The Legendary Hospitality Brand Debuts in Macau with Approximately 450 Luxurious Suites, Creative Culinary and Design Collaborations, a Stunning Art Collection and More
MACAU, Aug. 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Galaxy Macau™, in partnership with Accor and Raffles Hotels & Resorts, today proudly launched the soft opening of the integrated resort’s spectacular new property Raffles at Galaxy Macau. The highly anticipated all-suite property is the first entry into Macau for the legendary Raffles brand, which is also the seventh hospitality brand to be established within the ever-expanding estate of Galaxy Macau. With approximately 450 luxurious suites, Raffles at Galaxy Macau is raising the bar for luxury hospitality 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.
A New Landmark in Macau and Cotai
Since 1887, Raffles has been synonymous with the pinnacle of luxury hospitality, and is famed around the world for its personalized service, time-honored traditions, and exceptional attention to detail. Marking the latest chapter in the brand’s storied 136-year history, Raffles at Galaxy Macau takes the guest experience to unprecedented heights and sets new standards for sophisticated opulence.
Located on the resort’s east promenade, the new property is a stunning architectural landmark, with two enormous LED screens offering possibilities for displays that can be seen right across Macau and neighboring Hengqin island. The building also features a glass airbridge that connects the two towers on every floor and offers breathtaking vistas towards the Macau skyline and over the resort.
Spectacular East-Meets-West Interiors and Services
Reflecting Macau’s rich East-Meets-West heritage and modern-day vibrancy, Raffles at Galaxy Macau immerses guests in impressive 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 subtle peacock motifs throughout in the form of a geometric pattern that flows from the beautifully etched glass motifs on the lobby ceilings to the suspended ceilings in the residential suites. Imagined as the residence of a fictional 14th-century Italian merchant with an extensive collection of unique artifacts from around the world, the luxurious property is decorated throughout with exquisite art pieces, showcasing detailed craftsmanship and precious materials, from Italian white Statuario marble to hand-crafted crystal chandeliers. Guests will enjoy a personalized and memorable experience through Raffles’ legendary hallmark butlers and doormen in their iconic uniforms.
An Art-filled Sanctuary
At the heart of Raffles at Galaxy Macau is the showstopping 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 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 that also pay tribute to the beauty of Asian nature and the spirit and character of the Raffles brand.
Curated in Singapore, the collection features artworks by an eclectic selection of artists from around the world, including: ‘In Bloom’, a pair of monumental works by Dutch sculptor Joris Kuipers located on Ground Level; also on the Ground Level, ‘Festive Times’, a metal sculpture with snowflake patterns designed by Singaporean artist Sun Yu-Li; ‘Evergreen’ by China’s Chen Chun Hua, a huge installation composed of 222 porcelain magnolia flowers; and ‘Relationship’, a trio of mesmerizing glass sculptures by Bulgarian-born artist Latchezar Boyadjiev. Each artwork is multidimensional and can be experienced differently depending on the viewing angle or the time of day or night.
A Sparkling Centerpiece
Taking center stage at the property’s stunning lobby is the Raffles Lounge & Terrace, which offers traditional European afternoon tea with a twist, including an Éclair Trolley wheeled around with a selection of exotic delicacies, as well as an array of all-day dining options curated by the French culinary artist Yorick Soh Chin Chiang, the newly appointed Chef de Cuisine of Raffles Lounge & Terrace. By night, guests can enjoy a pianist’s live performance on one of the world’s finest handcrafted pianos alongside the Champagne and Oyster Bar. Raffles Lounge & Terrace will also serve the Raffles signature Singapore Sling alongside a very Macau-apt Million Dollar Cocktail—to be created by a collaboration with noted 50 Best Bars legend, Antonio Lai. Cascading above the Lounge is a custom-made 15-metre high chandelier formed of 500,000 crystals and 23,000 crystal rods that connect seamlessly to resemble a diamond. This iconic piece floats against a programmable backlit glass ceiling and weighs a colossal 4,800kg.
Raffles Lounge & Terrace is also home to “Green Art Wall”, a 70-meter expanse that incorporates hundreds of plants and LED lights to create a unique natural and artistic spectacle for guests on arrival, and a glass ceiling, which uses more than 30,000 individually programmable LED nodes to create an imaginary sky that can express various different moods and scenes. “Kaleidoscope” by Singaporean artist Sun Yu-Li, meanwhile, is a striking three-meter-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 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. Crafted by celebrated interior designer Joyce Wang, the Long Bar will feature a curated cocktail list, including an official Macau Sling, created by Asia’s 50 Best Bars legend Antonio Lai.
