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From 2006 through 2010 the American Casino Guide began conducted a poll among its readers to determine their favorite casinos in various areas of the U.S.
While many areas had different winners from year-to-year, the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi consistently had the same winner all five years – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi – and once you’ve made a visit to this gem of the south it’s quite easy to understand their enthusiasm.
The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Originally opened in 1999 at a cost of $800 million, the 32-story building houses a massive 3.2 million-square-foot resort, making it the tallest and largest building in Mississippi. With 3,800+ employees, it is also the largest employer in the Biloxi area, plus it holds the distinction of having the most table games, guest rooms and meeting space of any property on the Gulf Coast.
With a total of 1,740 rooms, including 95 suites, Beau Rivage is the largest resort in the southeast to receive AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond Award. Especially impressive is the massive atrium in the main lobby and its glass ceiling. This area also showcases a display of evergreens and thousands of beautiful annuals that are changed monthly:
The Atrium in the Beau Rivage Lobby
All rooms feature a contemporary interior design with cherry-wood furniture, original artwork, 32-inch LCD flat-screen TVs, and great views of the Mississippi Gulf or the Back Bay. All beds have double pillow-top mattresses and all bathrooms have Grecian marble floors, a soaking tub and a separate shower stall. Room specials on the Beau Rivage web site begin at a very reasonable $79 and the resort also offers air/hotel packages for guests to fly in from anywhere in the country.
A Standard Room at The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
If you’ve ever been to the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas you may have a sense of deja vu when you first walk into the Beau’s casino. Both properties are owned by MGM Resorts International and they share a similar ambiance of luxury. The Beau’s 76,000-square-foot casino features 85 table games, 1,800 electronic gaming machines machines and a 16-table poker room. M Life Rewards members can use their cards at the casino and earn cashback or comps that can be redeemed at the Beau or any of the other 20 MGM Resorts International properties.
For “high-rollers” there is also a separate salon functioning as a ‘casino within a casino’ that includes 10 blackjack tables and an interchangeable table for roulette or baccarat; a high-limit slot room with 100 machines; an exclusive buffet and bar lounge; dedicated cashier services; private restrooms and round-the-clock concierge service.
Just off the casino floor is the Beau Rivage’s 1,550-seat theater featuring a $3 million, state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. The resort has a tradition of bringing top entertainment to the Coast nearly every weekend and past performers include: Jay Leno, Tony Bennett, B.B. King, The Beach Boys, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Bolton and Wayne Newton.
Dining options include BR Prime – Beau Rivage’s signature steak and seafood restaurant; Jia – Contemporary Asian cuisine including a variety of soups, salads, noodles and regional specialties from Thailand, Japan, China, Vietnam and Hong Kong; Coast Seafood & Brew – an all seafood menu, plus more than 40 craft beers. The Buffet – A wide variety of cuisines, specialty foods and Southern favorites; Stalla — reasonably priced, classic Italian dishes including spaghetti and meatballs, pizzas and many soups and salads; and the Terrace Café – Classic American appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, salads and desserts.
Adjacent to the hotel lobby is a collection of 12 retail boutiques offering a collection of merchandise such as fine jewelry, menswear, women’s fashionwear and accessories, cosmetics, children’s apparel, plus there’s a popular bargain boutique where all items are priced at $10.
Another unique feature of Beau Rivage is its 20,000-square-foot Spa and Salon where guests can enjoy personalized treatments ranging from wraps and therapeutic massages to facials or even eyelash extensions.
There are 14 massage rooms; four facial rooms; two private pedicure rooms; one deluxe group pedicure room, that can accommodate up to five guests at one time; five manicure stations; five stylist stations; three make-up stations; a workout facility; and separate vanity areas for men and women featuring steam, sauna and whirlpool amenities.
The Spa inside Beau Rivage
Just 20 minutes north of Beau Rivage is its very own Tom Fazio-designed golf course: Fallen Oak. Here, golfers can play through one of the most lush architectural landscapes in the country with more than 1,000 mature oaks, pines and magnolias. There’s also a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse resembling an Acadian-style mansion that features top-level dining and panoramic views of the 18th hole.
With so many things to see and do at Beau Rivage it’s easy to see why it has been acknowledged by both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines as one of the top resorts in the country.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is located at 875 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, Mississippi. For more information,or to make reservations, call (888) 56-ROOMS or (228) 386-7444 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (CDT), Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends, or visit their web site at: www.beaurivage.com