Known as the Vegas of the East, Macau is the city where all big spenders of Asia like to gather. Yet despite the decline in gambling revenues over the last few years due to President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign and China’s economic slowdown, American businessman Steve Wynn is finally, following complications and delays, opening the doors to the city’s most expensive resort/casino to date, the Wynn Palace.
The US$4.2 billion floral-themed resort took six years to complete, and prides itself on a luxury-redefining experience that’s supposedly so unique that it can’t be found anywhere else in Asia. Travellers staying at the property will be greeted with a breathtaking journey across the eight-acre Performance Lake in air-conditioned SkyCabs – which float 28 metres in mid-air thanks to the aerial tram system – into the very heart of the resort. Guests will be able to admire the spectacular views of Cotai as well as the mesmerising scenes of the lake along the way.
Upon arrival, guests will take in the sumptuous surroundings highlighted with creative floral displays and extensive collections of rare art, including a 6.8-metre-high Ferris Wheel made from over 103,000 flowers by floral designer Preston Bailey and also a US$33.7 million ‘Tulips’ sculpture by Jeff Koons. Numerous Chinese art pieces, antiques and vases are also on display throughout the resort, and are collectively valued at around US$200 million.
Check into one of the 1,706 glamorous rooms, suites or villas that are exquisitely furnished down to the very last detail, with audio systems by Bang & Olufsen and amenities by Molton Brown. The top-tier Garden Villas span up to 743 square-metres and feature outdoor gardens, swimming pools, grand pianos, 24-hour butler service and two to three master suites per villa.
Spa offerings are not to be missed as Wynn Palace houses the largest spa in all of Macau. Occupying 4,497 square-metres, it features 22 VIP treatment rooms, each one complete with its own relaxation area, bathtub, and water therapy zone. The treatment menu is equally extravagant, including a $450 facial that uses crushed diamonds and gold leaf. Dining options, meanwhile, include everything from casual to elegant, traditional to contemporary, Eastern to Western, all served by the finest restaurants in town, including signature restaurant Wing Lei Palace, Andrea’s, Mizumi, and SW Steakhouse, not to mention Café Fontana and Wynn Macaron for those who crave a light treat.
Gaming is an essential part of the complex. With a 45,987-square-metre casino space, Wynn Place now holds 100 new gaming tables limited to government approval, with another 25 coming at the beginning of next year and 2018 and plans to transfer 250 tables from Wynn Macau to reach the target of 350 tables. The hotel’s grand opening takes place tonight, 22 August 2016.
Wynn Palace, Avenida Da Nave Desportiva, Cotai, Macau, +800 961 198 (Hong Kong Toll Free),wynnpalace.com