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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts today released key findings from its second Luxury Insights Report. With a focus on Gateway to Home - Hotels as the Heart of their Communities, this latest volume in a series of ongoing research-led, data-driven reports on luxury travel trends, reveals that affluent travelers perceive hotels and resorts as established authorities and trusted travel guides.

The newly commissioned study found that hotels are perceived as pillars in their community, connecting guests, whether from abroad or locally, to the true character of the destination. Luxury travelers view the role of a hotel beyond curating authentic local experiences. It is the combination of destination expertise and recreating the comforts of home that creates this trusted relationship and positions the most desirable hotels in the world at the very heart of the travel experience.
“Fairmont properties share a special connection to their communities and part of our brand promise is to preserve these diverse and picturesque locations while enhancing their overall welfare,” said Sharon Cohen, Vice President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “This guiding principle is inherent to our brand’s culture and was the impetus for us undertaking this study to further inform and validate the important role a hotel, specifically a Fairmont property, plays within the local community and how guests, whether abroad or local, perceive them.” 

Fairmont’s Luxury Insights Report is based on data uncovered from Fairmont’s 2018 Global Luxury Traveler Insights Study, an online survey of 2,725 luxury travelers from France, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, China, and United Arab Emirates. Industry leaders across the globe – including consumer experience futurists, sustainability strategists, association leaders and travel company presidents – also shared their perspectives on the findings to round out the report and facilitate a discussion around innovation leadership and the integral role of experience in the travel sector. Their insights and perspectives will also be explored further in a new Leaders on Luxury video series, which will feature a mix of Fairmont, AccorHotels and other industry experts commenting on the state of the luxury market.
The study reveals that guests look to luxury hotels as a key aspect of their travel experience. The influence of hotels goes beyond the traditional expectation of having a place to sleep at night, with guests looking to hotels to provide immersive experiences that are sustainably viable and meet the needs of their entire family.
 

Report highlights include:
  • Exclusive experiences: travelers prioritize experiences over brands, with two out of three considering it important to have experiences not readily available to everyone (65%).
  • Destination insiders: eighty-nine percent of those surveyed said that the best hotels have colleagues that are familiar with the area and can provide the inside scoop on things only the locals know. 
  • The hotel factor: ninety-three percent of luxury travelers consider the hotel an important part of the vacation experience – so much so that over half (59%) feel that hotel options influence their choice of destination.
  • Generation green: eighty-four percent of respondents consider it important that the hotel provides recommendations of experiences that are not detrimental to the local community. Guests recognize overtourism as a growing concern and that changes need to be made if the beauty that attracts them to worldwide destinations is going to last; travelers look to luxury hotels to help drive change that is positive and sustainable.
  • No flight required: luxury hotels are not just for the jet-set. For 77%, these remarkable properties provide a memorable option for social and business occasions in their hometown. As pillars in their communities, locals seek these institutions to celebrate momentous occasions and create family traditions.
  • Community connection: seasoned travelers understand the impact of tourism within a destination. Four out of five think environmentally sustainable practices and locally sourced kitchen ingredients are important.
“It comes as no surprise that our latest research uncovered the central role Fairmont hotels play in connecting guests to the local community,” added Cohen. “As the Fairmont footprint expands to new markets around the world, we will continue to invest in understanding the motivations of our guests and the local communities in which we operate to ensure we are anticipating their desires and adapting to their needs.”
 

QUOTES FROM LUXURY THOUGHT LEADERS
  • Blake Morgan, Customer Experience Futurist
“Today's luxury traveler – although not at home – does not want to sacrifice the comforts of home.”
 
“The millennial customer values access over ownership. They crave authentic experiences they can share with their friends and curate the narrative of their digital lives.”
  • Costas Christ, Global Sustainability Strategist, Virtuoso Travel Network and Senior Advisor for Sustainable Tourism, National Geographic Travel
“Fairmont understands that sustainable travel is not about giving something up; it is about gaining something more – a great vacation that also helps to make the world a better place.”
 
“Protection of cultural heritage is a pillar of sustainable tourism, including both the preservation of historic buildings and support for living culture, such as contemporary music, art, dance, and cuisine. Fairmont was founded with a mission to restore, protect and celebrate historical sites and cultural heritage.”
 
