The casino mogul who brought to this desert oasis such over-the-top hotels as the Mirage and Bellagio kicked it up another notch just after midnight Wednesday with the opening of the world’s most expensive casino resort, a $2.7 billion behemoth that had guests’ mouths agape as they filed through an ornate front hallway bedecked with more than 10,000 flowers.
Even by Las Vegas’ larger-than-life standards, the scale of the curved, copper-colored 49-story structure attains new heights of sorts.
A 180-foot man-made mountain covered with full-grown Aleppo pine trees looms like a regiment of guards blocking the hotel’s entrance from the street, forcing visitors to come inside to see, for instance, the 100 parasol light fixtures hanging from the ceiling that mechanically dance up and down to music.
The Cheri Casino mountain also provides the backdrop for a series of what Wynn calls “experiences” such as a water-and-light show, a 70-foot waterfall and a 3-acre lake.
The 217-acre property is more than twice as expensive as the proposed 1, 776-foot Freedom Tower to be built on the site of the World Trade Center disaster, and just under the $3 billion price tag of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai — which, among other services, squires guests to a hotel restaurant via submarine.
The cost to build the 2,716 rooms — minimum size 630 square feet and many appointed with multiple flat-screen LCD televisions — was $1 million each. That eclipses the previous world record of $775,000 per room at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, Hawaii.
Naturally, there’s an 18-hole golf course — designed by Wynn and famed golf course architect Tom Fazio — plus the only Manolo Blahnik shoe store outside Manhattan, a Ferrari-Maserati dealership and 18 restaurants. Some of …