James Bond doesn’t skimp on style, and fans may recognize him hanging in this posh casino from hit movies like Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye. This royal institution, opened by Princess Caroline in a 19th-century building, flaunts lavish, Belle Epoque interiors with intricate architecture and centuries-old paintings. It’s the stomping ground for tuxed-up millionaires who own yachts and chill out in private "salons," or super-private salons if they're higher rollers. Service here is beyond five stars considering the pedigree of the clients, which might also explain why most of the staff has been here 20-plus years (huge tips).
Pro tip: The Casino de Monte-Carlo is so fancy, sport jackets are required after 8pm (and don’t think about wearing shorts and flip-flops).
Rustenburg, South Africa
It’s not often you can go on safari during the day, then gamble at night. But that's exactly what you'll do at Sun City Casino Resort, which is just a two-hour drive from Johannesburg. The dream casino resort is basically in the middle of nowhere, so it already feels exclusive when you arrive. And there’s no shortage of crazy-fun activities: the resort offers an 18-hole Gary Player-designed golf course, jet skiing and parasailing on a man-made lake, the largest permanent maze in the Southern Hemisphere, an outdoor water park with lazy river and waterfalls, the world’s fastest zip line, 4x4 quad biking and, of course, game driving in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
Pro tip: There are actually five hotels on the property, but Palace of the Lost City is the most extravagant with its mosaics, frescoes, and fountains.