“Sustainability is not a trend, it is a transformation of travel as we know it. We are headed to a future where hotel companies that are doing it right are not the exception, but rather the rule, and we have hospitality leaders like Fairmont to help us get there.”
  • Anne Dimon, President, Wellness Tourism Association
“The luxury of today and tomorrow will also be about having the time, and taking the time, guilt-free, to check-out of the stressful “every day” and allow oneself the “luxury” to not only be free, but just be.”
  • Carolyn Kremins, President, Skift
“Today “wellness” has been redefined in such a way that travelers look to luxury providers to offer experiences to help them maintain balance. It’s no longer enough to offer facilities to manage physical health – wellness is about creating balance between physical, mental, and emotional health.”
  • Keith Baron, President, Abercrombie & Kent USA
“Multigenerational travel continues to grow as families today are busier and living further away from each other. Travel has become the best way to spend quality time together.”
“The very definition of luxury is changing. It is much more about the luxury of experience, rather than just thread count. It’s no longer only about having the top suite in a hotel, flying first-class or dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant. It is increasingly about privacy, exclusivity and customization. 
“Today’s most compelling luxury hotels embody the character of a destination through their history and style, combining distinctive architecture with expressive decor and artistry. Each of these hotels is true to its place and its traditions, incorporating elements of the past and reflecting the local culture.” 
  • Sharon Cohen, Vice President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
“Fairmont hotels are the heart of their communities, offering immersive experiences that open the door to local culture. Whether it be enjoying a traditional English tea at The Savoy, or embracing a self-care experience at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, our guests are able to tap into the soul and specific energy of each community.”
 
“Travel is an opportunity for growth. Luxury travelers are looking for personal enrichment experiences with a lasting impact that extends beyond their journey. For instance, guests at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club have the unique opportunity to visit the animal orphanage. Experiencing the rescue and rehabilitation of these animals firsthand creates a memorable connection that lasts a lifetime.”
 
“Fairmont properties are more than just hotels, they are a home away from home – a place to reconnect with family and build new memories.”
  • Chris Cahill, Deputy CEO, AccorHotels
“Fairmont possesses one of the most celebrated hotel portfolios in the world. The brand’s genuine spirit of hospitality is based on its engaging service, which has been cultivated over decades of rigorous hiring practices focused on selecting team members with the inherent qualities that match the behavioral values that the brand is built upon. The result is an emotional connection to the brand that generates loyalty and affection, and which ultimately translates into memorable experiences for guests.”
  • Rick Harvey Lam, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, Luxury, AccorHotels
“While rare, it is special when something transcends time to become a symbol of something much larger; Fairmont hotels fall into this territory as they are more than just bricks and mortar, they are these remarkable places full of meaning, fascination and delight, where memories are created.”
  • Arnaud Herrmann, Vice President, Sustainable Development, AccorHotels
“Fairmont’s sustainability programming shares natural alignment with the values of AccorHotels and our Group’s Planet 21 program. With a long history and global reputation as an industry leader in sustainable practices, Fairmont continues to explore new avenues in conservation and environmental stewardship, continuously refining operational efficiencies and creating forward-thinking programs to promote ecologically responsible tourism.”
  • Matthew D. Upchurch, CTC, Chairman, and CEO, Virtuoso
“Over the past two years, our family has embarked on a series of holidays, with the conscious intention of staying at Virtuoso member hotels committed to sustainable practices. Sustainable travel has enhanced each of us individually and as a family – the experiences are deeper and more meaningful, and our children are learning at an early age how their decisions have an impact, both now and in the future. The warm and authentic people, the personal relationships formed with Fairmont staff, and the knowledge that each hotel is committed, from the top down, to the three key pillars of sustainability – celebrating cultures, supporting the economy and protecting the planet – all contribute to helping our boys better understand their place in the world. Traveling with this mindset feels like we’re weaving a web of connectedness with people across the world, and the memories created along the way is something our family will treasure for a lifetime.”
 
“This year, I had an incredible weekend with my eight-year old, Benji, at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. Watching him gambol through the lobby to receive a hug from the hotel’s general manager, Jens Moesker, sharing a plate of their locally and sustainably sourced sushi and snuggling together to watch a movie in bed at night made this a trip that neither of us will ever forget.”


 
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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts today released key findings from its second Luxury Insights Report. With a focus on Gateway to Home - Hotels as the Heart of their Communities, this latest volume in a series of ongoing research-led, data-driven reports on luxury travel trends, reveals that affluent travelers perceive hotels and resorts as established authorities and trusted travel guides.

