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07 Aug 2019

BY Rob Gill


Raffles reopens historic Singapore property

Singapore’s iconic Raffles hotel has made its long-awaited reopening following a major restoration taking more than two years.

Raffles Singapore Swimming Pool

The 19th-century colonial property has increased the number of suites from 103 to 115 across nine different categories as part of the project – butler service is on offer for all guests including the serving of a legendary Singapore Sling cocktail on arrival.


The hotel began its renovation in February 2017 and closed to guests in December 2017 before reopening at the start of this month. Raffles’ refurbishment was led by interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud.


Christian Westbeld, the hotel’s general manager, said: “There are few hotels in the world whose names have become virtually synonymous with the cities in which they are located – and none more so than the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The newly restored Raffles will provide an experience like no other.”

The “reimagined” public spaces included a new Raffles Boutique while superstar French chef Alain Ducasse is due to open BBR (Bar & Billiard Room) by Alain Ducasse next month offering a “Mediterranean sharing and grill concept”, as well as the return of Raffles Sunday Brunch.


There is already a restaurant by fellow renowned French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, who has been feted with seven Michelin stars; La Dame de Pic replaces what was previously Raffles Grill, the hotel’s signature dining space.


Jeannette Ho, vice-president, brand and strategic relationships for Raffles Hotels and Resorts, added: “We are very pleased to be part of the reopening of the iconic Raffles Singapore, which is officially returning to the city refreshed, reimagined and revitalised. This is where it all started and, faithful to its roots, Raffles Singapore reinvents emotional luxury.”


Clients can take advantage of an opening offer until 31 October, priced at £70 per night, including breakfast for two, daily credit to use at the hotel’s spa or restaurants, late check-out and souvenir.


Raffles, which is part of France-based Accor Hotels, is currently expanding as a brand around the world with planned new properties in London, Boston and Udaipur in India.

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