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10 of the most amazing casinos in the world
There are just casinos, and there are casinos from which the head goes round and their luxury dazzles. There are no cheap breakfasts, buffet tables and diluted gin in plastic cups. We’re talking about casinos with Michelin-starred restaurants, and their vibrant nightlife and chic gaming rooms will be remembered by anyone for the rest of their lives! From China and South Africa to Las Vegas, we’ve made up the world’s ten most stunning casinos!
Experienced players say that resort casinos in Macau are much more interesting than in Las Vegas. The resorts boast two Michelin-star restaurants, luxurious hotel rooms and a decadent spa that offers a gentle silk glove massage and cashmere wrap.
A fountain and a water dance show have made this casino famous. Having copied the idea of Bellagio, the owner Steve Wynn does not complain about life, because two thirds of his income comes from this place.
Tip: Sample a drink at Cristal Bar, topped with a 19th century antique chandelier.
Las Vegas, Nevada
The famous Five Diamonds casino Bellagio attracts rich gourmets from all over the world with two first-class restaurants (Picasso and Le Cirque) and four renowned chefs who have gathered every conceivable and unimaginable award in their field: Michael Mino, Julian Serrano, Jean-Georges Wongerichten and Todd English.
Here you can book a room with magnificent views, a private pool and 24-hour butler service.
Tip: Very few people know of the stunning Bellagio Art Gallery, where you can enjoy works by famous artists such as Warhol and Picasso.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Atlantic City, New Jersey
The first East Coast Las Vegas-style casino is getting better from year to year. Here you will find great restaurants and a huge spa with an outdoor pool.
The regulars of this place are P. Diddy, Ben Affleck and J.Lo.
Tip: Take a flight on a casino charter flight.
The $2.4 billion Venetian Macao is the world’s largest casino (the sixth largest building in the world). It was built in the Renaissance style so skillfully that at some point you might really think you’ve come to Italy. There are 24 bars and restaurants, 3000 slot machines, four swimming pools, gondolas in the San Luka canal system and 3000 rooms.
Tip: Check out the Bellini Lounge, where visitors are served by Playboy Rabbits.
Casino de Monte Carlo
This is the casino where James Bond went to see the films Never Say Never and Golden Eye. This royal establishment was opened by Princess Carolina in a 19th century building. It has stunning interiors of Belle Epoque with intricate architecture and centuries-old paintings. It is an ideal place for millionaires who own yachts and have fun in private salons.
Tip: The Casino de Monte Carlo is a very stylish and elegant place, so forget about shorts and flip-flops!
Sun City Casino Resort
Rüstenburg, South Africa
There are few places on earth where you can enjoy safari during the day and casino games at night. But that’s how you relax at the Sun City Casino Resort, a two-hour drive from Johannesburg. This is probably the most important feature of this luxury establishment. Among other things, you can play golf, go water skiing and parasailing on an artificial lake, visit an outdoor water park with rivers and waterfalls and, of course, quad bike riding.
Tip: Choose the most extravagant of the five hotels, the Palace of the Lost City, featuring stunning mosaics, frescoes and fountains.
Marina Bay Sands
This institution worth $8 billion and opened 5 years ago is the most expensive autonomous hotel-casino in the world. The three towers of the building are united under one roof, which houses the tallest and largest pool in the world. The 57th floor offers stunning views, while the indoor skating rink is a perfect refuge from the hot Singapore sun. There are 12 of the world’s biggest shows and many “star” restaurants.
Tip: Use the map. There are three levels of gaming floors with 550 board games and 2500 slots.
Resorts World Sentosa
The site was opened one year ago with Marina Bay Sands and was the first Singapore mega casino with 1,500 rooms in six different hotels. The huge facility features Universal Studios theme park and the largest oceanarium in the world, as well as thousands of square metres of playground, almost two dozen restaurants and a grand outdoor spa.
Tip: Although not Monte Carlo, the dress code is even stricter: no shorts, sandals, hats, sunglasses or masks.
Atlantis Casino & Resort
Paradise Island, the Bahamas
The Bridge Suites are some of the most expensive in the world, and Nobu and Jean-Georges’ Dune are the best on the island. There are also stunning golf courses, an unforgettable Mandara Decadent Spa, an impressive concert hall with Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars and, in fact, a casino that occupies an enormous area.
Tip: Visit the delightful blackjack gaming pavilions in the cool Caribbean breeze.
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
When the Cosmopolitan opened in 2010, it was the most sexually relaxed and daring establishment. Since then, nothing has changed. Although it’s not the biggest play area, it has many other advantages. All 3000 rooms have open balconies, and half of them boast breathtaking views of the Bellagio fountains. You will definitely discover the excellent bars and restaurants, where some of the best chefs of the world are working in the kitchen.
Tip: Come here with your dog, as Cosmopolitan has a special “dog park”, which is quite unusual in Las Vegas.
In a new country it is always worth “feeling” a few things: flavour, sights, customs and, of course, gastronomic orgasm.
We are what we eat.