The newly commissioned study found that hotels are perceived as pillars in their community, connecting guests, whether from abroad or locally, to the true character of the destination. Luxury travelers view the role of a hotel beyond curating authentic local experiences. It is the combination of destination expertise and recreating the comforts of home that creates this trusted relationship and positions the most desirable hotels in the world at the very heart of the travel experience.
“Fairmont properties share a special connection to their communities and part of our brand promise is to preserve these diverse and picturesque locations while enhancing their overall welfare,” said Sharon Cohen, Vice President, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “This guiding principle is inherent to our brand’s culture and was the impetus for us undertaking this study to further inform and validate the important role a hotel, specifically a Fairmont property, plays within the local community and how guests, whether abroad or local, perceive them.”  

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AccorHotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Emlyn Brown as Vice President, Wellbeing for AccorHotels’ Luxury & Upper Upscale brands. Emlyn joins AccorHotels from Resense Spas S.A, where he most recently held the position of Global Design Director and was responsible for managing corporate strategies, wellbeing concepts and related design services.
 

“We are delighted to have Emlyn join our team; his experience, skill set and leadership traits position him well for future success within the Group,” said Rick Harvey Lam, Senior Vice-President, AccorHotels Luxury Brands, Global Brand Marketing. “Emlyn will direct our global strategy in the pivotal area of wellbeing, enhancing our global luxury wellness offering through transformative guest experiences integrated with our leading spa and wellness standards.”
 

Emlyn brings over 20 years of international experience to this role, beginning his wellness career in 1996. Since then, Emlyn has held several progressive management positions throughout Europe, The Middle East and Asia.

 
Over his career, Emlyn has led group operations of several leading luxury spa and fitness operators. During his time at Resense Spas S.A he also held the position of Managing Director of Asia, accountable for the management and growth of the portfolio in China and South East Asia. Prior to that, Emlyn was the Director at GOGO Hospitality, and also held senior positions at Six Senses Resorts & Spas where he was the Regional Director for Europe and later the Operations Director for Asia. Prior to working within luxury hospitality, Emlyn held senior operating roles with Holmes Place Lifestyle clubs in Switzerland and Germany.

 
“It is an honor and a privilege to join AccorHotels, to work with its prestigious luxury brands and among the highly respected professionals of its global wellness and marketing teams,” said Brown. “Our discerning and affluent clientele are well-travelled individuals and they are increasingly motivated by the opportunity to maintain and even improve their approach to health and wellbeing along their journeys. From designs and concepts to facilities and programs, my goal is to continue to surpass the expectations of our guests and infuse their entire hotel experience with opportunities for transformative, innovative and extraordinary moments of wellness and wellbeing.”



 
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Emlyn Brown Appointed Vice President, Wellbeing for AccorHotels’ Luxury Brands

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Emlyn Brown Appointed Vice President, Wellbeing for AccorHotels’ Luxury Brands


AccorHotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Emlyn Brown as Vice President, Wellbeing for AccorHotels’ Luxury & Upper Upscale brands. Emlyn joins AccorHotels from Resense Spas S.A, where he most recently held the position of Global Design Director and was responsible for managing corporate strategies, wellbeing concepts and related design services.
 

“We are delighted to have Emlyn join our team; his experience, skill set and leadership traits position him well for future success within the Group,” said Rick Harvey Lam, Senior Vice-President, AccorHotels Luxury Brands, Global Brand Marketing. “Emlyn will direct our global strategy in the pivotal area of wellbeing, enhancing our global luxury wellness offering through transformative guest experiences integrated with our leading spa and wellness standards.”
 

Emlyn brings over 20 years of international experience to this role, beginning his wellness career in 1996. Since then, Emlyn has held several progressive management positions throughout Europe, The Middle East and Asia.

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BOOTCAMP: ENHANCING THE SPORT PILLAR AT PULLMAN
 
With Bootcamp, Pullman is enhancing its commitment to wellbeing and more specifically to its SPORT pillar, a major focus for the brand.
 
The origins of Bootcamp
 
Bootcamp is based on U.S. army training. Originally, this technique was designed to strengthen soldiers' physical and mental capacities. It involves alternating cardio and muscle building exercises, which makes it a very intense and dynamic workout. Today, training camps are very popular with those who want to maintain their physical fitness, while pushing past their limits.
 
