By Kathie Farnell
Photos by Jack Purser
Biloxi’s elegant Beau Rivage Resort and Casino is back and better than ever. Though a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina sent water up to the second floor, the building’s solid construction held, and today the resort offers visitors a variety of restaurants, a top-ranked golf course, a stunning spa and a state of the art theater.
And plenty of gaming action. A new poker room, better-defined high limits areas and 2100 all-coinless slot machines round out the 85000 square foot casino floor.
A recent recipient of the AAA four Diamond Award, the Beau Rivage has been named one of the top resorts in the country by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.
The 32-story beachfront building offers a spectacular view over the Gulf. More than a half-million post-Katrina visitors have enjoyed the property’s amenities as much as its casino.
The Beau’s restaurants now include celebrity chef Todd English’s Olives, which offers highly-acclaimed Mediterranean cuisine and dispenses its own signature olive oil from a vast bulbous vat in the middle of the restaurant. Signature dishes include a fabulous fig-prosciutto-and-gorgonzola flatbread. The BR Prime steakhouse’s 4000 bottle wine collection forms part of its décor; the menu emphasizes fresh steaks and seafood. Jia, the Asian restaurant, includes a sushi bar and teppanyaki tables and offers a variety of Asian specialties from Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and China.
The first show in the newly-renovated 1550-seat Beau Rivage Theatre is Imaginaya, a high-energy production created by Alla Duhova, Russia’s top choreographer. Todes, the Russian dance company which produces the show, is a counterpart of the Russian ballet, mixing styles ranging from folk to hip-hop in a spectacular display. The dancers bounce, stomp, and slither across the stage, when they aren’t soaring on trapezes. The Beau Rivage Theatre is the only US stop for the production, which runs through June. Coming attractions at the theatre include Lord of the Dance in April and the Beach Boys in May.
The new multi-million dollar Fallen Oak golf course, designed by Tom Fazio, opened in November, 2006. Located fifteen miles north of the Beau Rivage on the edge of the De Soto National Forest, the lush course includes more than 4000 oaks, magnolias and pines and is patterned after the Shadow Creek course in Las Vegas. The 12000 square foot clubhouse includes a pro shop, lounge and restaurant.
For those who prefer the great indoors, the Beau Rivage Spa and Salon has expanded its service menu and added product lines including Bumble and Bumble, Chantecaille and Pevonia. The adjacent fitness facility features state-of-the-art Cybex Eagle equipment and includes stair climbers, recumbent bicycles and treadmills.
The resort’s renovation extends to its bars and lounges. Just off the casino floor, the new Eight75 has been named one of the top 100 bars in the country by Nightclub & Bar magazine. Its plush décor includes banquettes and private booths, just right for a late-night cocktail.
The Beau Rivage Resort and Casino is located at 875 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, Mississippi, approximately one hour east of New Orleans. The closest airport is the Gulfport/ Biloxi Regional Airport, which is serviced by major airlines with regular nonstop daily flights from major cities. For more information, visit the website at www.beaurivage.com or telephone 1-888-567-6667.