Peter French, president, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, has announced the appointment of Thomas Christiansen as general manager of Raffles Hotel Le Royal and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. Christiansen moves to Raffles Hotels & Resorts from Grand Millennium Sukhumvit, Thailand where he has been the general manager since 2009.
Hotel group Raffles is set to open its first property in Istanbul on September 1. Located within the Zorlu Centre and overlooking the Bosphorus, Raffles Istanbul features 132 rooms and 49 suites, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, private terraces, walk-in closets and double vanity bathrooms with separate bath and shower.
Raffles Hotels continues to grow its portfolio with the opening of its first property in Turkey on September 1st this year. The hotel is in the heart of the city in Zorlu Center with a prime location offering a new hub for fashion, food and the arts on the European shore in Besiktas - overlooking the Bosphorus, the Princess Islands and the historic peninsula. Like those of its stylish sister, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, the sleek modern interiors at Raffles Istanbul will be embellished with an impressive collection of artwork, specially commissioned from local artists, a mix of paintings, sculpture, photography and video installations.
When it opens on September 1st this year, Raffles Istanbul will be the perfect embodiment of the ‘new’ face of Istanbul: cutting-edge, eclectic and energetic. The hotel is at the heart of the Zorlu Center, a new hub for fashion, food and the arts on the European shore in Beşiktaş - overlooking the Bosphorus, the Princess Islands and the historic peninsula.
When it opens this summer, Raffles Istanbul will be the perfect embodiment of the ‘new’ face of Istanbul: cutting-edge, eclectic and energetic. The hotel is at the heart of the Zorlu Center, a new hub for fashion, food and the arts on the European shore in Beşiktaş - overlooking the Bosphorus, the Princess Islands and the historic peninsula.
Raffles Praslin, Seychelles offers an array of festive celebrations to enjoy Christmas and New Year in stunning surroundings, with the warm Seychellois atmosphere and laid-back luxury. For Christmas holidays, guests can enjoy pristine beaches, azure oceans, round-the-clock Raffles butler service, and they can even decorate their own Christmas tree in their private pool villa, just like home!
Having been recognised as Seychelles’ Leading Hotel by the prestigious World Travel Awards, Raffles Praslin, Seychelles is riding high. Here Breaking Travel News sits down with general manager Christoph Ganster to discuss tourism in the country, what is on offer at the property and what improvements we can expect over the coming year.
In September 2013, Raffles Hotels & Resorts will arrive at a new milestone as expands its collection to ten hotels with the opening of Raffles Hainan – their second property in China. The luxury resort will open in Clearwater Bay, the new hotspot on the southeast coast of Hainan Island – China’s answer to the French Riviera and a rising star in the luxury tourism market.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Simon Hirst to the position of general manager of Raffles Singapore – one of the most famous resorts in the world. One of the UK’s best-known hoteliers, Hirst moves from sister property Raffles Praslin, Seychelles to take up the position in Singapore on August 1st.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts has announced two key general manager appointments in Asia, with Richard Schestak moving from Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, to oversee the opening of Raffles Jakarta, from August 1st 2013. Schestak’s position as general manager in Phnom Penh will be filled by Pieter van der Hoeven, with immediate effect.
Turkish superstar Ece Vahapoğlu has called in at the Raffles Makkah Palace, visiting the property to celebrate its success at the World Travel Awards. The property was recognised by the World Travel Awards at the Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel at an event hosted by Vahapoğlu.
Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) have appointment Jeff Tisdall as Vice President, Residential Development, Asia Pacific and India. In this newly created position, Tisdall will be responsible for FRHI’s residential development and mixed use projects in Asia Pacific and India.