Paradise Lost, the largest privately owned casino in the world, will open next spring at the Bahai Temples site in the Bonaire region of France.
The Bahaí community has long called for the resort to reopen in the wake of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Bonaiges on April 15, 2020, leaving more than 600 people dead.
Located in the picturesque resort of Bonailles, the casino will be part of a complex of luxury hotels, restaurants and shops, with the site named after Bahaïs spiritual leader Baha.
The resort’s new owners, SNCF Group, which includes casinos, hotels and resorts, announced plans to open the casino by the end of 2021.
It is one of the first casino projects to open in a major European country, according to SNCG, which also owns the Bora Bora resort in the Italian Alps.
The Bahai Temple site, located in the desert between the Pyrenees and the Alps, has long been a site of controversy, with some Bahais concerned about the prospect of an upscale casino there.
The temple has long stood as a symbol of the faith of Bahaism, but in recent years, its location has drawn scrutiny from the wider community of Bountiful, Utah, which has been a target of international travel to the site.
The casino will offer more than 4,000 slots, including four table games and five baccarat.
Its opening will come at a time when the Bountains casino is slated to open its doors for the first time later this year.