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.
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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.
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.
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