The Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort

A mere three billion dollars in the making, Steve Wynn’s eponymous temple to luxury rivals the Bellagio – another of his creations – for sheer opulence. If that wasn't enough, he also built an adjacent sister resort, aptly named Encore.

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Unlike 99% of the hotels in Vegas, however, the Wynn at least pays some respect to the natural world beyond the concrete jungle of downtown. The theme throughout the hotel is botanical, with floral motifs and displays on view at all turns, and far more natural light allowed in than at rival establishments, thanks to a series of atriums. Out front a 150-foot tall man-made mountain covered in waterfalls and trees salvaged from the old Desert Inn golf course completes the 'natural' effect.

Inside, the bedrooms are huge (the smallest are 620 square foot) and if space really is an issue then there are an additional six villas that tally 7,000 square feet each, dotted around the golf course. The Tower Suites at both Wynn and Encore offer private check in and elevators ensuring a personalized experience in a hotel totaling almost 4,750 rooms.

The restaurants on offer have significantly raised the bar for the standard of luxury in a Las Vegas casino hotel with upcoming celebrity chefs such as Paul Bartolotta and David Walzog plying their trade alongside the excellent Wynn Las Vegas Buffet. The Wynn Buffet has 16 live action cooking stations, and there are several restaurants with outdoor dining - quite a rarity in this city.

The spas at Wynn and Encore are elegant, and yet again bathed in natural light. No danger of missing out on that massage either, as there are 45 treatment rooms at the Wynn alone. As well as treatments such as the 'Good Luck Ritual' and private yoga classes, the swimming area has four oval-shaped pools and an area for the true gambling addict with outdoor blackjack tables.

The shopping Esplanades (no mere mall here at the Wynn and Encore) feature the usual super-luxe brands such as Chanel, Cartier and Manolo Blahnik, and there's also a Ferrari dealership if you happen to win big. What's more, if Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, then Wynn and Encore are at the centre of it. Cirque du Soleil's award winning Le Reve captivates audiences at Aqua Theatre, and world class DJs such as Tiesto, Steve Angelo and Deadmau5 entertain partygoers at no less than three nightclubs.

So far, so OTT, but the Wynn also owns probably the best spot for escaping the brazenness of Vegas in the Country Club at Wynn, an 18-hole golf course and restaurant decked out in suitably 'panelling and leather armchairs' country club style.

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Steve Wynn's art collection is the stuff of legend, and there are excellent copies of many of the works of art on display throughout the hotel.

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