Bootcamp at Pullman
 
A US Navy and TRX coach, Sarah Hoey has already been including Bootcamp in her fitness routine for several years. This wellbeing discipline was an obvious inspiration for the development of the Pullman Wellness program, and more specifically with regard to the SPORT pillar. This technique enables guests staying in Pullman Hotels to push past their limits and take care of their body, even when traveling.
 
The Pullman brand has therefore developed, in collaboration with Sarah Hoey, a series of four 7-minute videos, available to everyone on YouTube. Each video is dedicated to one of the four key fundamentals of the Pullman Wellness program: age defense, energy boost, balance and detox. Guests have the option of viewing the videos in their room as a training aid before performing the exercises either indoors or outdoors. Their workout can be as intensive as they like, and they can choose to train using each video individually or all four consecutively for a complete 30-minute workout.
 
Pullman has also set up an external fitness trail developed by Sarah Hoey, the Fit Trail, in some of its properties. The Fit Trail offers a minimum of five fitness stations featuring high quality equipment complete with instructions. This fitness trail is very popular with travelers wishing to follow the Bootcamp outdoors as the stations can really help with the exercises. The Fit Trail is currently available to guests at the following cosmopolitan properties: Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna, Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa, and Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach.


THE PULLMAN WELLNESS PROGRAM
 
The four pillars of wellness at Pullman
 
Launched in 2017, the Pullman Wellness program is based on four universal pillars of wellbeing: FOOD, SPA, SLEEP and SPORT. Each of the four pillars provides options for customization along four key fundamentals: age defense, energy boost, balance and detox.
 
For FOOD, Pullman serves its Active Breakfast, which uses seasonal products and offers dairy, sugar and gluten-free selections to cater to all individual requirements and tastes.
 
In relation to the SPA, various categories of body and facial treatments are available depending on the time of day: Dawn treatment to wake up gently, daytime treatment to feel invigorated, evening treatment to slow down.
 
To encourage more restful SLEEP, a short guide to gentle stretching and exercise is provided, including a morning routine enabling the body and muscles to wake up, as well as an evening routine to relieve tension accumulated during the course of the day.
 
SPORT is addressed through a series of 7-minute videos available on YouTube, enabling guests to perform various Bootcamp, yoga or fitness exercises, either in their room or outdoors. A fitness bag and local jogging map are also provided.
 
Sarah Hoey, Pullman Wellness Coach
 
The Pullman Wellness program was developed in collaboration with Sarah Hoey, Wellness Coach for the brand since 2014. A personal coach, fitness model and certified nutritionist, Sarah Hoey is also premier fitness influencer in Southern California fitness world. She has professional wins and coaching achievements throughout the world and is passionate about sharing her skills and knowledge. Her holistic take on fitness and love for teaching make her the perfect candidate to represent wellbeing according to Pullman.
 
The Pullman Wellness program has been designed to help travelers adopt a healthier lifestyle. The Pullman clientele belong to a generation of “global nomads”. Hyper-connected entrepreneurs and explorers, their life is a permanent quest for balancing productivity with personal wellbeing. The Pullman Wellness program provides an increasingly targeted response to their requirements under Sarah Hoey’s professional guidance. 
 
“The traveler’s mentality has evolved. Generation Y wants to lead a healthier lifestyle and feel better. We believe that we have a role to play in contributing to a generation of more fulfilled travelers”, explains Sarah Hoey.

 
SUCCESS IN 2018 LEADING TO GLOBAL EXPANSION IN 2019
 
By December 2018, Bootcamp will have been trialed across twelve destinations globally, including the vibrant places equipped with the Fit Trail: Italy, Morocco and Thailand.
 
“We are proud to continue to develop the Bootcamp in new destinations, as well as in new properties around the world. This reflects the brand's commitment to the SPORT pillar and more broadly to the Pullman Wellness program, said Aldina Duarte Ramos, Director of Wellbeing, Pullman Hotels & Resorts.
 
Building on this success, Bootcamp will be expanded more extensively around the world from 2019, notably at Pullman Paris Centre-Bercy, Pullman Luang Prabang, and Pullman The Park Lane Hong Kong.
 

