9 Luxe Casinos with the Finest Fare Slideshow
Everything in London’s exclusive Les Ambassadeurs Club, housed in a former mansion, is gilded and sumptuous. From the deep purples in the gaming room to the gold-plated dining room, it is the very definition of old-world luxe. Overlooking Hyde Park, the restaurant serves international and contemporary fare with an extensive wine list fit for perfect pairings.
Steve Wynn is among the few who lay claim to a large chunk of the Vegas Strip, but he certainly didn't think to stay put. His Wynn Macau is home to more than 200 gaming tables, four fine dining restaurants, the sleek Cinnebar and Bar Cristal, the Wing Lei Lounge, and the more casual Café Esplanada. Chef Liu Guo Zhu and his seven "disciples" helm Golden Flower, which serves classic Northern Chinese food.
Built more than 250 years ago, the Casino Baden-Baden is striking, with gold and red accents throughout. Dostoyevsky wrote The Gambler while playing cards here, and Marlene Dietrich is said to have called it "the most beautiful casino in the world." The main restaurant, Sommergarten (meaning Summer Garden), is tranquil with water fountains, palm trees, mosaic tables, and Mediterranean cuisine like Carpaccio "Cipriani," scallops with risotto, and pork with morel cream and seasonal vegetables.
Frequent travelers know to expect fine dining, high-stakes poker rooms, and luxurious bars with unending amenities from most resorts in Vegas, but the ARIA's dining is on another level. Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Shawn McClain, Sirio Maccioni, and Julian Serrano are all represented here, with sleek, design-conscious, and LEED-certified eateries.
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Marina Bay Sands' infinity pool is a huge draw for non-gamblers and betting folk alike, but with such a big and varied casino space (more than 500 table games on offer), putting your money where your mouth is, is inevitable. Gamblers can refuel at one of 14 fine dining establishments on the property, which boast chefs like Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck, and Justin Quek.
Founded in 1907, the Aviation Club de France was an exclusive club for pilots. Since the 1960s, though, it's become more of a destination for playing cards, betting, and lounging. It has a quiet, elegant French charm that is reverberated in the restaurant and bar. The bar is open 24 hours a day serving classic cocktails and a bar menu, while the restaurant is open for dinner only. If you feel peckish between midnight and 5 a.m., though, they'll order Chinese food for you.
Modern and high-design, the Ibiza Gran Hotel and its Casino de Ibiza are constantly buzzing with jet-setters and waging enthusiasts. Invoking a stylish vibe, the casino is home to a range of table games, a room of slot machines, and the Jackpot Restaurant, which serves Mediterranean fare within the casino. The hotel's Costa Mara restaurant is a bright and airy room where the focus is more on local, seasonal fine dining.
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One of Las Vegas' most iconic hotels, perhaps because of its world-famous fountain, the Bellagio was among the first properties to coax the country's (and the world's) best chefs to Vegas. Fine dining choices include Le Cirque, Prime Steakhouse, Picasso, and Michael Mina, while cooking demonstrations, wine pairing events, and brunches by the fountains are also offered for bettors that need a bit of distracting.
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Play a hand of laid-back blackjack by the sea at the Ritz Carlton, San Juan. Luxurious and classic, the hotel hosts kids as easily as it does wagering adults, and the dining options on site are mouthwatering. BLT Steak has a refined bistro feel, Il Mulino strives to conjure an iconic New York Italian joint, while Mares and The Ocean Bar & Grill sit outside on the terrace.
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