Casinos have always had an atmosphere of opulence and indulgence about them and, in many cases, they’re also one of the big attractions of the luxury hotels they’re located in.
The places where those looking for luxury can indulge themselves in this combination range from the brash and vibrant Las Vegas, to the more under-stated Bahamas, the ultra-modern Singapore and, the city that has now overtaken Vegas as the gambling capital of the world, Macau.
The Venetian, Macau
As Macau began to expand, having been earmarked by the Chinese Government as a gambling city, the big Las Vegas operators were quick to move in. Perhaps the most impressive example of this is the Venetian. Closely modelled on its sister hotel in Vegas, it originally opened in 2007. The 39-storey hotel covers an incredible 10.5 million square feet making it the largest hotel building in Asia.
With 3,000 suites, costing upwards of $1,500 per night, the largest of these is the Presidente which boasts four bedrooms, a cinema room, no less than two separate massage rooms and even a hair studio.
550,000 square feet of the hotel is given over to the casino with nearly 3,500 slots machines and over 800 gaming tables including roulette, blackjack and baccarat.
The Venetian achieves the tricky balance of being both highly technologically advanced while making every single guest feel special and valued. For an added touch of luxury, there are even gondola rides around the man-made canals that surround the hotel.
The Borgata Hotel and Spa, Atlantic City
As the Las Vegas of the East Coast, New Jersey’s Atlantic City has quite a number of exclusive hotels but the undoubted star of the show is the Borgata. Owned and operated by MGM Resorts, it first opened in July 2003 and it remains the largest, and most successful, hotel in the city.
Within its mirrored exterior there are almost 2,800 suites which are available for up to $500 per night for the 1,000 square foot Opus. Featuring spectacular views from its floor to ceiling windows, there’s also a sumptuously appointed bathroom along with all the modern conveniences that you’d expect.
The 160,000 square foot casino has 4,000 slots machines, 180 table games and 50 poker table.
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Atlantis Resort and Casino, The Bahamas
In contrast to casino resorts that are in the middle of vibrant and busy urban locations, the Atlantic Resort and Casino is the location for a true getaway. Located on the aptly-named Paradise Island in the Bahamas, the development first opened in 1968. Since then it’s passed though many hands including, at one point, those of Donald Trump and today it’s part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of Hotels.
The casino is reasonably modest with only 700 slots and 85 table games but what has gained the resort its greatest notoriety is its Bridge Suite.
As long ago as 2002 this was picked out by Forbes magazine as one of the ten most expensive hotel rooms in the world, available for $25,000 per night. The resort is fairly secretive about its cost today but suffice to say that for your money you’ll be enjoying 1,250 square feet of luxury compete with grand piano, a 22-carat gold chandelier and a permanent staff of seven ready to attend to your every need.
Bellagio, Las Vegas
The dancing fountains of the Bellagio may be the most iconic aspect of this classic Las Vegas casino resort but there is so much more to than simply a spectacular light show.
Opened in 1998 and now owned by the Blackstone Company and managed by MGM Resorts, it’s a member of The Leading Hotels of the World with around 4,000 rooms in total. Of all the hotels listed here, this may be the most affordable with prices for suites at around $400 per night.
While the casino features all the slots and table games that you’d expect, the real draw for many is arguably the best poker room in Las Vegas. Table limits on some of the games can exceed $1 million which gives an idea of how seriously the game is taken there.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
In a contest to find the most spectacular casino resort in the world, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands must be a very strong contender. The three towers stand out dramatically against the skyline and contain over 2,500 rooms and suites costing up to $1,000 a night. The $8 billion development also has the world’s largest atrium casino featuring 1,600 slots machines and 500 gaming tables.
Its luxury and opulence is epitomized by the rooftop infinity pool, some 630ft above ground level, the largest of its kind in the world. Plus, even though it may be an increasingly irrelevant feature for many guests, the fact that there is also a Michelin-starred restaurant in the form of Cut by Wolfgang Puck simply adds to the allure.