Wynn resort official gives glimpse into property

LAS VEGAS -- In true Steve Wynn fashion, details about his $2.5 billion Wynn Las Vegas resort are ever-so-slowly trickling out.

Although the property's much-anticipated debut is less than a year away, resort officials still are mum to some extent about what's in the cards for the ultra-luxurious hotel-casino being built on the 192-acre former site of the Desert Inn, adjacent to the Sands Expo Center and across from the Fashion Show mall.

Take, for example, the property's grand opening April 28. Of the festivities planned, Chris Flatt, the resort's vice president of sales and marketing, would say only, "We're working on some things at this point."

The unthemed property "was designed to be intimate and convenient for our guests," Flatt said. "No matter where you are in the building, you're going to experience something really fabulous, something very unique."

Wynn Las Vegas will feature a total of 2,716 guest rooms and suites, she said, noting that that number represents roughly 2,350 rooms and 350 suites.

The one- and two-bedroom suites include "36 incredible fairway villas that sit on the 18th fairway" of the Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas, the resort's championship golf course that is being designed by Wynn and Tom Fazio, Flatt said.

"[The villas are] absolutely beautiful. There are three floors of them, and they're [in a building] off on their own [separate from the main hotel tower]."

Like the Desert Inn before it, Wynn Las Vegas will be the only resort in the city to boast an 18-hole golf course on property.

In fact, it's so convenient, Flatt said, "you're 50 feet from the first tee when you walk out the door of the pro shop." Golfers must be resort guests to play the course, she said.

The rest of the resort's suites will be located in the main resort tower, which rises 50 stories above the Strip.

"Some will have private massage rooms, while others will have a conference-style set-up for small groups of up to 10 people," Flatt said.

All of the rooms and suites in the tower will feature floor-to-ceiling windows that will afford guests views of either the Strip or the golf course.

Room amenities will include plush European linens and bedding and high-speed, wireless Internet access.

As reported earlier in Travel Weekly, Gateway will supply the property's 7,000 customized plasma and LCD televisions as well as hundreds of DVD players and other products.

Standard guest rooms each will have a 30-inch LCD TV on a swinging arm in the living area and a 13-inch LCD TV mounted on the bathroom wall.

Certain suites will offer 50-inch plasma screens in the living room as well as LCD TVs in "his" and "her's" bathrooms and DVD players in the wet bar area.

Room rates "haven't been finalized yet," according to Flatt.

Nor has an exact date been determined to open the resort's books for room reservations. "We'll release that in the next 60 days," Flatt said.

Although the resort doesn't have a model guest room that is open to the public, Flatt said, "we have something that we're utilizing and showing our meetings customers at this point."

"We're working on our whole travel industry program [as far as] tour operators and travel agents [are concerned]," she said.

Guest rooms won't be the only rooms to offer spectacular views of the property. Besides cutting-edge technology, each of the resort's 18 meetings rooms and two boardrooms also will come equipped with full patios and views of the pool or the golf course.

Two ballrooms round out the property's total of 200,000 square feet of meetings space.

"In our opinion, it's all about the guest's experience, no matter what you're here for," said Flatt in explaining the philosophy behind the meetings rooms' design.

"We want to make this place a really incredible experience for people who are staying with us. People enjoy being outdoors or looking outdoors, even if they're in a meeting room."

Flatt described the resort's exterior as rivaling its interior in terms of something to see.

"There will be several lakes and a mountain," she said. "It's really a beautiful focal point that will be visible from many of the places within the hotel. It's not just a mountain as people think of a mountain. It's going to be really beautiful, with waterfalls, ponds and various smaller lakes."

Entertainment on property will include a show being created for the resort's 2,100-seat theater by Wynn and Franco Dragone, creative mastermind of Cirque du Soleil's productions as well as Celine Dion's "A New Day."

"It's going to be an incredible show, but we're not releasing any details about it now," Flatt said.

The property's 18 restaurant and food outlets also are expected to be a draw for hotel guests and other visitors.

Grant MacPherson was named executive chef for the resort, and Frederic Robert has been hired as executive pastry chef.

MacPherson formerly served as executive chef in charge of developing plans for the upcoming Wynn Resorts Macau; before that, he helped open the Bellagio resort and then oversaw its culinary operations for five years.

Robert has spent the last 25 years working with celebrated chef Alain Ducasse and for the last 13 years has overseen all of the pastries, desserts and breads for Ducasse's restaurants, which total 13 in six different countries.

Both MacPherson and Robert are working with Elizabeth Blau, executive vice president of restaurant marketing and development, and Kevin Stuessi, vice president of food and beverage, to hire other culinary talent for the resort.

Also thanks to the Gateway technology deal, the property's high-traffic common areas will feature more than 200 digital TVs.

Wynn Resorts plans to use Gateway LCD and plasma TVs for messaging and program broadcasting in the resort's 100,000-square-foot casino; the sports book; restaurants and food outlets; and poolside cabanas located in swimming pool and spa complex.

Although the property's shopping area is yet unnamed, according to Flatt it will feature upwards of 30 high-end retail shops, including Chanel, Cartier and Gaultier.

There also will be pedestrian bridges that connect the resort to the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino and the Fashion Show mall.

For those who are in the market for new wheels, the property will offer a full-service Ferrari and Maserti dealership.

"It's going to be a unique experience having the dealership here. There will be a fabulous restaurant within the dealership. And there will be more than a couple of cars on display."

For more information, call (877) 770-7077 or visit www.wynnlasvegas.com.

To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected] .

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