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Raffles to launch multiple hotels - here's a sneak peek

Raffles is set to double its portfolio with the addition of no fewer than nine lavish hotels over the next two years.

Locations include Dubai, Bahrain, Udaipur, Macau, London, Boston, Doha, Jeddah and Moscow.

Sunset over Raffles Udaipur at Udai Sagar Lake, Udaipur.

“With our pioneering spirit, we have sought out locations where we can really bring Raffles’ gracious welcome and tradition of excellence to life,” said Raffles & Orient Express’ newly appointed chief executive officer Stephen Alden. “Each new Raffles property is a destination in itself.”

Next year’s launches in Boston and London mark the debut of the brand in both North America and the United Kingdom. Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences is located in the prestigious Boston neighbourhood of Back Bay, offering both a hotel and residences. Meanwhile, Raffles London at The OWO and The OWO Residences by Raffles will be located in a Grade II listed Old War Office building which was completed in 1906 and served as Winston Churchill’s base during World War II.

This year, Raffles will welcome a second property in Dubai - Raffles the Palm Dubai, along with Raffles Al Areen Palace, Bahrain, Raffles Udaipur, India and Raffles at Galaxy Macau.

The stunning Raffles the Palm Dubai which opens later this year.

Raffles the Palm Dubai is due to open in quarter four of this year and will be the first Raffles resort on the Palm, Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made archipelago. The resort covers 100,000sqm on the West Crescent with 389 rooms, suites and villas and eight dining and bar spaces.

Over in Bahrain, Raffles Al Areen Palace is located near to a protected wildlife park and reserve known as ‘the island of a million palm trees’. The resort boasts 78 opulent pool villas and one of the largest spas in the region, as well as its own ‘secret garden’ under the care of the hotel’s palace botanist.

Lazy days at Raffles Al Areen Palace, Bahrain.

Raffles Udaipur India is set on a 21 acre private island in Udai Sagar Lake and is also due to open this year. Each of the property’s 101 rooms has a private pool as well as views over the surrounding hills and a 400 year old temple.

The sumptuous library at Raffles Udaipur in India.

In Macau, the glitzy Raffles at Galaxy Macau features a series of glass air bridges, connecting its two towers on every floor. The 450 rooms draw their design inspiration from a modern palazzo and some have private pools and gardens. The Japanese specialty restaurant is helmed by a Michelin-starred Japanese chef.

Next year will see properties launch in London, Boston, Doha and Jeddah.

Raffles at the Old War Office, London.

The London hotel boasts 125 rooms and suites, 85 residences, nine restaurants and bars and a spa. This is the first time the historic building will have been open to the public in more than a century.

Raffles Doha has been designed to represent Qatar's national seal.

The stunning Raffles Doha, Qatar, has been built as a representation of Qatar’s national seal. The impressive building will house 132 suites and 49 apartments with boutique shopping, movie theatres, restaurants and a cigar lounge.

The opulent entrance lobby at Raffles Jeddah.

Raffles Jeddah is inspired by the old town’s architecture and offers 181 rooms and 188 residences. Facilities include six restaurants and lounges, a library and a spa with treatment rooms and fitness club.

Find out how Raffles is making waves in the Maldives here.

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