Fancy venturing further? Why not pop across to Hong Kong's enthralling neighbouring island. Take the hydrofoil or, for an extra-special journey, book the chopper that runs every 30 minutes (

Once there, check yourself into one of the Banyan Tree's Pool Villas for total privacy. Yes, it's high-rise living (don't expect anything else in Macau), but the service, decor and sheer luxury mean Banyan Tree triumphs over its city-hotel competitors. Make sure you sign up for a cooking class with the lovely Gina (their native Thai chef), who'll show you how to create a sensational five-course tasting menu.

You may have heard that gambling is a big deal here, but there's plenty more besides; peruse the old part of town that harks back to when the Portuguese settled (it's the most intact collection of European architecture on Chinese land), and you'll soon find the finest custard tarts you've ever tasted.

WOW FACTOR Book a Macau Discovery Tour through the hotel. A truly memorable view can be found at the top of the 338m Macau Tower, which looks out over neighbouring Zhuhai, in China - a bit like standing on the edge of time.

GO A Sky Villa Suite costs from £434