 
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Pullman Hotels & Resorts confirm its commitment to wellbeing with Bootcamp

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Pullman  Hotels & Resorts confirm its commitment to wellbeing with Bootcamp
The upper upscale brand continues to expand its Pullman Wellness program with Bootcamp, allowing travelers to maintain a healthy lifestyle during their stay. This initiative has been developed in collaboration with the brand's Wellness Coach, Sarah Hoey.

BOOTCAMP: ENHANCING THE SPORT PILLAR AT PULLMAN
 
With Bootcamp, Pullman is enhancing its commitment to wellbeing and more specifically to its SPORT pillar, a major focus for the brand.
 
The origins of Bootcamp
 
Bootcamp is based on U.S. army training. Originally, this technique was designed to strengthen soldiers' physical and mental capacities. It involves alternating cardio and muscle building exercises, which makes it a very intense and dynamic workout. Today, training camps are very popular with those who want to maintain their physical fitness, while pushing past their limits.
 
Bootcamp at Pullman
 
A US Navy and TRX coach, Sarah Hoey has already been including Bootcamp in her fitness routine for several years. This wellbeing discipline was an obvious inspiration for the development of the Pullman Wellness program, and more specifically with regard to the SPORT pillar. This technique enables guests staying in Pullman Hotels to push past their limits and take care of their body, even when traveling.



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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale brand within the  AccorHotels Group,  is celebrating Swiss cuisine and the culinary versatility of chocolate with a new global menu of savoury dishes featuring a sweet twist.
 
The brand’s talented ‘food artisans’ have made Mövenpick chocolate the hero of seven dishes in its ‘Chocolate on the Salty Side’ promotion, which runs from 10 October to 20 November 2018 at selected Mövenpick hotel and resort restaurants worldwide. From salmon fillets enlivened with dark chocolate to a savoury tarte tartin with a white chocolate flourish, each new creation offers up something distinctively flavourful and showcases the wonderful versatility of chocolate.
 
The seven chocolate-inspired creations include: marinated ‘beetroot salmon’ with root vegetables and 72% dark chocolate to enhance the meal’s rich earthiness; ‘tomato tarte tartin’ where ‘white lemon’ chocolate complements the goat’s cheese, pine nuts and coffee beans; ‘sea bass and green tea’ – a light foam of green tea, almonds, nuts and Mövenpick ‘Maple Walnut ’ is the star; ‘minute beef goulash’, with a traditionally-made Hungarian goulash sauce, enriched with dark chocolate; ‘lamb shank and pesto’, slow-roasted and then refined with pistachio and hazelnut chocolate pesto; and ‘duck breast and potato pie’, with white chocolate, lime and pepper giving the pink-roasted meat a delicate yet spicy freshness.
 
Guests can finish their meal with a tempting ‘chocolate pavés au chocolat’, combining milk chocolate, crispy cocoa bean fragments, sizzling pecan nuts and slightly bitter matcha powder, all with a hint of green tea and paired with an espresso.
 
The quality of Swiss craftsmanship is world-famous and even the country’s chocolate is produced with legendary precision. Mövenpick chocolate is made in keeping with the tradition, as well as its own culinary values that date back 70 years, and is produced in Switzerland using 100% cocoa butter.
 

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts unveils a global menu of seven savoury dishes with a touch of the finest Swiss chocolate

Guests can experience ‘Chocolate on the Salty Side’ at selected Mövenpick hotel restaurants worldwide from 10 October as the global hotel brand celebrates its culinary expertise and traditions

Dubai, UAE, 21 September 2018 – Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale brand within the  AccorHotels Group,  is celebrating Swiss cuisine and the culinary versatility of chocolate with a new global menu of savoury dishes featuring a sweet twist.
 
The brand’s talented ‘food artisans’ have made Mövenpick chocolate the hero of seven dishes in its ‘Chocolate on the Salty Side’ promotion, which runs from 10 October to 20 November 2018 at selected Mövenpick hotel and resort restaurants worldwide. From salmon fillets enlivened with dark chocolate to a savoury tarte tartin with a white chocolate flourish, each new creation offers up something distinctively flavourful and showcases the wonderful versatility of chocolate.



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Raffles Hotels & Resorts, one of the most revered names in luxury hospitality, is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Rizzoli New York. Soirees, Sojourns & Stories is a 200-page slipcased volume that will take readers on an enthralling journey throughout the Raffles world of timeless beauty.  From the opening of its Singapore flagship in 1887 to the latest chapter being the recent unveiling of Raffles Europejski Warsaw, the story weaves through history to reveal how Raffles created its extraordinary legacy of bygone elegance and exceptional hospitality across the globe.

