Maven Meter: Wynn Macau Casino & Hotel
(Last updated: May 20, 2020)
WYNN MACAU INTRODUCTION
Wynn Macau may have opened more than a decade ago on September 5, 2006, but it’s still the swankiest hotel on the old Peninsula. A true trailblazer, it was the first casino in town to provide guests with a fully integrated resort experience similar to Vegas, pairing large luxurious rooms with out of this world service and first class shopping and dining options.
After the 57 story Encore Tower debuted in 2010, Wynn Macau became the largest hotel on the Amizade Strip, surpassing the Lisboa in terms of room numbers 1014 to 972.
Wynn Macau Photo Gallery
WYNN MACAU CASINO GAMES
Just about the only thing that the Wynn doesn’t get right is the casino. Not only is game selection subpar but the floor is an absolute mess, with no central layout and mass gaming and VIP tables all mixed together.
It’s really only notable for its Poker Room, generally regarded as the best in town.
Baccarat – Minimum bet is $2000.
Commission Free Baccarat – Minimum bet is $500.
Blackjack – Lowest table I saw was for $500. Aces can no longer be split up to 4 hands, making the house edge 0.15%.
Caribbean Stud Poker – Payout on a Royal Flush is a lousy 50-1. Minimum is $300.
Omaha Poker – Wynn is the only casino in town that offers Omaha poker. Blinds are $100/$200, but there might not be a game on all the time. It all depends on if there are enough players to open a table.
Sic Bo – Big/Small minimum bet a very pricy $500.
Slot machines – Around 500 machines with minimums ranging from 2 cents to $10. Live Gaming Baccarat is also available from $50, while electronic versions of Baccarat, Roulette and Sic Bo are all $20.
There’s also a fun looking horse race game called Konomi Fortune Cup, with $10 lows. Sadly, the Wizard of Odds puts the house edge on the game somewhere around 18%. That means you’re far better off going to a real horse track, which both Macau and Hong Kong have.
Texas Hold Em – Perhaps the busiest poker room in Macau has blinds of $50/$100, $100/$200 and $300/$600 and $1000/$2000. The $50 game requires a $5000 buy in, the $100 game a $20000 buy in and the $300 game a $50,000 buy in.
The rake is 5% or a maximum of $200 a hand, which is peanuts at the higher blinds.
Wynn doesn’t hold any poker tournaments, they’re all cash games instead.
Three Card Poker – Minimum bet of $300.
WYNN MACAU VIP GAMING
The Wynn’s VIP program hasn’t changed in over ten years.
Given the return, it’s hard to believe they do as well in the VIP sector as they do. Among the major operators their rates are the worst, particularly at the $1,000,000 mark.
WYNN MACAU HOTEL
In terms of 5 star hotels outside of the Cotai Strip, it doesn’t get any better than the Wynn. The rooms are large and lavish, the grounds impeccable and the service staff exemplary.
It is, however, very expensive and almost always sold out on the weekend. If you simply must stay there on Friday or Saturday night, your only hope is to call their reservation hotline at (853) 8986 9966.
Here are their Sunday to Thursday rates, including all tax and service charges:
WYNN MACAU HOTEL ROOM
On February 26th, 2020, I stayed in a Deluxe King room at Wynn Macau for $1915, all tax and service charges including. It was the final hotel on my 2020 Coronavirus Tour, and the one I was looking forward to the most. The best living option on the old Peninsula, it had been on my bucket list for over a decade, and I couldn’t wait to see if the hype actually met the hysteria.
I was all ready to get my mind blown with some big, bold, bodacious colour scheme, but received a very neutral cream coloured room instead.
Sufficiently large at 56 square meters, it was very easy on the eyes, showing no signs of being almost 15 years old.
Being the Wynn, they never shortchange anyone with subpar furniture and fixtures, and as such, the bed, tables, chairs, lamps and desk were all in immaculate condition.
The sofa was so nice that I would have stolen it if it fit into my suitcase, so settled on lifting a single towel instead.
Just like all of the newer hotels coming out today, the lights, AC, TV, music, drapes, and shades were all controlled via a central iPad, and you could even chart the process of your bill on the TV screen. The unexpected cherry on top was the Bose sound system next to the bed, which was seemingly made for Apple products.
I just connected it physically to the port and was grooving to Coltrane, Monk and David August’s epic Boiler Room set from 2015 set in no time.
TV channels added up to 51 and there were a number of movies that could be purchased on demand, with standard ones $135 and porn $150. There were also a few 24 hour skin flick packages that ran $270 apiece, which I believe alternate between showing two films. As always, both Asian and Western were available.
The mini bar was locked and loaded with so much stuff that I could have survived a week in the room without needing to order anything else. Unfortunately none of it was free outside of water, coffee and tea, which they might want to address. At night I was given two free pieces of chocolate, but was flat out refused fruit or anything else. Apparently, they’ll only give an apple or an orange if you’re in a suite.
Like the mini bar the bathroom toiletries were stacked and packed with an assortment of things, like soap, shampoo, conditioner, body gel, shaving kit etc, and even some dental floss. According to the Wynn website, there was also an in wall HD TV in there somewhere, but I didn’t notice it at all.
