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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.
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.

When 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 hotel.

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.

Showcase accommodations Le Reve

The 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.

The 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.

View of the pools Lake of Dreams

While 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 between SW Steakhouse, Costa 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.

Staying 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."

Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN


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