Many well-known casino companies have a solid online casino offering, but many also have impressive land-based retreats in gambling meccas such as Las Vegas, Macau and Monte Carlo, as well as in other places around the world.
From world-famous resorts along the Vegas strip to those that offer an immersive experience in nature, we’ve put together a list of nine of the most popular casino resorts in the world, listed by region.
If you’d like to expand on your online slots or other gaming experiences in the future and play casino games in real life, you may want to put some of the resorts below on your wishlist.
Macau – an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong – rivals Las Vegas as one of the top places to play casino games in the world. The Venetian, which has a counterpart in “Sin City”, is one of the top resorts on the island of Coloane in Macau, sporting replica Venetian architecture and even specially designed canals for gondola rides.
The Venetian is the largest luxury casino in the world, with more than 50,000 square metres of gaming space, which includes over 500 gaming tables and more than 2,000 slot machines and electronic table games! Other entertainment on offer includes dazzling art exhibitions and a range of luxury duty-free shopping stores.
Resorts World Sentosa is located on Sentosa, an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast. It offers everything that you could wish for from an island escape, including being able to sleep in the forest canopy in a treetop room; of course, you could choose to stay closer to the ground, and lounge next to the pool on a luxury beach villa veranda.
When you’re ready to play some live casino games, there is more than 15,000sqm of gaming space, over 550 tables with various games, and upwards of 2,400 electronic games and slot machines. You can also switch up your choice of entertainment by exploring Universal Studios or visiting S.E.A. Aquarium, the world’s largest oceanarium.
Step aside Vegas: Foxwoods in Ledyard, Connecticut is the largest resort casino in North America. It’s made up of four casinos, and one of the world’s largest bingo halls. When you’ve had your fill of daubing numbers, you can spend some time in the entertainment area, which offers bowling, ziplining, virtual reality, and comedy shows.
If you’re looking to relax, indulge yourself at the spa, or kick back with a meal at the resort’s many restaurants. There are also many accommodation options to choose from, including the Grand Pequot Tower, which comes with a private butler service.
Even if you’ve never been to Vegas, you’ll know the Bellagio from movies such as The Hangover and Ocean’s Eleven (thanks to the famous fountains in the front of the building, which put on an impressive synchronised light display at night!).
With all of the hi-tech amenities and service you could ask for, the Bellagio caters to an upmarket elite that appreciates high-end boutiques, priceless works of art, and manicured gardens (which are constantly being updated to reflect the changing seasons and holidays).
Of course, if it’s the gaming you’re more interested in, this is certainly the place to visit, as many high-stakes games take place in VIP areas such as Bobby’s Room (referred to by famous poker players as “The Office”).
If you prefer a bit of Caribbean flair, The Cove at Atlantis in the Bahamas offers a sumptuous island getaway. The resort offers a variety of relaxation, fine dining and exclusive gaming areas such as Sea Glass and The Cove Pool, where blackjack is a popular pastime.
The Cove also forms part of the greater Atlantis resort, which offers an extensive waterscape of pools and beaches, as well as dedicated areas for viewing sea life, including the local green sea and hawksbill turtles.
When you’re not sipping a cocktail and relaxing, you can also play at the Atlantis Casino, which has 85 gaming tables and more than 700 slot machines.
The Hôtel de Paris Monte Carlo, in Monaco, is a landmark destination for casino culture in Europe, with a rich history of gaming, gastronomy and other upmarket lifestyle pursuits. There are various gaming salons, all elaborately decorated, which will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into the Belle Époque. One highlight is getting to play roulette on the outside veranda while looking out over the Mediterranean sea.
For those who would prefer to explore or relax, you can visit the thermal baths, or do a tour of the surrounding area. The hotel is also famous for its Michelin-starred restaurants, including Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse and Le Grill, as well as uber-chic Le Bar Américain, which is regularly voted as one of the best bars in the world.
The Spanish island of Ibiza is synonymous with late-night parties and exquisite beaches, as well as the Gran Hotel. Based on the south coast of the island, the hotel offers five-star views overlooking the old town (just three miles away) and the Med. But the star attraction for discerning gamers is its Casino de Ibiza – which has a games room, poker room, slot machines, a private room and even exclusive tables.
When you’re not doubling down while playing blackjack, (or at the bar), there is also a full-service spa where you can get truly pampered, as well as top-class restaurants where you can enjoy gastronomic delights, including La Gaia by Óscar Molina.
With a long history of providing all kinds of entertainment, Sun City is only two hours away from Johannesburg and offers a five-star hotel, multiple gaming floors and a live events arena. The resort is located in a private game reserve, so you can also throw in a safari when you’re not occupied with placing bets on the table.
If you enjoy a bit of an adrenaline rush, you might like to try out some of the slides at the Valley of the Waves water park (when you’re not feeling the thrill of playing on the extensive variety of slot machines or at any of the blackjack, roulette and punto baccarat tables).
After you’ve had your fill of placing bets on a game of punto y banca (a variation of baccarat) at the Casino Sun Plaza Mendoza, you can choose to take a wine tour of a nearby bodega – Mendoza is a city in the heart of Argentina’s wine country. Alternatively, you could allow yourself to indulge at the Park Hyatt Mendoza spa, whose offering includes wine- and olive-infused treatments (which have purported antioxidant benefits).
Outside the elegantly restored, 19th-century Spanish colonial-style hotel building, you can also explore a bit of the city, or in season, add some skiing or snowboarding to your itinerary.
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/ 23 June 2021