French multinational hospitality behemoth Accor SA has reportedly announced the signing of an agreement that is to see it bring a Raffles-branded hotel to the giant Galaxy Macau development.
According to a Monday report from GGRAsia, the Paris-headquartered firm revealed that the deal inked with Asian casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited will involve its Raffles at Galaxy Macau venue opening during the second half of the year complete with a collection of 450 suites spread across two towers of the Cotai Strip property.
Accor SA is already responsible for over 5,000 hotels in some 110 countries and reportedly detailed that the coming Raffles-branded offering for Macau will also feature glass-panelled bridges to span the distance between the pair of Galaxy Macau towers alongside private gardens and pools for a selection of its suites. The firm purportedly explained that some of the loft rooms in the soon-to-debut development are to moreover come complete with double-story windows and allow guests to take advantage of the latest in hospitality technology including advanced butler services.
Gary Rosen serves as Greater China Chief Executive Operator for Accor SA and he reportedly told the source that Macau as the ‘ideal’ place to locate the newest addition to his firm’s already 15-strong family of Raffles-branded venues. The American executive purportedly furthermore stated that the first of these properties debuted in the city-state of Singapore way back in 1887 before going on to be joined by sister hotels in locations as diverse as the cities of Paris and Warsaw as well as the Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Hainan.
Reportedly read a statement from Rosen…
“Raffles at Galaxy Macau will invite guests to experience Raffles’ legendary service and impeccable design, offering an oasis of luxury, glamor and adventure in one of the world’s most exciting destinations. It will no doubt become the preferred choice for the most discerning guests.”
Finally, Accor SA reportedly proclaimed that plans to bring a speciality restaurant to the coming Raffles at Galaxy Macau venue staffed by an unnamed but multi-Michelin-starred Japanese chef ‘are still under wraps’ although the look for each one of the property’s suites is to be inspired by the modern palazzo design movement.
For its part and Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited opened the $1.9 billion first phase of its 2,200-room Galaxy Macau in May of 2011 before going on to add trio of new hotels so as to take the mammoth property’s aggregated room count to beyond 3,450. The Hong Kong-listed firm recently unveiled plans to bring eight new hotels offering a total of at least 3,000 rooms and villas to the Macau development via ambitious third and fourth expansion schemes that are to also encompass the opening of the adjacent 430,550 sq ft Galaxy International Convention Center.
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