Luxury resorts on par with those you might find in Las Vegas are scattered along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline in the small town of Biloxi. This Mississippi locale began drawing flocks of tourists after the state legislature legalized casino gambling here in the 1990. If you want the plushest accommodations, your best bet is one of a number of casino resorts along the water.
This sister property of the Bellagio in Las Vegas is owned by MGM Resorts International and features some similar amenities. This resort includes a walkway through a number of high-end shops, an expansive buffet offering premium selections and a spacious pool area with dozens of cabanas available for rent. Visitors also enjoy the health spa or play a round of golf at nearby Fallen Oaks. Rooms on the south side offer gorgeous view of the Gulf, and suites are available. The large casino includes a separate high-limit area and the largest poker room in Biloxi.
This resort on the Back Bay features the tallest tower in Biloxi, offering more than 1,000 rooms on the property, including about a dozen suites. Remodeled in the first decade of the 21st century, IP (formerly Imperial Palace) transformed from a rather dingy property into a chic resort with several bars and nightclubs. The casino comprises two floors, with a wide selection of table games and slots, and a heavily trafficked poker room.
Isle of Capri
This casino resort takes advantage of the property’s beachfront location by offering rooms with balconies for those who want to enjoy the Gulf breeze. Executive rooms provide privacy on a floor that can only be accessed with a key card and offers a relaxing lounge. The spa here offers extensive services and packages. The casino was the first to locate in Biloxi and stretches over two floors, with plenty of gaming options.
Some properties tack on resort fees for wireless Internet, access to the gym and other services just as their Las Vegas counterparts do. Ask before you book the room about any hidden charges. You need a car to get around the city, as distances between casinos and other attractions is far and public transportation is inefficient.
- "American Casino Guide 2010 edition"; Steve Bourie; 2009