7 Great Gaming Resorts for Incentives

High-end gaming destinations from Las Vegas to Singapore.

Rosewood Baha Mar
Rosewood Baha Mar

The gaming industry knows a thing or two about rewarding VIPs: It has made an art of treating high rollers like royalty, making the properties profiled here a natural setting for hosting top incentive performers. These seven gaming resorts have all the bells and whistles -- luxurious accommodations, cutting-edge spas, high-touch service, top-name entertainment, gourmet dining and, naturally, gaming -- to give your own rock stars a "whale" of an experience.

Top Las Vegas Gaming Resorts

Aria Resort & Casino 

When it opened in 2009, Aria Resort & Casino was the talk of the town. Ten years later, the luxury property is still at the top of its game. The resort is home to 442 one-, two- and three-bedroom Sky Suites and 258 Tower Suites, all ideal for incentive winners.

Those who stay in spacious Sky Suites are entitled to a personal butler and have access to a private lounge and pool. Guests with keys to Tower Suites also receive VIP service, such as priority taxi-line access. Among the eight bars and lounges is the two-level Jewel Nightclub, which offers VIP tables with bottle service. Winners will be appropriately coddled at Aria's 80,000-square-foot, dual-level spa and salon, with the country's first Japanese Ganbanyoku, a hot-stone bed made of black silica. Dine in style at upscale restaurants like Jean Georges Steakhouse and Italian hot spot Carbone, which offer semiprivate or private space for incentive groups of up to 65 and 40 people, respectively.
 
Opened in 1966, Caesars Palace is classic Vegas. The 53-year-old resort still feels contemporary, however, thanks to fresh additions and experiences, such as its Nobu Hotel. Opened in 2013, the boutique "hotel within a hotel" is the brainchild of celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro and movie producer Meir Teper. Incentive recipients can choose from 18 luxury suites that range in size from 1,000 to 3,500 square feet; the Japanese-inspired accommodations include oversized soaking tubs, steam showers and room service from the hotel's signature eatery, Nobu Restaurant. Nobu's VIP guests receive privileges like entrance to Caesars Palace's chic Omnia Nightclub and priority reservations at Nobu Restaurant, which seats up to 75 people in a semi-private room. 


MGM Grands Skylofts balcony
One of MGM Grand's Skylofts

 MGM Grand lives up to its superlative name. Spanning more than 170,000 square feet, its casino is one of the largest in Las Vegas. Other expansive areas on offer are the 16,800-seat arena, which has hosted concerts from world-class performers like U2 and the Rolling Stones; Level Up, a 12,000-square-foot "adult playground" outfitted with a pool, foosball, ping-pong, giant Pac-Man and indoor laser golf; the pool complex; and the 30,000-square-foot spa. Taste only the best at more than two dozen eateries like Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak and Hakkasan Restaurant, with private dining space for groups of up to 40 and 28 people, respectively. Book incentive winners in the resort's 51 luxury Skylofts, one-, two- and three-bedroom lofts on top of the resort. Guests there enjoy 24-hour butler service, a private lobby and transportation from the airport in a Rolls-Royce Ghost. Or they can luxuriate in The Mansion, inspired by an 18th-century Italian villa, with 29 Mediterranean-themed residences ranging from 2,400 square feet to 12,000 square feet, along with a private garden, a pool, a screening room and a dining room. Mansion guests receive personalized menu preparation and VIP reservations at MGM Grand's Joël Robuchon and L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon fine-dining restaurants.
  

Now open on the East Coast

For a chic experience off the Strip -- 2,700 miles away, to be exact -- consider sending winners to Wynn Resorts' newest property, Encore Boston Harbor Resort. Debuting this past summer, the 27-story complex has 15 restaurants and lounges; a 19,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center; an expansive shopping promenade; a 6-acre waterfront park; a 210,000-square-foot casino, and 100 luxury suites. Among the dining and drinking spots are Mémoire, a nightclub featuring Vegas-style VIP tables with bottle service, and Rare Steakhouse, with private dining for groups of up to 20. For sports fans, the resort has private boxes at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and TD Garden.
  

Dipping toes in the Caribbean

At the Bahamas' Baha Mar resort -- which comprises three hotels, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, SLS Baha Mar and Rosewood Baha Mar -- incentive planners don't have to choose between a gaming getaway and an island escape. For winner-worthy accommodations, check out the 100 suites, residences and villas at the Rosewood. Guests have access to Baha Mar's many amenities, including the Caribbean's largest casino, a 3,000-foot white-sand beach, a host of tropical pools, a 30,000-square-foot spa, a championship golf course and a nine-court racquet club.
 
The resort sports more than 40 food-and-beverage outlets, such as the Rosewood Commonwealth, an international brasserie whose private Rum Room accommodates 22 people. Baha Mar even has a 15-acre private island equipped with waterside bungalows and water-sports gear, plus butlers and attendants to take care of guests' needs, all available to incentive groups for day trips or events.
  

Flying to the Continent

Adding European flair to the incentive-gaming experience is the Ibiza Gran Hotel in Ibiza, Spain. For winners who want some pampering, the property features a 14,000-square-foot spa. One of the two pools outside the spa offers in-water hammocks. The staff can arrange exclusive access to beach clubs, nightclubs and boats for hire. Among the restaurants and bars, La Gaia, a Japanese-Mediterranean fusion establishment, accommodates groups of up to 150 in its dining room or 50 on the outdoor terrace.
  

A taste of Asia

Singapore's Marina Bay Sands is renowned for its iconic architecture and its superior service and amenities. In addition to a four-level, 160,000-square-foot casino, the resort offers a nightly light and water show and a 220,000-square-foot art and science museum. The city-state's largest nightclub, Marquee Singapore, wows with an indoor Ferris wheel. A truly high-end escape is the 2.5-acre Sky Park, featuring a rooftop infinity pool and an observation deck. Among the more than 80 dining options, check out the Asian-inspired Adrift with private dining space for groups of up to 40. The hotel delivers the luxury with more than 100 suites whose guests receive 24-hour butler service, a complimentary massage for two and access to the Club55 lounge on the 55th floor.