is definitely the place to be.
You can’t come to Macau without visiting the jewel in its crown, the mega complex of the Venetian hotel and casino. The Venetian is modeled on its partner hotel, the Venetian in Las Vegas, although the one in Macau is bigger and better and is the seventh largest building in the world based on floor area, as well as being the largest casino. The casino floor and gaming tables are vast and rather inspiring (even if you don’t want to gamble) and the rest of the complex is dazzling in terms of its style and decorations. Inside you can expect Venetian canals that feature gondola rides, a large performance arena with regular concerts and sporting events, and a food court that has a painted blue sky ceiling. If you want to try some Macanese food then favorites served here include traditional salt cod and chicken stew.
City of Dreams
The City of Dreams complex is located opposite the Venetian and features a range of hotels and casinos including the Hard Rock Hotel, the Grand Hyatt Macau, and Crown Towers. Each hotel has its own casino to choose from and this is a good option if you have come to Macau for the casinos and want to sample a few located in a small area.
Cotai is glitzy and home to many of Macau’s main casinos so this is not the place to come if you are looking for an island retreat away from the crowds. On the other hand if your main reason for visiting is to gamble or at least see as many of Macau’s casinos as possible then this is arguably the best choice of location, especially if you want to say you have seen the largest casino in the world, the Venetian.