Thanks to the dazzling lights of Las Vegas casinos, the world has fallen in love with gambling and taking casino holidays to do just that. In fact an entire industry has been created around the casino floors. Artists in residence, theatrical shows and amazing architecture all go hand in hand with this expensive past time.
No doubt Las Vegas is on your bucket list somewhere but there are plenty of other options around the world worth checking out of you’re looking for a place to burn a hole in your wallet.
So we’ve taken a look at some unusual and maybe unheard of destinations around the world for a casino holiday.
Gambling was once illegal in Singapore but with an ever increasing Chinese population and a desire to attract more tourists, laws were reformed a few years ago and now this tiny nation boasts two great casinos. Most notable is the Marina Bay Sands which has become somewhat of an icon for the city.
It’s towering hotel buildings with a boat like bridge perched on top make this one of the most striking buildings in the world!
The hotel boasts the world’s highest infinity pool on the bridge and has some breathtaking views of this high flying metropolis.
The casino and hotel opened in 2010 at a cost of $4.6 billion built on reclaimed land and now with huge parkland that’s free to enter. The casino itself is free for tourists and $100 SGD for locals and features games from all over the world including some Chinese favourites you wont find outside of Asia.
There’s also a huge shopping mall, an equally huge convention centre and an Arts & Science museum in the shape of a lotus flower. The entire complex is quite incredible and is one of the many reasons Singapore is much more than just a stopover destination on your way to Australia.
Definitely worth considering for your next casino holiday!
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Thanks to countless movies, decades of glamorous Formula 1 races and the low tax rates, Monte Carlo remains as romantic a destination today as it has ever been. High rise apartments and hotels cling to the rocks of the French Riviera as all manner of uber-expensive yachts float around in the Marina.
Casino de Monte Carlo is where you’ll want to go and its lavish splendour is apparent all around you.
None of the garish vegas styling here, this is a real casino for real gamblers. So you might want to brush up on your betting skills first.
It also boasts not 1 but 4 hotels surrounding the casino, the best of which has to be the Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo, which is the place to be seen on any day of the week. Expect high prices, high rollers and a romantic experience unparalleled anywhere else.
Watch this guide to Monaco for a quick taste of the principality.
Worth every penny even if you only ever experience it once in your life.
Sun City, South Africa
While Singapore and Monaco offer a very traditional casino experience, the story is very different down in South Africa. Once a mecca for casino holidaymakers in the region, the spread of more casinos across South African means Sun City has diversified its offering over the years which to my mind just makes it even more appealing.
You’ll find no shortage of things to do here including two of the world’s best golf courses, a huge waterpark for families and of course the casino! Some of South Africa’s best nightlife and award winning restaurants can be found here too.
Sun city is actually 4 resort hotels that are within easy distance of two of the best nature reserves in the country.
The Pilanesberg National Park and the Madikwe Game Reserve both of which are Malaria free and well worth the visit. For that truly unique casino holiday experience this might just be the best of them all!