What is the Cotai Strip?The Cotai Strip is a slice of reclaimed land on what was Cotai Island (it’s now been joined with the mainland). Since the deregulation of gambling in Macau the strip has been the location for many of the biggest casinos to open their doors on the island and the intention is to develop it into a rival for the famous Las Vegas strip.
So far the project has met with mixed results. The Cotai Strip does host the biggest casino in the world, The Venetian, as well as many of Macau’s other big name casinos, but several blockbuster names in the casino world have also opened in the centre of Macau. Financial struggles also mean several projects on the Cotai Strip have been paused and much of it currently looks like a building site.
Several of the biggest casinos and hotels are already in place and the strip already attracts thousands of punters but until you can actually easily stroll between casinos, staying in Macau city centre remains a more attractive proposition.
Casinos on the Cotai StripThe flagship casino on the Cotai Strip is the Venetian. This gargantuan casino is the biggest in the world and includes not only an endless parade of poker tables, roulette wheels and slots but a 3000 room hotel and Macau’s biggest shopping mall. There are also a number of shows and the Venetian is host to many of Macau’s biggest events – from tennis opens to rock star concerts - as well as gondola rides around its faux Venetian canals.
Across the road is the slightly smaller but slightly hipper City of Dreams casino. On top of the usual menu of gambling options this mega resort offers three hotels, including the Hard Rock, pool parties and Macau’s best floor show – the Evil Knievel inspired House of Dancing Water. The final big name casino on the Cotai is the Galaxy which has put a premium on its resort options that includes three hotels, a Banyan Tree Spa, Galaxy Cinema and roof top wave pool amongst many other distractions.