So, to better understand the new country and the mentality of its inhabitants, you need to try the national food. Now you can get acquainted with 24 crown dishes of different countries, which every tourist must try.
The name of this dish translates as “little Frenchwoman.” It is a sandwich of two square pieces of white bread, between which there is a piece of meat, a slice of ham stuffed with olives, and sausage. It’s all covered in melted cheese and placed in a plate with tomato sauce. Francesinas are usually served fries and a mug of cold beer.
Australia: Meltdown cake
Meltdown Pie – a meat pie floating in a plate with thick pea soup. Sometimes it is seasoned with tomato sauce and vinegar. This dish is especially popular in winter.
Mexico: Mole sauce
This sauce contains up to 100 ingredients, including herbs, ground nuts, butter, cocoa, meat broth and of course several types of chili. And they prepare the sauce for a long time, sometimes for a few days.
Slovakia: Cheese galouches
These are small potato dumplings dressed with soft cheese and bacon.
Belgium: mussels with fries.
Mussels in Belgium are prepared in different ways: in wine, oil, with herbs or in tomato sauce. They are served with salted crispy potatoes and a cold Belgian beer.
South Korea: Panchan
This traditional South Korean dish consists of many appetizers and salads, which are served on small plates as accompaniment to the main course and rice: kimchi (sauerkraut vegetables with spicy red pepper), Namul (fried vegetables dressed with sesame oil, vinegar and garlic), Jeong (Korean variation on pancakes theme).
Different variations of this dish are cooked all over North Africa, but it has gained special popularity in its homeland – in Egypt. The dish is cooked from the leaves of Molocha (a vegetable with a bitter flavour), which is separated from the stems, chopped and cooked in a broth with coriander and garlic. Molochay with pieces of chicken or rabbit meat is served, sometimes they are replaced with lamb or fish.
It would seem that Japan is associated with sushi all over the world, but the Japanese themselves advise travelers not to miss the opportunity to try catsudon, a thin pork chop with an egg, which is placed on top of a bowl of rice.
This is a very calorie dish from Quebec. It consists of fries, cheese and a specially prepared sauce.
Scotland: Smoked salmon
Salmon is served on bread toasts made of unscreened flour with butter or cottage cheese paste. The Scots like to splash fish with lemon juice.
England: Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding.
English chefs once came up with a way to use the fat dripping on the pallet of meat to make puddings. Now fried beef with dripping pudding is considered England’s national dish.
Spain: Iberian ham.
To produce this ham, a special Iberian breed of pigs is grown and kept on a special acorn diet. The ham is covered with sea salt and then hung in well-ventilated cellars for a couple of years. Finished jamon is cut into thin slices and served with wine, crispy bread and olives.
India: Tandoori chicken
It is almost impossible to find one dish in India that would represent the whole country, as each region has different traditions. However, there is one classic Indian dish – tandoori chicken. Chicken pieces are marinated in yogurt with spices, and then baked on a big fire in a clay oven. The dish is usually served with vegetables and rice.
Rakfisk is considered a winter dish. It is a trout, which is first salted, left to ferment for several months and then served with onions and sour cream.
Venezuela: Pabellion cryolo
This Venezuelan national dish includes chopped beef, rice, black beans and cheese. Pabellion cryollo is usually served with fried egg and fried plantain.
Sarmale is a Romanian version of dove or dolma. It is a minced meat and rice baked in small salted cabbage or grape leaves.
China: Xiao Long Bao
The dish with the difficult name is Shanghai dumplings swimming in soup. Xiao Long Bao is even more like Hinkali in shape. They are made from different types of meat and steamed in special bamboo baskets.
South Africa: Biltong
It’s a South African variety of dried meat. Most often biltong is made from beef, but it is also very good from other types of meat, such as ostrich. Thin meat strips are marinated with different spices and salt and dried.
Indonesia: Terang Bulan pie
It’s a sweet pie in the shape of a semicircle filled with all kinds of delicacies: chocolate chips, grated cheese, slices of peanuts. These pies are sold by street vendors all over Indonesia.
The asado grill can be found in every self-respecting Argentinean family. It is meat cooked on coals, but its taste depends on many subtleties, so it is usually men – asadora. Asado is served with bread, salad, chimichurri sauce and red wine.
In many countries, adobo is a spice, but in the Philippines it is a dish consisting of pieces of chicken or pork stewed in a mixture of soy sauce and vinegar and cooked with pepper, garlic and bay leaf.
Malaysia: Nasi lemak
Nasi lemak translates as “rice with cream”. Rice is cooked in coconut milk with pieces of pandanus leaves. The dish is served wrapped in banana leaves with sambal sauce, anchovies, peanuts and boiled egg.
Feyjoada is a dish of black beans, roasted pork, beef, spices and cassava flour. It is usually served with rice, cabbage, orange slices and hot sauce to speed up digestion.
Saudi Arabia: casbah
This dish is made of rice with the addition of a large number of spices – cloves, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg and bay leaf. Casbah is usually served with meat and vegetables.