Thursday, July 4, 2013


I have so many photos from our few days in Vegas so it might take a couple of posts to cover our time there! I figured the very first thing you should know about Vegas is where to stay. One of our tour guides claimed that people spend just a few hours a night in their beds when they are in Vegas, so it doesn't matter where you end up crashing for the night. I couldn't disagree more! Surely I'm not in the minority of people who just cannot physically get drunk and survive on little sleep night after night after night? To me, Vegas was actually a perfect time to take things slow and relax as much as possible. There's so much to see there that it would have been a shame to have been sozzled or fighting a hangover the whole time!
Given that a stay in a luxury hotel was remarkably cheaper there than anywhere else we'd visited on our US/Mexico trip, we couldn't pass up the chance to stay somewhere plush! The Encore turned out to be one of the best places I've ever had the privilege of staying and, if you ask me, it houses the prettiest, most inviting casino in Vegas. As for the setting, it's so marvellous that the hotel's founder, Mr. Steve Wynn, actually lives on-site. Right down near the golf course. Yes, golf course, complete with country club and everything. Apparently Mr. Wynn asked his famous Golf Course designer what makes a good golf course, to which the designer answered that it was really about the environment it was created in. Shame, huh, given the location must have been nothing but a flat, dusty patch of desert, right? WRONG. You know what Mr Wynn then told him? He told him to go ahead and create the environment as well then. And that's precisely what the genius golf course designer did. What resulted was a lush, green fairway in the thick of the desert, just a Callaway's drive from the spectacle that is Las Vegas Boulevard. Sounds like something out of the UAE, doesn't it? The resort grounds are exactly the same -all perfectly neat grass, waterfalls and evergreens. And with music floating through hidden speakers all around the resort, you almost feel like you're on set in a musical, in the best possible way. How about a little visual?

This is a little taste of the outside - the stunning water features, landscaping and one of the pool areas (there are a number of pools at the Wynn casino, some are even "European", wink, wink), all are surrounded by some very impressive serviced cabanas. Sadly, I didn't manage to take many photos of the pools - I always feel a little odd taking my camera out when there's a crowd of half-nudes around me!

Back inside, the casino is full of  colour and these incredible "enchanted" gardens, which will make you feel like you've stepped into The Land of Oz. Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!

This here is the lobby of the Spa. Have you ever seen a waiting area like it? Here you can decide whether you'll be relaxing, beautifying or slogging it out in a gym equipped with every fitness machine known to man:

It's a horrible place, isn't it? Have you been to Vegas? What did you make of it all? Stay tuned for the rest of our Vegas adventures!

1 comment:

  1. I love the bathroom! There's something kind of Art Deco about it all, big thumbs up!
    Also I agree with you about needing more than just a bed to crash in. I'm a rubbish drinker and realllllly enjoy a nice bedroom - slumming it for the sake of partying just wouldn't cut the mustard for me!
    Enjoy your travels, it looks like you're having an amazing time!



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