First look inside US$4.2 billion Wynn Palace ahead of its grand opening in Macau

A look inside the multibillion-dollar Wynn Palace, Macau’s most expensive resort to date

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 August, 2016, 3:40pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 August, 2016, 3:56pm

After six years of development, Wynn Resorts will open the doors to its US$4.2 billion Wynn Palace at 8pm on August 22, 2016. The resort, Macau's most expensive to date, is located on the Cotai Strip in the heart of the world’s richest gaming destination.  

The floral-themed Wynn Palace will feature a 28-storey hotel with 1,706 rooms, suites and villas in what chairman Steve Wynn describes as his company’s "single most important project" to date.

The new hotel will be Wynn Resorts’ second offering in Macau after the original Wynn Macau opened on Macau Peninsula ten years ago in 2006. 

“Wynn Palace is the result of the wonderful privilege we’ve enjoyed, financially, in being in Macau for 10 years, which allowed us to invest over 4 billion US dollars in this new hotel,” says Wynn. 

Among the hotel’s attractions, first to catch the eye is an 8-acre performance lake where a carefully choreographed display combining music, water and light takes place every 15 minutes, welcoming guests to the resort.

Guests can choose to enter the resort via air-conditioned SkyCabs (six guests per cab), which, using an aerial tram system, will carry customers at a height of 28 metres across the performance lake and into the heart of the resort.

As guests are transported mid-air, a show of more than 1,000 fountain jets and 2,000 LED lights choreographed to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Chinese pop songs and other tunes will entertain them below. 

Other forms of entertainment at the resort come in the shape of giant floral decorations; a collaboration between renowned floral designer Preston Bailey and Steve Wynn.

Using flower species from around the world, these giant floral displays include a 4.8-metre high carousel containing more than 83,000 flowers from roses to peonies, hydrangeas and delphiniums.

There’s also a 6.8 metre Ferris Wheel, containing over 103,000 flowers and weighing more than 5 metric tons which is located in the lobby. 

Artwork is also a major feature of the resort, “We’ve spent a 100 million dollars on artwork, sculptures, ceramics, 18th-century vases and screens of very high and rare quality,” says Wynn. 

Among these sculptures is a work titled ‘Tulips’, a US$33.7 million, 3-ton stainless steel sculpture by artist Jeff Koons. 

No expense has been spared when it comes to dining either, the resort will include a generous mix of fine dining and casual eateries.

Among them will be signature restaurant Wing Lei Palace, serving Cantonese fare and overseen by executive chef Sammy Ho, it’s a lavish three-tier dining room with floor to ceiling windows, decorated in gold and jade tones with a main dining room and seven private dining rooms.

Other restaurants include Andrea’s, named after chairman Steve Wynn’s wife, it will serve regional Chinese dishes with Western presentations. There’s also Mizumi, serving authentic Japanese cuisine, an American steakhouse by the name of SW, as well as Café Fontana and Wynn Macaron serving up casual eats and sweet treats. 

Wynn Palace also boasts Macau’s largest spa. At 48,403-square-foot, The Spa at Wynn Palace features 22 VIP treatment rooms, each complete with its own private relaxation area, bathtub, and water therapy zone. Among its luxury treatments, the spa offers a $450 facial using gold-leaf and crushed diamonds. 

With its home in the gambling Mecca of Asia, gaming space is essential and the new resort has allocated 495,000 square feet to casino space.

The Macau government approved 100 new gaming tables for Wynn Palace, with another 50 to be allocated in the next two years, fewer than the company wanted, according to Wynn. To make up the difference, Wynn Macau will transfer 250 tables from its existing casino resort.

Gambling revenue in Macau plunged for 26 straight months in July, following China’s crackdown on corruption that has scared off high-stakes VIP gamblers. Despite this, Wynn remains buoyant and optimistic and is hoping that new resorts like Wynn Palace can help to grow the market.

“We have nothing but gratitude for the opportunity we have had here," says Wynn. “Any other response would be ridiculous, irresponsible and a lie. It is that simple. I owe China, China doesn’t owe me."