Las Vegas or Atlantic City are probably the first places that come to mind when you think about gambling, but there are some fabulous casinos all over the world. Although most people don’t travel around the globe just to go to a casino, most would make it a pitstop if they were traveling near one of the best casinos in the world. There are a few I would love to visit if I ever get the chance.
Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monaco would be really high on my list as a casino destination. It is famous for several reasons, but the one the really captures me is it’s connection to James Bond. The Hotel de Paris is famous for being in the first James Bond novel “Casino Royale”.
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Even China has their own version of Las Vegas. Macao, China is the Las Vegas of the East. There are even similar resorts in both locations. Both cities have a Wynn property, a Venetian, Sands, and an MGM Grand. The hotels even look a little similar in both locations. If I was a big gambler, Macao would be near the top of my vacation destinations list.
The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is another interesting gambling location.. The building is incredible. To me, it looks like three clothespins with a oval plate balancing on top. What is really amazing is discovering that the top of the building (which I said looked like an oval plate) is actually the home of the infinity pool...yes, on the 55th floor of the hotel. I don’t think I could swim to the edge of it, but I am sure the views of Singapore are amazing from the pool or pool deck in the evening.
And finally, another casino I hope to visit someday is the Casino de Ibiza in the Ibiza Gran Hotel, Ibiza, Spain. This place is supposed to be a happening place for the rich and the famous, but I have read that it is a small casino. Ibiza Town is known for its nightlife, and that is probably what draws the crowd. I think the setting of Ibiza is enough to keep it on my list.
Garla Piatt is a travel agent and the owner of Tropical Travel of Tilton.