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Encore Macau’s design team, helmed by Roger Thomas, Wynn’s long-term executive vice president of design, has created a hotel that’s simultaneously luxurious, contemporary and audacious — and absolutely unforgettable. The interiors of this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel reflect its cultural context through the reds and golds of the suites, symbolizing wealth, happiness and good fortune, with carvings of the animals of the Chinese horoscope keeping guests company along room corridors. In the public areas there’s a lighter hue, with wall fabrics in an orange called Tango (tangerine mango) created exclusively for Encore by none other than Oscar de la Renta. Throughout the property, cultural artifacts serve as a contrast to the modern palette; meanwhile there’s a charmingly residential feel at the same time. The generous space in the suites, especially in the sleek bathroom areas, makes them instantly relaxing, and wow-factors like the moon jellyfish aquarium create visual memories not soon forgotten.
If there is one thing you can be certain of when visiting Encore Macau, it’s that you won’t see any boring beige. The design style is as whimsical and over-the-top as all the Wynn properties, and the use of color is not feared. Tangy orange, lime green and vivid pinks are complemented by deep red and shimmery golden accents. A butterfly motif abounds for a sense of whimsy, yet Encore still manages to give off a sophisticated and very luxe air. There's a clear sense of place, too — you know you're in China because of thoughtful touches like mountings of the 12 animal zodiac signs along the hallways, modern vases in the rooms and lobby, and classical paintings of koi swimming above some of the bathtubs.