Galaxy Macau Reveals High-End Luxury Boutique Hotel to Open Next Year

Posted on: April 26, 2024, 06:43h. 

Last updated on: April 26, 2024, 09:01h.

Galaxy Macau on Thursday revealed plans for its 10th hotel offering at the integrated resort on the Cotai Strip.

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A rendering of a Sky Villa suite at the forthcoming Capella at Galaxy Macau hotel. The luxury hotel is being built for VIP guests in the Chinese casino hub. (Image: Galaxy Entertainment Group)

Galaxy Macau, owned and operated by Hong Kong-headquartered Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG), teased a forthcoming ultra-luxury boutique hotel in December. The revelation came Friday, with GEG disclosing that its newest partnership is with Capella Hotels and Resorts, a Singapore-based luxury hotelier.

Capella at Galaxy Macau will join nine other hotel brands at the casino complex. Capella will be Galaxy’s smallest hotel offering with just 57 suites and 36 Sky Villa accommodations.

Each Sky Villa will feature a private infinity-edge pool and outdoor lounge, a sunroom, personal garden, and unobstructed views from the 17-story Capella Tower. Each suite will have a private plunge pool and balconies overlooking the Cotai Strip.

Designed by Paris’ Moinard Bētaille, the interiors will draw inspiration from the jungle and Macau’s lush green hills.

“Galaxy Entertainment Group granted us the exceptional freedom to conceptualize Capella at Galaxy Macau,” said Bruno Moinard and Claire Bētaille. “Macau’s adventurous spirit and rich history inspired our tropical jungle theme, evoking feelings of generosity and modernity, punctuated by delightful surprises for guests. A central element of this project is our profound connection with water, inviting guests to imagine themselves suspended in their glistening pool.”

Capella at Galaxy Macau is slated to open in mid-2025. 

High-End Focus

While The 13 Hotel might have been a bust south of the Cotai Strip, and most casinos are pivoting their attention from the VIP to the mass and premium-mass demographic after China clamped down on junket groups, Galaxy brass believes continued investment in the ultra-premium segment remains a sound financial undertaking. Galaxy, according to Deutsche Bank, maintained a 21% market share in Macau last year, which ranked second behind only Sands at 34%.

The Cotai Strip’s luxury resorts, which cost many billions to construct, are in a fierce battle for the remaining VIP players. Galaxy is partnering with Capella, a hotelier designed with society’s upper echelon in mind.

Capella’s Singapore property was the site of the 2018 summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Dubbed the world’s “Best Hotel Brand” last year by Travel + Leisure, Capella, in addition to Singapore, has hotels in several prominent Asian cities, including Bangkok, Hainan, Hanoi, Shanghai, and Ubud. Capella Sydney is the company’s lone destination in Australia.

Capella is amid an expansion phase, which, in addition to Macau, has hotels planned in Taipei, South Korea, Kyoto, Nanjing, Riyadh, Maldives, and Shenzhen.

Galaxy Macau’s Final Phase

Galaxy Entertainment opened its third phase of Galaxy Macau last year. The company’s fourth and final planned expansion of the Cotai development will largely focus on nongaming and fulfilling its $3.4 billion commitment the company made in 2022 to the local government in exchange for a 10-year extension of its gaming concession.

Galaxy says it will soon begin work on a new 4,000-seat concert venue that will “invigorate the local arts and cultural scene.” The fourth phase additionally includes what’s billed as a “high-tech” amusement and water park.

Galaxy leaders say the overall focus is to continue positioning Macau as a “world center of tourism and leisure.”