Designed by New York and Toronto-based practice Yabu Pushelberg, the inspiration behind the resort’s design starts with a fictional narrative—the journey of a young Singapore woman who returns home after years abroad to reconnect with her roots, by building a new home that brings together the treasures from her adventures while paying tribute to her local heritage. “It’s a story about a young woman who grows up in a house of many generations; a family of great entertainers who love bringing people into their home,” shares Glenn Pushelberg, co-founder of Yabu Pushelberg.
The resort, which can accommodate 200 guests, is estimated to cost S$70 million to build. Set in over 100,000 sqm of lush landscaping, the Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore will be a villa-only resort, with 61 villas in all. Villas will range in size from 260 sqm for one-bedroom villas to 450 sqm for four-bedroom villas. Each villa will come with its own private pool and terrace.
Highlights of the new property include an arrival building which houses a Writers’ Bar (a tea salon and cocktail lounge); its classic facade references the architecture of Raffles Hotel Singapore. A footpath next to the arrival building will lead guests to the ballroom and the Three-Meal restaurant and a specialty restaurant on the rooftop, with a bridge connecting the Three-Meal restaurant to the main pool deck. Guests can also look forward to the signature Raffles butler service, a Raffles Spa, a celebrations room and two meeting rooms. Room rates are expected to be slightly higher than that of the original Raffles Hotel, said a spokesperson. (Rates range from S$875 to S$2,500).
The Raffles brand is the highest expression of luxurious hospitality in Singapore and we are excited to offer well-travelled connoisseurs a second option to indulge in the famously discreet and attentive Raffles service that has provided an oasis for travellers since 1887,” said Michael Issenberg, Chairman & CEO Accor Asia Pacific.
“The original Raffles Hotel was conceived as a beachfront property, but as Singapore has grown up around the property it is now located in the thriving centre of the city. Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore will return the brand to the beach and create a modern resort experience that captures the balance of tradition and modernity in a serene and idyllic setting,” said Peter Wilding, Managing Director of Royal Group. He described the original Raffles hotel as a “historic, heritage hotel in the heart of the city” and the new all-villa hotel as a “modern, elegant, resort experience. Both Raffles hotels in Singapore would bring complementary experiences to its visitors.
By 2025, Accor Group aims to expand its Raffles brand to 20 hotels worldwide. Currently, its holdings include hotels in the Maldives and China, with properties in London and Boston in the pipeline.