When we think of Casinos, we think of money and lots of it. Big figure jackpots on slot machines, big pots on the tables, and much, much more inside the casino vaults. Take the U.S. gambling market, for example, the revenue was an astonishing $79.4 billion in 2018 alone. Around the world, casinos come in various shapes and sizes, from small dingy watering holes in the middle of nowhere to grandiose mega-hotels oozing luxurious decadence that wouldn’t feel out of place in a scene from F.Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”. With most of the world shutting down over the last year, we have seen the casino-sphere pivot towards online gambling. But with travel on the horizon again, the chance to visit the real-life bricks and mortar versions will be with us once again. From the historical to the modern, here is a list of the 5 most beautiful casinos in the world.
Casino de Monte-Carlo – Monaco
The city-state of Monaco is located on the French Riviera, famous as a billionaires’ hub, the elegance, glamour and splendour of Monte-Carlo’s famous casino won’t leave anyone disappointed. Casino de Monte-Carlo was built in the mid-1800s by famous French architect Charles Garnier in Beaux-Arts style, embellished with numerous decorations and jaw-dropping details. Its original style has been preserved, even after various modifications and additions made through its rich history. However, the casino is much smaller when compared to modern MegaCasinos which are often characterized by their intimidating size. Situated on the world-famous Place du Casino, it’s an excellent spot if you want to feast your eyes on Luxury Sports Cars. Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce, McLaren, name a luxury car and you’ll find them here.
“You have blotted out the past for me, you know, far more effectively than all the bright lights of Monte Carlo. But for you I should have left long ago, gone to Italy, and Greece, and further still perhaps. You have spared me all those wanderings.” – Author: Daphne Du Maurier
Sun City Casino – South Africa
The Sun City Casino Resort blends modernity with the beautiful local motifs iconic of African architecture. This magnificent complex was built in 1979 in the North West Province of South Africa. Its architectural style features huge domes, high ceilings and arches, large windows, followed by enormous pillars and sculptures, which is a splendid example of the country’s original architecture and culture. The remarkable décor is as lavish as it is exotic. The complex features a splendid casino, four hotels in total, two golf courses, and one of the most astonishing water parks in the world. It is indeed a perfect place to enjoy an African adventure.
The Venetian – Macau
This enormous complex’s construction began in 2005 and was completed in 2007. The Venetian is the second-largest casino in the world, located in Macau, and was modelled on its sister casino, the famous Las Vegas Venetian Casino. As the name suggests, the casino’s architecture is wholly inspired by the Italian city of Venice. This extraordinary resort replicates typical architectural landmarks of Venice, like the famous bridge (Rialto bridge) and the BellTower (Campanile) complete with the iconic canals. Among numerous experiences, one can even take a gondola ride, whilst being serenaded by famous Italian tunes. A true Italian experience, right in the middle of Asia.
Atlantis Resort Casino – Bahamas
Atlantis Resort Casino was built in 1968 and is located in the exotic Paradise Island in the Bahamas. This distinctive resort is an irresistible combination of a huge water park, grandiose casino, high-end suites, luxury marina and much more. Twinned with the Atlantis Palm in Dubai, its Middle Eastern sister is distinguished from the original for its extra feature: lavish underwater suites, which are truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Having said that, the Atlantis Bahamas is famous for its Royal towers that were once ranked as the most expensive hotel rooms in the world by Forbes. The Bridge suite today still represents one of the most expensive hotel nights on the planet, with an astonishing $25,000 charged per night. Another distinctive element is the Crystal Gate, a statue made of 2,000 pieces of hand-blown glass and weighs around 30,000 pounds. It is hypnotizing to say the least. Some of the surrounding facilities include a marine habitat and nature park, golf course and marina that accommodates super yachts up to 240 feet.
Bellagio – Las Vegas, USA
This breathtaking resort and casino is located in Las Vegas, USA, and was built in 1998. The Bellagio was modelled after the same-named city on the shores of Lake Como and is one of the most beautiful casinos in the world. From the first glance, looking on from the outside, the hotel shines with elegance and splendour, topped by its famous fountains. Inside, it has everything one would expect with its reputation, tall ceilings, rich decoration, elegant rugs, all complete with atmospheric lighting. The Bellagio fountains are an event in itself, thanks to their combination of exquisite lights and music. All choreographed perfectly with show-stopping jets of water shooting from its foundations, hypnotizing onlookers multiple times a day.
“A little bit of this town goes a very long way.” – Author and Journalist: Hunter S. Thompson, on Las Vegas.
When one stops to take a look at all of them, deciding which is the most beautiful is almost impossible. In the end, it’s all down to personal taste. We’ll let you decide.