Throughout our hidden gems of the world series we take a look at the sometimes-overshadowed spots around the globe and shine a light on these amazing places. When the time comes to travel once again, many keen travellers will have a big list of places they want to visit so make sure you add our hidden gems to yours.
Though many countries’ fine establishments are closed for business right now, they will reopen, and those keen casino-goers will want to go all out. For a truly sophisticated gambling experience, there’s only one place for it – Monte Carlo. Basking on the southern French shores, this district of Monaco is known as the home of gambling with the Casino de Monte Carlo kicking off (in 1856) what was to become a renowned paradise for luxury gaming.
Of course, the original establishment gets mentioned a lot because it was the first here, but since then many other fine casinos have cropped up around the area offering guests an extravagant experience within their walls. Many are situated in luxurious hotels with fine dining restaurants, decadent bars, spas and suites to reside in, so here we will forego the most mentioned and shine a light on another great offering that is Sun Casino.
One of the leading online casino review websites, BetBoss.com points out that Sun Casino bridges the gap between tradition and modernity. Mick Flibbens says: “With a great selection of American style games and a slightly more relaxed atmosphere to play in than its neighbours, Sun Casino reflects the more laid-back nature of the Vegas offerings, while retaining the classic upmarket setting that only Monte Carlo can offer.”
Set in the four-star Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel, Sun Casino is spread across one gaming floor and boasts multiple bars with live music and sets from well-known DJs to create a real party atmosphere, so you can grab a cocktail and take to the dancefloor in between hands.
The casino opens every day from 2pm to 4pm and ensures a more contemporary offering than its counterparts with a welcoming atmosphere. Groups and beginners are most welcome, and the casino offers an introductory blackjack session so those who are new to it can learn the basics before settling down for a serious session. Enjoy an array of slots, table games and electronic games such as punto banco, three card poker, Texas hold’em poker and English roulette before heading to the Sun Lounge for a bit of music or to watch a sports event with a cocktail or Champagne in hand.
Tucked away in the rather substantial Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel, which holds almost 600 rooms and suites, this casino may seem like an afterthought, but it certainly isn’t. Sun Casino, accessed from the hotel lobby and the famous Spélugues hairpin curve, is a celebrated part of the hotel, but it is a small part of what this vast hotel offers. If you plan to spend time in this casino then you should most definitely consider a stay here too. The location is everything. Teetering on the water’s edge and with the most marvellous Mediterranean Sea views to bask in, a dinner on the terrace or a visit to the outdoor pool is a must.
Fairmont Monte Carlo happens to be one of the largest resorts in Europe, along with is 596 rooms, residences and suites, and the Sun Casino, of course, it holds four restaurants and bars, a shopping arcade, fitness centre and spa with unique wellness facilities, 18 meeting rooms, a barber shop and a beauty shop. Formula One fans can make use of the hotel’s Monaco Grand Prix package and enjoy a stay with access to the rooftop terrace to gain unbeatable views of the likes of Lewis Hamilton navigating the famous hairpin turn.
The cool, neutral Mediterranean vibe of the sophisticated commodore suite offers a luxurious place to lay your head during a stay here and the 969 sq. ft room holds a spacious living room, a bedroom with a large bed and no less than three terraces to enjoy views of the sea, the harbour of Monaco and the Prince’s Palace.
You will feel like royalty here too with the fantastic range of restaurants in which to enjoy some gourmet dining. NOBU offers Japanese dishes with South American spices, Horizon – deck restaurant and Champagne bar will delight with its elegant tipples, Mediterranean specialities and dazzling views and Nikki Beach on the roof has the party vibe with healthy, gourmet barbecued food and a great selection of drinks. French specialities can be enjoyed from the newly renovated Bistro Lounge and Bar Saphir 24 with relaxing views from its terrace.
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