They say younger siblings tend to be creative, outgoing and a little rebellious. Compared to its sister property, Wynn Las Vegas, Encore is definitely all those things. And it's probably even used to Wynn getting first billing in Encore's own description. But for all the attention given to the opulent Wynn, we want to give special credit to Encore for being bold, beautiful and entirely spectacular in its own right.
Stylistically, Encore takes a stronger artistic approach than Wynn. Keeping the intense redness, Encore spices up the status quo with rich accents like the statue of Daphne in the Lobby Bar or the massive snake adorning Surrender's wall. The pretty butterflies give a youthful vibrancy. The gold proves Encore is as sophisticated as anything on the Strip. And the fact that Encore is just slightly taller than Wynn probably helps Encore overcome any inferiority complex -- not that it's actually inferior to anyone.
Bars like VDKA serve up some of the best vodka in the world, in more flavors than you can imagine. And XS Nightclub opens directly to a private pool area that accesses the main pool area, drawing in the best of the nightlife club and pool experiences. Along with Encore Beach Club, the day/night, inside/outside atmosphere gives Encore an open and airy feel throughout the year. Between that and Surrender's accessibility, it makes complete sense that Encore has become one of the hottest spots on the Strip for club goers and the more elegant millennials looking to set themselves apart from the other tourists without sacrificing the amenities. Like a major resort that wants to be a boutique hotel to distinguish itself from Wynn, Encore has found a superb balance between intimate and lavish.
Nowhere is that mix more evident than in Encore's dining selections. The restaurants at Encore are scaled down but still absolutely indulgent. Have a relaxed and romantic Italian meal at Chef Theo Schoenegger's Sinatra, the only restaurant approved by the Sinatra family to bear the legendary entertainer's name. Enjoy the Pan-Asian café creations at Wazuzu -- as unforgettable as the 27-foot-long Swarovski crystal dragon that dominates the restaurant's back wall. And savor steaks and chops among voluptuous sculptures by Fernando Botero at star Chef Mark LoRusso's Botero. For a steamy date or just a fantastic meal, these restaurants are all top choices to see the warm side of Vegas. And when you want something a bit more upbeat but still chic, Andrea's offers a unique dining and nightlife combination. Adjacent to Surrender, Andrea's has contemporary Asian cuisine including noodles, steaks and dim sum of Chef Joseph Elevado and the sounds of musical Chef DJ Steve Angelo.
For entertainment, "Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers" plays at Encore Theater and features musical numbers from the most celebrated composers and lyricists ever to grace Broadway. The production includes a cast of 66 remarkably talented singers, dancers and musicians. And for barely believable feats of athleticism, guests can check out the eye-popping aqua production "Le Rêve - The Dream" in the nearby Wynn Theater, which boasts a dramatic theater-in-the-round setting. Yes we're aware that it's called the Wynn Theater, but it's not like there's a line of masking tape down the middle of the bedroom between the two properties. They get along just fine.
Between its decadent design and stress-melting body treatments, the Spa at Encore brings new meaning to tranquility and comfort, while the Claude Baruk Salon offers a full menu of services and even has pedicure chairs overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. Designer boutiques and other stores fill the Esplanade at Encore. And business travelers will appreciate the facilities at the Business Services Center, which include private internet suites, copy and fax machines, courier services, office supplies and a notary public.
The casino itself has a posh, private feel, tucked between walkways and surrounded by columned pavilions, canopies and draperies. For high rollers, Encore is also home to high limit gaming and baccarat, as well as a unique Sky Casino for those placing a $300,000-minimum bet. But if you're placing a $300,000 bet you're probably not reading this because you probably pay someone to read things for you. So if you're that person then be sure to tell your boss about Encore.
Charming, outgoing and all the best things about a younger sister, Encore will never be in Wynn's shadow. It's got the style and sophistication to stand on its own and the boutique draw to pull in its own crowd. If you love finding a spot that speaks to you through its placement, décor, attitude and air of extravagance, Encore, with its high ceilings, tall windows and impression of a hideaway for rich, eccentric artists, is the place to be -- especially if you want to make a sibling jealous.