by By Hunter R. Slaton | January 01, 2009

Palms suiteApplause for the Palms. The new Palms Place Hotel and Spa is a stylish Las Vegas getaway. All 599 rooms, in a mix of studios and suites, have kitchens and twin 42-inch plasma-screen TVs; each 600-square-foot studio has a view of the Strip. If you're feeling lucky, take the elevated SkyTube to the Palms Casino Resort and its 95,000-square-foot gaming floor.




MacauA wow in Macau. The 600-room MGM Grand Macau feels like the classiest of Las Vegas resorts with a Portuguese twist. Its centerpiece is the sprawling glass-enclosed Grande Praça lined with ornate façades, while the building itself looks like a stack of three waves, echoing the nearby South China Sea.









monacoQuantum of luxury. James Bond would feel at home at the 280-room Palace Hotel Hermitage, in Monaco's gambling haven of Monte Carlo. It's a belle epoque jewel dripping with old-world casino glamour. Rooms in the Excelsior Wing have views of the blue Mediterranean Sea.





tulalipTulalip gloss. A half-hour north of Seattle is the Tulalip Resort Casino, where a new 370-room hotel opened last August. After trying your luck at the casino, indulge in some Pacific Northwest pampering at the 14,000-square-foot T Spa or have a meal at chef Dean Shinagawa's open-kitchen Tulalip Bay restaurant.