Holiday Casino: The Six Best Integrated Resorts in the World!
When it comes to an inclusive holiday, there’s a definite correlation between high quality resort hotels and having an attached entertainment center. The addition of a casino has long been an incentive to owners for developing impressive holiday destination – Japan recently passed legislation so that they could legalize casinos in order to build an integrated resort of this variety. The extravagance, the luxury, the resort hotel model is what made Las Vegas a tourist hot spot with a room and meal being comped to big winners and high-rollers a standard practice across the strip. But which ones are the biggest and best, which ones should you be looking at if you fancy playing a few hands of Blackjack on holiday?
Like they say though, it takes one to know one, which is why we have a list of the six most extravagant casino resorts in the world courtesy of the fine folks at bgo.
#1: Marina Bay Sands Casino, Singapore
On its opening in 2010, Marina Bay Sands was billed as the most expensive casino resort ever built and, so far, it still holds the crown. The construction cost over $8 billion and was delayed from its initial opening of 2009 to 2011 due to the scale of the work. A lot’s been squeezed into its impressive 57-storeydesign. Visitors can expect 500 casino tables and 1,600 slot machines, but if they decide to take a break from the games they’ll also find an art-science museum, shops, restaurants, an artificial ice rink and the largest rooftop infinity pool in the world on the 340 meter long Sky Park.
#2: Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monaco is well known for two major things, the attitude the royal family has towards taxes and the casino which provided a gambling refuge for Europe during the years when it was least accepted. From the Belle Époque facade that’s starred in multiple Bond movies to its Bohemian crystal chandeliers, the Casino de Monte-Carlo is one of the few entries on this list that definitely qualifies for National Treasure status.
#3: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas
No trip to Las Vegas is complete without a visit to Caesar’s Palace. This Roman-inspired casino resort is one of the strip’s largest and best-known landmarks. The lobby has seen more celebrities than most red-carpet events, and its casino floor has likewise been the recipient of many bets placed by the rich and famous. Visitors can find restaurants run by world-renowned chefs like Gordan Ramsay, Guy Savoy and Nobu Matsuhisa, or headlining box matches like the historic Muhammad Ali VS Larry Holmes fight from 1980. Although, if you aren’t feeling the Roman theme, there’s always the next entry on our list.
#4: The Venetian, Las Vegas
Dramatic and opulent, The Venetian allows you to experience the beauty and charm of Italy’s famous water-girdled city in the middle of the Nevada desert. This integrated resort wows with replicas of famous Venetian landmarks, including the Palazzo Ducale, Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco. When guests are not listening to singing gondoliers beside its canals, they can explore the resorts impressive selection of 225 casino tables and soon the MSG Sphere which is being built in partnership with the Madison Square Garden Company and opens in 2021.
#5: Sun City, South Africa
Inspired by a mythological kingdom, Sun City Casino Resort in North West South Africa is a place of cascading waterfalls, lush botanical gardens and sculpture-lined walkways. Originally located in Bophuthatswana, a separate territory from them in South Africa due to Apartheid law, it was close to major cities but able to offer gambling and other entertainments that weren’t legal at the time. Its “Palace of the Lost City” is home to an extensive selection of slot machines and card tables. But that’s not the only place where guests can find thrills. There’s also a water park, nature reserve and cabaret theater.
#6: Baden-Baden, South-Western Germany
Arguably this isn’t a resort as much as it is an entire town. While Star-studded balls, blossoming rose gardens and a nature-inspired spa have been attracting visitors to Baden-Baden since the 18th century, one of the most impressive draws is the casino. Its casino is the oldest in Germany and, back in its day, was the place for English lords, Russian state council members and other members of the social elite to be. While Monte Carlo is still the crown jewel of casino luxury in Europe for sheer brand recognition,Baden-Baden offers a luxury that few can rival. You know it’s a classy joint when you can book a special tour to see what it’s like.
There you have it, our picks for the six best Integrated Resorts in the world! But what do you think?