The 10 Most Extravagant Casinos in the World

One of the cool things about stepping into a casino is that you get a taste of the luxury. Sure, most of that luxury is built off the backs of losing gamblers, but the reality is that they take that money and reinvest it to make a truly extravagant setting. The latest trend is the competition among the hotels – or resorts – as each one tries to out-lavish the next. From Michelin-star restaurants to Grammy-award winning musical acts to world class accommodations, the casinos on this list spare no expense.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 10 most extravagant casinos in the world.

The Venetian Macau

Location: Macau, China

Venetian Macau

Known as the “Monte Carlo of the Orient”, Macao is home to a number of high-profile casinos. The Venetian Macau is the best of them. As the largest casino on earth and the sixth-largest structure on the planet, The Venetian Macau cost a whopping $2.4 billion to construct. A quick look at the interior of the palace reveals why, as it is a marvel to look at both inside and out. The incredible 550,000-square-foot gambling area is complimented by a massive sports event hall in order to make sure this spot serves all the needs of its customers. The guest rooms are top of the line, the cuisine from multiple different restaurants is delicious, and there is even a pool and a play zone for kids. When it comes to the absolute best, there is no doubt that The Venetian Macau deserves to be regarded among the absolute best.

Most Unique Amenity: The Golden Peacock is a Michelin-star restaurant in this casino-hotel that’s definitely worth a visit.

Caesars Palace

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Caesars Palace Lobby

Although it just fell short against The Venetian in our measure of the best luxury casinos in the world, Caesar’s Palace still gets the nod as the top casino destination on this side of the Pacific Ocean. As one of the most recognized names in the industry, Caesar’s Palace is an absolutely massive casino destination complete with hotel rooms, restaurants, cafes and a 50,000-square-foot Spa. With over 166,000 square feet in gambling space, there is something for everybody at this destination. The combination of the complete gambling experience that this venue offers and the nostalgic feel of playing within one of the most historic sites in the gaming world make Caesar’s Palace stand out among the best in the world.

Most Unique Amenity: Looking for some world-class shopping? The Forum Shops attached to Caesars Palace are incredible. From Balenciaga to Louis Vuitton to Hublot, there are some really high-end stores in the mall.

Sun City Casino Resort

Location: South Africa

Sun City Casino Resort

What would happen if somebody wanted to take the complete Las Vegas casino experience and shift it to the middle of the forest in South Africa? We would have the Sun City Casino Resort. Opened in 1979, it didn’t take long for the Sun City Casino Resort to become one of the most popular casino destinations in the world. With over 850 slot machines and 40 gaming tables, there is more than enough choice for all gamers, from the casual bettors to the high rollers. With its unique setting in South Africa, visitors can always opt to leave the tables and take a quick safari tour to experience outside of the casino if they choose. Boasting multiple hotels, a massive pool and plenty of restaurants and amenities, the Sun City Casino Resort provides one of the most unique casino experiences in the world.

Most Unique Amenity: If you’re heading to this resort, speak to the concierge about the nearby safaris as those experiences are likely to cross something off your bucket list.

Wynn Macau

Location: Macau, China

Wynn Macau

While The Venetian undoubtedly takes the cake as the most luxurious casino in Macau, it isn’t the only option for tourists and locals. The Wynn Macau is another massive property that features over 100,000-square-feet of gaming space, more than 500 table games and over 840 slot machines. In addition to the incredible casino experience that this property offers, the Wynn Macau also features a sprawling shopping complex that includes some of the top labels in the world, with Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior and Chanel among the brands you will find there. Gourmet restaurants and a world-class spa help put the Wynn Macau over the top as one of the premier casino destinations in the world. Built by U.S. casino magnate Steve Wynn on Macau’s waterfront, this is another casino that you absolutely must consider visiting at one point or another in your lifetime.

Most Unique Amenity: To get a taste of some exquisite Northern Chinese cuisine, get yourself a table at Golden Flower, which is a highly-acclaimed two-star Michelin restaurant.

Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Wynn Las Vegas

The iconic Wynn name is well known around the entire world, but the foundation of the company’s success can be traced back to the casino on the Las Vegas strip. The most expensive hotel-casino in the world at the time that it opened, Wynn Las Vegas cost an astounding $2.7 billion to build back in 2005. The 2,700 suites that were built on the property each came in at a whopping $1 million to construct. Built on 217 acres of property, the 111,000-square-foot casino is another destination that offers the complete resort experience, including a distinctive dining experience and a 75,000-square-foot retail space. As if that wasn’t enough, the Wynn Las Vegas also features an 18-hole championship golf course. When it comes to pushing the envelope in terms of luxury and variety, the Wynn Las Vegas absolutely deserves to be near the top of this list.

Most Unique Amenity: Wynn has some world-class entertainment for all types. From Lionel Ritchie to Brian McKnight to Sarah McLachlan to Harrick Connick Jr. to Dwight Yoakam, there’s always a big act coming through.

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

The Venetian Las Vegas

There is one obvious reason why Las Vegas is considered the premier betting destination in the world: Variety. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is one of those elite Las Vegas casinos that every casino fan should try to experience at least once in their lifetime. What makes it so unique is its ability to deliver an experience for visitors that imitates the romance of Venice, Italy. Tourists can enjoy a chance to ride an authentic Venetian gondola floating on the river canal that they designed to mimic the experience as if they had visited Venice themselves. With a massive 120,000-square-foot casino on the grounds, designed specifically to stand out against its competition, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is one of the most extravagant casino destinations in the world.

Most Unique Amenity: Take a ride on the canals in one of the gondolas. That’s not something you can do at many hotels around the world.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Location: Ledyard, Connecticut

Foxwood Hotel

It’s no secret that the casinos in Las Vegas and Macau are the top betting destinations and thus have dominated this list so far. However, the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut has done more than enough to carve out a spot on this list. The largest casino operated in the United States, Foxwoods Resort Casino is based on 4.7 million square feet with more than 7,000 gaming machines and 17 different types of table games. With a massive hotel built in, as well as a two-story arcade for families with children, the Foxwoods Resort Casino is more than just a really big casino.

Most Unique Amenity: There are tons of restaurants at this resort but try out Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar. He’s the famous celebrity chef/host on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Hotel Lisboa

Location: Macau, China

Hotel Lisboa at Dusk

After a brief look at some of the top casinos in the United States, we head right back to Macau for the next venue on this list: the Hotel Lisboa. Designed to look and feel like a bird cage, the Hotel Lisboa is Macau’s tallest building. From the outside, the Hotel Lisboa is absolutely magnificent to look at, including an LED dome that crowns the building with more than a million LED lights. The first establishment in China to receive the “Grand Award” by Wine Spectator magazine, the Hotel Lisboa has absolutely earned a spot on this list.

Most Unique Amenity: Get yourself a table at Guincho a Galera, which is the first international branch of Michelin-starred restaurant, Fortaleza do Guincho (from Portugal).

City of Dreams

Location: Macau, China

House of dancing water performance at City of Dreams hotel in Macau

Not far from Hotel Lisboa is the City of Dreams, which is an apt title for one of the top casino destinations in a city that is loaded with them. Sometimes referred to as “CoD”, the City of Dreams cost a whopping $2.1 billion to build when it opened in 2009. With over 420,000 square feet of gaming space, including over 1,500 slot machines, the City of Dreams is another one of the largest casinos in the entire world. The House of Dancing Water, which features over 40 performers from across the world doing their thing in a ridiculously massive pool that holds 3.7 million gallons of water, is an impressive water show that adds to the unique experience offered by this casino destination.

Most Unique Amenity: ‘House Of Dancing Water’ is arguably Macau’s best show, which many compare to Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘O’.

Bellagio

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Bellagio Hotel at night

While some might have this casino higher on this list, the Bellagio was designed by the legendary Steve Wynn for $88 million. In addition to featuring one of the best poker experiences in the world, the Bellagio also features 2,000 slot machines. Featured in major motion pictures like “Ocean’s 11” and “The Hangover”, the Bellagio is one of the most well-known casinos in the entire world. When it comes to the most extravagant, the Bellagio definitely deserves a spot on this impressive list.

Most Unique Amenity: The iconic fountains in front of the hotel.

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