Second Raffles Hotel to open on Sentosa in 2022

/ EdgeProp Singapore
June 26, 2019 2:04 PM SGT
Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore is set to open in 2022 (Credit: Yabu Pushelberg)
Singapore will see the opening of a second Raffles Hotel, this time on Sentosa island, in 2022. This comes more than 135 years after the original Raffles Hotel opened its doors along Beach Road.
On Tuesday (June 25), Accor announced the new hotel in partnership with real estate developer Royal Group. The Raffles brand is part of French travel and lifestyle group Accor.
(From left) Peter Wilding of Royal Group, Canadian designer Glenn Pushelberg, Bobby Hiranandani of Royal Group, chairman and Accor chief executive Michael Issenberg, and Asok Kumar Hiranandani of Royal Group (Credit: Accor)
The Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore will be located adjacent to the existing Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, owned by Royal Group. The new property will be Singapore’s first villa-only hotel. The Royal Group also owns SO Sofitel Singapore along Robinson Road.
When Royal Group purchased the former Beaufort Hotel in 2014, its first task was to renovate the hotel, to the now Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. “But when they acquired [the Sentosa site], they knew they wanted to expand,” says Michael Issenberg, chairman of Accor Asia Pacific.
“They had to do a lot of analysis, talked to the Sentosa Development Corporation, and so we started talking about Raffles in earnest a good two years ago,” he adds.
Set on a ground of over 1,000,000 sq ft, the latest ultra-luxury resort will feature 61 villas, each comprising a private swimming pool and a terrace area, with views of the South China Sea. The villas will range in size from 2,800-sq-ft one-bedders to 4,850-sq-ft four-bedders.
The all-villa resort will feature 61 villas (Credit: Yabu Pushelberg)
“It's really the ultimate expression of luxury,” says Issenberg. “To be able to create that sort of space in...