The Venetian Macau
At 229 metres high, the 980 000m2 Venetian Macau is the largest hotel complex in Asia and the fourth largest building in the world. This huge building towering over Macau’s “Cotai Strip” is a larger size copy of the Las Vegas Venetian and has been instrumental in changing the face of the world’s new gaming capital.
History of The Venetian Macau
With the construction of The Venetian Las Vegas in 1999, Sheldon Adelson, the American billionaire, realised everyone’s dreams. It was one of the most impressive and most profitable casino complexes in the world and quickly attracted clients with its design, services and attractions. Then Adelson turned his attention to another market : Macau. In order to breach Stanley Ho’s long standing casino monopoly, he became directly involved and promised the Chinese authorities that within a few years he would make Macau the new casino gaming Mecca. When Stanley Ho lost his monopoly in 2002, Adelson carried out a “casino test run” with the Sands Macau. The outcome was amazing and the billionaire quickly recouped his original investment and made a substantial profit from the beginning. This motivated him to continue and he decided to build the largest hotel-casino at that time in Macau.
He kept the theme that had proven so successful in his gigantic Vegas complex and began the construction of The Venetian Macau using the British architects Aedas. Work finished in July 2007 and the complex opened on the 28th of August that year. The 229 metre high Venetian covers 980 000m2, has 3000 suites spread over 35 floors and cost an astronomical 2.4 billion dollars. When it was built, The Venetian Macau was the third largest building in the world and its 51 000m2 casino was the world’s largest casino.
The Venetian Macau’s Attractions
The Venetian Macau has been designed in the style of the immense hotel-casinos in Vegas : a temple of luxury and extravagance offering a host of services and attractions including the following:
- 30 restaurants,
- A swimming pool,
- A spa and wellness centre,
- A 111 000m2 conference centre,
- 350 shops covering more than 149m2 with all the main designer shops as well as outlets selling good value clothing,
- A 15 000 seat theatre,
- A Kids Club,
- A golf course
The Venetian Macau’s Casino
At 51 000m2, The Venetian Macau’s casino is the largest in the world. The casino is divided into 4 zones with different themes and gaming experiences, these are : The Phoenix, The Red Dragon, The Goldfish and The Imperial Palace. The gaming complexes 3400 slot machines and 800 gaming tables are divided among these different areas. The Venetian Macau has a special VIP club with its own private entrance: The Paiza Club. The VIP area is divided into several private rooms named after major Asian cities so high rollers can enjoy themselves in the Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Guangzhou rooms and they also have exclusive access to the club’s restaurant.