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We like to go in style, and is why we’re always on the lookout for casino hotels and resorts that offer more than just the opportunity to ante up. Sure, we enjoy doubling down at the blackjack tables and wrangling with one-armed bandits, but we also want to savor fine dining, indulge in spa treatments and unwind, preferably on a beach or golf course. It is with all of this in mind that we create a list of top 10 casino hotels worldwide. On it you will find favorite gaming destinations such as Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, as well as a few surprises.
Park Hyatt Mendoza, Argentina
An elegantly restored Spanish colonial façade dating back to the nineteenth century greets guests at this luxurious hotel, which overlooks the Plaza de la Independencia. Although the city of Mendoza is known for its nearby vineyards and Andes’ ski resorts (just 90 minutes away), this hotel gives visitors plenty of good reasons to stay in town. Inspired by the area’s wineries, The Kaua Club & Spa features products that incorporate ingredients from local grapes. The tri-level Regency Casino unites elegant European ambience with personal service to create an atmosphere that lures in glamorous gamblers from around the world. The variety of table games includes all the usual suspects, as well as punto y banca, a local variation of baccarat.
Ibiza Gran Hotel, Spain
Best known for its exuberant nightlife, Ibiza is the perfect spot for a casino. Casino Gran Hotel Ibiza is classy and understated (words not often used to describe gambling joints). Gaming tables, slot machines and Texas hold ’em tournaments provide plenty of action after days spent lounging with fellow pretty people at the scenic pool. Further relaxation includes unwinding in your designer suite or indulging at the full-service spa — both showcasing an aesthetic that is dramatic and soothing at the same time. With an elegant hotel interior design, it offers the added appeal of a great location, overlooking the port, marina and Old Town.
Connected via the Grand Canal Shoppes arcade to its sister property The Venetian, The Palazzo is a lavish destination that manages to offer a boutique-like atmosphere. This all-suite hotel’s European-inspired casino features everything a gambler’s heart could desire, including a race and sports book, high limit poker salon with butler service and the 14,000-square-foot Sands Poker Room, not to mention hand-painted frescoed ceilings. As for the suites, they define pampering, with their sunken living rooms, marble-clad bathrooms and tastefully palatial décor.
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Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
When the words lavish and decadent are understatements, you know a place is extraordinary. It’s hard to know where to begin at the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands. For starters, seekers of the good life will find a spectacular infinity pool that soars above the city, a wow-factor Banyan Tree spa and the 50,000-square-foot ArtScience Museum built in the shape of a lotus. There are also high-end productions ranging from The Sound of Music to Beatlemania and a collection of large-scale installations that make this sprawling property feel like a living art gallery. In the realm of fine dining, expect the best, including outposts of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza and Daniel Boulud’s db bistro moderne. As for the casino, it holds its own in this extravagant setting, with more than 2,300 slots and almost 500 gaming tables.
Modeled after its sister property in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao is just one of the many impressive casino hotels that have given Macau world-class status as a gambling mecca. This massive place is all about bigger-is-better. Its 3,000 suites each have a minimum of 750 square feet of space, and if you can drag yourself away from your lavish accommodation (the finest of which include their own private spa rooms and chauffeured limousine transfers), set aside time — and lots of it — to explore the casino. The resort’s gaming space measures in at 374,000 square feet, with almost 500 gaming tables and more than 2,000 slot machines. Though you can spend 24/7 placing bets, the hotel has more to offer, including gondola rides, high-end shopping malls, a health and wellness center with Venetian-style pools, an exceptional choice of Chinese and international fine dining venues and entertainment that includes headliners from Asia and around the world.
Sun City Resort, South Africa
A premier South African gambling destination, the extravagant Sun City Resort features two distinctive casino areas with slots, blackjack, roulette, the Salon Privé for high-stakes games and a gaming school with complimentary lessons on techniques and table etiquette. But you don’t need to place a bet in order to win big at this resort. At The Valley of The Waves water park, you can test your mettle at the Temple of Courage water chute, and while out and about, you can ride a 1.2-mile zip line or visit a crocodile sanctuary. Two excellent golf courses were designed by Gary Player, and the highlight of the four on-site luxury hotels is the Palace of the Lost City, whose design was inspired by a mythical African kingdom. Best of all, the resort is next to the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve and Pilanesberg National Park — make sure to set aside time for game drives and hot air balloon flights in search of the Big Five.
Hotel de Paris, Monaco
Famous for its jet-set lifestyle and magnificent casinos, Monte Carlo is ideal for a high rolling holiday. As for the lodging of choice, none can compare to Hotel de Paris, connected to the Place du Casino by a mere flight of stairs. Despite how popular this opulent hotel has become since it first opened in 1864, it still retains an air of discretion. As for its indulgences, you’re invited to explore them all, beginning with the incomparable wine list and Celebration cocktail (made with limoncello and citrus juices) offered at Le Bar Américain. After a decadent meal of Riviera-inspired cuisine at Le Louis XV by Alain Ducasse, we suggest you dress up (ditch the shorts and flip-flops) and head for Place du Casino’s legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, a Belle Époque landmark that served as a setting in the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco
When envisioning Morocco, the first things to come to mind (most likely) are the elegant riads of Marrakech and the rugged beauty of the Atlas Mountains. But the country has more to offer — so much more. Just an hour from Casablanca, this luxury beach resort resembles an ancient fortress, and in many ways, it is suitably self-contained, featuring its own beach, an eighteen-hole championship golf course designed by Gary Player and a spa with ocean-view treatment suites and a mosaic-tiled hammam. Dining options range from fresh seafood to French fare to classic Moroccan cuisine served in traditional Berber tents under the stars. When you’re ready to try your luck, head to the house casino, adorned with tasteful Arabian design accents, more than 450 slot machines and 46 gaming tables, such as English roulette, blackjack and baccarat. Private gaming rooms and a dress code ensure an elegant, exclusive experience.
The Ritz-Carlton San Juan, Puerto Rico
Beautiful beaches and blackjack — welcome to the pleasures of The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. Located on eight lush acres that open onto the inviting waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this property pairs sophisticated modern décor with a laidback setting and more than just the expected high-end spa, picturesque pool and fine dining. The hotel’s casino brings gaming to your front door, with roulette, blackjack, mini baccarat and let-it-ride games. And with more than 300 slot machines, fans of the one-armed bandit can keep busy round the clock. Best of all, the atmosphere is pure Ritz-Carlton: classy and elegant. When not romancing Lady Luck, you can head out to explore the island’s varied attractions, including El Morro Fortress, El Yunque Rainforest and the Bacardi Rum Distillery. Afterward, indulge at one of the house restaurants, which include outposts of the acclaimed BLT Steak and Il Mulino New York.
Better known for Ivy Leaguers and autumn leaves than slot machines and five card stud, Connecticut offers a Las Vegas-worthy surprise in the form of Foxwoods Resort Casino. Owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, this property is actually home to six casinos, along with a Rees Jones-designed championship golf course, a Troon Golf Academy and a whopping 30-plus restaurants including Red Lantern (Asian cuisine), Paragon (market fresh fare) and David Burke Prime steakhouse. Accommodations range from contemporary digs in The Fox Tower to the cozy Two Trees Inn to private designer villas with butler service. Along with the sumptuous G Spa and Salon, located at The Fox Tower, the resort houses Norwich Spa at Foxwoods for those who want to double down on their pampering experience. Add a luxury bowling alley, nightclubs, a comedy club and designer shopping, and you can see why largest casino resort US has made its way onto our top ten list.