US tycoon Steve Wynn Monday opened a $4.1 billion resort in Cotai, Macau’s bustling new tourist hub. A new era of prosperity for Macau will attract more international tourists to the city, since it’s a world’s biggest casino market. Wynn Palace in Macau offers six million square feet (560,000 square metres) of entertainment with a central casino, more than 50 shops, 13 restaurants and 1,700 hotel rooms starting at under $300.
Among the highlights of the resort is the eight-acre Performance Lake and fountain show, employing 1,195 water jets shooting eight million gallons of water into the air in more than a dozen intricately choreographed musical fountain shows. The result: fountains that dance to a diverse program of Chinese, European and American songs, operatic arias and musical numbers. Guests can view the fountain shows and directly enter the heart of the resort via a breathtaking ride in air-conditioned Sky Cabs that travel more than 90 feet above the Performance Lake.
Floral themes play a major role in the resort. Immediately popular with opening-night guests were the two massive floral sculptures located in the South and North Lobby Atriums.
Each brilliantly colored sculpture, one of a Carousel and the other a Ferris Wheel, are fabricated from more than 100,000 real flowers each and move in time to music. The sculptures are custom designed by renowned floral designer Preston Bailey.
Also on display throughout Wynn Palace are thousands of works of fine and decorative art, assembled over a six-year period and representing an investment in excess of $125 million. Many of the pieces continue Steve Wynn’s efforts to bring Chinese artwork home, including a quartet of rare porcelain Qing-dynasty vases that are among the finest examples of chinoiserie in the world. The only other such quartet is in Buckingham Palace in London.
The collection of fine dining and casual restaurants includes Wing Lei Palace, a spectacular display of design by Wynn Resorts’ design chief Roger Thomas.
The adjacent Wing Lei Bar features an 18-century crystal chandelier valued at more than USD25 million. SW Steakhouse delighted opening night guests with a series of six diverse entertainment vignettes which play throughout dinner on a custom-built stage.
The resort offers 1,706 exquisitely furnished rooms, suites and villas with numerous personal touches overseen by Steve Wynn. The spa is the largest in Macau and features 22 treatment rooms and the resort’s pool and pool-side restaurant overlook the Performance Lake.
“We’ve got something for everybody here,” Wynn said.