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The growth of luxury casino-related travel

By LLM Reporters  |  July 13, 2021
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From Ocean’s Eleven to Casino Royale, some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters have long been showcasing the glitz, glamour and sophistication that comes with a night at the casino – and the adrenaline rush of waiting for the roulette wheel slowly grind to a halt or to lay your final hand in a game of poker is, for many, one of life’s biggest pleasures.

In recent years, we’ve seen a shift from bricks-and-mortar casinos to the online world, with many players opting to get their fix remotely throughout the pandemic. Accessible from anywhere, there’s certainly a lot to love about them – but there’s still nothing quite like jet-setting to some of the biggest gambling destinations on the map to experience it all first-hand.

As lockdowns and travel restrictions slowly but surely begin to ease, we can expect to see a sharp increase in the number of high-rolling players and complete novices alike booking flights to Las Vegas, Macao and various other well-known casino hot spots, eager to finally escape home soil in a quest for fun, adventure and big wins aplenty.

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These days, the allure of flying abroad for a nail-biting game of Baccarat or Blackjack goes far beyond the gaming itself, and thanks to a growing number of super-luxe, high-end casino resorts springing up every year, there are now a huge number of options for casino enthusiasts who want the best of both worlds. Featuring lavish suites, show-stopping infinity pools, sophisticated spas and world-class entertainment shows each and every night, it’s easy to see why luxury casino getaways have become so highly sought-after.

Here, we take a look at some of the most popular five-star casino resorts in the world that have stoked the growth of luxury casino related travel – from the bright lights of Vegas to the stylish sophistication of Singapore. If you’re planning on visiting any of these iconic resorts in 2021, then be sure to get some practice in online first at the likes of – because with the calibre of players you’ll be rubbing shoulders with, you’re going to need it!

The Bellagio, Las Vegas

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When it comes to the top casino destinations across the globe, Las Vegas is still one of the biggest and best – and the opulent Bellagio, which cost upwards of a whopping $88 million to build, is the cream of the strip’s very finest resorts. With rooms and suites starting from $400 per night, this historic hotel, which opened its doors in 1988, has been sitting pretty as one of the Leading Hotels of the World ever since, and with over 40 table games and 2,000 slots on top, it’s little wonder it has become a firm favourite amongst high-net-worth jet-setters and high rollers alike.

Boasting an impressive reputation that has seen it serve as one of the stops on the official World Poker Tour, its casino might be one of the main highlights the Bellagio has to offer – but its iconic evening fountain displays and endless facilities make it the perfect luxury resort for that much-needed five star break in every sense.

The Venetian, Macao

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While there’s no denying that Sin City has long been viewed as the most iconic casino destination in the world, the truth is that Macao – a special administrative region of China – has long since eclipsed it in revenue, and from its towering resorts to its glittering casinos, it certainly shows.

The Venetian Macao is the best of the bunch, featuring the second largest casino area in the world at 550,000 square feet. With over 800 table games and 3,000 slots, it’s enough to make even the biggest high rollers weep with joy, and with over 3,000 luxurious suites starting at HK$1,200 a night, it attracts a wealthy clientele who can afford to spend big.

Home to numerous swimming and plunge pools, a private spa, health and fitness facilities and an endless selection of restaurants and retail outlets, it wouldn’t be The Venetian without its customary Venice-style canals – something that frequenters of its Vegas sister property will no doubt be familiar with.

Resorts World, Singapore

Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa Island at Singapore

Set on the pretty island of Sentosa, off the southern coast of Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa is not just any casino resort. Costing an eye-watering $5 billion to build and drawing in millions in revenue each and every year, its casino features more than 500 table games and 2,500 slots.

Comprising six different hotels, each with its own unique theme, it’s a resort you could easily visit many times over and never get bored. Aside from its selection of super-luxe suites, guests can benefit from the services of a private butler or opt to sleep in a tree-top loft for the most memorable of stays. If the tranquillity of the tree-tops doesn’t float your boat, though, then for a more raucous experience, head to the on-site Universal Studios theme park or Adventure Cove water park.

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