Breaking Travel News

Raffles opens In Makati City, Manila

Raffles opens In Makati City, Manila

Raffles Hotels & Resorts expands its portfolio with the opening of Raffles Makati in Metro Manila. The newest property brings the company to nine hotels and resorts with plans for further openings in Istanbul, Jakarta and Hainan in China over the next 18 months.

Peter French, President of Raffles Hotels & Resorts explains: “There couldn’t be a better time for Raffles to be opening in the Philippines.

“The country is full of a new-found optimism as the economy expands, with a modern infrastructure and an international presence. 

“We bring with us 125 years of heritage and experience in luxury service and a portfolio that includes some of Asia’s greatest hotels. 

“I believe this puts both parties in a very favourable situation, where Raffles is the right hotel company, at the right time, to be opening in Manila.” Added French.


Raffles Makati is at the heart of a prestigious new development -  a brand new, striking, 30-floor tower, home to three very different areas in the one building:  Raffles Makati, with 32 suites;  Raffles Residences, with 237 one to four bedroom residences for private ownership;  and Fairmont Makati, a hotel with 280 deluxe rooms.

Raffles Makati’s suites are spread over the 9th and 10th floors of the new tower. They have been designed by Singapore-based Bent Severin & Associates, whose impressive company portfolio includes Raffles Hotel Singapore, Raffles Beijing, the British Embassy in Copenhagen and the Peninsula in Hong Kong.

The look for Raffles Makati is contemporary, whilst drawing on the timeless quality of Raffles Hotel Singapore – echoing Manila’s own blend of old world charm and new world sophistication.  Each of the hotel’s 32 large suites has been designed to be an understated oasis of calm.  Every suite has large floor-to-ceiling windows and mesmerizing views out over the city. 

A key design feature is the wooden flooring, covered with rich silk velvet and hand-tufted rugs. In keeping with the vibrancy of Manila, bright colors have been chosen for the fabrics – satin, silk, and damask. Locally inspired artistic accents – a ceramic pot, a bright painting, a woven basket – bring a dash of local joie de vivre to the interiors and a sense of place.

All the new restaurants and bars in the complex are open to guests of both Raffles Makati and Fairmont Makati. These include all-day dining restaurant, a contemporary pastry boutique, two lounges, as well as the Long Bar and the Writers Bar. The hotel has two large outdoor swimming pools, each with a wading pool and children’s pool and poolside lounges. Guests also share the Willow Stream Spa, with five treatment rooms and a full service hair and nail salon. The Fitness Center offers inspiring views of the city, garden and swimming pool. 

The City of Makati is one of the 17 cities that make up Metro Manila, one of the world’s most exciting and cosmopolitan cities.  Home to a host of foreign Embassies and the Philippine Stock Exchange, Makati is the financial centre of the Philippines, an important hub for international affairs.  It is also an exclusive residential area with a vibrant arts and culture scene and world-class retail.