Sin City's most prolific visionary is at it again. The man behind the Bellagio and, more recently, Wynn Las Vegas is back with Encore, a posh 2,034-room resort on the Strip. But don't expect a megalithic neon road sign, $2.99 all-you-can-eat barbecued ribs and sex-bomb cocktail waitresses. With Encore, Wynn demonstrates his belief that even in the thick of overindulgence, there's a place for restraint. His latest creation features couture-clad servers distributing martinis, and designer touches like intricately laid mosaic-tile floors worthy of a Pompeii palace. Rooms come furnished with 42-inch flat-screen TVs and silken European bed linens. Like Bellagio and Wynn Las Vegas, Encore has a sweeping, indoor garden underneath a glass-enclosed atrium, reminiscent of a Victorian-era garden pavilion.
The Asian-inspired spa has 51 treatment rooms, so getting an appointment should be easy. There's even an 80-minute good-luck ritual massage, based on the five elements of feng shui, that just might lead to better fortune at the gaming tables. Nearby shops include Chanel and Hermès, and nightclubbers can party poolside in XS, club impresario Victor Drai's sexy cocktail lounge upholstered in saturated jewel tones. Encore is so ritzy it looks as if it belongs on the French Riviera. Instead, Vegas's new palace provides further proof that vice also loves an elegant place to rest.