A luxurious adult playground in Biloxi, Mississippi earns our 21 Plus Salute
By Hope S. Philbrick
The largest resort in the Southeast to receive the AAA Four Diamond award, Beau Rivage is a multifaceted vacation destination under one roof—and it’s geared to adults.
The tallest and largest building in Mississippi at 32 stories and 3.2 million square feet, Beau Rivage boasts 1,740 guest rooms (including 95 luxury suites), ten restaurants and cafés, four lounges and bars, 12 boutique shops, pool, a spa with 21 treatments rooms, theater and a state-of-the-art casino.
Built at an original cost of $800 million and first opened March 16, 1999, after Hurricane Katrina it was renovated at a cost of $550 million and re-opened on the one-year anniversary of that devastating storm on August 29, 2006.
Whatever style of vacation you seek, from relaxed to energetic, answers to the question “What can we do now?” abound. Among our suggestions:
The 85,000-square-foot Beau Rivage Casino boasts 88 table games—the most on the Gulf Coast—plus more than 2,000 slot machines, 200 video poker machines and a 16-table poker room. There’s also a non-smoking section, a high-roller area with 10 blackjack tables, 100 slot machines and a table that flips between roulette and baccarat.
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The 1,550-seat Beau Rivage Theatre hosts a roster of shows. Upcoming performances include Restless Heart (1/4/13), Patti Labelle (1/18/13), Moody Blues (3/16/13), Vince Gill (3/22/13) and Ron White (6/7/13).
The luxurious 20,000-square-foot Beau Rivage Spa and Salon offers more than 70 treatment options. Good luck choosing just one. We suggest springing for at least three, such as the zen trilogy body wrap, caviar and pearl facial and signature manicure. Each experience invites deeper relaxation. Once (nearly) every inch of you is thoroughly polished, moisturized and massaged, you’ll feel as if you’re floating in a cloud.
The Shopping Promenade has 12 boutiques offering the latest designer trends and a variety of specialty items.
Fallen Oak, designed by Tom Fazio, is an 18-hole, par-72 course that boasts rolling greens, dramatic bunkers, thousands of trees and “five sets of tees for all levels of golf, from 7,486-yards to 5,300 yards,” says John Hurt, golf professional. “We try to make it as comfortable and slow-paced an environment as we can.” The facility also houses a driving range, short game range, and practice chipping, putting and sand areas. Service is top-notch.
***Odds of Encountering Children: As a casino resort, all activities and amenities are geared to the 21 and older crowd—so we award Beau Rivage our 21 Plus Salute top honors. Children aren’t permitted in the casino, nightclubs, spa or on the golf course, but you may spot them elsewhere.
- High-speed Internet access is free.
- Guest bathrooms include a soaking tub and a separate enclosed shower stall.
- Beds have double pillow-top mattresses and triple sheeting.
- Local calls are complimentary.
- Taxi fare for the 20-minute ride from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to Beau Rivage is approximately $40.
- The largest private sector employer in Biloxi with more than 3,000 employees, Beau Rivage is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International.
- As with all hotels and resorts, room rates fluctuate based on various factors such as season, length of stay, days of week, etc. During December 2012, rates range from $79 to $249. Check online at www.beaurivage.com for current packages, rates and availability.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
875 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530
-All Photos Courtesy Beau Rivage. Exterior by Charley Punzo; slot machines by Steve Belkowitz; golf course by Andy Anderson.
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