Accor’s Raffles Hotels & Resorts will more than double its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts, according to newly appointed CEO Stephen Alden, who also heads the Orient Express brand.
There are a total of 22 properties open or announced as projects.
Raffles will open a second hotel in Dubai on The Palm, along with Bahrain, Udaipur, and Macau, by the end of the year.
After that, Raffles will open hotels in London, Boston, Doha, and Jeddah in 2022. Moscow is scheduled to open in 2023.
Raffles Al Areen Palace, Bahrain
Located in “a serene sanctuary known as the island of a million palm trees,” Raffles Al Areen Palace is located near Bahrain’s protected wildlife park and reserve – home to a wide range of exotic animals and desert plants.
There will be 78 pool villas and one of the largest spas in the region. A collection of one-and two-bedroom villas will feature living and dining areas, private offices, and oeversize master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Raffles the Palm, Dubai
Raffles the Palm, Dubai will be located on Palm Jumeirah – the world’s largest man-made island and archipelago. It will feature 389 luxurious rooms, suites, and villas, each with a balcony and sea-view terrace, and offer eight bar and restaurant concepts.
Raffles Udaipur, India
On a 21-acre private island in Udai Sagar Lake, Raffles Udaipur is surrounded by spectacular hills and a view of the 400-year-old temple in the background. The property has 101 rooms, each with a private pool.
Raffles at Galaxy Macau
Raffles at Galaxy Macau will feature 450 suites with curated artworks and some featuring private pools and gardens. Raffles at Galaxy Macau offers access to the integrated resort that offers various leisure activities and on-site entertainment.
Raffles London at The OWO, UK
Raffles London at The OWO is located in a building that served as Winston Churchill’s base during the Second World War and was the birthplace of Ian Fleming’s James Bond.
Many original architectural details have been preserved while also allowing room for updated design elements. Comprising of 125 rooms and suites, 85 residences, a collection of nine restaurants and bars, and an immersive spa, the hotel and residences mark the brand’s return to London. It owned and managed Brown’s Hotel between 1997 and 2003.
Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences, USA
Raffles Boston will be the brand’s first mixed-use North American venture, featuring both a hotel and private residences. Located in Boston’s Back Bay, just a block away from Copley Square, the 35-story building will be a new landmark in Boston’s skyline, with 146 residences, 147 guest rooms, and six restaurant and bar venues including a sky bar and speakeasy.
The three-story sky lobby will be the property’s centerpiece, complete with a grand staircase spanning the 17th, 18th, and 19th floors.
Raffles Doha, Qatar
A cultural tribute to Qatar’s heritage, the Iconic Towers in Lusail (pictured at the top of this article), representing Qatar’s national seal, will be home to the new Raffles Doha.
The property will include 132 suites and 49 branded apartments. It will feature state-of-the-art entertainment and recreational facilities, boutique shopping, movie theatres, restaurants, and a cigar lounge, as well as a variety of meeting spaces.
Raffles Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Inspired by Jeddah’s old town architecture, Raffles Jeddah will have 181 guestrooms, including a signature wedding suite, a penthouse suite, and 188 branded residences.
Alongside six restaurants and lounges, an extensive library, a 12,000 square foot spa with eight treatment rooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness club. The hotel’s meeting facilities include a 15,000 square foot ballroom overlooking the corniche and 10,000 square feet of conference rooms.
Raffles Moscow, Russia
Raffles Moscow will offer 153 rooms across nine floors with views overlooking the Kremlin and Red Square. These will include 20 two-bedroom suites, 19 junior suites, and two presidential suites with private terraces.