The rooms and villas of Wynn Palace are filled with reverence for Eastern history and symbolism, Western joie de vivre, and Wynn’s own exuberant fusion of the two.
The Garden Villas open onto spectacular private backyards, each with a pool that stretches 150 feet from the living room.
China’s last emperor, the Qing dynasty’s Puyi, treasured a beautiful teacup—an antique masterpiece of classical imperial Chinese artistry that Wynn Design & Development Executive Vice President Roger Thomas encountered as he began conceptualizing the Wynn Palace interiors some five years ago. The colors of the stunningly crafted cup are especially arresting: The surface is a riot of vivid hues—peacock blue, mandarin orange, and bright marigold swirled together in an intricate pattern. Each guest room at Wynn Palace nods to that royal treasure by employing one color in the trio as its vibrant accent, seen in places both expected (the carpet) and unusual (lacquered hangers in the closet). And each shade is filled with additional historical associations. The peacock blue, for example, evokes imperial-era enamelware, or cloisonné, while the golden yellow is the color traditionally reserved exclusively for royalty (in ancient China, commoners found wearing that color were condemned to death).
Such a considered approach to a choice as basic as color is typical of Thomas and his team. “We wanted to do a contemporary, Wynn version of chinoiserie, where even the most intimate moment was inspired by the best of Chinese design through history,” explains Alex Woogmaster, Creative Director at Wynn Design & Development and one of the leads on the Wynn Palace design team.
Guests of the Garden Villas can entertain in their own private billiards room.
One such instance occurs in the doorway pediments around the hotel. Casual observers likely won’t notice that each features a stylized interpretation of the detailing on a fretwork screen that Thomas and Woogmaster chanced upon while strolling around the Imperial Palace in Beijing. The bas relief sculptures of a deer and a pine tree on the walls above each bedroom’s headboard are equally subtle yet inspired: Describe the scene in Mandarin and the words also mean “prosperity and longevity.” The quatrefoil, a heraldic mainstay that evokes both medieval palace courts in Europe and the four-leaf clover, a global symbol of good fortune, is a recurring motif in every room, on custom-made headboards, light fixtures, drawer pulls, vases, and even a crystalline desk paperweight.
Bathroom amenities are carefully housed in a jewelry box-like piece of lacquerware; the collar stays and golden comb inside are thoughtful touches. Even the numbers on the doors are bespoke.
A Palace King room in Wynn’s own sunrise yellow. Describe the scene of the deer and the pine tree in the bas relief above the bed in Mandarin and it means “prosperity and longevity.”
Nowhere, though, is the painstakingly detailed approach to design that typifies Wynn Palace more evident than in its four Penthouses and five Garden Villas. These sprawling yet cozy spaces are the ultimate luxury hideaways—with unexpected features: a small sink inset in the vanity counter for cosmetic convenience, for example, and lacquer boxes with miniature samples of alternative pillows available for picky sleepers (choose from memory foam, buckwheat, or even rose petal-scented). Some other elements are paragons of subtlety. Take the ombré wall coverings, of which Woogmaster is particularly proud. “Finding a manufacturer able to custom weave every panel that would align across the entire suite was an upholstery feat,” he says. “We deliberately oriented the fabric hue to shift from dark to light to accentuate the soaring heights of these living rooms—some of which stand 18 feet tall. We are always seeking to create interplays that are amusing and feel new— even in elements as basic as walls.” Much the same is true of the Frette sheets. Look closely and you’ll see a subtle pattern—a phoenix, whose association with rebirth is fitting for these 800-thread-count linens that guarantee a refreshing night’s sleep.
The imperial colors and auspicious symbols of the Palace come together—with custom carpets, specially designed light fixtures, and incredible views—in four Penthouse villas.
The invitation-only Garden Villas have become a particular passion project for Steve Wynn. Each of the five Garden Villas is situated at the head of a garden whose dramatic centerpiece is a 150-foot-long private pool that seems to exist in glorious isolation—a seemingly simple that required much effort from Thomas and the entire design team. “With Mr. Wynn’s close involvement,” says Woogmaster, “we explored multiple iterations of the garden’s planting format and even the design of the pool’s mosaic artwork so we could have it feel that beyond it, there was just expanse, nothing else at all—a clear view to infinity, like the greatest of the ancient palace vistas.”
Perhaps the most impressive element in the entire hotel, though, is simply the color white, which serves as the base from which all those imperial tones pop. Standardized across every surface, whether lacquer, paint, or porcelain— even the T3 hair dryers and Bang & Olufsen bedside stereos are clad in the color—it’s no ordinary white. Rather, this is a proprietary shade, approved only after more than 30 attempts by multiple paint suppliers until the team was satisfied. In a tribute to the hotel’s locale, they dubbed it Cotai White, and it’s an achievement even a Chinese emperor would admire.