Thursday, Oct. 09, 2008

Wynn, Las Vegas

With a casino floor flooded with natural light, a botanical theme, and a collection of restaurants with rising celebrity chefs like Alex Stratta and David Walzog, Wynn Las Vegas has single-handedly redefined the standard of luxury in the Las Vegas casino hotel. Elements borrowed from the natural world — including a 140-foot forested mountain and wall of water — have been manufactured to sequester the hotel away from the Strip and conceal the spaceship-shaped Fashion Show Mall across the street. The smallest rooms are a capacious 620 square feet; the six enormous villas scattered along the golf course and the pool top out at 7,000 square feet. If guests grow tired of their private pool cabana, there's always the Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, Cartier, and Chanel boutiques in the shopping esplanade.

Insider Tip: The best place to escape the brashness of Vegas is the Country Club at Wynn, a restaurant overlooking the only golf course on the Strip (the 18 holes were designed by Tom Fazio and Steve Wynn). The setting is appropriately clubby, with dark wood, leather chairs, and caddies on the horizon.

Room to Book: Book a Tower Suite, and for a premium of only $50 to $70 over a regular room, you'll get all the attendant privileges: private check-in, a special valet entrance, and access to two VIP pools.