Conveniently located only 20 minutes from the centre of Macau, the US$4.2 billion Wynn Palace is the city’s most expensive resort/casino to date, and it prides itself on providing a luxury-redefining experience that’s supposedly so unique that it can’t be found anywhere else in Asia. We recently checked in for a night to experience this luxurious complex firsthand. Here’s what we found.
It takes approximately 10 minutes to reach the hotel by car from the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, so we took a ferry over from Sheung Wan and had a limousine arranged from the hotel to pick us up upon arrival. As soon as we cleared immigration, a well-suited hotel staffer was there to greet and escort us to the car. On the way to the hotel, wet towels and bottles of water were ready for us to freshen up, and delightful jazz music was softly playing in the background, putting us in a pleasant mood.
As the vehicle headed towards the hotel entrance, the first thing we noticed was how extraordinarily bright the lights were, with every architectural feature on the exterior outlined by beaming light bulbs. Inside, the interior is equally bright, and we assume it’s intended to match the opulence of a palace, which is one of the inspirations for this property.
The Wynn Palace has two lobbies, one at the South entrance and one at the North, each with a giant rotating flower sculpture by floral designer Preston Bailey that welcome guests. Colourful blossoms of fresh and preserved flowers are generously used for decoration throughout the entire hotel, cohering with the floral architectural theme of its interior, which is inspired by ancient China and its culture.
Four colours that include sunset (orange), sunrise (yellow), qing (peacock blue) and Wynn Gold — inspired by an antique Chinese teacup — are repeatedly used throughout the complex, and each one is used as a main colour theme for the hotel rooms. A selection of valuable, large-scale art pieces are also on display throughout the hotel, including the US$33.7 million Tulips by Jeff Koons and a breathtaking set of Buccleuch vases from the 18th century, all placed in public areas for everyone to admire.
We checked into the 13th-floor Fountain Suite, which has a view of eight-acre Performance Lake. From the suite, we could quietly admire a bird’s eye view of the dazzling lights from the water dance. The suite comprises a bedroom with a king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds, and a private living room with sitting area that features a 65-inch HD television. If you’d like to play your own tunes, there’s a Bang & Olufsen speaker specially designed for the hotel. The spacious bathroom offers a separate shower and bathtub as well as two vanity areas, all featuring Italian marble bath amenities exclusively created for the hotel by Molton Brown. We loved the special iPads that are placed at both sides of the bed and by the sofa, offering control of all lights, curtains and even the temperature of the room.
The dining experience at SW Steakhouse was especially pleasant. The signature restaurant of Steve Wynn, it originated in Las Vegas and is famed for its mouthwatering steaks including American USDA Prime steaks, certified Japanese Wagyu and exclusive Australian Rangers Valley Black Market beef, as well as its fresh-from-the-sea seafood that’s sourced directly from fisherman throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific. What’s more? Every 30 minutes the lights darken, the music fades and the aperture opens, revealing a mini theatrical show that ‘s ever so delightful.
We were very pleased with the ‘SW Seafood Spectacular’, a seafood platter offering the finest seasonal catch of fresh oysters, clams, Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab legs and jumbo shrimp. The 850g bone-in rib-eye, meanwhile, was from a grain-fed Rangers Valley Black Angus and was dry-aged for 45 days and grilled to perfection using a special grill that was specially flown in from Las Vegas. As for the sides, we find the black truffle creamed corn a delicious surprise for its interesting texture and rich and earthy truffle.
If you would like to enjoy a meal with a striking view of Performance Lake, the buffet at Café Fontana offers an large choice of delicacies, while Wing Lei Palace provides a luxurious twists on typical Chinese dishes.
Water Dance Show at Performance Lake
A signature attraction at Wynn Palace, Performance Lake offers graceful plumes of water dance every 20 minutes, with over a dozen songs in rotation ranging from classic jazz to movie soundtracks. The water can soar up to 10 stories high and vary greatly in power and precision, creating elegant movements and curves. Instead of hopping on the Skycab to enjoy the spectacle, we recommend heading to the observation deck at the swimming pool area for an unobstructed view and to experience the state-of-the-art sound and lighting system.
We spent only a very short stay at Wynn Palace — checking in just before dinner and checking out the next day after lunch — but we had a peaceful and pleasant stay at the hotel. Dining offerings are especially pleasurable, though entertainment facilities do seem to be limited, perhaps for good reason (we didn’t have an opportunity to try out their spa, the largest in of all of Macau). For elite travellers who are looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle and indulge in a quiet and lush getaway, Wynn Palace is an ideal option.