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Two new Raffles hotels to open in Asia

Singapore’s iconic hotel returns to the beach with Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa set to open in 2022.

Accor this week announced plans to open two Raffles hotels in Asia, with Raffles Bali set to open in 2020 and Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore planned for 2022.

In partnership with Singapore-based developer, Royal Group, the proposed Sentosa resort will feature 61 villas, each with their own private swimming pool and set across 100,000 sqm of sprawling tropical gardens with views over the beautiful South China Sea. Facilities will include a bar, restaurants, a fitness centre, a celebrations room and two meeting rooms.

“We are proud to announce a second Raffles hotel in the country of its birth,” said Michael Issenberg, chairman & CEO Accor Asia Pacific. “The Raffles brand is the highest expression of luxurious hospitality in Singapore and we are excited to offer well-travelled connoisseurs a second option to indulge in the famously discreet and attentive Raffles service that has provided an oasis for travellers since 1887.

“The announcement comes as the brand is undergoing a major renaissance, following the recent openings of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo and Raffles Shenzhen China as well as an invigorated pipeline that includes Raffles Udaipur, Raffles Jaipur and Raffles Bali in Asia Pacific as well several upcoming openings globally including Raffles London and Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences.”

Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore will feature 61 villas

Royal Group, who own SO Sofitel Singapore and Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, will build the new Raffles Sentosa Island on prime land adjacent to the existing Sofitel.

“We are proud to bring a new interpretation of the iconic Raffles brand to a pristine piece of land on beautiful Sentosa Island,” said Peter Wilding, managing director of Royal Group.

“We believe both Raffles hotels in Singapore will offer complementary experiences: One a historic, heritage hotel in the heart of the city and the other a modern, elegant resort experience that blends beautifully with the natural surroundings of Sentosa Island, offering sanctuary for the most discerning guests.”

Global design studio Yabu Pushelberg creatively directed the resort’s architecture, landscaping, lighting and interiors.

“As Singapore evolved to become a global hub for business and innovation, the Raffles on Beach Road has become an icon and a necessary stop for Singaporeans and visitors,” said Glenn Pushelberg. “Now, as Raffles embarks on a second property in its native city, the brand returns to where it all began – we’re taking Raffles back to the beach.”

Meanwhile, Raffles Bali will comprise just 32 private villas, each with its own private pool, in Jimbaran Bay.

Main image (L to R): Peter Wilding; Glenn Pushelberg; Royal Group co-chairman Bobby Hiranandani; Michael Issenberg; chairman and president of Royal Group Investments, Asok Kumar Hiranandani.