Friday, May 19, 2023

Grand Lisboa Palace

During the Michelin festivities, they put us up at the Grand Lisboa Palace, which is also where the Gala Dinner took place. The hotel felt every bit like a brand-new property though it's officially opened in 2021, and it's part of the resort complex by SJM with separate hotel towers collaborated with fashion houses Karl Lagerfeld and Versace on Cotai side. 

The French chateau-style garden (called Jardim Secreto) is definitely the major attraction of this resort positioned to be more family-oriented. Surrounded by the hotel towers and facilities, every corner of this garden are perfect spots for photos or Instagram posts with well-designed greeneries and structures that gave visitors the feeling of being transposed to imperial times in Europe. 

Wish we had more time to check out a few of the new dining outlets but I ended up eating at the same restaurant for lunch on first day and breakfast the next morning. The Grand Buffet looked just like its old self in the original Grand Lisboa Hotel or its Hong Kong branch atop Wanchai's Hopewell Centre, with the restaurant known for its more than generous buffet spread and multiple food stalls similar to those found in Vegas, offering everything from seafood to hot and cold appetizers, Chinese, Asian and western savory dishes to outdoor grill to desserts.

On the day of our visit, they also included a few pop-up food stalls to feature dishes from a few restaurants named in the latest Michelin Guide as Bib Gourmand selection, plus the caviar station hosted by French purveyor Kaviari, which obviously proved to be the most popular among those who's invited. Eight Treasures in Tin Hau has been my favorite noodle shop in town known for its beef brisket stew and the signature herbal soup base, and their pop-up stall served just that with the same top-quality meat and soup. The breakfast spread the next day was also impressive with everything you could imagine for a top-notch power meal to start the day with. 

We were lucky to be offered the room with Garden View on high floor, which was definitely the more preferred option than the "City View" overseeing the airport and the quieter side of Cotai. And their room was definitely spacious than other properties in the area. The Luxury Room we were assigned to looks more like a junior suite elsewhere completed with a full-size couch on the side, walk-in closet space and a large bathroom with separate shower booth and bathtub. 

I wish we got more time to explore the other areas in the hotel including the gym and indoor and outdoor swimming pools this time. And I look forward to coming back to visit soon when the development project is more complete with more shops and restaurants opening up in the mall downstairs. 

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