Monday, December 20, 2010

Memorable Retreat: Encore


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Looking for a way to pamper yourself over the holidays? A fabulous quick getaway to make you feel like a star is Wynn Encore,

Next door to Wynn Towers, Wynn Encore is where luxury really begins. The lobby is very fancy with high ceilings and marble floors. And when you check in and see 1,000 moon jellyfish floating around in the tank above the service desk instead of a flower arrangement, you know you're in for a memorable stay.

And the rooms are unforgettable. All 369 Wynn Encore Deluxe Suites are red -- floor-to-ceiling red -- which could either entice you to be very passionate with your significant other or very hungry. It's a bold colour choice for a hotel, and it's paired well with gold accents, from gold-framed mirrors and marble floors. There's a giant flat-screen LCD TV that swings back and forth between the bedroom and the living room, and don't forget the amazing view of the Macau skyline outside the window.

The bathroom is large, with a separate shower and bathtub complete with a small TV screen. There are also two large sinks and a vanity mirror so you will be sure you look your best once you walk out the door. The bath products are exclusive Desert Bambu, and the slippers are fancy too, with padded soles.

The uber rich can stay in one of the four villas divided into two floors. Over 7,000 square feet each, they have three bedrooms, private gym, dining room and 24-hour butler service. If you need to ask how much the villas cost, then you shouldn't be staying there.

But we can always dream, right?

If you're feeling lucky, the casino isn't far from the lobby. But for those wanting an entertaining gourmet experience at night should head to Ristorante Il Teatro for some contemporary fine-dining Italian. Make sure you get a table near the main window that overlooks Performance Lake for some dancing water action accompanied by familiar tunes like Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas, Bonnie Tyler with Holding Out for A Hero, Luck Be A Lady by Frank Sinatra and most appropriately, Money Makes the World Go Round from Cabaret.

The service here is impeccable, the food -- especially the seafood dishes -- is excellent. Chef de Cuisine Anthony Alaimo creates artistic designs on the plate, making them almost too pretty to eat, especially the desserts.
For breakfast in the morning head to Cafe Encore, which has a lime green and black colour scheme that goes well with Asian complexions. The Baroque-style interior is over-the-top, but the food is down-to-earth. If you've indulged too much the night before, there's lots of healthy options like homemade granola, yogurt and cut fresh fruit.

More pampering can be found at The Spa Encore, and leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the facilities here. The spa suites include a hydrotherapy bath where you can soak in some essential oils before your treatment. The room also includes a steam room and sauna as well as shower. Staff will gently knead your sore muscles and leave you in a state of bliss.

Sounds like the perfect weekend, no?

Wynn Encore
Rue Cidade de Sintra, Nape
Macau
(853) 2888 9966
www.wynnmacau.com

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