You’ll see a lot of sun-tanned poker faces at these all-inclusive resorts, all of which have impressive on-site casinos.
Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
Atlantis Paradise Island already has plenty of selling points, being one of the best all-inclusive resorts for adults-only nightclubs, water parks, major music concerts and celebrity spotting. Throw in a huge on-site casino, and it’s a Bahamian paradise for high-rolling adults. The Atlantis Casino is a world-class venue that hosts international tournaments. The huge space contains 85 gaming tables, including baccarat, craps, roulette, blackjack, ultimate Texas hold’em and let it ride poker. There’s even enough room for more than 700 modern slot machines. Resort guests can take part in complimentary gaming lessons every day.
Hard Rock Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana has plenty of casinos, but the 45,000-square-foot casino at the Hard Rock Punta Cana resort is among the best. The casino has 40 different tables, including blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat, and 450 slot machines. And if you want to go all-in James Bond-style, you can purchase the Punta Cana Poker Classic package. This grants access to the nightly tournaments in the Hard Rock Poker Room, where one-eyed super villains stroke fluffy white cats while playing life-defining hands of poker. Perhaps.
Barceló Bávaro Palace, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The 24-hour casino at the Barceló Bávaro Palace isn’t as big as the casino at the nearby Hard Rock Punta Cana, but it’s still a fun place to lose a bunch of money. Table games include American roulette, blackjack, Caribbean poker and Texas hold’em. You’ll also find 150 modern slot machines. Dress smart(ish), as no shorts, sleeveless T-shirts or sandals are allowed.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, St. Maarten
The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort is home to Casino Royale, the largest casino on the island of St. Maarten. The 21,000-square-foot casino features 21 tables and 410 slot machines. And if your luck runs out at Casino Royale, you’re free to head over to Maho Beach’s sister resort, the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort. Here you’ll find the smaller Golden Casino, with poker, roulette, electronic blackjack and a further 110 state-of-the-art slot machines.
Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino, Curaçao
Curaçao is a Lesser Antilles island country in the southern Caribbean Sea, about 40 miles north of the Venezuelan coast. And yes, you can gamble in Curaçao. The Princess Casino, one of the biggest and most popular casinos on the island, is located on the grounds of the all-inclusive Sunscape Curaçao Resort. Here you’ll find American roulette, blackjack and Caribbean stud poker tables, as well as 300 slot machines. The casino also provides guests with free daily “learn to play” tours, where you can become the next great card shark.
Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino, US Virgin Islands
Divi Carina Bay is the only all-inclusive resort and casino on the island of St. Croix, one of the main islands of the United States Virgin Islands. The Divi Carina Bay Casino has tables including blackjack, roulette, craps, three-card poker, Mississippi stud and Texas hold ‘em. There are also 250 slot machines with denominations from one cent to $25.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, Puerto Rico
The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar sits on a pristine beach surrounded by lush rainforest: a veritable paradise for hiking and biking, swimming and golfing. And when all that outdoorsy stuff gets boring, you can head to the casino, knock back a few rum and cokes, and engage in some healthy gambling. The on-site Rio Mar Casino offers blackjack, roulette and three-card poker, and 152 slot machines. Casino servers provide complimentary house drinks while you play slots and table games. In other words: Who needs nature trails?