The Londoner Macau Opens for Chinese New Year

Article by : Helen Jan 29, 2021

Phase 1 of nearly (US) $2 billion The Londoner Macau resort’s opening begins Feb. 8. The Chinese New Year starts on Feb. 12. The Londoner Macau will accept resort guests on a limited basis starting four days earlier.

Sands China invested $1.9 billion to remake the former Sands Cotai Central into The Londoner Macau.

It initially estimated a $2.2 billion remodel but came in under budget. Sands China held a pre-opening January with 2,000 resort team members attending and will employ 5,700 when it opens completely. The integrated resort has a Victorian theme and is similar to those on the Las Vegas Strip and aimed at the luxury travel market more than casino high-rollers. It features luxury shopping, fine dining, exhibition space, and several entertainment venues. All of this encourages guests to spend most of their time and money in one integrated resort. Two casino floors enable plenty of gaming opportunities.

The Londoner Macau has two luxury hotels named The Londoner and The Londoner Court Suites. The Londoner has 600 suites, including the Suites by David Beckham on the top two floors. Sands China partnered with UK football legend David Beckham to design the specialty suites and promote the resort. Beckham says the suites featuring his name reflect the London attractions that he loves the most, and a Black Cab Taxi ride takes you to his favorite spots.

The Londoner will accept a limited number of guests for the Chinese New Year, while The Londoner Court Suites will open later in 2021. The two new hotels would bring the total rooms at The Londoner Macau to more than 6,000 when combined with existing guest operations at the Conrad, Sheraton, and The St. Regis hotels. The resort immerses guests in Victorian-era London luxury while staying at one of the two new hotels.

The lower level resembles Westminster Palace and the Houses of Parliament and includes a replica Big Ben clock tower. Victorian-era features include an entry that resembles Victoria Station, leading to an atrium modeled after the Crystal Palace exhibition built for the 1851 London World Expo. It also has a giant red phone booth like those commonly seen on London streets and a life-size Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain.

A Sir Winston Churchill-themed bar, modern English art gallery, and several British-themed eateries help to provide a true UK feel. A changing of the guard ceremony lasts six minutes and occurs several times each day. Those who enjoy bagpipes and English trumpets can take in the Scots Guards, and Heralding Trumpeters show that includes special effects. Event venues include a 6,000-seat Londoner Arena to host a variety of events and a more intimate 1,700-seat Londoner Theatre for theatrical performances and other types of live entertainment. Dining options are more varied, with English, Asian, and other restaurants providing exceptional meals.

Sands China also owns the Parisian and Venetian properties in Macau while Las Vegas Sands owns the Plaza and Sands in Macau, Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas, and the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic persisting, Macau reported only 46 cases with no deaths last year and has no active cases. The Sands China growth continues after the recent death of Las Vegas Sands chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson, who lived for 87 years before passing on in Las Vegas on Jan. 11. Adelson ranked 19th on the 2020 Forbes 400 Net Worth individuals with a $29.8 billion.

Adelson entered the casino business in 1989 when he and others partnered to buy Las Vegas Sands for $128 million. His parents were immigrants from Wales and Lithuania and raised Sheldon in a Boston tenement apartment.

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