Peaceful Pousada de Coloane in Macau

Macau is more than a collection of grand hotels and casinos. Although tourists nip to cultural hotspots such as Senado Square, the Ruins of St. Paul’s and A-Ma temple, heading south to Coloane is a more relaxed way to soak up Macau’s mixed Chinese and Portuguese colonial heritage. A good distance away from the commercial areas, the more residential Coloane region reaches into the ocean, offering beaches, uninterrupted vistas and the verdant Parque de Merendas de Cheoc Van. Here, the boutique Pousada de Coloane hotel provides the perfect Portuguese-influenced respite.

Pousada de Coloane History & Renovations

Four decades ago, in 1977, Pousada de Coloane opened to the public. The Spanish and Portuguese ‘pousada’ concept – a haven for rest and relaxation – attracted locals for short stays. The hotel also lives on in the memory of many Macanese, who celebrated weddings and other special occasions here. Now, under new ownership, the beloved Pousada de Coloane is rebuilding, remodelling and refurbishing. Although currently transitioning from a beach resort to a boutique hotel, regular guests have noted improvements; and Pousada de Coloane has seen an increase in bookings over the past year. Even so, with only 28 rooms, the hotel suits travellers that like to escape big tourist crowds.

See the full album of photos from Pousada de Coloane. 

Warm Hospitality

From check-in to check out, the genuinely kind Pousada de Coloane staff welcomes burnt out business travellers, nature-loving backpackers and families on a weekend break. Hotel manager, Vera Fernandes, exudes exemplary hospitality and works diligently to proactively address any concerns raised by visitors. As we chat about Pousada de Coloane over tea in the restaurant, it is apparent that Ms. Fernandes takes great pride in creating happy, personalized experiences for guests. Just like the hotel, the service at Pousada de Coloane is not overly stuffy and formal; rather, it is warm and comfortable.

Portuguese Accents

Just after nightfall, the public bus from the glitzy Cotai Strip delivers me to Pousada de Coloane. Darkness envelops the families still playing on the nearby beach, while nature sounds accompany me to the reception area. Homey touches include a symmetrical cross-stitched tapestry and the colourful fabric sardine keychains attached to every room key. On the way to my room, I admire delicately painted ceramic plates mounted on the wall and classically patterned Portuguese tiles. Even in my room, I study the intricate wooden headboard crafted in the Bilros technique, whose name references crochet. Portuguese themes carry throughout the grand terrace, too, with a sweeping black and white tile mosaic (calzada) and references to their historical seafaring days with depictions of nautical creatures and compasses. Even as travellers overlook the sea and tree-covered hills, the sound of water flowing emanates from a typical Portuguese fountain.

Pousada de Coloane Room and Facilities

Notably, each room at Pousada de Coloane has a balcony and sea views, along with a Jacuzzi bathtub – which is best enjoyed with a glass of sweet Portuguese wine. However, to best enjoy the balcony, book a Superior Room outfitted with a small table and two chairs. Outside, dense vegetation surrounds the pool deck, giving off an exclusive hideaway vibe, and a short walk brings visitors to the sandy Cheoc Van Beach. The included buffet breakfast features a variety of cured meats, toast and eggs, accompanied by tea, coffee or juice. Lighter fare such as cereal, yogurt, fruit and salad are also available. Even diners with a preference for Asian cuisine will be satisfied with plain congee, spring rolls and fried noodles.

Overview of Pousada de Coloane

Pousada de Coloane is an excellent choice for those seeking a secluded getaway with a touch of Portuguese culture in Macau. A four-star hotel, Pousada de Coloane delivers great value and is continually improving upon maintenance and advancing the property’s quality. The specific furnishings and unique aesthetic really contribute to the stay, and the hospitality cannot be faulted.

 

Disclosure: Up&AtEm Travel was provided a one-night stay at Pousada de Coloane in exchange for an honest review. To work with me for reviews, guest blogs, copywriting and more – contact me for a personalised quote.  

17 Comments

  1. This looks like a nice place to stay – I love when my hotel room has a balcony, and a sea view is an added bonus!

    1. Author

      Definitely! As I get older, I appreciate the accommodation more and more part of the whole trip instead of just choosing “somewhere to sleep.” 🙂

  2. Macau reminds me a lot of Goa. I guess that’s because of the Portuguese roots that the two places share. I personally haven’t been there but my husband tells me that it is really pretty.

    1. Author

      I hadn’t realized that Goa was influenced by Portugal, too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Your husband is right; Macau has many beautiful spots – both in terms of nature and architecture!

  3. Wow looks amazing! I love the Portuguese influence around the building. Looks like the perfect stay for in Macau 🙂

    1. Author

      Absolutely! I had such a calming stay. If it’s your first trip, I hope you spend at least two days to explore both the city and natural aspects of Macau. 🙂

  4. We recently visited Macao as well and it was such a lovely surprise. I hope you ate some of those Portuguese egg tarts!

    1. Author

      Glad to hear you had a nice time. 🙂 Yes, I did have a few Portuguese egg tarts, but I have yet to make it to Lord Stow’s bakery!

  5. My friend who lives in Singapore had told me about the Portuguese influence on Macau, something I did not know of before. This boutique hotel looks like the perfect place to unwind and seems like you had a lot of fun!

    1. Author

      Hi Paroma, I think the cultural influence is more apparent outside of Macau’s more commercial areas. Yes, I had a lovely and relaxing stay, thank you!

  6. What a gorgeous place to stay! You can’t beat a balcony with a view of the sea.

    1. Author

      That’s too true, John! A balcony with sea views can put the cherry on top of a fabulous getaway. 😀

  7. I love boutique hotels and resorts like these. It was really nice going through this one, virtually, through your post. Looks like a perfect retreat

  8. I absolutely love Macau, I didnt know they had any boutique hotels, will love to stay next time! Lots of gorgeous photo, you have me sold!

  9. Looks like a really beautiful place! It is much more quaint that I would have expected of Macau! Looks like a wonderful boutique hotel.

  10. A lovely relaxing place. We used to go regularly when we lived in Hong Kong before. Now we’re back in Hong Kong but have not found the time to get over there – will do though ! The restuarant is worth a visit, try the caldo verde and the bacalhao – superb !

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