Inside the World's 6 Most Over the Top Casino Hotels

Inside the World's 6 Most Over the Top Casino Hotels

These properties are mini-cities you'll never want to leave.

By Meredith Bethune

Leave it to casinos to bring out over-the-top amenities unrivaled by hotels whose lobbies aren't raking in the same kind of nonstop cash as high-limit slot machines and craps tables. 

With so many impressive attractions under one roof (like the world’s highest infinity pool, an awe-inspiring dancing fountain, or a golf course packed with crocodiles), these are the world’s six most dazzling casino hotels.

1. The Bellagio, Las Vegas

This stellar property, inspired by the Lake Como town of the same name in Italy, overlooks its own eight-acre body of water. It’s renowned for the dancing fountains that perform an aquatic ballet choreographed to music and lights. Book a table at Lago by Julian Serrano for a view of the performance over dinner of delicate crudos, pizzas, and pastas, or have a farm-to-table meal at Harvest by Roy Ellamar. Feeling fancy? Indulge in a French meal at the Las Vegas outpost of the legendary restaurant Le Cirque. For those who need a little retail therapy during vacation, peruse the hotel’s collection of luxury retailers like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Chanel, and Hermès. 

2. Borgata, New Jersey

This sleek hotel is an ideal getaway for nightlife lovers. Dining options are nearly endless with restaurants by celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, and Michael Schulson. After dinner, party at the Art Deco-themed Premier nightclub, which opened just this spring. It’s decked out in hand-welded bronze ornamentation, a full LED wall, and disco ball surrounded by a 25-foot chandelier made of programmable lights. For live music, check out a band playing at Gypsy Bar or B Bar. Not in the mood for dancing? Then hit The Music Box, a 1,000-seat theater that’s home to Borgata's nightly Comedy Club. Sleep it all off in one of Borgata’s 2,000 guest rooms and then recharge with some lounging by the pool or a treatment at Spa Toccare.

3. Grand Lisboa, Macau

An extension of the original Lisboa Hotel, this iconic building is visible all over the city thanks to its distinct design inspired by the lotus symbol of Macau. They’re both owned and operated by Stanley Ho, Macau’s most famous business magnate. In fact, “The Star of Stanley Ho” (a giant 218-carat diamond) is on display here. It’s also home to two three-star Michelln restaurants. Robuchon au Dome Galera boasts a wine list features with over 14,000 labels, while The Eight specializes in Cantonese cuisine and pricey bottles of baijiu. 

4. Hotel Hermitage, Monte Carlo

Find opulence combined with Old World elegance at this intimate, palace-like property. Built in the late 19th century in Belle Epoque style, the lobby’s glass dome was actually designed by architect Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame. After a day of gaming fun in the famous Casino de Monte Carlo, have a pre-dinner glass of champagne before heading to Michelin-starred Le Vistamar. Feast on bouillabaisse, sea bass, or blue lobster on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean and the Port of Monaco. 

5. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Only guests at this five-star property get the chance to swim in the world’s highest (on floor 57) and longest infinity pool with panoramic views of the Singapore skyline. After a swim, relax in the shade of a palm tree while sipping on champagne. Then drink in the views again from the hotel rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows. Before dinner, indulge in afternoon tea, cocktails, and canapés. Then head to your pick of 10 restaurants by culinary hot shots like Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, and others. After dinner, explore three levels of gaming floor-space and over 2,300 slot machines or check out Club55. 

6. Sun City, South Africa

This hotel combines a casino vacation with safari fun. A luxury resort in the country’s North West province, it's about a two-hour drive from Johannesburg. The entire luxury resort is actually comprised of four different hotels (Sun City, Cascades, The Cabanas, and The palace of the Lost City). The sprawling complex borders the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, and boasts a huge variety of water features like fountains, pools, and natural lakes. Sun City also has two international-standard 18-hole golf courses, but The Lost City Golf Course in particular is known for the 38 crocodiles in the water at the 13th hole.

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