If the world of luxury casinos used to conjure up images of James Bond—all tuxedos and evening gowns, martinis, and champagne—the modern casino is a different roll of the dice. Sure, the glitz is still there and VIP rooms abound, but you're just as likely to see somebody with a thousand-dollar buy-in wearing jeans and downing a beer.
And now, many of the world's top casinos offer excessive extras: they boast spacious suites, celebrity chefs, and over-the-top entertainment, to boot. Take a look at some of the fanciest high-roller casinos in the world—and don't be surprised if you're dying to spin the wheel yourself.
Marina Bay Sands
Singapore's Marina Bay Sands, built in 2010 as a $5.6 billion property, is an overflow of riches, featuring 600 gaming tables and 2,500 slot machines and electronic tables, as well as an indoor skating rink, the world's longest elevated swimming pool, and a museum. Its three 55-story hotel towers—2,561 rooms in total—are connected by a roof terrace called Sky Park, with restaurants including Spago by Wolfgang Puck, a nightclub, and an observatory deck with 360-degree views of the glittering Singapore skyline. There's also an 800,000-square-foot mall with
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore, marinabaysands.com
Twenty minutes from the center of Macau on the Cotai strip, the Wynn Palace is a $4.6 billion luxury resort and casino built to showcase the finest of the Wynn brand's offerings. The casino includes 350 tables—with more than $125 million dollars spent on the artwork alone—while the hotel boasts 1,706 rooms, nearly 200,000 square feet of luxury shopping, and an eight-acre "Performance Lake" for spectacular light and water shows.
Av. da Nave Desportiva, Macau, wynnpalace.com
Equal parts sexy and sophisticated, The Cosmopolitan debuted in 2010 and quickly became one of the most in-demand spots on the Vegas strip. While the 100,000-square-foot casino is nothing to sneeze at (it has 1,300 slot machines and a high-limit lounge called the Talon Club, above) the restaurants and nightlife are equally extraordinary. Current offerings include Scarpetta, Blue Ribbon Sushi, three restaurants from iconic chef José Andrés, plus Marquee nightclub, and Momofuku and Milk Bar.
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, cosmpolitanlasvegas.com
The Australian complex has three hotels (including the five-star Crown Towers), two spas, and a 220,000-square foot casino with a VIP room for high-stakes players. Restaurants on-site include outposts of top eateries from around the world: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (from England's most celebrated chef), Nobu (above), and Rockpool Bar and Grill from influential Australian chef Neil Perry.
8 Whiteman St, Melbourne, Australia, crownmelbourne.com.au
City of Dreams
Manila's sprawling City of Dreams features three luxury hotels—Nobu Hotel, Crown Towers, and Hyatt City of Dreams—plus several different casinos. The premiere experiences can be found at the Signature Club (for private gaming), and the Li Ying Vip Club (for private salons and dining rooms.) Meanwhile, its nightclub, Pangaea Ultra-Lounge, promises to treat patrons like royalty and bills itself as having "the most exclusive bottle service ever."
Aseana Avenue corner Macapagal Ave., Manila, Philippines, cityofdreams.com.ph
Casino de Monte Carlo
The gorgeous Casino de Monte Carlo has overlooked the Mediterranean since 1863, with stunning details like glass chandeliers, rococo ceilings, and an atrium made of marble and gold. Citizens of Monaco cannot enter the hotel, leaving the rest of the world to place their bets on table games such as Punto Banco and Trente et Quarante, as well as American games like blackjack and poker. With a row of Lambos, Ferraris and Aston Martins consistently idling outside, it's no wonder that James Bond spent so much time here.
Place du Casino, Monaco, casinomontecarlo.com
MGM National Harbor
Just outside of Washington, D.C., this 125,000-square-foot casino houses a 24-story resort, restaurants from José Andrés and Marcus Samuelsson, an entertainment theater with seating for 3,000, and a slew of high-end retail shops.
7100 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD, mgmnationalharbor.com
The MGM Grand contains one of Las Vegas's most exclusive accommodations: the Mansion, an 18th century-inspired collection of villas that comes with a separate entrance, Rolls-Royce pick-up, butlers, and a private pool, plus a VIP high-roller area. Beyond the Mansion, there's the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Joël Robuchon, as well as the Skylofts, which feature two-story balconies and plunge pools.
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, mgmgrand.com
Containing not just the Mandalay Bay hotel itself—with more than 3,300 rooms, a 135,000-square-foot casino, and a shark reef—the property is also home to two of Vegas's best luxury hotels-within-a-hotel: the Delano and the Four Seasons. Restaurants on-site are a parade of the world's finest chefs, including Alain Ducasse's
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, mandalaybay.com
Aria's 150,000-square-foot casino floor contains 145 table games and 1,940 slot machines, and a 24-table Poker Room—though high rollers flock to the Ivey Room, a one-table, high-limit space named after Hall of Famer Phil Ivey. With restaurants including Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Sage, Carbone, and Julian Serrano, its dining options are top-notch, and those looking to indulge can either party it up at new JEWEL nightclub or wind down at its spa, which features indulgent treatments like a "Gold Facial."
