To many, Casinos are seen as a place to avoid, filled to the brim with people, stuffy and dangerous, with most thinking the places that they see on screen are in fact, reality. The words that come to mind when thinking of casinos are certainly far from anything fancy or lavish. However, not all is as it seems, there are a handful of incredibly designed and managed casinos around the world, take a look.
1. The Kurhaus of Baden-Baden Casino, Germany
The Kurhaus was built in 1824, making it one of the oldest as well as one of the most extravagant casinos in the world. Kurhaus’ rising fame came in the mid-1830s, as at this time, gambling had become prohibited in France. The casino is situated within the hotel grounds, with many coming here to experience the thrill of the casino but with a more relaxing touch, filled with many creature comforts such as a spa resort and conference complex, as well as being parked right beside the famous Black Forest, making Kurhaus a desirable place to visit for many.
2. Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Located within the heart of Monaco, sits the Casino de Monte-Carlo. Work on the structure of such a vast building started in 1863, designed by architect Charles Garnier, a man renowned for his work on the magnificent Paris Opera, it took a whole 5 years to complete. Many today, know of its existence from watching the infamous James Bond movies, where rooms such as the Salle Médecin featured in GoldenEye. It is one of the grandest casinos around, and while during the day there is no dress code, at night a jacket must be worn, making for a very formal night of gambling. The casino features private rooms where no maximum bet is set, making it a go-to place for high-risk gamblers.
3. The Bellagio Casino, Las Vegas
The Bellagio Casino is an astounding building situated on the Las Vegas Strip, an area famous for its casinos, the casino name comes from the town of Bellagio in Italy which is known for its luxury and elegance, giving you a sense of just how luxurious the casino is. Featured inside the lobby, is a 2,000sq ft (190m2) ceiling covered in over 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers. This certain casino is extremely popular with professional poker players as many that play here, use the term “The Office” to describe the room used due to the huge quantities of money that can be bet at once. The casino also offers 14 restaurants, a conservatory, botanical gardens and it is surrounded by the breathtaking fountains of Bellagio.
4. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
The Marina Bay Sands Casino opened in 2010 in Singapore and at the time of opening it was named the most expensive casino coming in at a huge $8 billion, it has a whopping 15,000sq ft of gaming space, a hotel with 2,561 rooms, a shopping mall, museum, art-science exhibitions, theaters, and even a sky garden. The casino itself takes pride in boasting its 1.6k slot machines, over 30 private betting rooms and around 500 gaming tables. When it comes to design Marina Bay covers everything, upon entering the floor of the casino, you are welcomed to the largest chandelier in the world made from over 130,000 Swarovski crystals. You certainly won’t fail to feel at the height of luxury when spending time here, it is important to note that casual smart wear is the required attire, as the casino is open 24 hours, you have no reason not to visit.
5. Sun City, South Africa
Around a 2 hour drive away from Johannesburg, in the city of Rustenburg, sits the Sun City resort and casino, opened in 1971, it is a gigantic complex of restaurants, luxurious hotels and Vegas-themed shows. The second you step into the casino you will be surrounded in authentic African decor, the place has been designed to look like a lush jungle, covered in leafy green foliage and waterfalls, something unique from any other casino, making for a brand new gaming experience. The casino also offers a cash exchange service for all major currencies as long as you have your passport at hand. The recently refurbished casino offers over 40 popular table games and hundreds of slot machines, making for a great experience for new and existing gamers.
6. The Venetian Macao, China
The Venetian Macao is located in Cotai Strip in Macau, it is based on its sister resort, The Venerian in Las Vegas and the design is thought to be inspired by Venice in Italy. It has an incredible collection of games, with over 800 gambling tables and 3,400 slot machines to choose from there is guaranteed to be something for everybody. Gamers must wear smart attire whilst spending time in The Venetian. The casino also hosts a private club named Paiza Club, which is for premium guests only. If you are lucky enough to be a part of such club then you will be welcomed into the casino with a private entrance, reception, and lobby also exclusive lifts to your guest rooms.
7. Wynn, Macau
Wynn Macau, opened in 2006, at a reported cost of $1.2b, it is a prime location for any avid gamers out there, it lies in a busy area of China, also along the Cotai Strip and is highly impressive, they are one of only five hotels in Asia that received the Forbes Five-Star award in 2009 and now in 2019 are the only casino in the world to win 8 Forbes Five-Star awards. The casino boasts over 2 floors just for gaming, anybody that visits is certain to spend hours here at a time without feeling lost for anything to do. It is a host to a range of luxury designer brand shops such as Cartier, Dior, Gucci, and Chanel. It certainly isn’t a cheap option to visit but is more than worth it. The casino has been so successful that the owners have planned for a second resort not far away.
8. The Venetian, Las Vegas
The Venetian in Las Vegas, along with its sister casino The Venetian in Macau, is a casino that is known worldwide for its incredible Venice-inspired decor and canals that flow throughout the floor plan. With many other Italian pieces to complete the feel such as the iconic gondolas and tasty pizza on offer. The building is host to a 120,000sq ft casino floor, 4,000 suites, and rooms, a large number of leisure treatments and activities and spas. The casino offers a loyalty service, known as Grazie, which allows members to collect rewards and points throughout their time there. Also on offer is an array of luxury branded shops such as Salvatore Ferragamo and Burberry.