If you love to travel to ritzy casinos to gamble alongside some of the world’s biggest high rollers, then you may have experienced a tiny bit of the excess that casino resorts have to offer. Maybe you’ve travelled to Vegas for a bachelor or bachelorette party, or perhaps you’re a regular at the casino floor – but if you’ve had a taste of the glamour, sophistication and all-round extravagance that comes with a good night around the roulette or poker table in any sense, then you’ll likely be familiar with just what we mean.
These days, a night at the casino is about more than just the games themselves, and an increasing number of affluent, high-net-worth individuals are choosing to make a break of it. With new, extravagant, luxury casino resorts popping up around the world seemingly every week, combining your gambling with a lavish escape to somewhere new is becoming more and more common – and the highest end resorts are having to go all out in a bid to compete for the custom and retain the biggest spending clients.
So, where do the world’s whales choose to stay? The exclusive penthouses on the top floors of these establishments have quickly become their top picks. These places have long been playgrounds for the rich and famous, and are reserved for the most affluent customers who spend the big bucks. These days, they’re getting more opulent by the minute, too – with a wealth of new perks and amenities being added to the mix to ensure guests the most memorable of stays.
From dramatic chandeliers to lavish gold details, these are the world’s finest luxury penthouse resorts for casino enthusiasts – so if you’re looking for your next no-expense-spared gambling getaway, then be sure to add these to your list.
The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, Nevada
Adorned with gold details and fully stocked with $56,000 bottles of Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac, the Boulevard Penthouse Suites at The Cosmopolitan were actually created with the sole purpose of attracting casino whales. In order to stay at one of the 21 available suites, high rollers must tender a minimum buy-in of $1 million at the Reserve, the Cosmopolitan’s high-roller lounge, first. This extravagant lounge fee actually makes the Boulevard Penthouse Suites the most expensive hotel rooms in the world – and suffice it to say, some of the most decadent, too.
The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel – Macao
If you’re looking for luxury and sophistication with an Italian twist, look no further than the Venetian Macao. The largest single-structure building in Asia and comprising the second largest high-end casino resort in the world, the Venetian Macao is overflowing with Old World opulence.
The Cielo Suite, at 3,830 square feet, is reserved for high stakes gamblers only, and features two sprawling bedrooms, spacious dining and living areas, an en-suite spa area with jacuzzi and a media room. Add to that the opulent extras, which include a chauffeur-driven limousine and private butler service, and guests at the Cielo Suite are left wanting for nothing.
Atlantis Resort and Casino – Bahamas
When casino whales visit Atlantis, the chances are that they’ll be staying in the iconic Bridge Suite, which offers the most luxurious experience and, of course, the utmost in all-round opulence. In all likelihood, their room charge will be comped by staff, due to their extravagance on the casino floor. The more you spend, the better the perks – and for high-rollers, it comes as standard.
For anyone else, the Bridge Suite will set you back a staggering $25,000 a night and comes complete with a 22-carat gold chandelier, grand piano, and a staff team of seven who will wait on you 24/7. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to splash the cash for a glamorous weekend getaway, then look no further than the Atlantis.
Resorts World Sentosa – Singapore
World-renowned for its beachfront luxury, the Singaporean island of Sentosa is an indulgent escape for true VIPs. The best of the best in Sentosa is Resorts World, featuring 1,500 rooms and suites, which include beach villas and even tree-house-style rooms, which are suspended 40ft off of the ground.
With a price tag of $5 billion, Resorts World Sentosa truly has it all. A Universal Studios theme park, Adventure Cove water park, and a massive casino with 2,400 slot machines and more than 500 table games means that guests have everything they could possibly want or need right on their doorstep.
Casino Niagara – Ontario, Canada
You haven’t experienced true luxury until you’ve stayed at Fallsview Casino Resort at Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. Part of the Casino Niagara group, Fallsview offers the most stunning views of the falls from each of its 374 luxury rooms and suites – the most exclusive of which are, of course, where you’ll find the high-rolling casino whales relaxing while they prepare to place their next big bet.
Viejas Casino and Resort – Alpine, California
The 2,000-square-foot penthouse suite at Viejas comprises two lavish bedrooms, a media room with a 90-inch HDTV, and a balcony overlooking the beautiful rolling hills and Cuyamaca Mountains of San Diego County. Standing at a whopping 2,000 square feet in size, it also includes a bar area, living room, media room with epic chairs, a hand-carved acacia dining room table and a balcony with a dual fireplace, accented by panoramic views of the pool and surrounding rolling hills.
In the lap of luxury
Despite the longstanding tradition of high-rollers getting wined and dined because of their big bets at the casino tables, this exclusive treatment may be coming to an end in the near future. Historically, the outlandishly expensive suites we’ve mentioned would only be available to whales who spend millions at the casino gambling, but nowadays, managers of Las Vegas casino resorts are looking to make the lap of luxury something everyone can enjoy. That is, if they’re able to pay for the privilege.
In a recent trend, casinos have been dropping the high-roller requirement thanks to steadily decreasing revenues since 1984. So, in an effort to increase spending, Vegas casinos at least, are opening the doors to non-whale big spenders too.
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