3730 Las Vegas Fwy, Las Vegas, NV, aria.com
The Wynn and Encore
Steve Wynn's paean to opulence, the Wynn, and its sister resort Encore are both emblematic of the brand's top-to-toe luxury approach. Highlights include the Sky Casino, a private gaming room on the 63rd floor with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows and a minimum credit line of $300,000, the only golf club on the strip, and a Ferrari-Maserati dealership.
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, wynnlasvegas.com
Owned by the Mohegan tribe, this 364,000-square-foot casino in Connecticut has a younger vibe than its competitor Foxwoods across the river. Well-known for concerts and entertainment—the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Bruno Mars—it also offers an Elemis spa, a golf course, and two hotel towers.
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, Connecticut, mohegansun.com
Two hours outside Johannesburg sits South Africa's premier casino, Sun City Resort, located on the border of Pilanesberg National Game Park. The complex boasts four hotels (including the luxurious Palace of the Lost City) and four 18-hole golf courses, plus a number of unconventional casino amenities—like an animal farm and water park. Big spenders can be found in the international high-stakes gaming area, Sun City International Prive.
R556, Sun City, North West Province, South Africa, suninternational.com
The Clermont Club
A private gaming club in London's exclusive Mayfair on Berkeley Square, the invitation-only hangout has lured aristocrats and A-listers since the early 19th Century. Gambling aside, the Clermont Club remains most famous for its role in numerous scandals—including financial cons and even aristocratic murder cover-up rumors—that set upper-crust London tongues wagging.
44 Berkeley Square, London, United Kingdom, theclermontclub.com
Atlantis Resort and Casino
Spanning a seven-acre lagoon, Atlantis' casino has more than 700 slot machines, a Vegas-style race & sports book, and a number of striking Chihuly glass sculptures throughout. For hotel guests seeking the ne plus ultra of luxury, there's the Atlantic Marina—a luxury yacht harbor—and the immaculate Bridge Suite, which costs $25,000 per night.
Paradise Beach Dr, Paradise Island, Bahamas, atlantisbahamas.com
Founded in the 1960s by John Aspinall, who made his name in conjunction with the Clermont Club, Crown
27-28 Curzon Street, London, England, crownaspinalls.com
Home to Atlantic City's largest poker room, the Borgata regularly hosts tournaments with some of the best players in the world. The hotel itself is just as impressive, with restaurants including Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck, and a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel, the Water Club, which cost $400 million to build.
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ, theborgata.com
When Las Vegas's Bellagio opened in 1998, it was the most expensive hotel ever built, clocking in at a whopping $1.6 billion. It remains equally luxurious today, thanks to a high-limit poker room with a $20,000 buy-in, a private gaming villa with a minimum credit limit of $300,000, and a Petrossian caviar bar. The 2,000 Chihuly glass-blown flowers in the lobby have become something of a Las Vegas fixture—second only to the eye-popping 'Fountains of Bellagio' water show.
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, bellagio.com
At nine million square feet, Foxwoods is the largest casino in the Western Hemisphere, with a gaming area that has nearly 5,000 slot machines. Outside of the gambling floor, you'll find a 4,000-seat theater (above), six fine dining options, and a boutique suite collection, the Villas at Foxwoods, featuring 23 suites with 24-hour butler service.
350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT, foxwoods.com
The world's largest casino, the Venetian Macau is a $2.4 billion replica of the Vegas original. With a casino space that's the size of Windsor Castle and games that range from roulette to Chinese Sic Bo, it is nothing short of a gamblers' paradise. In the vast hotel, meanwhile, the best room is the 3,830-square-foot Cielo suite, which has its own spa facility for private treatments.
Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca, Macau, venetianmacao.com
An icon on the strip for 50 years, Caesars Palace was Las Vegas' first themed hotel and continues to evolve: a just-completed $75-million revamp included the addition of a Nobu Hotel (the world's first) and an outpost of the celebrity-favored Mr. Chow. The 300,000-square-foot complex also houses one of America's best restaurants: the three-Michelin-starred Guy Savoy. Its 2,900-square-foot high-roller Forum Emperor Suite was featured in Rain Man and remains one of Vegas's most iconic places to stay.
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, caesars.com
Casino Barrière Les Princes
A glittering casino in the famous Cannes, the Casino Princes is located on the Croisette near the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The gilded space is laden with chandeliers, featuring games such as Texas hold 'em and craps alongside 270 new generation slot machines. Just down the road is its sister hotel, Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes, where you'll find a Christian Dior Penthouse, a private beach, a Clarins spa, a screening room, and the Rotonde Louise Pommery Champagne lounge.
50 Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, France, casinosbarriere.com
Reportedly called Germany's most beautiful casino by Marlene Dietrich, Casino Baden-Baden was built in 1824 and is located in the famous German spa town. (It's also home to the Faberge Museum, and after visiting, Dostoyevsky was inspired to write The Gambler.) The casino has separate areas for classical gaming and for slot machines: poker, roulette, and blackjack hold court on the ground floor, while the slot machines are located in the basement under vaulted ceilings. There is a dress code—men are requested to wear a jacket and tie—and while there's no hotel, there is a restaurant and nightclub, with the royally-approved Brenners Park Hotel and Spa just a short walk away.
Kaiserallee 1, Baden-Baden, Germany, casino-baden-baden.de
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