Book by: Nov. 30
Travel by: Through March 2009
The best gambling vacations put you right in middle of the action. Whether you're into high-stake poker games, penny slot machines, world-class entertainment, pampering spas, or a 24-hour party scene second to none — if you've come to win or simply to unwind — there's a casino vacation to suit your taste and budget. And, while Las Vegas is the king of casinos, you can also get in some gambling along with beach or ski time at a casino resort in the Bahamas, Tahoe, or Atlantic City. Lucky for you, we've found money offers at our favorite casino hotspots, including Vegas, baby, from only $99/night!
With over 39 million people visiting the city each year, the desert hotspot of Las Vegas is home to some of the most lavish, unique, and lively casinos in the world. From historic boutique hotels to colossal themed resorts, this adult playground truly has it all. For a deluxe and more intimate Vegas escape, try The Signature at MGM Grand, an all-suite boutique-style property with onsite amenities that include 24-hour concierge and private heated pool. Rates start from $149/night, and guests can enjoy full access to the facilities at the adjoining MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Book a two-night stay here by November 30, and you’ll also receive the third night free for travel through March 31, 2009.
For a luxury escape that may exceed the most discerning tastes, try a stay at the posh Wynn Las Vegas resort, where you’ll discover an 111,000-square-foot casino complete with over 1,900 coinless slot machines, a 195-seat race track with VIP lounges, and table games galore. Along with its Mobil five-diamond award, the Wynn also offers a high-end spa, an onsite Ferrari Maserati dealership, a championship golf course, and a range of fine dining options like celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s famed Brasserie serving tasty moules frites, steak tartare and other quintessentially French dishes. Rates for spacious resort rooms, which come with a couch and dining area, start at $199/night.
With so many ski resorts, golf courses, and casinos, it’s no surprise that the area surrounding the blue waters of Lake Tahoe draws visitors year round. Clustered mainly along the South Shore in Stateline and on the North Shore in Crystal Bay and Incline Village, Tahoe’s casinos enjoy the same legal gambling status as elsewhere in Nevada, but are often less flashy than the casinos you’ll find in Vegas. For classic Lake Tahoe, look no further than the Horizon Casino Resort, where Elvis Presley played several memorable shows back in the 70s. For entertainment nowadays, the resort regularly features live music acts along with a movie theater and a 42,000-square-foot casino with the latest machines and table games. Stay at one of the Horizon’s modern guestrooms for two nights and receive a third night free before December 24. Rates for this special 3-night package start at $138.
Mohegan Sun, Connecticut, from $99/night
Located in the heart of scenic New England, the massive Mohegan Sun resort offers top-of-the-line gambling and entertainment with venues that include a 10,000-seat arena and smaller Cabaret Theater, a world-class spa, and more than 300,000 square feet of gaming space. Visit the resort’s legendary themed Casinos, Earth and Sky, and the recently built Casino of the Wind, featuring a 7-story electronic waterfall, and over 40 poker tables and 6,600 popular slot games. For overnight stays, the hotel at Mohegan Sun offers comfortable modern rooms with spacious marble bathrooms. Book the Legendary Escape package for two and you’ll also receive a $15 food and beverage coupon and $10 free bet coupon per person; rates start from just $99/night per person.
Atlantic City has a coveted oceanfront location and its unique history dates back to the turn of the century when glamorous seaside properties like the Marlborough-Blenheim and the Traymore first ushered in the trend on New Jersey’s waterfront. Atlantic City is now the gaming capital of the northeast, offering more than 11 first-class casino resorts along miles of sandy beach and a restored historic boardwalk.
Recapturing some of the area’s original glamour, the retro-chic Chelsea Hotel offers guests an indulgent escape with a luxurious Sea Spa, a trendy rooftop pool and lounge, and stylish décor including terrazzo floors and vintage glass chandeliers. Book the Chelsea’s Rescue package from just $199/night by November 30, and you’ll enjoy accommodations and breakfast for two as well as a $50 gas-reimbursement card. Although the hotel is a non-gaming property, the only one in AC, and a welcomed alternative to the noisy mega casino resorts in the area, you’re within easy walking distance to the casinos at Harrah’s and Caesar’s Palace.
Combine a beach vacation with a little gambling in the Bahamas this winter. You can snag an affordable gaming getaway on Cable Beach at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino. This 850-room oceanfront resort’s facilities include a private beach, golf course, spa, and a 30,000-square-foot casino offering red-hot games like Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette and over 400 popular slot machines. Rates for an all-inclusive resort stay start at just $189/night per person, and include all meals and alcoholic beverages along with free use of the pool and fitness center. This special offer expires December 17, and requires a minimum 4-night stay.
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.
Some of these lucky rates expire as soon as the end of the month, so book your casino vacation today.
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