Wynn Palace Update
Another month, another delayed opening of the much anticipated newest addition to the Wynn Resorts portfolio, Wynn Palace on the Cotai Strip. During a recent update and announcement covering the property, the company let it be known that due to unforeseen reasons (likely making sure every last inch of the property is absolutely perfect) the resort will not open until August, likely 8/8 for the number’s significance. But while all is not great news with the delay, we were also assaulted with a ton of new resort porn for the property, and are able to glean much much more out of what exactly is going on from a design standpoint.
Giving more detail to the front lake, of the hotel during the day, we can see the combination podium base, performance lake, and Encore Beach Club style day club tucked in to the tower. Nothing much new to report here, aside from a different angle on the same original colorful night view.
Next comes an overall rendering of the main casino, which can only be described as a mix of Wynn and Encore smashed in rich gold and beautiful likely hand blown glass chandeliers. The moldings on the ceiling are reminiscent of Encore, with it’s square grid and diamond slotting on the sides, scrolls coming up to meat each major grid line, all bathed with up washing light. The tables themselves are typical Wynn green felt, with chairs accentuated with sun-like embleming on a bright orange background, complimenting the gold and ivory host stations in the middle as well as the white lamps atop. The carpet is Wynn red, with a fan pattern similar to those in the elevator lobbies of Wynn Las Vegas. While this image is labeled mass casino, by the doors and slot machines seen through the back it is much more likely this is a Baccarat salon with a bit more upscale feel, while in the distance we can see a slightly different scheme with lit columns and perhaps a more green accented color scheme.
Further evidence of the elegance high rollers should expect is in the so called Junket rooms, with a floral carpet reminiscent of WLV’s updated (and my personal favorite) carpet, more comfortable chairs with a slightly modified back pattern, and walls downline with art, stone accents in the floor, and intricate gold handrails. There’ll also be a direct access patio for viewing of the performance lake, as well as an area to relax for the party using the room sunken down slightly at the front. The chandelier, highlighted by an oculus type opening in the main ceiling, is almost identical to some of the entry chandeliers at Encore Las Vegas but in gold as opposed to Encore’s signature red.
Got more money? Don’t worry, you’re covered. Much like Encore stateside, Wynn Palace will it appears have a penthouse casino of it’s own. In the style of Alex, one enters the salon on an upper level, and can defend down to the lower level where there is room to relax and enjoy the view of the Strip and lake below. Tables are much like the junket room, and the furniture is a mix of items we’ve seen throughout Wynn properties that work with the space and it’s highly over the top yet somehow controlled palette. The carpet, which is out of control in reds, golds, and cream somehow works, and the wall decor, backlit or mirrors, is over the top but works even with the lanterns scattered around. Here we also see evidence of a quadragonal floral-type motif that we’ve seen experimented with in Wynn’s northeast casino renderings. The inclusion of two artichoke style lamps from ceiling insets is the only thing here that makes me go “huh”, but oddly they work.
On the food and beverage front, we are treated to a sneak peak of 4 of the restaurants. Three are staples of the Wynn Las Vegas property and look similarly designed for the most part. The first is of course Wing Lei, Wynn’s full service traditional Chinese restaurant. And much like the recent renovation at WLV, Wing Lei here is also bathed in cream, gold, and accents of jade green. The restaurant has a long entry promenade and a central dining room with multiple levels. It’s just as lovely as it’s counterparts, perhaps even more so. Added to it is a bar reminiscent of Bar Cristal at Encore Macau, but much more thematically in line with Wing Lei. A simple design in carpet, such gold banquettes and a round green bar all accentuated by walls of art, mirrors, and framed in bamboo with a gorgeous central chandelier over said bar make for an intimate place to grab a drink before you dine.
There’s also of course an SW Steakhouse, which has a design aesthetic that’s somewhere between the original SW and Andrea’s at Encore. The room is slick, clean and modern, muted colors that fit together tightly to make a perfect palette. Just like you’d expect for a steakhouse from Wynn with the addition of a James Bond-esque oculus accent wall.
Next there’s Red 8, Wynn’s casual chinese offering. Only unlike the stale Red 8 at Wynn, the concept has been completely reinvented for Wynn Palace. The restaurant looks much like a combination of the Lobby Bar and Wazuzu at Encore to gorgeous results. The fan shaped dining room features a rear accent wall and a tree like sculpture emerging from a round center banquette. The ceiling, with white molding and red insets washed in red light harkens back to a beautifully detailed fan.
And finally, and perhaps surprisingly, is what could be considered a throwback to Wynn’s creation of Bellagio. Wynn Palace will feature a restaurant called Fontana, the crowd favorite at Bellagio that was replaced by the “meh” Hyde lounge. And much like Fontana at Bellagio, the focus will be the fountain show. The design is a delightful almost over the top decorative red and white pattern, with red and white hatched carpet and white chairs with red cushions surrounded by hassled columns and traditional lanterns in gold and red topped with a ceiling of gold and white. But the true star of the room is the view, by which diners will get a face to face view with the performance lake. No sign of a patio though, which is a loss, but It will be a view to enjoy nonetheless.
And there’s much more to share for certain. In a few days we’ll discuss what we’ve also learned about (minimally but in essence a lot) Wynn Palace’s rooms. And some of that is sure to surprise you in ways you may not have expected. You’ll be drooling to buy your tickets and make your reservations, but just remember, the way things are going you should always buy refundable.
**Bonus – Here’s a sneak peak of the actual floral pieces being built for Wynn Palace by Preston Bailey, the same artist who did the new pieces installed in the Wynn Las Vegas Conservative.
All pictures courtesy of Wynn Resorts, LTD