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In many ways Steve Wynn created modern-day Las Vegas, with hotels like the Mirage and Bellagio setting the standard and creating the blueprint for all of the magnificent resorts that would follow—including these, the sisters Wynn and Encore. They used to be operated and marketed separately and while they still have their own lobbies, casinos, pools, and so on, the property is now considered to be one united whole.

Natural light and garden motifs infuse the public spaces throughout, with eye-catching, brightly hued floor mosaics; liberal use of reds, yellows, greens, and other summery colors; artistic fresh-flower arrangements throughout; and atriums that feature frequently changed botanical displays.

The rooms in the Wynn tower are gorgeous: large with much-appreciated floor-to-ceiling views (west side shows off the mountain and waterfalls, east side the golf course; both are choice); deeply comfortable beds, with high-thread-count sheets and feather beds atop good-quality mattresses; flatscreen TVs; and excellent up-to-the-minute bathrooms, complete with quite long and deep tubs, and high-end bath products. Take note of the silky-satiny robes (the best we’ve ever had in a hotel) and plush velour slippers. It’s all done in creamy tones that make it modern without being garish.

While they follow a similar aesthetic, the rooms at Encore are grander than those at Wynn both in terms of size and amenities. Most are “suites” with a sleeping area separated from a living room space by a partial wall (and a giant flatscreen TV). Furnishings are modern but with an elegant panache, and high-tech, thus allowing you to operate everything from the lights to the TVs to the drapes to the air-conditioning from a single remote that remembers your preferences. Bathrooms are massive and packed with enough marble to build your own Colosseum.

Three separate pool areas cater to different audiences and moods, with the main Wynn pool full of egalitarian grandiosity, the main Encore pool a bit more exclusive and grown-up, and the Encore Beach Club pool dedicated to the younger party set. There are two fantastic spas but if you have to choose one go with Encore’s, which has a jaw-dropping Moroccan garden theme.

Dining options are superb (though generally exceptionally pricey), including Bartolotta, Red 8, the Chairman of the Board–themed Sinatra, and the Wynn Las Vegas Buffet. Shopping options are mostly reserved for those with high credit limits—Chanel, Cartier, Manolo Blahnik, Gaultier—but if that’s not enough for you, there’s also a Ferrari dealership—no, really. A showroom features the Cirque-like production Le Rêve. The Wynn casino is larger and more complete than Encore’s, and taken as one big whole there’s a little something for everyone.

As with its big sister, prices here are not for the faint of heart. While the recession may have knocked down the overall bill during its inaugural run, room rates will almost always be more expensive here than just about anywhere else on the Strip. Ditto restaurant prices, table game limits, and the cost of a bottle of water in the sundry store.