Friday, 19 April 2013


We are at the Wynn Las Vegas and it is truly amazing!
What is more amazing is that Steve Wynn has a home here within the casino complex. Who knows we may just bump into this self made billionaire!
In case you were not aware this billionaire is responsible for the transforming the Las Vegas strip in the nineties with a series of mega resort style casinos; Golden Nugget was one of his early casinos followed by The Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and more recently Encore. 
Steve's, (I'll use his first name to make the experience more personal) residence is a duplex villa on the grounds of the Wynn, overlooking the 18th hole of the golf course. This is one of the resort’s major attractions but it doesn't come cheap to play on, a small $500 a game fee, lets hope you win big on the tables!
 The house reflects a new stage in the mogul’s life. He is divorced. However, he and his ex-wife are still business partners, he also spends a lot of time overseeing a new casino in Macao. He wanted a base, within his corporate headquarters, that was, he says, “clean and simple.”
Clean and simple? A luxurious retreat is what I would call it!

The pool terrace and the private balcony enjoy the amazing view of the magical waterfall which is situated at the 18th hole at the Country Clubs' golf course.

The dramatic staircase has been mirrored to maximise the natural light. It is the link between the master Bedroom - and the to-die-for walk in robe! and the living area on the lower level. The master bedroom with it's glass wall allows Steve to wake up overlooking the golf course and the mountains that surround the city of Las Vegas.

The walls are upholstered in a sapphire blue silk and are used a background for his art collection. He is constantly rotating the art, the only paintings that never move are two Picasso's; Nature Morte aux Tulipes and Le Reve

Le Reve, is the painting Steve Wynn accidentally put his elbow through. Yes, he bought it in 1997 for US$48.4 million and was in the process of selling it for, wait for it. US$139 million! 

He was showing some guests the painting and was talking about the history of it and made a gesture with his arm and his elbow hit the picture and made a two-inch tear. His response "I can't believe I just did that. Oh shit. Oh man."

The deal was void and the painting repaired. He took it as a sign of fate to hold on to the painting and the incident has been nicknamed 'the forty million dollar elbow'.

I know that story makes me feel better about breaking a crystal wine glass!

Now I am off to enjoy what Steve has created in this magically wonderland that he simply calls Wynn.



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