The Philippines is on track to becoming a hot spot for gambling – a $1 billion gambling resort, the Solaire Resort & Casino, is opening on Saturday, the Associated Press reported on March 14. The 500-room resort is designed by Paul Steelman of a Las Vegas firm, and each room features a Jacuzzi, flat-screen televisions, and a personal control system for the room’s lights, temperature, and curtains. Other amenities include in-room spa treatments, a home theater in each suite, and around-the-clock meals from an appointed chef. The Solaire’s Culinary Director Wolfgang Fischer,  has prepared meals at the Emirates Place in Dhabi, the Shangri-La Hotels, the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

The resort’s 199,132 square foot casino has 1,495 slots and games and four restaurants, reported a release announcing the resort and casino. The Solaire  has its own entertainment venue, where an audience of 200 can watch life performances. There is a ballroom onsite, large enough for 1,000 guests.

Solaire Resort

Solaire Casino & Resort
Photo courtesy of Solaire

The Solaire is part of a larger Entertainment City development, situated in Manila Bay. The complex will reportedly house about a million tourists and will have about 5,000 rooms. Each developer who agreed to build in Entertainment City promised to invest at least $1 billion per resort, according to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation. Three other casinos/resort developments are planned. Solaire and the Entertainment City project is employing thousands of people in the area, with 4,500 people currently working at the resort/casino.

Photo courtesy of Solaire Resort & Casino