SHUT­TING OUT THE WORLD

Wynn Magazine - - PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE -

Step off Encore’s el­e­va­tors onto the re­sort’s Spa level, and in­stantly you are trans­ported into a world far re­moved from the ca­coph­ony of the Las Ve­gas Strip, one that is equal parts posh and ex­otic, tran­quil and pam­per­ing. Wooden ad­mits that he wishes his non­stop sched­ule and the de­mands of run­ning award-win­ning re­sorts al­lowed more op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­dulge in the up­scale re­lax­ation one en­coun­ters in The Spas of Wynn and Encore. The lat­ter, he says, is par­tic­u­larly suited to an es­capist frame of mind: De­signed by Las Ve­gas–based Todd Avery-le­na­han, The Spa at Encore seam­lessly blends a va­ri­ety of in­flu­ences—from Morocco to a Bud­dhist tem­ple to 18th-cen­tury France— to cre­ate a space that is as lux­u­ri­ous as it is serene, a scene too tempt­ing for the stresses that re­side within one’s smart­phone. “I’ve been to a lot of spas where I don’t nec­es­sar­ily feel I’m in that mo­ment of re­lax­ation; per­haps they feel a bit too ster­ile, or they feel just a lit­tle too busy,” he says. “To me ev­ery­thing at the Encore Spa is done at a whole dif­fer­ent level and ex­pe­ri­ence, and that starts with its de­sign. Todd Avery-le­na­han has cre­ated a space that truly does feel like the height of in­dul­gence; and when you talk about a sense of ar­rival, I’m not sure we have a bet­ter one. From the mo­ment you step off the el­e­va­tor, you im­me­di­ately gain a sense of seren­ity, of, ‘Wow, I am on va­ca­tion, I am not at work, I am not in a busi­ness meet­ing.’ The Spa al­most chal­lenges you to shut off your brain and your cell phone for a cou­ple of hours and just in­dulge in and em­brace that mo­ment of re­lax­ation. How of­ten do we give our­selves per­mis­sion to do that?” much of it hereto­fore un­known to Amer­i­can au­di­ences, from the wa­ters around Italy. Steve Wynn at first wasn’t in­ter­ested, be­liev­ing the idea to be too costly and es­o­teric; Bar­tolotta’s pas­sion ul­ti­mately con­vinced Wynn, how­ever, and his Ris­torante di Mare ul­ti­mately has proven pop­u­lar with guests and crit­ics alike (in 2009 Bar­tolotta cap­tured the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the South­west; the venue it­self re­cently un­der­went a re­design, the latest in Wynn’s never-end­ing de­sire that his spa­ces en­joy con­stant de­sign evo­lu­tion, and is set to be un­veiled on De­cem­ber 20). “It’s been such a great suc­cess for us, and an in­cred­i­ble les­son for ev­ery­one in both pas­sion and qual­ity,” Wooden says, point­ing to de­tails such as the GPS track­ing sys­tem ap­plied to the lan­goustines and other seafood flown in just hours af­ter the catch. “It’s just one of the de­tails that serves as a real

“The Spa al­most chal­lenges you to shut off your brain and your cell phone and just in­dulge in and em­brace that mo­ment of re­lax­ation. How of­ten do you get to do that?”

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