A resort designed by the master Steve Wynn always has something special—a volcano with the Mirage; pirate ship battle at Treasure Island; dancing waters at Bellagio and a mountain at Wynn Las Vegas. While Wynn Macau was just a smaller version of Wynn Las Vegas, his newest project in the SAR breaks new ground.
Wynn’s Cotai casino will have flowers as a theme and a new name, Wynn Palace, said Chairman Steve Wynn during a conference call with investors last month. He said the property will be similar to Bellagio in that it will have a large lake lined with restaurants at the front of the property.
Since Wynn Palace will be the first stop of a new Macau light rail system, the station will be connected to the hotel by an aerial transportation system with gondolas resembling fire-breathing flying dragons. Flower gardens will be located throughout the property with various themes like hot-air balloons (borrowed from Wynn Las Vegas, this time). The feel of the property, says Wynn, will be “flowers, water, and natural light.”
The 2,000-room hotel will cost $4 billion, and no more, according to Wynn. While he’s anticipating a 2016 spring opening, he says he wants to open by that year’s Chinese New Year, which is February 8.
In a related development, Australia-based international contractor Leighton Holdings says it has signed a contract with Wynn Resorts to build the facility for $2.8 billion. The total floor space of the development will be 450,000 square meters.