Fresh, health-conscious Italian at Caffe B Macau
A stylish spot located right in the centre of Macau, over looking Nam Vam Lake and the Macau Tower, Caffe B Macau offers the best of both worlds when it comes to Italian dining. This is a great place to stop off for lunch after a tour of Macau’s historical centre without the crowds and noise of St. Pauls and its surrounds. Caffe B has a light and healthy approach to Italian food, and while they do have meat on their menu, their loyal customers come for their grilled vegetables, delicious soups, fresh salads, clam pasta and Pizza Cris.
Lake View Mansion Block 1, 744G-H Avenida Panorâmica do Lago Nam Van, Macau. +853-2838-6886, www.facebook.com/Caffe-B
New Pilates Studio Macau
The new kid on the fitness block, Pilates House Macau is founded by Instagram influencer Ceci Lam. Ceci is a Polestar Pilates instructor, certified pre- and- post-natal Pilates instructor and all-round cool girl.
Her studio teaches a range of Reformer classes, including Base, Body, Stretch, Cardio and Core, and upon request they will also do private classes tailored to your needs. Expect low-impact exercises with a focus on core strengthening and elongating the muscles, with the aim of improving your posture and mobility while strengthening both your body and mind.
A trial session is MOP150. Packages start at MOP1,400 for five classes. www.pilateshousemacau.com.
Valetine’s Day Promotion at The Sheraton
We love a good deal, and Sheraton Grand Macao has an awesome offer for the romantic V-Day weekend. Book “A Grand Romance” deluxe room package for two between Feb 9-15 and get a bottle of bubbly, a chocolate truffle Valentine’s cake, afternoon tea at Palms, $1,000 dining credit or a complimentary Valentine’s Day set dinner, a pair of one-way Cotai Water Jet ferry tickets (or MOP200 to spend in the spa) and guaranteed late checkout at 4pm. If available, you’ll also get upgraded to the next room category. The whole shebang is priced at $2,488 (plus taxes and service charge). How’s that for a great value getaway?
Macau hike: Our Lady of Penha
You might be surprised to learn that Macau is home to many hiking routes and great places to stretch those legs between dice rolls and Macanese feasts. A hike up to the Chapel of our lady of Penha is a must if you’re looking to work up a sweat and do something a little cultural at the same time. You can easily vary your pacing, making it either a relaxed stroll or an intense power walk! On your way up to the monument, which dates back to 1622, you’ll pass some of the old Portuguese-style homes that housed the government and military back in the day. One of the few remaining areas dotted with houses rather than apartments, it’s one of Macau’s greenest areas. The chapel that sits at the top is situated on one of the highest peaks in Macau. It has the most stunning views of the city, taking in Macau Tower, Taipa Island and all the way across to Zhuhai.
The picturesque hilltop is a popular location for wedding snaps and Instagram alike.
How to get there: Penha Hill can be accessed from Sai Van Lake.
Sally Victoria Benson grew up in Macau and is the publisher of macaulifestyle.com, the city’s leading lifestyle platform. She’s passionate about sharing Macau’s hidden healthy side and everything happening in the city.