Wynn Las Vegas
A Winning Temptation
By Sophie Gayot
Located just off the Strip, the Wynn Las Vegas is secluded behind a 140-foot-high mountain covered
with 1,500 alpine trees, some of them reaching 50 feet.
Like many hotels in Vegas, Steve Wynn's the Wynn
Las Vegas can be a destination unto itself, since
all the ingredients for a successful stay in Sin City
are present: impressive architecture, a casino, some of
the best restaurants in town, shows, bars, nightclubs,
a shopping esplanade, a spa and fitness center, a choice of swimming pools, large meeting and conference facilities,
and even Nevada’s exclusive, factory-authorized
Ferrari and Maserati dealership.
Wynn transformed the Golden
Nugget Casino into a luxurious resort in 1971, he definitively changed the city for the better, making
it one of the top
restaurant cities in the world, after years of its
being famous for the "all-you-can-eat, $3.99 buffet."
The same creativity he used on the dining scene applies
to his hotels, as well. In 1989, he opened The
Mirage; in 1993 Treasure Island, now called TI,
rose on the Strip with its full-size pirate ship. Five
years later he brought travelers
a grander option with the opulent Bellagio and its 8.5-acre man made lake. In 2000, Wynn acquired
the legendary Desert Inn, and after five years and $2.7
billion, the pink lady was replaced in 2005 by The Wynn Las Vegas — a 2,716-room, bronze-glass
Never one to rest on his laurels, Wynn's December 2008 opening of his latest Vegas venture is the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, which boasts 2,034 suites including 700-square-foot Resort Suites and VIP suites measuring up to 5,800 square feet. Encore also has five signature restaurants — including offerings from chefs Mark LoRusso and René Lenger — as well as eleven retail outlets, the ultra-chic nightclub XS and a spa and salon. In addition Encore’s 60,000 square feet of meeting space connects directly to Wynn's 200,000-square-foot convention space, guaranteeing enough event space for the largest of gatherings.
The Wynn Las Vegas is located off the Strip, across Fashion Show Mall,
and is secluded behind a 140-foot-high mountain covered
with 1,500 alpine trees, some of them reaching 50 feet.
The Lake of Dreams borders the other side, with a 70-foot
waterfall. At night the trees and lake change colors with 4,000
lights, and a multimedia show — actually several short, different
ones — takes place over the water on a giant screen, puppets, music and lights,
creating a magical atmosphere, visible from
the terrace of SW Steakhouse. An array of beautiful trees
and flowers adorns the passage to the front desk and casino.
hotel is divided into two parts. The more private (and more expensive) Tower Suites
has its own entrance, reception, elevators and swimming
pool area. All suites are decorated in warm
tones in a post-modern style. They vary in size according
to your budget, but all have spacious two-sink marble
bathrooms, hi-tech equipment and Wynn-branded amenities,
cookies, peanuts and water. All rooms have views with floor-to-ceiling windows. The west side lets
you see the Strip, but our preference is the east side,
overlooking the majestic golf course.
Exploring the resort, you'll notice modern and beautiful flower arrangements displayed all along the hotel’s colorful public
areas. Even if you didn't come to Las Vegas to gamble,
you can't miss the 111,000 square feet of casino space
where, of course, you'll find table games (baccarat, blackjack, roulette,
etc.), coinless slot machines (we miss the ticking noise),
Keno, poker and race and sports wagering.
The same goes for the 75,000 square feet of boutiques, where
you can choose to spend time, if not money, at Cartier,
Dior, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Manolo
Blahnik, Oscar de la Renta, Wynn & Company Jewelry
and Watches, and many more. A personal shopper can assist
you in making a selection to review in your room or suite.
swimming pool area, with its beige and blue tones and
Hollywood-style cabanas, has a more classical feeling
than the modern building. Gardens planted with many roses
and beautiful artificial grass lawns border the four pools,
where you can tan the "European way,"
if you wish at one of them. A casual bar lets you
drink and gamble in casual clothes while viewing sporting
events on plasma screens. The staff at the spa and the
fitness center are available to answer all your needs.
Massage, facials, hydrotherapy and body treatments, including
a Good Luck Ritual, are offered in 45 treatment
rooms; or you can exercise using state-of-the-art treadmills
and other equipment before embarking on the gastronomical
part of your stay.
conceiving the resort, Steve Wynn and restaurant director
Elizabeth Blau wanted to take their restaurants further
than any other lodgings in Vegas. They
wanted their high-profile chefs to give more than just
a name and menu to their respective restaurants. Wynn
and Blau asked them to be physically present in their
kitchens. They accomplished their goal, since all are
here. Each of the restaurants — there are more than 20 — is
beautiful and elegantly decorated, and offers a very different
atmosphere. Choose according to your mood and/or tastes
Ristorante di Mare, Wing
Lei, Tableau, The
Country Club, The
Buffet, and many others. You won't be disappointed
in any of them. The overall restaurant experience is such
that we are wondering if building the hotel was an
excuse for putting all these amazing establishments under
the same roof.
After dinner, your evening is not yet over, since there
are two trendy nightclubs — Tryst and Blush Boutique Nightclub — five bars
and several shows. "Le Rêve" (The Dream),
created and directed by Franco Fragone, who is famous for "O"
and Céline Dion’s "A New Day,"
is an evocative aqua spectacle in-the-round. The entire show is performed over a one-million-gallon
pool in a circular domed theater where no seat is more
than 42 feet from the actors. The troupe of 70 members dances
and jumps in the water and in the air, some changing costumes
to the rhythm of the beautiful, live music.
at the Wynn Las Vegas for a weekend is a teaser. You will
never be able to see and do all this hotel has to offer
in just two days. Fortunately for Vegas visitors, Wynn
decided to stick around after the success of his first
venture, over 30 years ago. He didn't run off to bring
his unique vision to New York or Paris, and that is just
one more reason we are happy that "what happens in
Vegas, stays in Vegas."