Penned by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, each chapter is a voyage into Raffles’ fascinating world, with readers travelling from Singapore to Cambodia, Dubai, Istanbul, Paris, Warsaw, the Seychelles, and more.

Archival materials complement sumptuous contemporary photography depicting special events, remarkable stories, and celebrity guests. With original illustrations by Luke Edward Hall, and filled with literary excerpts and recipes, this sophisticated tome will fascinate hotel buffs and wanderlust-filled luxury aficionados everywhere.

“Raffles has entered an exciting new era of expansion,”
said Jeannette Ho, Vice President, Raffles Brand Strategy & Strategic Partnerships. “Yet the brand remains true to its origins, delivering the timeless elegance, first-class travel experiences and the authentic personal charm that our loyal guests have loved for well over a century.”

The collaboration with the US-based publisher comes as Raffles prepares its first foray into North America. Scheduled to open in 2021, Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences will be a welcoming oasis of refined elegance comprised of a distinctive hotel and exquisitely appointed residences, located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts. The hotel will be the first Raffles property in North America, bringing one of AccorHotels’ most iconic and beloved luxury brands to a city with a powerful history of American cultural significance and landmark events. The property will include 147 guestrooms and 146 branded residences in a striking new 33-story building. Catering to the most discerning travellers and residents, Raffles Boston Back Bay will offer the impeccable and graciously intuitive service, distinguished charm and whimsical adventures that are synonymous with the Raffles name.

In addition to Raffles Singapore, which is currently undergoing a careful and sensitive restoration and scheduled for a highly anticipated reopening in the first quarter of 2019, some of the most admired flagship properties of the luxury hotel brand include Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris; Raffles Seychelles; and Raffles Istanbul. At every location, Raffles Butlers deliver the ultimate in discreet, bespoke service, while Raffles Spas are noted for their aesthetic beauty and powers of rejuvenation. A culture of craftsmanship and bespoke cocktails led to the brand’s signature Raffles 1915 Gin, a collaboration with Sipsmith London Dry Gin, created to celebrate 100 years of the Singapore Sling at Raffles and the brand’s namesake Sir Stamford Raffles, the intrepid founder of Singapore.

Soirees, Sojourns & Stories
reveals these tales, along with many other elements of the Raffles experience that have become time-honoured in the minds of returning guests. From the story of the Traveller’s Palm to ‘service like a gentle breeze’; from Raffles Afternoon Tea and impressive Mooncakes to the collection’s architectural achievements and the artists who have graced its halls, readers will find a delightful and riveting history of famous luxury hotel stories amassed over more than 130 years.

“We are delighted to partner with Rizzoli to create this captivating volume; it allows us to showcase our time-honoured traditions, remarkable stories and extraordinary portfolio of hotels in a meaningful way, even as we continue to expand and open new addresses in exciting international locales.”
said Xavier Louyot, Senior Vice President, Brand Content, Raffles and AccorHotels Luxury Brands.

Available as of December 2018 at Raffles Hotels & Resorts worldwide, and wherever fine books are sold, Soirees, Sojourns & Stories is a beautiful gift for those who appreciate the glamourous world of luxury travel and the wonderful stories of the well-travelled.


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Raffles Hotels & Resorts, one of the most revered names in luxury hospitality, is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Rizzoli New York. Soirees, Sojourns & Stories is a 200-page slipcased volume that will take readers on an enthralling journey throughout the Raffles world of timeless beauty.  From the opening of its Singapore flagship in 1887 to the latest chapter being the recent unveiling of Raffles Europejski Warsaw, the story weaves through history to reveal how Raffles created its extraordinary legacy of bygone elegance and exceptional hospitality across the globe.

Penned by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, each chapter is a voyage into Raffles’ fascinating world, with readers travelling from Singapore to Cambodia, Dubai, Istanbul, Paris, Warsaw, the Seychelles, and more.

Archival materials complement sumptuous contemporary photography depicting special events, remarkable stories, and celebrity guests. With original illustrations by Luke Edward Hall, and filled with literary excerpts and recipes, this sophisticated tome will fascinate hotel buffs and wanderlust-filled luxury aficionados everywhere.


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