With their bright lights, glamorous themes, and indulgent recreational activities, it’s no wonder that casinos have become part of many travel itineraries. In fact, destinations like Atlantic City, Monaco, Macau, and the incomparable Las Vegas can credit casinos with a big part of their fame. Of the 9,284 casinos around the world, though, only a handful are truly luxurious and worth making the trip for.
Often, the reality of a casino is very different from the popular perception; they can be smaller than you imagine, less opulent, and offering low stake games. If you take a look at the World Series of Poker that was recently on television, you’ll notice the setting is hardly the stuff of flashy movies – it’s more functional than flashy. That’s perhaps the best way to describe the majority of casinos. However, some are the epitome of luxury, designed to pull in the high rollers from around the globe not only with the chance of big wins but also with an experience like no other in marble hallways surrounded by the great and the good.
If that’s the experience you want on your next trip, then these are the most luxurious casino venues in the world. Ready your passport, put on your finest clothes, and head off to one of the most sumptuous venues anywhere in the world.
Casino De Monte Carlo
The typical image of a luxury casino is conjured up by James Bond in films such as Never Say Never Again, GoldenEye and Casino Royale. In the latter film, he is seen playing villain Le Chiffre in the Casino de Monte Carlo. The interior is a mock-up of the real venue, but the scenes shot outside are in Monte Carlo. They show the wonderfully ornate exterior and a car park filled with sports cars and smart suits. Inside, the main hall looks more like an art gallery, with towering marble pillars and artwork on the ceilings. The roulette tables are housed in a room with a dome roof, giving a spectacular view of the sky at night. If you want to travel to a destination that royalty, billionaires, and celebrities flock to, book your flight to Casino De Monte Carlo.
In all fairness, the throbbing Vegas Strip is largely known for its gimmicky concepts that are meant to attract wide-eyed visitors. But if you do your homework, and are ready to pay a premium price, you can find genuine luxury in the city. At the Bellagio, there are no mocked-up Egyptian pyramids or Eiffel Tower models. Instead, there’s an art gallery in the building, and the spectacular fountain is described as the best free attraction in Las Vegas. Inside, the building is modern and sleek, with the fabled Bobby’s Room hosting some of the richest and most skilled poker players in the world. Also called Legend’s Room, this is probably the one time a room will ever be worth adding to your travel bucket list.
Marina Bay Sands
Europe may have the historic buildings, and America might well have the most recognizable venues, but Asia is an emerging market and is home to some of the most striking, technologically advanced casinos in the world. The Marina Bay Sands complex is something to behold, costing more than $8bn to build. Its design is based on a pack of cards and features three towers of hotel rooms and suites. The casino is on a four-story central atrium, but that is just the start of the sheer luxury on offer. The Sky Park is a three-acre space spanning three main towers, boasting swimming pools, gardens, and jogging paths. If you’re somebody who likes to travel to famous movie landmarks, you’ll also be pleased to know this casino was featured in Crazy Rich Asians.
If you’ve ever wanted to really experience the high life, look no further than world-class casinos. Beautiful, immersive, and dripping with luxury, a casino is a worthy destination you’ll remember for years to come.