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Morpheus, Macau's Newest Ultra-Luxury Hotel, Is Absolutely Fabulous

Located in the City of Dreams Macau, Morpheus represents a new chapter in entertainment culture and hospitality for Asia.
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Morpheus, Macau’s newest ultra-luxury hotel named after the Greek god of Dreams, stands tall and proud at 39 stories high over the Cotai strip with grace, beauty, and strength.

It's one of the last projects of the late Dame Zaha Hadid, the Pritzker prize-winning architect who died unexpectedly from a heart attack in 2016. The $1.1 billion structure located in the City of Dreams Macau houses 772 guest rooms, suites, and villas.

The first hotel brand to be wholly conceived, owned, and developed by Melco Resorts & Entertainment, the two-tower structure is the world’s first free-form exoskeleton high-rise.


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It boasts an atrium lobby that is 35 square meters high, tall enough to house a double Ferris wheel.


The 160-meter-high steel mesh structure was built using 70,500 square meters of reinforced concrete and 50,000 square meters of aluminum cladding for its exoskeleton, and 48,000 square meters of façade glass. The towers are joined by two sky bridges where guests can dine and take in the full breadth of the architectural masterpiece.

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The hotel’s interiors were designed by hotel and resort design expert, Peter Remedios, who has collaborated with many well-known luxury hotel developers such as the Aman Group, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons & St. Regis, Shangri-La, and Hyatt International.


In-room luxury amenities include VOSS water from Norway, Nespresso coffee, Thé Labo tea, and Hermès toiletries. 


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Morpheus personnel blend in perfectly with their design-centric surroundings and are sharply dressed in uniforms by Hong Kong designer, Barney Cheng.

In addition to the ultra-luxury accommodations, the hotel also has a signature gravity-defying sky pool on the 40th floor.


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It also has a full-service spa with its own unique “Spa Butler” concept where hotel guests are escorted from their hotel rooms to their treatments.


Another Morpheus Spa highlight is its original snow garden installation that uses real snow and gives a sense of overall calm and serenity to the space.


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While the unconventional architecture and jaw-dropping design found throughout the hotel certainly provides much for guests to admire and enjoy during their stay, what may stay on their lips a bit longer is the array of gastronomic dining options.

In its first partnership with a hotel company in greater China, Maison Pierre Hermé Paris has joined forces with Morpheus to create the Universe of Pierre Hermé. 


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Recognized as the “Picasso of pastry” and the winner of the 2016 World’s Best Pastry Chef award, Hermé not only provides his delicious viennoiserie and dessert creations at his eponymous lobby lounge, but his kitchen is also responsible for all of the bread and pastry offerings throughout the hotel including breakfast at the club lounge and those served through in-room dining.

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Another dining first for Morpheus is its entire floor dedicated to the cuisine of the legendary French chef, Alain Ducasse.


A longtime friend of Melco Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho, Ducasse says that he was excited to collaborate on this unique design project as he believes in the essential harmony of food and design.

With two restaurants and a bar, the floor immerses its guests in gastronomic hospitality. Alain Ducasse at Morpheus, which Ducasse says is a blend of his luxury collection restaurants at the Plaza Athenée in Paris and the Hotel Louis XV in Monaco, is a posh and formal restaurant tailor-made for Macau that serves his interpretation of contemporary French cuisine.

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His second, more casual and relaxed dining outlet is Voyages by Alain Ducasse. A modern dining room that showcases global flavors inspired by the chef’s travels, this restaurant serves as Ducasse’s open invitation to his guests to discover his trove of culinary treasures. Both restaurants were designed by one of Ducasse’s favorite design firms, Jouin Manku, which was also responsible for the design of the Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée.

Equally exciting and again, another first for Asia, is Yi at the Sky Bridge, a contemporary Chinese restaurant with a menu that highlights a multitude of Chinese regional cuisine served omakase-style.


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The dining room located on one of the two sky bridges was also designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. With this quality of dining options, guests need not go elsewhere in their search for Michelin Star meals.

In addition to its luxury services and amenities, Morpheus is home to Art on 23, a living art gallery space that features a large-scale sculpture by artist KAWS, as well as pieces by Jean-Michel Othoniel and Thilo Heinzmann.

Morpheus is the flagship luxury property of the City of Dreams in Macau (COD), an integrated entertainment resort located in Cotai, Macau. COD is also home to the Grand Hyatt and Nüwa hotels, a casino, a designer brand shopping mall, a 2,000 seat purpose-built theater for its proprietary production of “The House of Dancing Water.”

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