If you only know about Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos, miss them. All over the world, in strange places, people inspired by luxury and the promise of winning big casinos. These 5 weird casinos show that you can build one almost anywhere. From rainforests to frozen tundra, a casino doesn't need neon lights or a boardwalk to be a destination, it only needs a few players.
Desert Cave Hotel & Casino . Coober Pedy, Australia . The city of Coober Pedy is a strange place in itself. Eighty percent of the residents live underground in houses that they carved out of the limestone landscape. Their underground houses protect them from the harsh summer temperatures in South Australia. There's a grassless golf course that pitch black was shot on, and it's the opal capital of the world. They also have an underground casino and hotel. The stylish hotel offers guest rooms both above and below ground, but the game rooms and restaurants are all underground. (x)
Casino Jet Lounge . France . While still a great idea, this could be the casino of the future. AirJet Designs has partnered with Designescence to develop the luxury travel idea of the future. Various airlines, including Virgin, have played with the idea of getting casinos on their planes, but no one has yet implemented the concept. The Casino Jet Lounge is a recall of the glamor of air travel in the 50s and 60s, and the designers specifically checked James Bond as a style inspiration. The concept art is cool, with futuristic seating, dim lighting, and glamor. (x)
Casino . Esperanza Base Station, Antarctica . All “cities” on the southernmost continent are research bases with countries from all over the world. There are no year-round residents in these cities, and the entire continent is booming to 1,000 in summer and 200 in winter. However, these people still know how to have fun. There are several permanent structures in the Argentine base of Esperanza, including a school, a hospital and a church. There is a hand-painted sign that says "Casino" above the back door of the church. The room also serves as a community center. (x)
Sun City Casino Resort . South Africa . Another casino in an exotic location that's a little less … exotic. The Sun City combines the adventure safari with casino luxury. Lush forests and grassy grounds surround the hotel, giving it a feeling of luxury and privacy. They offer 33 gaming tables and almost a thousand slot machines. The rooms range from standard hotel rooms to cabanas for families to the extravagant Palace of the Lost City with a labyrinth, water park and zip line. The casino is only two hours from Johannesburg and you can spend your days on a safari and your nights with baccarat. (X)
Resorts World Genting . Panhang, Malaysia . This resort captivates with its colorful splendor on the kilometer-high summit of Mount Ulu Kali. It is difficult to achieve. You can drive an hour from Kuala Lumpur or take one of the cable cars through the rainforest in just 15 minutes. When you reach the top, stay in one of the six hotels and visit the only casino in Malaysia. It has two points of sale in the resort, Genting Casino and SkyCasino. There is also a theme park, a cineplex, a showroom and a concert hall with a capacity of 5,000 people. Just the view of the surrounding landscape of the hotel is worth booking a room. (x)
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