Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore will open in 2022, along with new luxury resorts in Bali and Jaipur

Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore will open in 2022, along with new luxury resorts in Bali and Jaipur

Worth the wait

Text: Janice Sim

Drop the name Raffles, and a wave of patriotism ensues. There's always something to fondly remember the iconic hotel by — whether it be the friendly Sikh doorman or colonial markings of the premise — it's a place that's born and bred here. It's home.

Given its signature footprint that has stood the test of time (more accurately over 135 years since the first one was built on Beach Road), the Raffles brand isn't one to own hundreds of hotels worldwide, but instead has taken its time in cultivating its hotel openings — until now. With a slew of openings in Maldives and Shenzhen, and more underway in Bali, Jaipur, and Udaipur, what's most exciting is the second Raffles to open on our shores. In 2022. A resort that's only made possible with the partnership of Accor Hotels and Royal Group (who owns SO Sofitel Singapore and Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa). The urban oasis will feature 61 expansive villas, that include its own private pool and terrace. Of course, true to the brand's modus operandi, you'll find signature Raffles butlers and the Raffles Spa at your calling.

The vision for the resort, as spearheaded by global design studio, Yabu Pushelberg, muses about a young Singaporean woman returning back to her birthplace after years of travelling. Essentially, a modern edifice housed within Singapore's verdant landscape and natural identity of an island. Guests will first be greeted by a waterfall, leading to a small trail of trees framing the arrival building. Not to mention, the familiar sounds of granite beneath your feet — just like the original Raffles. Within the property, pathways are lavished with lush greenery while connecting to various highlights like the pool deck and two restaurants. There's also a bridge, where most would take to — simply because it grants a stunning view of the island and an ideal space to think about nothing.

It might have taken more than 135 years for a second Raffles to come into place on our shores, but we can say for now, this spectacular hideout seems to be worth the wait.

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