Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 | 6:59 a.m.
It was a jam-packed Mexican Independence Day Weekend in Las Vegas for Latin superstar and heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, who had two concerts at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, partied at Hyde Bellagio and dined at Andrea’s and Society Cafe in Steve Wynn’s Encore while in town.
At Andrea’s, Iglesias, who I assume is still with Anna Kournikova some decades — OK, years — later, received personalized chopsticks at Andrea’s and showed them off via Twitter. The Madrid-born hunk and son of Latin music legend Julio Iglesias showed up twice at Society Cafe to watch football games, so it can be surmised that he stayed at Wynn or Encore over the weekend.
But the main events for Iglesias were his Friday and Sunday concerts. For the latter evening, it was like a big backyard pool party gone wild at the Cosmopolitan. Iglesias often worked his way into the crowd during the humid evening, and at one point he took off his black T-shirt to reveal a soaked-from-sweat white T-shirt.
His setlist included “Tonight I’m Loving You,” “I Like How It Feels,” “Dirty Dancer,” “Bailamos,” a cover of “Stand By Me,” “Be With You,” “Escape,” “Hero” and “I Like It,” finishing the night with an impressive confetti cannon.
Last summer, Iglesias was in town for a tour stop with Jennifer Lopez at Mandalay Bay Events Center and the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the style and placement of the logo — and it's just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sister of Wynn.
Located steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the same roof, Encore's fanciful and intimate atmosphere is unlike anything anywhere, with an environment that is uniquely Wynn and distinctly Encore.
Steve Wynn spared no detail in his newest property when designing Encore. The casino floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers greeting guests in the casino atrium.
Luxury doesn't end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impeccable guest rooms and suites. The standard suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites measuring in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites guest rooms feature plasma screen TVs, high-end bath products, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and mattresses, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you can't get enough.
Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger's fine Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger's, Sinatra's and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.
Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore's French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your surroundings appear to change before your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic nightclubs, visit Andrea’s, the newest dining experience at Encore.
XS headlines Encore's nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans takes care of humor and entertainment. Encore also features two of the most celebrated nightlife experiences in Vegas, XS Nightclub and Surrender. Both feature main room dance floors that flow outside to pools, patio spaces and gaming areas.
When the temperature rises, don’t miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features three tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity pools.
Encore Esplanade features 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site golf course, which is adjacent to the Wynn.