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The Raffles Story

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True luxury is not just about what you do, it’s about how you feel.

Raffles has gone out of its way to give you the warmest welcome, the richest experiences and the fondest of memories. And today the legend continues all around the world. From the classic colonial splendour of Raffles Singapore where it all began to Dubai, Seychelles, Cambodia, Paris, Hainan, Makati, Makkah, Warsaw and soon to come Maldives, Shenzen and many more. The Raffles name is synonymous with luxury, glamour and extraordinary adventure.  Each hotel is an oasis of calm and charm at the crossroads of a civilisation. Each is a carefully chosen destination in its own right. Each is uniquely, indefinably, sublimely Raffles.

Now, as we grow, and reach new and sometimes surprising destinations, our guests can rest assured that wherever in the world we travel, we will remain distinctly Raffles - infused with the same spirit of adventure, luxury and sublime service. Exciting and enchanting, refreshing and reinvigorating, Raffles is loved by those with an adventurous spirit and a taste for the very best.
Legendary service since 1887.
Raffles Hotel Singapore Raffles Hotel Singapore

1887

Raffles Hotel Singapore opens, offering 10 rooms in an old bungalow-style building overlooking the beach and the South China Sea.  It soon becomes - and remains - the most fabled hotel in the Far East, with a guest list that reads like a Who’s Who.

Raffles Hotel Singapore Raffles Hotel Singapore

1989

Raffles International Ltd was formed as the hotel management arm of Raffles Holdings Limited to redevelop and manage Raffles Hotel, Singapore. 

Raffles Hotel  Singapore façade Raffles Hotel  Singapore façade

1991

Raffles Hotel, Singapore reopens on 16 September after a complete restoration that lasted 2 ½ years, looking much as it did in 1915 during its elegant first heydays.

Raffles Cambodia pool Raffles Cambodia pool

1997

Raffles reopens two landmark hotels in Cambodia – Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap.

Raffles Travellers Palm Raffles Travellers Palm

2006

Raffles takes its expansion to the Middle East with the opening of Raffles Dubai.


Raffles Gala Events

Raffles Gala Events

In 1997, the company initiated REACH (Rendering Encouragement, Assistance, Care and Hope), a community programme that offers pillars of support to underprivileged children, the arts and the environment in all destinations Raffles Hotels & Resorts operates in.
Since 1992, the annual Raffles Christmas Tree Auction and Gala Dinner held at Raffles Singapore has raised more than SGD 280,000 each year. Over the past 16 years, more than SGD 3,000,000 has been raised from this annual event benefiting numerous charities in Singapore.
Activities to support biodiversity at Raffles Praslin, Seychelles include the protection of the nesting areas of the Seychelles Cave Swiftlet from development works and plants that support the endangered Seychelles Blue Pigeon in the resort’s landscaping plans. Several endemic and indigenous plant species have also been replanted throughout the grounds of Raffles Praslin, Seychelles to restore the natural beauty of the site which had been laid bare by fires some 40 years earlier. Among the many highlights include the rare Coco de Mer and Bwa Ponm - a favourite food of the local blue parrot.
Raffles Dubai’s Reach efforts are extended to needy families, children and adults with special needs, and raising cancer awareness. Annual activities include hosting fund-raising events for the Children’s Hope Foundation to assist with school fees, Pancreatic Cancer Research, Safe & Sound Breast Cancer Awareness. Another highlight of the hotel’s Reach calendar takes place during Ramadan. In 2011 Raffles Dubai supported Mawaheb from Beautiful People by displaying paintings created by adults with special needs in the hotel’s lobby.
Children are the main beneficiaries of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap and Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh’s initiatives. The two hotels work with schools and charitable organisations which provide children with education opportunities, and contribute items such as school supplies, computers, clothes, toys, electrical generators and kitchen equipment to needy children. In 2013 the hotels started collaboration with Pack for a Purpose, a campaign to encourage travellers to fill up their luggage with supplies for local communities. As Cambodia is a developing country, an everyday item to most in the western world can be scarce or unaffordable to a local Cambodian. This benefits various charitable organisations and families in need and contribute to a better future for the country. Items  collected from the needs list specific to each of our hotels can be passed onto our hotel representative for distribution. Click below to find the needs list for the projects we support in each of our hotels in Cambodia: Raffles Grand Hotel d’AngkorRaffles Hotel Le Royal 
Raffles Singapore Colonnade
Raffles Green initiatives

