Accor resort to be a Raffles

August 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 22 August 2017: AccorHotels announced its first management contract for a resort in the Maldives, effective 1 September.

The group will take over Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort that occupies the private island of Meradhoo.

The resort will be repositioned following improvements to be completed by late 2018. It will then join the iconic collection of Raffles hotels and resorts. Read more

Raffles readies for scrub

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 26 July 2017: Sir Stamford Raffles must be one of the cleanest statues in the region.

He gets a regular scrub down and is suitably deodorised in keeping with his lofty status as the most snapped statue in this island nation, second only to the Merlion.

Hardly surprising as Singapore is considered the squeaky clean destination of Southeast Asia, light years ahead of its neighbours in hygiene and public health. Read more

Sir Samford Raffles off duty

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 10 April 2017: If Sir Stamford Raffles is on your must-see statues list during a holiday in Singapore, this week; forget it the famous gent is otherwise engaged.

Singapore Tourist Board reports he has been hoarded up for industrial cleaning and that means he will be off duty for selfie photo sessions, 10 to 11 April. Read more

Raffles readies for a remake

October 13, 2016 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 13 October 2016: Singapore’s historic Raffles Hotel said Tuesday it would shut for several months from the end of 2017 to undergo renovations.

Restoration of the 129-year-old hotel, declared a national monument in 1987, will be done in three phases beginning with the shopping arcade in January, the hotel’s management said at a news conference.

Work will start on the main hotel building and lobby in mid-2017 before the hotel shuts completely at the end of the year, reopening in mid-2018. Read more