Las Vegas is considered as the casino capital of the world, however Vegas is located in the middle of a desert. For those looking for a more idyllic setting, there is nothing like a long stretch of golden sand, the azure sea lapping at the shore and blue skies of an island to make it a welcome destination. Among the various resorts and casinos located on islands all over the world, these are the top four casinos located on beach islands.
1. Atlantis at Paradise Island and Resort
Located right next to the island of Nassau, Paradise Island is home to a the Atlantis Casino overlooking a seven-acre lagoon. The largest casino in the Caribbean, it has 75 tables and more than 750 slot machines. Many international gaming tournaments and events are held here. The resort itself has over 1000 rooms and a marina, 18-hole golf course and various adventure parks which includes swimming with dolphins and 20,000 tropical fish. It is also considered one of the most children-friendly resorts in the world.
Developed by South African resort and casino tycoon Sol Kerzner, the Atlantis Paradise Island Casino and Resort has over 2,000 rooms and is home to the largest aquarium in the world with dolphins and over 20,000 tropical fish. Based on the lost city of Atlantis, the unique décor reflects an aquatic theme. Recently, the resort has scheduled a massive $30 million renovation project.
2. Hard Rock, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
When Christopher Columbus first landed on the island of Hispaniola, half of which is now part of the Dominican Republic, little did he imagine that the island would one day be the location of the 1,800 room Hard Rock Hotel and Casino spread over 121 acres with 15 restaurants, 12 swimming pools, this signature, all-inclusive casino has been so successful, its owners are planning a second property in the capital Santo Domingo by 2017. The presence of seven international airports, 28 golf courses and over 1,000 miles of beach front, the Dominican Republic is able to attract visitors year-round and maintain an 87% occupancy.
3. Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Casino Puerto Rico
This is the first casino opened by the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain. Located on Isla Verde, this is one of the most popular sea-diving locations in the world. The nearby Verde Island Passage is considered one of the most famous marine bio-diversity spots. Puerto Rico is a favorite getaway for Americans and has direct flights to New York and London. The Ritz-Carlton is among the first of hotel and casinos that are coming up in this area and today there is a plethora of restaurants and hotels to choose from.
4. St Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino
Yet another idyllic island casino, the St Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino is located in the midst of beautiful beaches, emerald waters and blue skies. The island itself is a protected rainforest and for those who are looking for a different form of trekking, the island also has the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club that is flanked on one side by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The casino boasts of its own private luxury lounge in an independent terminal at the airport. The combination of volcanic mountains, lush forests and pristine beaches compete with the 19 table games 300 and slot machines. Incidentally, this island is also a popular destination for those looking for a romantic setting to take their wedding vows.