Raffles Green initiatives

 
Raffles plans to fully adopt the Planet 21 programme of AccorHotels across all its properties. The programme focuses on improvements in waste management, energy and water conservation, as well as community outreach through local groups and partnerships.
Environmental benefits are realised through reduced utilities consumption and best practices. The programme emphasizes on sustainability and encompasses everything from recycling and organic waste diversion in the hotel’s kitchens to retrofitting energy efficient lighting. An audit report records the environmental initiatives of each hotel. It also allows for the tracking of the hotel’s progress and ensures that hotels are carrying out the Green Partnership mandate.
In addition, an annual cleanup of the Siem Reap river is organized by the hotel staff of Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor to ensure that natural eco system is maintained despite heavy tourism in the region.
Raffles Awards

Awards

Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ philosophy of delivering emotional luxury, thoughtful, welcoming and graceful service has put its hotels and resorts in the spotlight time and time again. Recent awards include:

Condé Nast Traveler

Readers Choice

2017

Well-travelled readers rate Raffles Istanbul as Turkey's top hotel, just a year after the hotel received the magazine's Hot List accolade. Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris, celebrated for it's "wit and bold design", is rated among the top three hotels in the City of Light. From year 2014-2017.

International Hotel Award

Best Hotel in Europe & Turkey

2017

Raffles Istanbul has been nominated as Best Hotel in Europe and Best Hotel in Turkey

Indian Ocean Winners

World Travel Awards

2017

Raffles Praslin Seychelles has been nominated as the Leading Villa Resort in Indian Ocean in 2017

Best Luxury Hotel - APAC

Readers’ Choice Awards

2017

Raffles Singapore has been nominated as Best Luxury Hotel in Asia Pacific by Travel Weekly Asia

Condé Nast Traveler

Gold List

2016

Condé Nast Traveler editors recognize Raffles Singapore among the top hotels and resorts in the world.

Tripadvisor

Traveler’s Choice Awards

2016

Eight Raffles hotels are winners of the 2016 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards, a prestigious ranking of the world’s top properties based on millions of travel reviews. Among those honoured was Raffles Makati, which ranked first in the Luxury and Top regional hotels categories.

Condé Nast Traveler

Readers’ Choice Awards

2015

Condé Nast Traveler readers recognize five Raffles properties among the top hotels and resorts in the world. Raffles Singapore and Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris were among the best hotels in Singapore and Paris respectively. Additionally, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor and Raffles Hotel Le Royal were both highly ranked among the Top 15 Hotels in Southeast Asia.

Condé Nast Traveler

Gold List

2015

Raffles Istanbul is recognized on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Hot List within a year of opening. The property is one of four hotels honoured in the Over-The-Top Luxury category.

Condé Nast Traveler

Gold List

2015

Raffles Singapore is among the hotels honoured in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Gold List for the second year in a row.

Tripadvisor

Certificat of Excellence

2015

Nine Raffles properties were recognized with the 2015 Certificate of Excellence award, which honours hotels that consistently receive excellent travel reviews on TripAdvisor. Furthermore, Raffles Singapore, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor were singled out as Hall of Fame winners after receiving the Certificate of Excellence award for five consecutive years.

Tripadvisor

Traveller Choice Awards

2015

Nine Raffles hotels are winners of the 2015 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards, a prestigious ranking of the world’s top properties based on millions of travel reviews. Among those honoured were Raffles Dubai and Raffles Hotel Singapore, which both ranked third in the Best Service category. Additionally, Raffles Makati ranked among the top 10 hotel in the Luxury category.

Travel + Leisure

The Best New Hotels

2015

Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine recognize Raffles Istanbul as an Instant Classic in the 2015 It List: The Best New Hotels, highlighting the hotel’s impressive contemporary art collection and breathtaking Bosphorus views.

Travel + Leisure

500 World’s Best Hotels

2015

Raffles Hotel Le Royal is named among the properties on Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels in 2015.

World Luxury Hotel Awards

World Luxury Hotel Awards

2015

Raffles Istanbul was recognized as the top Luxury Spa Hotel in Turkey. Additionally, The Raffles Spa at Raffles Praslin, Seychelles was awarded the Best Luxury Destination Spa in the Seychelles.

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