Royal Group and Accor announced the opening of a second Raffles Hotel in Singapore today at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. The resort is designed by Yabu Pushelberg Studio which was founded by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg in 1980 with offices in New York and Toronto.
Raffles Sentosa Resort and Spa Singapore is slated to open in 2022 with 61 villas on 100,000 sqm of tropical gardens. The new-built resort will be located in the plot of land that currently sits the tennis court and engineering building for Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa.
Each villa will have its own private outdoor pool, a living pavilion, a sleeping pavilion, and terrace area. Villas will range in size from 260 sqm for the one-bedroom villas to 450 sqm for the four-bedroom villa.
The villas have been created as a private oasis for indoor and outdoor living. They are inspired by contemporary Singaporean living with touches of tradition through the furnishing.
When guests arrive at the Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa, they will be greeted by a waterfall. A small trail of trees frame views of the arrival building. The small details such as the crushed granite path that leads to the Porte Cochere and qualities of the arrival are reminiscent of the entrance experience at the original Raffles on Beach Road. The Arrival Building pays tribute to the classic design of the original Raffles façade. At night, the building transforms, enhancing the silhouette of the building.
Step into the Arrival Building and you will see the Writers Bar, an open salon for tea and cocktails. The bar frames views to the outdoors where a heritage tree rests in the centre of the jungle with a wall of water to hold it.
The ballroom will include two meeting rooms, a small ballroom with a pre-function area that can be used as separate entities or come together to become one complete experience. The ballroom will be surrounded by glass with panoramic views out onto the island habitat. The glass screens create a dappled light that resembles light shining through tree leaves in a forest.
The Specialty Restaurant will offer the most refined dining experience on the property. You will have to access by way of the roof. Enjoy cocktail under the stars. Stairs guide guests to the main dining room buried below. The restaurant becomes one with the forest. Each table looks out onto lanterns hanging in vast treetops.
The Bridge is a feature of Yabu Pushelberg’s landscape design. It contributes to the overall energy of the island. It offers an intimate setting for guests to meander the grounds and discover moments of calm introspection amongst the islands scenery. It is a focal point from the pool deck and the other restaurant in the resort – Three-Meal Restaurant.
Royal Group which currently owns Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa and So Sofitel Singapore is behind this new development.
Raffles first opened its first hotel at Beach Road in Singapore over 135 years ago. The Raffles Singapore is undergoing a major refurbishment and is expected to open 1 August 2019 with three celebrity Chef dining venues in addition to Ah Teng’s Cafe, Long Bar, Raffles Courtyard, Butcher’s Blok, The Grand Lobby, Tiffin Room and Writers Bar. BBR by alain ducasse, La Dame De Pic by Michelin-starred Chef Anne-Sophie Pic and Yì by Jereme Leung are the three new additions to the F&B offerings at Raffles Singapore.
Since then Raffles has opened properties in Paris, Istanbul, Warsaw, Jakarta and Seychelles. It was acquired by Accor in 2015 as part of the AccorHotels group of accommodation brands.
New Raffles Hotel Openings
“The Raffles brand is the highest expression of luxury hospitality within the Accor portfolio and we are proud to be growing the brand through curated additions that will allow the most discerning guests to find their perfect oasis in the world’s best locations. Luxury travellers are increasingly seeking bespoke service, rich storytelling and a blend of history and modernity, all of which are epitomised by the Raffles brand.Michael Issenberg, Chairman & CEO Accor Asia Pacific
Accor is now the second largest operator of luxury hotels in the world, with over 600 luxury and premium hotels and resorts globally. We have found strong demand amongst owners and developers for the Raffles brand because it is truly one of the most illustrious hospitality brands in the world, renowned for offering guests unparalleled levels of discreet service in exceptional buildings that quickly become the epicentre of their destinations “
Other Raffles Hotel properties opening include the 32-villa Raffles Bali sprawled over 23 hectares in Jimbaran Bay slated to open in 2020, 101-suites Raffles Udaipur that is set to open in 2020 in its own private island in the middle of picturesque Udai Sagar Lake and the 50-suites Raffles Jaipur slated to open in 2022 in a larger complex that currently houses the Fairmont Jaipur.