Macao, Macao SAR, August 16, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Accor, and Galaxy Macau announced the soft opening of Raffles at Galaxy Macau – a stunning new city landmark. The highly anticipated, all-suite, luxury hospitality experience brings together the best of two world-renowned brands – Galaxy Macau, one of the world’s leading integrated resort, hospitality and entertainment companies; and Raffles, Accor’s legendary hospitality brand which originated in Singapore in 1887. With 450 sumptuous suites, Raffles at Galaxy Macau is the brand’s first destination in Macau, raising the bar for luxury hospitality and trendsetting guest experiences in the region. A grand opening, celebrating the addition of the remaining signature restaurants, bar, and a spa, is expected towards the end of the year.
“Raffles will bring its graceful, intuitive and generous style of hospitality to the dynamic culture of Galaxy Macau,” said Gary Rosen, CEO, Accor Greater China. “As our third Raffles destination in Greater China, Raffles at Galaxy Macau is the most exciting and luxurious hotel in all of Macau and is a new flagship for the brand. Demand for high-end luxury hospitality is growing exponentially across the region and this is especially true for Raffles – a brand with prestige and heritage that transcends generations and sets the standards in luxury hospitality with its growing portfolio of distinguished locations.”
Marking the latest chapter in the brand’s storied 136-year history, Raffles at Galaxy Macau is carefully designed and tastefully decorated to create the ambience of cultured luxury and refined elegance that is the hallmark of the brand. Located on the resort’s east promenade, the stunning architectural landmark consists of two towers with a glass airbridge that connects the towers across every floor and offers breath-taking vistas towards the Macau skyline, the resort, and neighbouring Hengqin island.
Imagined as the private residence of a fictional 14th-century Italian merchant with an extensive collection of unique artifacts from around the world, Raffles at Galaxy Macau is replete with exquisite art pieces, detailed craftsmanship, and precious materials, from Italian white Statuario marble to hand-crafted crystal chandeliers. The feeling of a luxurious residential pied-à-terre is further conveyed through the discreet, attentive and intuitive service of the Raffles Butlers. Professionally trained, their aim is to make every guest’s stay as seamless, memorable, and heartfelt as possible.
“Set against the captivating allure and glamour of Macau’s brilliance, Raffles at Galaxy Macau represents a remarkable addition to the Raffles portfolio, where narratives transform into enduring legacies and the art of hospitality is positioned to flourish,” affirms Omer Acar, CEO, Raffles & Orient Express. “We are excited to embrace this new arrival as part of our treasured brand, for generations of travellers past and present who appreciate all that Raffles has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you as guests, staying as friends, and returning as family… the Raffles way.”
Spectacular East-Meets-West Interiors and Services
Reflecting Macau’s rich East-Meets-West heritage and modern vibe, Raffles at Galaxy Macau immerses guests in impressive and highly curated spaces that blend the storied traditions of the Raffles brand with the dynamic energy of Galaxy Macau. Paying tribute to Galaxy Macau’s brand heritage, and symbolic of beauty, good luck, and royalty, the property features a subtle peacock motif in a geometric pattern that flows from the beautifully etched glass motifs on the ceilings of the lobby to the suspended ceilings in the residential suites.
An Art-filled Sanctuary
At the heart of Raffles at Galaxy Macau is the show stopping lobby, an art-filled garden sanctuary where the interior and exterior come together to form one stunning space illuminated by natural light. Landscaped with 90 trees, 50,000 shrubs and seasonal flowers, this green space celebrates the beauty of nature with a sustainable design that conserves energy, saves water, and reduces carbon. Here, guests also encounter a magnificent collection of art pieces themed around the four seasons, and which pay tribute to the beauty of Asian nature and the spirit and character of the Raffles brand.
A Sparkling Centrepiece
Taking centre stage in the property’s stunning lobby is the Raffles Lounge & Terrace, featuring traditional European afternoon tea with a twist, including an Éclair Trolley and an array of dining options curated by the French culinary artist Yorick Soh Chin Chiang, the newly appointed Chef de Cuisine of Raffles Lounge & Terrace. By night, Lounge guests will enjoy delicious cocktails, including heritage creations designed by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in the early 1900s – the Singapore Sling and the Macau Million Dollar Cocktail. Cascading above the Lounge is a custom-made chandelier formed of 500,000 crystals and 23,000 crystal rods that connect seamlessly to resemble a diamond. Measuring 15 metres in length, this iconic piece floats against a programmable backlit glass ceiling. Live performances on a beautifully handcrafted piano entertain guests of the Lounge’s champagne and oyster bar.
Raffles Lounge & Terrace is also home to ‘Green Art Wall’, a 70-metre expanse that incorporates hundreds of plants and LED lights to create a unique natural spectacle for guests on arrival. Above, a glass ceiling creates an imaginary sky with ever-changing moods and scenes, using more than 30,000 individually programmable LED nodes. The wall and sky provide an ideal backdrop for ‘Kaleidoscope’ by Singaporean artist Sun Yu-Li – a striking three-metre-tall sculpture that uses changing lights to hint at nature while giving off a distinctly Macau vibe.
Looking ahead to the grand opening later in the year, guests of Raffles at Galaxy Macau will have the opportunity to experience an array of world-class collaborations that reflect the region’s finest culinary and design talents. Chef and Sushi Master Masaaki Miyakawa, one of only five Michelin-three-starred sushi chefs in Japan, will helm a new signature Sushi-Kappo concept. There will also be an unexpected and modern take on Raffles’ iconic Long Bar, which is being crafted by celebrated interior designer Joyce Wang and will feature a curated cocktail list, including an official Macau Sling, created by Asia’s 50 Best Bars legend Antonio Lai.