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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.

For 125 years 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, Beijing, Hainan, Makati and Makkah, 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.

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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.

Raffles. Legendary service since 1887.

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.

1989 – Raffles International Ltd was formed as the hotel management arm of Raffles Holdings Limited to redevelop and manage Raffles Hotel, Singapore. 

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.

1997 – Raffles reopens two landmark hotels in Cambodia – Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap

2006 – Raffles debuts in China. The historic Beijing Hotel, which was the venue for major state functions including the founding ceremony of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, reopens as Raffles Beijing. 

2007 – Raffles takes its expansion to the Middle East with the opening of Raffles Dubai.

2010 – Growth in Middle East with the opening of Raffles Makkah Palace, Saudi Arabia in August.  The group also makes its French debut with Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris. 

2011 – Raffles’ first resort in the Indian Ocean, Raffles Praslin Seychelles, opens in February 2011.

2012 – Raffles celebrates its 125th anniversary across its hotels and resorts around the world. The year ends on a high note with the opening of Raffles Makati, Makati City’s first luxury hotel opening in 18 years. 

2013 and beyond – The group has ongoing plans for the opening of hotels and resorts in key cities including Hainan in China, Jakarta and Istanbul.

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Raffles. Legendary service since 1887.