Since its inception in Singapore in 1887, Raffles Hotels & Resorts has set the standard for luxury hospitality throughout the world, and is renowned for introducing private butlers, the creation of the Singapore Sling in 1915 by iconic bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, and its enduring legendary service. Raffles at Galaxy Macau joins 18 distinctive and ultra-luxurious Raffles hotels situated in prestigious locations around the globe, including Shenzhen and Hainan in China as well as Singapore, London (2023), Paris, Istanbul, Boston (2023), Doha, Dubai, Warsaw, Jakarta, Seychelles, Maldives, Udaipur, and other world-renowned destinations. Queen Elizabeth II, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, and many more illustrious celebrities have stayed with Raffles over the years, adding even more color to the legend of the brand.
About Galaxy Macau
As one of the world’s leading integrated resorts, hospitality and entertainment companies, Galaxy Macau offers the largest collection of luxury hospitality brands in Macau. These include StarWorld Hotel, Banyan Tree Macau, Galaxy Hotel, Hotel Okura Macau, JW Marriott Hotel Macau, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, Broadway Hotel and the soon-to-open Raffles at Galaxy Macau and Andaz Macau. The launch of Raffles at Galaxy Macau further solidifies Galaxy Macau‘s reputation as Asia’s premier integrated resort and brings another differentiated luxury perspective to Galaxy Macau‘s growing portfolio and estate. Guests of Raffles at Galaxy Macau will have easy access to more than 1.1 million square meters of entertainment, shopping, dining and leisure attractions under one roof.
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About Galaxy Macau Integrated Resort
Galaxy Macau™, The World-class Luxury Integrated Resort delivers the “Most Spectacular Entertainment and Leisure Destination in the World”. Developed at an investment of HK$43 billion, the property covers 1.1 million square metres of unique entertainment and leisure attractions that are unlike anything else in Macau. Six award-winning world-class luxury hotels provide close to 4,000 rooms, suites and villas. They include Banyan Tree Macau, Galaxy Hotel™, Hotel Okura Macau, JW Marriott Hotel Macau, The Ritz-Carlton, Macau, Broadway Hotel. Unique to Galaxy Macau, the 75,000-square-meter Grand Resort Deck features the world’s longest Skytop Adventure Rapids at 575 metres, the largest Skytop Wave Pool with waves up to 1.5 metres high and 150-meter pristine white sand beach. Two five-star spas from Banyan Tree Spa Macau and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Macau help guests relax and rejuvenate.
As the dining destination in Asia, Galaxy Macau offers a wide variety of gastronomic delights, exquisite experiences and ingredients of the finest quality with over 120 dining options from Michelin dining to authentic delicacies; Galaxy Promenade is the hottest shopping destination featuring the latest in fashion and curated experiences in Macau. Spanning over 100,000 square meters, luxury flagship stores, lifestyle boutiques and our selection of labels are among the more than 200 world-renowned brands for a world-class shopping journey; Galaxy Cinemas, a 10-theatre 3D Cineplex boasting 4K laser projection; CHINA ROUGE, one-of-a-kind deluxe lounge that evokes the glitz and glamor of Shanghai’s golden era with entertainment in luxury and style; and Foot Hub presents the traditional art of reflexology to make you feel more relaxed and revitalized. For Authentic Macau Flavours & Vibrant Asian Experiences, Broadway Macau – just a 90-second walk via a bridge from Galaxy Macau, has over 35 different Authentic Macau & Asian Flavours at its Broadway Food Street. The 2,500-seat Broadway Theatre plays host to world-class entertainers and a diverse array of cultural events. Meeting, incentive and banquet groups are also well looked after with a portfolio of unique venues in Galaxy Macau and a professional service staff.
Galaxy Macau is set to begin a new chapter, with the opening of two world-class luxury hotels – Raffles at Galaxy Macau, to be soft opened on August 16, and Andaz Macau, to be opened on September 15. Galaxy International Convention Center (GICC) is the latest addition to the Group’s ever-expanding integrated resort precinct and will usher in a new era for the MICE industry in Macau. GICC is a world-class event venue featuring 40,000 sqm of total flexible MICE, and a 16,000-seat Galaxy Arena – the largest indoor arena in Macau.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts, founded in Singapore in 1887, is where heritage meets modern hotelcraft. Raffles hotels, resorts and residences are places where ideas are born, history is made and stories and legends are created. At landmark addresses around the world, Raffles’ well-travelled guests and residents enjoy experiences that are culturally enriching, intellectually stimulating and always respectful of local communities, heritage and the environment. From one generation to the next, visitors arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family. Raffles can be found in key international locations including Singapore, Paris, Istanbul, Dubai, Doha, Maldives, Udaipur, Phnom Penh, and Bali; with flagship openings upcoming in London, Boston and Macau. Progressively shaping the future of luxury hospitality as part of Accor, Raffles benefits from a world-class infrastructure and is a participating brand in the Group’s lifestyle loyalty and guest recognition programme, ALL – Accor Live Limitless.