The Encore is the sequel to Steve Wynn’s eponymous hotel in Las Vegas, and together the two resorts are home to the Wynn Golf Club, one of only two golf courses located on the Strip (Bali Hai is the other, and it is expected to close in the near future). The Wynn Golf Club was ranked #66 in Golf Magazine’s 2012 “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.”

The 5-star Encore glitters at the end of the modern Strip. Note that if you want to step it up a notch, you can stay at the even more exclusive Encore Tower, which has a completely separate entrance, while the 4-star Wynn is a more economical alternative. The lobby at Encore isn’t overly ostentatious – one might even consider it to be unassuming, particularly when compared to the Bellagio and the like. The décor emphasizes red (presumably playing upon its symbolization of prosperity in Asia), with a bug and butterfly motif. There’s a discernable light floral scent, but it’s nowhere near as overpowering as the wafts of vanilla you’ll get at Aria just down the street.

The rooms are spacious and modern (no Louis XIV chairs and floral doilies), the fitness center is spectacular, and the spa is in a class all by itself. As would be expected in a resort of this size, the service doesn’t feel particularly personal, but the staff is professional and attentive.

For hardcore golfers, the resort suffers a bit in not having any golf “feel” to it – golf is obviously just one type of entertainment available in Las Vegas, and it isn’t featured in any way that you would notice. While we try to steer clear of reviewing the actual golf courses themselves (there are plenty of other sources for opinions on that), we did note that while the course is visually interesting and features a multitude of trees, thick shrubbery (in which we were frequently digging for lost balls), rolling fairways and other natural touches, the fact that massive surrounding hotels are always in your sight lines means that you never really forget that you’re in the middle of Las Vegas.

If you want a Las Vegas experience and also enjoy golfing, the convenience of having a highly rated course right outside of a hotel located on the Strip, along with an out-of-this-world spa and a top-notch gym, make the Encore an extremely attractive option. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a zen-like golf experience that will help you find your inner Bobby Jones, this ain’t the place.

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93/ A-


Service at the Encore is polite and efficient. It would be unreasonable to expect the Encore, with its more than 2,000 rooms on 63 floors, to feel intimate, but the size of the staff seems to be more than sufficient, and they attended to our needs quickly and professionally.

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94 / A


The Encore is generally considered to be a 5-star hotel, and the room lived up to our expectations. We booked a Panoramic Queen Suite for our two-night stay. The stunning view down the Las Vegas Strip (which included a partial view of the golf course) presented us with a “Hangover” feel to start the weekend. To assuage the worries of our spouses, however, let us be clear that there were no illicit drugs, tigers, lost teeth or ladies of the evening involved in our trip.

The room was spacious (745 square feet) and had a modern feel, working in a bit of the requisite red coloring (muted as more of a burgundy) with light shades of wood and dark accents.

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Other features included:

94 / A


The Fitness Center in the Encore is located on the same floor as the Spa. It’s an extraordinary facility, on par with high-end health clubs/gyms, and far superior to what you usually see in hotels. One negative note is that (much like all of Las Vegas) there is no natural light inside the fitness center, so while the lighting is generally pretty bright, there is no sunshine or view to perk you up.

Use of the Encore Fitness Center is included within the daily $25 resort fee charge. As noted below, there are separate spinning and pilates/yoga studios, but we didn’t avail ourselves of any exercise classes (which require payment of a fee).

In addition, there is a juice/coffee bar located inside the fitness center, should you develop a craving for a high calorie smoothie or cappuccino during or after your workout. These drinks are priced at $7-8 apiece.

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Features include:

98 / A+


The Encore’s Spa is truly over the top. We’ve been to some of the finest spas in the world, and when we say Encore is over the top, we mean absolutely RI-DONKULOUS. After checking in for your treatment (more on our specific choice of massages in a moment), you are escorted to gender-specific wings (there are no co-ed hot tubs or other facilities). You initially enter into a lounge area, complete with a fireplace, flat-panel televisions tuned to ESPN, complimentary fruit-infused ice water and more free apples. From there you can enter the traditional locker room, equipped with wood lockers, robes and slippers. The adjoining shower area is stocked with combs, brushes and other toiletries.

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What truly sets the Encore Spa apart is the cavernous wet area comprised of the sauna, steam room, and hot and cold pools. Be sure to allocate plenty of time to spend in the facility before or after your treatment, because the variety of amenities is breathtaking.
The wet area features include:

Note that whether you wear a swimsuit or not in the wet area is at your own discretion.
You must make your own way to a waiting area in time for your treatment, which is attached to the main locker room/changing area. The massage therapist will retrieve you and lead you to the treatment rooms down a walkway that feels like a combination of a Buddhist temple and an eastern palace, complete with water features, lamps and a giant Buddha at the end of the corridor. It’s both grandiose and tasteful at the same time, and you really have to see it to believe it. Of course one of our reviewers didn’t wear his contact lenses, so all of the opulence went unnoticed by him.

A 50 minute massage is priced at $160/$170/$180, depending on the amount of pressure you prefer. If you’re one of those people who tries to game the system by asking for the lowest priced massage and then requesting deeper pressure, you’ll be out of luck, as they will make an adjustment to the price (which is certainly not unfair on their part). The quality of the massage was solid – not anything that was unforgettable, but certainly on par with our expectations.

We highly recommend that you make time for the Encore Spa during your stay – the very spectacle of it is worth the price of admission. Oh, and the combination of the hot tub, steam room, sauna and massage might actually loosen up your back muscles enough to play 36 holes the next day…

84 / B-


The Wynn Golf Course Pro Shop is surprisingly small. The staff is friendly and helpful, but if you’re looking for a sumptuous selection of logo gear, you won’t find it here. Sure there are a few golf shirts and caps, but the facility is in such a cramped space that there isn’t sufficient square footage to display a broad range of clothing or equipment. The store is divided into men’s and women’s sections, which exacerbates the problem by ensuring that they can’t display enough products to properly service either gender.

89 / B+


The strength of the Encore is that there are a number of diverse dining options – we sampled four different restaurants within the Wynn/Encore during our stay, as described below. The flip side of the coin is that the options are all on the expensive side.

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88 / B+


The resort does a fair job of integrating golf into your stay.

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88 / B+


We booked the Wynn’s “Golf Getaway” package for $1,722 (two nights), which included:

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Given that the normal greens fees at the Wynn Golf Course are $500 per round, you could argue that you’re getting the hotel for $360/night (which is reasonable for weekends in Las Vegas), with a free $150 lunch thrown in. Of course the fundamental premise of $500 greens fees pretty much obviates any claim that it’s actually a BARGAIN. Make no mistake about it – staying at the Encore and playing the Wynn is a high-end experience, with a high-end price tag. The golf course, the hotel, and the service and amenities are all excellent, but we couldn’t quite shake the feeling that the entire marketing strategy is in part based upon having a price tag that far exceeds that of other golf courses, which left us a bit cold.

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