At 8 p.m. this evening, Steve Wynn unveils Encore, the new signature resort in the Wynn collection. Located next door to flagship property Wynn Las Vegas, Encore is a distinct destination with its own selection of accommodations, dining and leisure activities. Central to Encore’s fanciful and intimate environments are sunlit corridors with flowering atria and sprawling pools visible from throughout the property. Natural light floods the resort to reveal gardens, vibrant butterflies and signature mosaics. Encore’s accommodations are comprised of 2,034 spacious suites that offer casual elegance in a comfortable, residential setting. The Resort Suites span up to 700 square feet and Tower Suites measure up to 5,800 square feet. Two separate arrival and check-in areas pamper guests and showcase the textured details of Roger Thomas’ interior design.
In keeping with the culinary standards set by Wynn Las Vegas, Encore introduces a new all-star team of chefs to the dining family, each of whom is in their kitchens cooking dinner every night. Five signature restaurants pair these master chefs with personally prepared gourmet fare. Sinatra is a salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Chef Theo Schoenegger’s modern Italian cuisine riffs with Sinatra tunes as guests revisit the entertainer’s legendary charisma. A surprise awaits at Switch, Chef Marc Poidevin’s French-inspired seafood and steakhouse. Diners can appreciate the art collection by Columbian artist Fernando Botero at Botero Steak while sampling Chef Mark LoRusso’s modern cuisine. Society Cafe Encore was designed with the whimsical era of Oscar Wilde in mind, to match the imaginative cooking of Chef Kim Canteenwalla. Turn a corner in the casino and come face to face with a 27-foot crystal dragon, mounted at Wazuzu, where rising star Chef Jet Tila serves up pan-Asian cuisine.
Todd-Avery Lenahan designed The Spa and The Salon at Encore, sure to make a statement. Upon arrival in the grand Spa Court, guests are welcomed into a vaulted, softly-lit and glass-enclosed courtyard. The Salon is full-service and The Spa contains 37 treatment rooms, 14 naturally-lit garden rooms and four oversized couples’ suites for massage, body treatments and facials. Two movement studios offering spinning, yoga, pilates, conditioning and meditation classes are part of the new Fitness Center.
Encore also brings a new nightclub to the scene. At XS, after-dark impresario Victor Drai combines an outdoor pool environment with the sizzling club atmosphere. Destined to be the gold standard in Vegas nightlife, the club’s design is inspired by the sexy curves of the human body and embraces the European pool and island bar it envelopes. The dance floor at XS is highlighted by a ten-foot rotating chandelier.
The Esplanade at Encore consists of a selection of 11 boutiques. The edgy Rock & Republic, the distinguished Hermes and the eternally classic CHANEL anchor an array of clothing, shoe, jewelry, home decor and accessory stores. The Rock & Republic store is the designer’s first venture as a retail boutique.
Inspired by the festive energy of the French Riviera, the pools at Encore are central to the resort experience, both literally and figuratively. Positioned at the heart of activity, the resort pool and the European pool present scenic views for the bars, restaurants, casino and meeting rooms that envelop them. The pools are surrounded by sculpted gardens, mosaic tiling and feature Jacuzzi spas and twenty-nine luxurious cabanas.
Encore defies casino convention with a more intimate approach to gaming. The vast, open area that once defined the casino floor is replaced by columned pavilions, canopies and draperies that partition the gaming areas into private chambers. A butterfly motif portends good luck and gives way to the comfortable character of parlor room environments, each equipped with a garden or pool view.
Encore offers 60,000 square feet of custom-designed, configurable event space, from private boardrooms to an expansive, column-free ballroom. The facility is connected to Wynn Las Vegas, where an additional 200,000 square feet of space is available. Reservations can be made by calling 702-770-7800 or by visiting http://www.wynnmeetings.com .
Danny Gans — singer, comedian, actor and impressionist — will bring his new one-man show to the refurbished Encore Theater in February, 2009. With more than 200 voices in his repertoire of impressions, no two performances are alike. Tickets are now on sale by calling 702 770 WYNN or visiting http://www.encorelasvegas.com .