Bali, Sentosa and India next in line for Raffles’s APAC expansion

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Hot on the heels of recent openings in Maldives and Shenzhen, Singapore’s Sentosa island, Bali and India will be among the next destinations to welcome Accor’s luxury hospitality brand Raffles.

Set to open next to Sofitel Sentosa Resort & Spa in 2022, the Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa will be the brand’s second property in Singapore. The resort will feature 61 keys, ranging from the 260m2 one-bedroom villa to the 450m2 four-bedroom villa, each sporting its own private pool and garden terrace area. Other facilities on the 100,000m2 resort site include a bar, restaurants, fitness centre, three function rooms, the Raffles Spa, as well as butler service.

The hotel will be the outcome of a partnership with property investment and development company Royal Group and global design studio Yabu Pushelberg.

When asked about the room rate at Raffles Sentosa, Michael Issenberg, Accor’s chairman and CEO Asia-Pacific, said it was too premature to disclose, but added that introductory rates for a suite at the soon-to-open Raffles Hotel Singapore will start from US$875.

Similar to the Sentosa property, Raffles Bali will boast 32 private pool villas across 23ha of land in the Jimbaran area. The resort, set to open in 2020, will also feature a Writers Bar, spa, and restaurant.

Raffles Udaipur will also open next year, marking the brand’s first foray into India. The 101-suite property will occupy its own private island in the middle of Udai Sagar Lake in Rajasthan, and will also feature the 1,100m2 Raffles Spa, rooftop restaurant, swimming pool, and the Raffles Long Bar and Writers Bar.

After which, the second Raffles property in India will open in 2022 in Jaipur, part of a larger complex that currently houses the Fairmont Jaipur. The hotel will have 50 suites with private pools.

Raffles currently boasts a collection of 14 properties worldwide, with Accor aiming to reach 20 by 2025. There are currently another eight to 10 Raffles properties in the pipeline, of which 50 per cent will be located in Asia-Pacific.

Flagships for Europe, the US and Middle East are also in the pipeline, including the Raffles London (2020) in the former War Office, Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences (2021), and Raffles Palm360 Resort Hotel & Residences (2021), respectively.

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