Home Away From Home – #1 Sofitel, Macau (澳门索菲特)

I lost count of the number of oversea accommodations I’ve been to. So I decided to make an effort in documenting them into a common category which I now name “Home Away From Home”. Hope it serves a little use for those who are looking for travel recommendations.

每次出国,酒店成了第二个家,好坏参差不齐。决定把所住之处归类于”Home Away From Home” (家外之家)这个分类处,供大家做参考。

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Sofitel, a luxury-tier member of the French hotel group, Accor, and sibling with other more familiar names such as Novotel and Ibis. My very first stay at a Sofitel hotel (Sofitel Macau) was a pleasant one, I must say.

索菲特酒店在全球共有192家连锁点,是法国雅高集团旗下的奢华成员之一。

以“富丽堂皇”来形容澳门索菲特酒店大厅,再贴切不过。

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A romantic corner created using fresh roses and orchids. How did I know they were real flowers? I touched them of course :D

芳香,到达。

欢迎,光临。

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Lift lobby on the 13th floor.

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I’m a picky traveller when it comes to accommodation. Comfy bed is a must, for quality of sleep has a great deal of influence over the quality of my travel experience next day. I could easily save on food, shopping and transport, but I tend not to compromise on accommodation, especially after spending $4.2k on chiropractic adjustments to alleviate the agonizing pain on my back and shoulders. Sigh. =\

I’ve had 3 nights of sound and deep sleep at Macau Sofitel, thanks to the cosy bed and noise-proof walls.

论及旅行住所,我算是个挑剔的游客。向来认为,一夜好眠是为隔天的精彩旅途做好准备,所以自然对床的舒适度要求颇高。

对澳门索菲特的客房,我没什么好挑剔的。房间不止宽大舒适,隔音效果也很好。我像个婴孩般地睡了3晚好觉。

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I have a way of distinguishing a “better” hotel from the many “good” ones – by looking at its shower set and hairdryer. The range of products in the shower set, the quality of the hairdryer and sometimes, the presence (or absence) of an ironing board and iron… Tiny details as such do make a difference to me.

我有一套区分“好”与“更好”的住所的方法 -- 走进浴室看看梳妆台上的洗浴产品与吹风机就知道了。洗浴用品齐不齐全,质量好不好;吹风机是什么品牌,伤不伤头皮;烫斗好不好用,功能多不多。很多时候,就是这类小细节才给旅客留下深刻的印象。

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I was fortunate to be accompanied by a sea-view like this. My 4 days in Macau each started on a cherry note.

窗外心旷神怡的风景是我每天早起的原动力。

sofitel night view

Admiring the Macau nightlife from afar.
鸟瞰澳门夜晚的车水马龙

This photo was selected by the Macau Government Tourism Office, with the potential of being featured in their 2014 desk calendar! If you enjoyed looking at my photos, take a look at my 4 other selected photos and choose your favourite. $500 worth of Macau souvenirs could be yours! :)

这张照片被澳门旅游局选中,有机会被印成2014年台历!如果你喜欢我的照片,不妨点击这里看看其他入选的照片,投选你的最爱,并有机会赢取价值$500的精美澳门奖品哦!

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Check out my humongous eyes.

两粒大眼睛。

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16 Ponte Casino, the casino in Sofitel hotel.

在澳门,凡是酒店,必有赌场(这里称娱乐场)。苏菲特酒店内的赌场名为“十六浦娱乐场”。

Side topic: no special effect has been added to this photo. The mysterious vibe was caused by the layer of fog formed on my camera lens after moving outdoor from an air-conditioned venue.

题外话:这张照片其实没加特效,只不过是从冷气室走出户外,造成镜片上的雾气罢了。嘻嘻。

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An offbeat yet harmonious mix of traditional architecture and modern buzz, right across the Sofitel Hotel.

酒店对街:古早味十足的不夜城

This photo is also part of my top 5 chosen by the Macau Government Tourism Board. Take a look at the rest if you haven’t. And yes, win goodies! :)

这张照片也是入选的照片之一,欢迎欣赏其他的照片,然后投票、赢奖,就这么简单。

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12 thoughts

  1. I am going to Hong Kong this July, and might be going Macau on the way.

    Anyway, I saw one of the photo which was selected by the Macau Government Tourism Office. May I know how did you take this photo?

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        • Hello! :) That particular picture was taken from the hotel room (13th floor). I switched all the lights off to prevent reflections, and took it with a “semi-tripod mode”.
          Although I had my tripod set up, it wasn’t very stable due to the obstructing furniture nearby. So the camera was half resting on the tripod, half supported by my arms. That’s why if you look closely, the photo isn’t perfectly sharp :P

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  3. Hi
    May i know what system and lens did you use to take the ‘offbeat’ architecture photo? And what settings did you use? It’s gorgeous.!

    Thanks

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    • Hello Jas! Thanks for the compliment and sorry for the late reply, current traveling on the road :)
      I’m using a Nikon D600, the lens I used to shoot that photo is a 14-24mm wide angle lens. It’s taken along the roadside with a tripod. Low ISO and shutter speed gives that kind of “vehicle trail” effect. Hope that helps! ;)

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