Nestled in the southernmost region of Macau, Pousada de Coloane stands as a rare gem among the modernity of its surroundings. This boutique hotel, distinctively detached from the glitz and glamour of Macau’s renowned casinos, offers a tranquil escape with its breathtaking panoramic views of the South China Sea. Its historical roots trace back to the 1930s when it was built as a manor house, embodying an era of elegance and charm.
The transformation of this manor house into the Pousada de Coloane, a term translating to “inn” in Portuguese, remains shrouded in mystery. However, it is believed to have opened its doors as an inn around 1970. By January 1973, the inn had gained popularity, evident in the one-month waiting list for its 12 rooms. At that time, it was under a lease by the government to Stanley Ho Hung-sun’s Sociedade de Turismo e Diversoes de Macau. Although there were plans for an extension and purchase by Ho, the inn eventually closed in 1976 amidst government plans to sell the property.
A new chapter in the inn’s history began in 1977 when Fernando Lúcio, a former military serviceman from Portugal who had developed a fondness for Macau, acquired it. Lúcio, who had previously opened a Portuguese restaurant in Macau and worked as a chef at the Hotel Lisboa, infused the Pousada de Coloane with a touch of his homeland. He undertook extensive renovations, transforming it into a cozy and inviting space reflective of Portuguese interior design.
Today, Pousada de Coloane stands as a quaint, anachronistic hotel featuring 23 rooms, each offering serene views of Cheoc Van Beach. The hotel’s dog-friendly outdoor terrace has become a popular venue for various events, including weddings and unique gatherings like poodle parties. Complementing the hotel’s facilities are a charming restaurant and a swimming pool, open daily from 9 am to 9 pm, providing guests with the perfect setting to relax and unwind.
The Pousada de Coloane, with its rich history and traditional Portuguese ambiance, offers a unique experience away from the bustling city life of Macau. It stands as a testament to the enduring charm of historical architecture and the allure of a quieter, more reflective stay in one of Asia’s most vibrant regions.