MGM didn’t look half bad during the daytime either.
The outdoor pools down on the ground floor were also in full view too.
My biggest gripe with the stay was that I wasn’t given a lick of an upgrade anywhere, even though the hotel was 90% empty and all of their facilities closed. Perhaps they didn’t appreciate that I booked the room through C Trip instead of their website, which the front desk girl made sure to point out at check in. Perhaps if I had done that instead, she would have treated me a lot better, I don’t know.
Then again, Wynn has the very well earned reputation of being elite snob elitists so anyone booking their cheap Deluxe Room quite possibly never gets a GD thing.
Still though, the Wynn Room is an oasis of comfort in a resort that’s overflowing in it. I don’t normally believe in Feng Shui but there was some sweet synergy going on inside it, the simple stately elegance that Wynn Resorts is known for on full display everywhere.
$1900 is a lot of money to drop for a place to stay, but if you want the best, at least you know where to find it. And if you go up a couple of grades to something better, that’s when vortexes open, universes collide and you start questioning everything in your life up to that point. Absolutely drenched and dripping in all the glitz and gaud of Vegas, the huge Encore Tower suites bleed bodacious bold reds and blacks everywhere; the views outside of Taipa and Macau Tower just as killer. Running about $4000 a night, that’s too much for a poor old Maven like me to even consider these days, but hopefully the future still has a long way to go.
WYNN MACAU POOL
The small Wynn pool isn’t going to cut it in the dog days of summer when the hotel is sold out.
I would have liked to have seen them put one on the top of the Encore Tower, that would have been something to behold.
The pool is open daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
WYNN MACAU DINING
The Wynn’s 8 restaurants can be divided between fine dining and casual fare.
Golden Flower – Golden Flower specializes in my favorite Chinese cuisine, Northeastern fare. A recipient of 2 star Michelin stars for almost a decade now, their 8 course Classics Menu runs only $1880 per person, and should be absolutely wonderful.
As for a la carte, cold appetizers cost $80 to $270, while most soup and vegetables are $110 to $190. Superior Delicacies run $280 to $2480, while seafood is $220 to $670 and meat and poultry $160 to $880. For standard rice and noodle dishes, they’re a very economical $40 to $140, while weekend dim sum ranges between $50 to $160.
For a review of my dinner there, please click here: Golden Flower.
Golden Flower is closed on Tuesdays and only open for lunch on the weekend from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Evening hours otherwise are from 6 pm to 10:30 pm.
Ristorante Il Teatro – Accessible via the lobby, Ristorante Il Teatro deals in high class Italian dining. Prices aren’t out of this world either, with most selections under $300. Specifically, appetizers are $150 to $220, pizza $150 to $190 and pasta $210 to $340. Vegetables only cost $100 to $240, while soup is $120 or $140, and anti pasta platters $420 or $840.
The most expensive dishes are seafood ($330 to $520), two seafood platters ($1100/$2200) and meat favourites like lamb and steak ($400 to $1380).
For a review of my dinner there, please click here: Trip Report I.
Hours are 5:30 to 11:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Mizumi – Mizumi overlooks the pool and is Wynn’s Japanese eatery. A trio of set meals run $1000, $1200 and $1600, while individual orders of sushi (2 pieces) and sashimi (3 pieces) are between $90 and $690.
Other sets include 5 to 8 course Teppanyaki, which run between $890 to $2990, and Omakase, which are $1200 and $2100 respectively. A trio of lunch sets finally go for $650, $750 and $950.
As for a la carte, appetizers and salads cost between $80 and $180, while soup is $60 to $140 and rice and noodle dishes $70 to $380.
For more premium fare, tempura costs $120 to $430, while teppanyaki is $190 to $990 and grilled meat $90 to $380.
Take care in the clothing department as the dress code prohibits patrons from wearing shorts. They will however lend you a pair of trousers if you need them. I don’t know about you but wearing other people’s pants just really isn’t my thing. For larger groups, 2 private dining areas are also available, each seating 8 people.
Mizumi is open in the evenings from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm Thursday to Wednesday. On weekends, they also open for lunch from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Wing Lei – Wynn’s signature restaurant is Wing Lei, a one star Michelin eatery. Serving food in Cantonese style, a 6 course evening set meal is available for $1380 per person, which must be enjoyed by 2 patrons at least.
As for a la carte, appetizers are $60 to $160, soup $80 to $4980 and rice, noodles and vegetables $140 to $230. Seafood and meat are between $210 and $1800 while delicacies like bird’s nest, abalone and shark’s fin run $380 to $10800.
In case you can’t drop 10 big ones on a dish, other more reasonable options include barbecue ($160 to $820), poultry ($160 to $420) and vegetables ($40 to $200) At lunch, dim sum runs between $50 and $160.
I tried the evening set meal there about a year ago. Here’s a review of how it went: Wing Lei.
Wing Lei is open from 11:30 am to 3 pm Mondays to Saturdays and from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on Sundays and public holidays. Dinner everyday is from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at night.
