Las Vegas simply doesn’t get much better than the beautiful Encore, which redefines the city’s typical casino-resort experience, and takes it to new levels of extravagance. Forming a unique hotel complex with its sister resort, Wynn Las Vegas, and sharing many of its facilities, the Encore is if possible even more opulent, yet at the same time exuding a more youthful, contemporary vibe. Despite its enormous size, its refined and elegant design ensures that it retains an intimate, almost boutique, feeling.
The two hotels stand close together, both with a similar curved exterior of shimmering bronze glass, like a pair of Richard Serra sheet-metal sculptures. Within the Encore are sunlit corridors filled with ambient music, atriums decked with floral displays, eye-catching brightly-coloured floor mosaics, and glimpses everywhere of the hotel’s sprawling pools. There is a subdued Asian theme, with a signature butterfly motif tiled into the marble floors and woven into the carpets.
The choice of dining here is exceptional, with master chefs creating gourmet experiences from different parts of the world in beautiful surroundings. The latest addition is Jardin, serving classic and innovative American cuisine in an airy conservatory-like setting, overlooking the pools and with all-round views, while the Asian restaurant Wazuzu has one wall covered with a vast dragon made from 90,000 Swarovski crystals. Another recent arrival is the sprawling upscale Andrea’s, offering what it describes as “vibe dining” from its raised central dais, and Sinatra is a classic Italian restaurant with an outdoor patio, displaying Sinatra’s Oscar for the film From Here to Eternity.
The Encore is of course famous for its nightlife, with the chic Surrender, and gold-accented XS — described as the world’s most expensive nightclub — both having dance floors that flow outside to the pools, patio and casino. The gorgeous casino itself, lit up by dozens of hand-made ruby red chandeliers, features intimate spaces enclosed by plantation screens. And when the sun comes out, the fabulous Encore Beach Club offers three tiered pools and bungalows with private infinity pools.