Category: Asian hotels

Famous Singapore hotel part of international deal

The legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore, has been acquired by Accor, as part of a deal worth A$4billion.

The acquisition – of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands – will also give Accor  other high profile luxury hotels such as the Savoy in London, the Plaza in New York City and Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel.

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In all, the mega-merger will add an additional 115 hotels – of which 40 are under development – and more than 56,000 rooms to the Accor network.

Accor says the integration of Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel will enable it to “optimize its luxury and upscale brands in order to adapt its offering to the expectations of an increasingly demanding clientele”.

Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style luxury hotel in Singapore, established in 1887.

The hotel was named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.

It’s said that during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in the Second World War, the hotel’s famous silverware was buried in the courtyard.

Accor’s move in Chinese market

Accor and Chinese hotel group, Huazhu, are joining forces in China, Mongolia and Taiwan.

The deal will allow Accor’s budget and midscale brands such as Novotel, Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles, to become a part of Huazhu’s network.

Accor’s chairman and CEO, Sebastian Bazin the collaboration would leverage the strength of Accor’s global brands with a leading player in Chinese hospitality.

“China is the biggest outbound tourism market in the world.

“Creating one of the largest hotel groups in China will lead to growth globally as those travellers come to recognise Accor and Huazhu’s brands and expand their travel internationally”

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach, Thailand

Phuket. Merely uttering the word brings conjures exotic images of sparkling waters, sunshine and stunning resorts.

And that’s exactly what’s on offer at Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa, located by the waters of the Andaman Sea.

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Spacious and contemporary

Described as “spacious and contemporary in design with high-end technology”, the  resort features high-speed Internet and a 42 inch flat screen TV in every room, as well as 25 suites and rooms with plunge pool access.image014Guests can indulge by the Lagoon Pool, designed to complement the resort’s landscape, or relax in the Oasis Pool with its “chill-out feel and butler service”.

There are also two restaurants, a sports bar with big screens and a pool bar and grill.

As the name indicates, the resort also features a spa and fitness centre.

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Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is close to the area’s second biggest beach which, in turn, is a short drive from the bustle of Patong.

The resort can be found online and can be e-mailed on h8825-re@accor.com

Information provided by AccorHotels