Cafe Encore – Cafe Encore’s menu is a mix of East and West headlined by pricey Cantonese specialties like bird’s nest ($780 to $1040), dried seafood ($360 to $5180) and shark’s fin ($1280). Simple Chinese fare is also available, such as soup ($70 to $260), seafood ($160 to $280), meat ($140 to $490), vegetables ($120 to $180) and rice and noodles ($80 to $880).
As for Western selections, most choices stay between $100 and $200, and include soup and salad ($60 to $100), sandwiches ($130 to $220), meat mains ($170 to $610) and seafood ($150 to $480). Portuguese and Macanese staples are also available for $130 to $180.
A couple of different breakfast sets run $170, while dim sum is on at lunch for $40 to $70.
Cafe Encore is located in the hallway that bridges the Wynn and Encore casinos. It keeps hours from 6:30 am to 12:00 am daily.
Cafe Esplanada – Overlooking the Wynn pool, Cafe Esplanada serves both Western and Asian fare, with soup and salad $90 to $140 and Western favourites are $170 to $230. Macanese and Portuguese specialties run $100 to $200 while their Asian counterparts are $100 to $260. Simple noodle and rice dishes are $100 to $160 while dim sum is $60 to $70.
They also have a breakfast buffet daily with prices $210/$98 for adults and children, while a Tuesday to Sunday dinner buffet is $388/$148. Afternoon tea is also available for $388 for 2 people, while it’s $588 if you prefer champagne instead. (And who doesn’t???)
Cafe Esplanada is open daily from 6:30 am to midnight.
Red 8 – Red 8 serves fast food type fare such as soup ($50 to $100), barbecue ($100 to $170), rice ($60 to $140) and noodles ($80 to $130). Other selections on their simple menu include appetizers ($50 to $90), dim sum ($40 to $100), and Chef’s Recommendations ($90 to $450).
There’s also a three course set meal available for $150.
Red 8 is located in the heart of the casino floor and stays open 24 hours.
99 Noodles – 99 Noodles is located in the Encore casino, and is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 am daily.
The Wynn’s cheapest eatery, dim sum is between $50 and $80, while soup is $80 to $180, and vegetables $40 to $90. Main course options include hot dishes ($90 to $800), and rice favorites ($90 to $220).
Like Red 8, three course set meals are also available for $150.
WYNN MACAU SHOPPING
The Wynn was the first casino hotel in Macau to focus on the shopping side of the resort experience, and every other mega resort that’s opened since has followed suit. Featuring around 25 high end shops, the Wynn’s shopping arcade is home to fashion giants Gucci, Chanel, Prada, LV etc.
If you’re looking for over hyped and overpriced European goods, the Wynn has you covered.
WYNN MACAU SPA
The Wynn has two spas, one located in the main Wynn hotel and the other in the Encore Tower.
The Wynn spa used to be free for hotel guests but to use but now everyone has to pay to get in, with the door pass $368. Macau is the eighth most expensive city in the world in terms of hotel prices, averaging $1600 Hong Kong dollars a night, and yet their five star hotels seem to think use of their saunas and steam rooms should require even more money.
Treatments at the Wynn spa include massage ($980/60 mins, $1380/90 mins), facials ($980 to $1500), and a couple of Wynn Journeys (2 hours: $1800/2.5 hours: $2200). There’s also a 3 hour Couple Bliss package that costs $4800.
Service at the Encore spa is limited to treatments only, and appointments need to be made in advance. They have a larger menu than the Wynn Spa, with procedures that include 60 or 90 minute massage ($1000/$1500), facials ($600 to $2200) and 2 to 3 hour Signature Journeys ($2200 to $3600). Manicure and pedicure services are also available for $350 and $500.
The Wynn spa is located on the 1st floor of the main Wynn hotel while the Encore spa is located on the 1st floor in Encore Tower. The spa hours are the same, from 6 am to 10:30 pm daily.
WYNN MACAU BARS
The Wynn Macau has three bars that never have anyone in them: Cinnebar, Bar Cristal and the Wynn Lei Lounge.
Given that they’re ghost towns most of the time, I’m not going to bother sharing the prices with you. If you simply must know them though, they’re listed on the Wynn Macau website.
WYNN MACAU ENTERTAINMENT
The only entertainment at the Wynn worth mentioning is the water show that happens out front everyday from about 1 pm.
The best time to see it is at night, when fire gets added to the mix.
Don’t bother wasting your time waiting for the free Dragon of Fortune and Tree of Prosperity shows though.
Both are so lame that I included them on list of Overrated Attractions.
They even have the gall to call the Moon Jelly Aquarium entertainment, which just goes to show how hard up they are.
I mean, that’s entertainment???
THE LAST WORD
The best 5 star hotel on the old Macau peninsula, the Wynn is home to outstanding facilities, tremendous dining, and large, luxurious rooms. If you’re paying more than $1600 a night for a hotel room in this part of town, then you should be staying at the Wynn, end of story.
The much ballyhooed casino though is a different story, and unless you’re a Poker player, just ignore it completely. The promotions are a joke, desk staff is unhelpful, and security guards are fake tough guys who wouldn’t last a minute out on the street.