Five Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao Restaurants Commended in Smilin by Ctrip Award Ceremony

Ranking list recognises best restaurants ‘that appeal to the Chinese taste’

(Macao, Aug. 15, 2016) – Smilin, the travel and gourmet brand under Ctrip, one of China’s largest and most successful travel service providers, has named five restaurants at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao as “Smilin Excellence” and “Smilin One-Star” restaurants in a recent inaugural award ceremony. They are: The Venetian Macao’s Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Golden Peacock (Smilin Excellence), authentic Chinese eateries Canton (Smilin Excellence) and Elegant Seafood Restaurant (Smilin Excellence), Four Seasons Hotel Macao’s two Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Zi Yat Heen (Smilin One-Star) and Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel’s warm and inviting Italian trattoria, Bene (Smilin Excellence).  

There are three award categories in Smilin’s restaurant ranking list: “Smilin Star” (high-end restaurants with a higher budget), “Smilin Excellence” (signature restaurants with a local touch, medium price range) and “Smilin Local Snacks” (local flavour with lower prices).

During the award ceremony, the organiser announced its Southern China Region shortlist of 171 restaurants from 3,000 contenders across four cities, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macao. Aimed primarily at mainland tourists, Ctrip describes Smilin as “a list recommending the most reliable restaurants worth a visit during travel and [that] appeal to the Chinese taste”. Around 860 restaurants in 20 cities across China and the rest of the world have already been recognised by Smilin.

The ceremony, which took place in Hong Kong on July 28, saw medals presented by a panel of leading industry figures, including renowned foodie and Smilin Board Member Chua Lam, Senior Vice President of Ctrip James Lan Tang and food columnist Kinson Loo. Other celebrity gastronomes also attended the event.

Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao offers a unique dining experience at each of its more than 150 restaurants and bars. From Italian classics and authentic Chinese delicacies, to Macanese favourites and global cuisine from Japan, India, Southeast Asia and more, there’s something special for every palate.     

The Golden Peacock at Venetian
The Golden Peacock at Venetian
Canton at Venetian
Canton at The Venetian Macao
Zi Yat Heen at Four Seasons
The Golden Peacock at Venetian
Bene at Sheraton
Bene at Sheraton
Elegant Seafood Restaurant at Venetian
Elegant Seafood Restaurant at The Venetian Macao


Photo caption: Five restaurants at Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao receive honours at Smilin by Ctrip Award Ceremony.


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Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao has transformed a day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao. . With the opening of The Parisian Macao, it will have  nearly 13,000hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with more than 850 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, transportation offerings and well over 150 dining options, including Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and lounges. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is a must-go destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian® Macao; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and  St. Regis hotels as well as the Holiday Inn. Sands Resorts Cotai Strip Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach. And coming in 2016, the crowning achievement of Sheldon G. Adelson’s vision of the Cotai Strip - The Parisian Macao. For more information, please visit

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