The Londoner Macau to Partly Open in February

Article by : Helen Dec 30, 2020

Sands China says it is going forward with a February opening of The Londoner Macao and is taking reservations for the Chinese New Year celebrations. The former Sands Cotai Central is undergoing a thorough remaking into The Londoner with a very distinct UK-themed layout at the Macau resort.

The $2.2 billion (US) project was slated to be finished this year but ran into issues with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of delaying the opening further amid the global pandemic, Sands China announced it will open the property in phases starting in February and is accepting reservations for hotel stays. That opens up the property in time for the Chinese New Year of the Ox.

The Londoner will feature two hotels, one entitled The Londoner and the other The Londoner Court suites. The Court Suites will open later in the year as Sands China works to open up at least a portion of The Londoner Cotai hotel in February. Both hotel operations will feature all suites to better serve global clientele who prefer luxury travels and are not looking for strictly gaming opportunities.

Four malls that feature high-end specialty shops and luxury goods will help to keep deep-pocketed tourists opening up their purses and wallets while at The Londoner. Fine dining and ample entertainment attractions ensure lots of great fun during the daytime and well into the evening. And those who want to take a chance in the casino will have world-class gaming available at all times. Sands China is wagering a big bet on The Londoner and has strong expectations of a full payout when the resort eventually opens to full capacity, likely in late 2021 or early 2022.

The Londoner Court would offer up to 370 luxury suites, while The Londoner Hotel is to have 600 suites available. UK football superstar and global celebrity David Beckham is the resort’s global ambassador, and several specialty suites bear his name. The properties are aimed less at gambling high-rollers and more at relatively affluent global travelers who likely will gamble while also taking in the resort’s many amenities and visiting Macau’s culturally significant locales.

The resort’s lower exterior is modeled after the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Hall. It also has a Big Ben replica clock, a giant red telephone booth, a full-size replica of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain, and an atrium modeled after Crystal Palace. The resort also will feature a performance theater that seats up to 6,000 while a Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and a specialty restaurant called Churchill’s Table are among UK-themed amenities.

With The Londoner opening, Macau is taking on a cosmopolitan flair similar to Las Vegas, where casinos are themed based on popular global tourist destinations. Themed Las Vegas casinos include the Venetian, New York, Paris, and Luxor. The soon-to-open Resorts World Las Vegas will feature a Chinese theme.

The ability to drive from “New York” to “Paris” is a real possibility in Las Vegas, so long as you do not mind replica buildings. Those looking for an even more authentic experience could opt to take a longer drive to the original London Bridge, which now is a featured attraction in nearby Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Sands China is replicating the Las Vegas global tourism theme with its Venetian and Parisian properties in Macau and The Londoner opening on a limited basis in February. Las Vegas Sands owns the Venetian and The Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Sands also owns the Marina Bay Sands property in Singapore and the Plaza and Sands casinos in Macau.

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