We just can’t seem to keep away from Las Vegas. From the infamous strip to tours of the Gran Canyon and flights over the desert, Sin City is the destination that just keeps giving. With Ceasar’s Palace and The Venetian on most visitors hit lists, our #TeamCoco girl Jenna decided to check out two less stereotypical resorts, The Wynn & Encore. Being entirely cladded in copper tinted glass, the two hotels stood out from a mile away in the Vegas sun, here’s exactly how to make the most of them on your visit…
“After flying Upper Class with Virgin Atlantic (what a dream) and being picked up in a blacked out Chevrolet, we made our way from the airport. Driving up Las Vegas Boulevard, it’s impossible not be overwhelmed by your surroundings. Palm trees and 20ft Billboards adorn the sidewalks advertising shows, private dancers and of course, gambling. The suns shining and we look up in shock at how large the Wynn & Encore really are – Encore has 63 floors, which slightly towers over the Wynn at 60. Their impressive structure makes them incredibly Instagrammable from almost anywhere on the strip.
Where to eat
I don’t know about you, but I always plan my trips around Restaurants and dining experiences. Food is a huge passion of mine and thankfully, you don’t have to stray too far from the Wynn & Encore to find an array of options. A personal favourite was for sure Mizumi. Located just a stones throw away from the Wynn Theatre just through the Esplanade, Mizumi is a Japanese restaurant with the biggest Sake menu i’ve ever seen.
Walking into Mizumi, the interiors just hit you. The entire restaurant looks out over a private Japanese garden, complete with koi pond and a stunning 90-foot waterfall – you can even eat outside right on the edge. The brains behind the concept, Chef Devin Hashimoto, uses his unique and extravagant approach to Japanese cuisine by presenting a choice of dining experiences at Mizumi which are not only cutting edge, but beautifully done. This includes a robatayaki bar, a dedicated teppanyaki room, and ocean-fresh sushi and sashimi. I can honestly say that we were all blown away by the Sushi and Sashimi we had and the Shrimp Tempura and Avocado were to DIE for.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional (well, as traditional as Vegas can get), Lakeside is your best bet. Located down a curved escalator between the Encore & Wynn, it really is what it says on the tin. Similar to Mizumi, Lakeside has just as stunning views for dinner, this time – backing onto the Lake of Dreams a stunning installation that combines water and video projections. Not only does this restaurant offer a multi-sensory experience with the Lake of Dreams and burnt orange interiors, it offers some of the best fish in the world. Chef David Walzog’s specialties include “ocean-to-table” fish caught from Hawaiian waters, a wide variety of oven roasted lobster and crab, and prime aged steaks. The steaks are honestly enormous, so proceed with caution!
On my visit, I tried the Snapper with Coconut Rice & Seafood Curry and it was honestly incredible. Our server told us that this fish would have been swimming in the sea just 48 hours ago, and you could tell. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award-winning restaurant offers a unique environment that sets the stage for a menu that focuses on fresh, seasonally available preparations. Vegas Seven (a popular and respected publication in the city) describes Lakeside as, “one of the best places in the world for enjoying the bounty of the world’s oceans.”
Tip: If you’re hungover you NEED to visit Charlie’s Dinner which is right next to the Casino floor at Wynn. Their Burgers are massive and you also get that authentic American food experience everyone goes on about!
Where to sleep
Encore is pretty special as it has been awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award every single year since opening, and luckily Encore was going to be where we were staying. Encore and its sister property, Wynn Las Vegas collectively hold more Forbes five-star awards than any other casino-resort in the world which makes it one of the most prestigious hotels in the world. When we checked into our Deluxe Twin Queen Suite on the 61st floor, we knew we’d made the right choice.
Looking out of our window (after asking Amazon Alexa to open the curtains, sweet!) we could see every single iconic hotel. The view was panoramic to say the least and we never got bored of it, we even ate our room-service breakfast right by the window every single day. From the Encore, you can see it’s twin, Wynn, catching the sun or glittering at night. It makes a stunning backdrop to any picture and makes you feel very ‘Vegas’ when you look out over the strip.
The beds are ridiculously comfortable and feature overstuffed pillows and 507 thread count linen, which was like sleeping on a cloud. Very useful for those hungover mornings and drunken nights! The Italian marble bathroom features an incredibly deep bath with separate glass-enclosed shower, his & hers sinks, a TV to watch as much Kardashians as you like and the most UNREAL bathrobes you’ll ever find in a hotel. You can even buy the robes in the Wynn Lifestyle store they’re that sought after, kinda regretting not getting one now!
Tip: Make sure to order breakfast to the room, they bring it on the cutest table and set it right up for you with the best view. The Bagels are awesome!
Where to party
If you’re not off to Hakkasan, Tao or Magic Mike Live….there’s plenty of places to let you hair down on the resort. From the Encore Lobby Bar that serves up the best Lychee Martinis and has waitresses dressed as show girls, to the famous XSclub that backs onto a pool, you can have a chiller or a killer any night of the week. The resort also has two more clubs, Intrigueand Encore Beach Club – which both have incredibly seductive reputations.
A great memory of mine from this trip is definitely sitting at the Allegro Italian bar and drinking Gin & Tonics until 5am with some Canadians. It was super chilled out, but absolutely hilarious and showed me that you don’t have to go to a club every night to get the Vegas experience. It’s everywhere!
Tip: Order the Allegro Truffle & Paramesan fries when you get the munchies, they do NOT disappoint and are served right up until they close.
What to do
If you’re not satisfied with checking out the bars and restaurants Wynn & Encore have to offer, it doesn’t stop there. Of course, there are the vast Casino floors that kept me entertained for hours – but Wynn & Encore offer so much more than that.
For those who like shopping, you have to visit the Esplanades & Wynn Plaza. The Esplanade is a clever invention that connects the two hotels, with luxury shopping. From Hermes to Chanel, you can shop here until late and spend your winnings from the Casinos – very clever invention Mr Wynn, Bravo.
- WYNN PLAZA: Louis Vuitton Men’s, Nirav Modi, Saint Laurent, Stefano Ricci. WYNN ESPLANADE: Alexander McQueen Brioni, Cartier, Chanel,Chloé, Chopard, Dior, Givenchy, Graff, Louis Vuitton, Moncler, Prada, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Watches of Switzerland, Wynn Collection. ENCORE ESPLANADE: Chanel, Hermès, Loro Piana.
If shopping isn’t your thing, you’ve got to check out the shows. Luckily for us, we were staying exactly where we needed to be for what has been voted one of the best shows and productions in Las Vegas. Le Rêve – The Dream welcomed us into a thrilling acrobatic fantasy world, set inside an aqua theater-in-the-round. From a dramatic high dive (I screamed when he dropped!) to a sexy underwater tango, the powerful soundtrack, lighting and effects absolutely blew us away. I’ve never quite seen synchronisation like it and the performers were super talented. Voted “Best Production Show” in Las Vegas for an amazing seven consecutive years, I can completley see why. An absolute MUST SEE if you’re in the city.Tip: Turn up early to the box office to grab your tickets as the queues are huge and you need to have enough time to grab a Wynn Frozen Margarita!“——Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Hotel 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109
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