We’ve been a bit obsessed with the City of Sin as of late (Maybe it’s because we’re dying to go!), but with its inflated room rates and over-the-top glitz, we can’t afford to always go gamble in Vegas. Thankfully, there are some pretty sweet casinos far off the Strip (and we mean far) where you can still win — or lose — some big bucks. Check out our seven favorites and take a chance at one of these spots.
The entrance to the casino of The Trump Taj Mahal; Atlantic City, NJ
WHY GAMBLE HERE: Although gaudy and dated in terms of its decor, the Taj offers up a huge casino over 3500 slot machines and 200 table games. There’s also a Baccarat pit, poker room and a Simulcast facility to place your racing bets. Plus, the hotel has a prime spot on the beach boardwalk and has a wide range of dining options, including the upscale Italian restaurant (and editor favorite) Il Mulino.
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If you’re citified but like to hike, a foodie but ride your bike more than your car, or use your Patagonia Solar Wind Jacket for a city blizzard, you can consider yourself Urban Rugged by Oyster’s standards.
These destinations and hotels are rustic-chic with lots to do, whether it’s hiking, cycling, shopping, going to art galleries or eating in top notch restaurants. At these eight hotels, you can always tap into your natural — and metropolitan — side.
The Travaasa Hana hotel overlooking Hana Bay delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui’s lush, secluded east coast. It has incredible service, a long list of stuff to do and only 70 rooms on acres of uncrowded property. The rooms are large, clean, sleekly furnished — and stripped of TVs, clocks and radios. Though it’s hard to reach, it’s worth the trip. The gorgeous, secluded location near hikes, waterfalls and beaches, excellent cuisine using local products, one of the most beautiful spa facilities on the island and unmatched personalized touches make this hotel one of your best choices in Hawaii.
Travaasa Hana, Maui, Hawaii
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Rub-a-dub-dub. I’m in a tub. Looking out of floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The Corner Studio at the Westin Phoenix Downtown
Corner Studio at the Westin Phoenix Downtown
The Boulders, Phoenix
Arguably the most scenic resort in the Southwest, the Boulders is built to impress — exceptional gym and spa; renowned golf courses; organic cuisine grown on the grounds; and casitas with wood-beamed ceilings. It’s one of the best resorts in Phoenix. The isolated feeling on the quiet, visually stunning surroundings leads you to one of Phoenix’s best spas where you can relax and be pampered. The two top-notch golf courses, excellent cuisine and on-site organic garden are just a few of the endless ways to enjoy yourself at the Boulders.
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As one of the 10 largest cities in the country, an almost-perfect-weather destination, a business hot spot, and a culinary melting-pot, Phoenix is a city that far exceeds expectations. The scenery and environment are uniquely impressive, with gargantuan boulders, hot desert sand, prickly cacti, and beautiful mountain ranges. A great summer getaway city, Phoenix gave us some breathtaking photos we can’t wait to share with you.
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The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, Phoenix