Raffles Hotels & Resorts expanded its portfolio with the opening of Raffles Makati in Metro Manila in the Philippines. The launch brings the company to nine hotels and resorts from the flagship Raffles Hotel in Singapore, to China, Cambodia, the Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Paris. There are plans for further openings in Istanbul, Jakarta and Hainan in China over the next 18 months.
Raffles Makati is part of a new 30-floor tower that serves as home to three different areas in the one building: Raffles Makati, with 32 suites; Raffles Residences, with 237 one to four bedroom residences for private ownership; and Fairmont Makati, a hotel with 280 deluxe rooms.
The City of Makati is one of the 17 cities that make up Metro Manila. It is the financial center of the Philippines.
Raffles Makati’s suites are spread over the ninth and tenth floors of the new tower. They have been designed by Singapore-based Bent Severin & Associates, whose company portfolio includes Raffles Hotel Singapore, Raffles Beijing, the British Embassy in Copenhagen and the Peninsula in Hong Kong.
The look for Raffles Makati is contemporary, drawing on Raffles Hotel Singapore. Each of the hotel’s 32 suites has floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city. A design feature is the wooden flooring, covered with silk velvet and hand-tufted rugs. Bright colors have been chosen for the fabrics used (satin, silk, and damask), while locally inspired artistic accents (a ceramic pot, a bright painting and a woven basket) are among the interiors.
Raffles’ Long Bar features décor with tropical punka fans; black, ivory and terracotta tiled floor; long-stemmed ceiling fans; and a long bar. The Writers Bar is styled as a library.
All the new restaurants and bars in the complex are open to guests of both Raffles Makati and Fairmont Makati. These include all-day dining restaurant, a contemporary pastry boutique, two lounges, as well as the Long Bar and the Writers Bar.
The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools, each with a wading pool and children’s pool and poolside lounges. Guests also share the Willow Stream Spa, with five treatment rooms and a full service hair and nail salon. The Fitness Center offers views of the city, garden and swimming pool.