There are casinos, and there are freakin’ casinos. Not the ones that serve crappy breakfast buffets and watered-down gin in plastic cups. No, we’re talking Michelin-starred restaurants, wild nightlife, snazzy gaming floors, and enough action for you to afford your own Hangover moment. Casinos that have upped the ante with insane amenities -- be they 500 ft infinity pools or $25,000 suites -- designed to ensure you never step off the property. From China to South Africa to Las Vegas, we rounded up the most over-the-top casinos with the best odds for a seriously swanked-out experience.
Hardcore gamblers will argue that the casino resorts in Macau are more lavish than Las Vegas, and Wynn Macau is flaunt-worthy. The resort satisfies high rollers with two Michelin-starred restaurants, beautiful suites, and a decadent spa where the signature treatment involves a light massage with silk gloves and a cashmere-infused body wrap.
But it’s Wynn’s famed fountain and water-dancing show that have made it the city’s centerpiece. Sure, it’s ripped off from Bellagio Las Vegas, but Steve Wynn’s not complaining, considering two-thirds of his gains come from this property. Macau resorts love to impress, so we’re not surprised Wynn Macau also rocks a free Dragon of Fortune attraction where a massive dragon with an animated head and glowing red eyes emerges from fog and rises 30ft in the air toward a handmade gold cupola. Boom.
Pro tip: Have a drink at Bar Cristal, which is crowned with a 19th-century antique chandelier.
Las Vegas, Nevada
The iconic AAA Five-Diamond Bellagio (with its equally iconic fountain on an eight-acre lake) lures gourmands with highbrow dining that includes two AAA Five-Diamond restaurants (Picasso and Le Cirque) and four James Beard award-winning chefs: Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Todd English. You can book a room with impressive views of the Strip or go straight-up pimping in one of its two-bedroom villas (with FIVE bathrooms) equipped with private pool and 24-hour butler. The high-limit lounge, Club Prive designed by Adam Tihany, is where the action is though -- it serves a rare Macallan 1666 vintage Scotch.
Pro tip: Very few know about the Bellagio's art gallery, which features rotating exhibitions from the world’s most renowned artists like Warhol and Picasso.
At a price of $2.4 billion, The Venetian Macao is the largest casino in the world (and sixth-largest building in the world by floor space): it sprawls 546,000sqft and was built entirely in a stately, faux Renaissance motif so detailed that you might actually think you're in Italy (at least after your third or fourth drink). There are 24 bars and restaurants, 3,000 slot machines, four pools, gondola rides in the San Luca canal system (yes, inside the hotel), and 3,000 rooms. No wonder this is the flagship casino resort on Macau’s Cotai Strip.
Pro tip: The Bellini Lounge doubles as the Playboy Club, so yes, the Playboy Bunnies are there to serve!