Steve Wynn’s palace in Cotai opens to grand acclaim. Below is a tour through the much-anticipated new destination resort.
The showpiece of Wynn Palace, the 8-acre Performance Lake employs nearly 1,200 jets that shoot water from its 8 million gallons in an intricately choreographed show to heights of 200 feet—dancing to Chinese, European, and American operatic arias, pop songs, and other musical numbers. One of the best ways to take it all in: A ride in one of the air-conditioned SkyCabs that slowly circles the lake, its speakers piping in the music, and traveling as high as 90 feet above the water.
Meeting Room Grand Promenade
A floral-themed promenade leads to a Grand Theater, VIP suites, boardrooms, and four floral-themed rooms. This ornate entry is graced by a special console designed by Roger Thomas, which incorporates 19th-century Coromandel screens.
The centerpiece of two VIP Registration rooms is one half of a rare set of Cantonese three-fold screens on which artists hand-painted gilded scenes of courtly life. Auspicious symbols, such as the ever-present quatrefoil, greet guests, and the ceiling is inset with the Chinese cloud motif that can be seen in hand-laid mosaics, custom carpeting, and fabric around the resort.
Wing Lei Palace
The name “Wing Lei” is actually a play on the name Wynn; its Chinese characters mean “eternal prosperity.” Layer upon layer of capiz shells, peacock feathers, and sumptuous green fabric leads diners into a room whose jade, gold, and white colors specifically evoke a Chinese jewel box.
Each element of the Diamond Club is custom-designed, from the auspicious cloud carpeting to the gold wall coverings, to sumptuous seating designed by Wynn. Even the chandeliers—evoking both floral and Art Deco elements—were created specially for each room design.
Imperial guardian lions, known as “Shi,” flank a long, serene corridor leading to the Spa at Wynn Palace. Known for millennia for their powerful mythic benefits, they are always presented in pairs, a representation of yin and yang. The male lion holds under its right front paw an embroidered ball, and the female holds a cub under her left, representing the cycle of life.
Couples who choose to marry in Wynn Palace may take a unique tea ceremony together in an intimate room. In the traditional Chinese marriage ceremony, the bride and groom serve their parents. The ceremony symbolizes the joining together of the two families.
Wynn Shopping Promenade
The grandeur of the Shopping Promenade is unsurpassed. Some design facts point to its importance in Wynn Palace: The Promenade is lined with nearly 52,000 square feet of Golden Spider stone from Greece and Yellow River stone from Turkey, and lined with 84 custom-designed, hand-tufted rugs.
The best in Southern Chinese cuisine is served in this fan-shaped room, whose colors are inspired by a lacquered cinnabar box. The butterfly tree is meant to bring joy to all who enter, and an angled, mirrored back wall reflects the energy of the restaurant crowd.