HotelsThe hospitality group is moving ahead with openings across Southeast Asia, including Raffles Bali, which had a soft opening on 4 July

Accor's new Raffles Bali opens amid pandemic

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Expansion hotspots for Accor include Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Expansion hotspots for Accor include Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. Photo Credit: Accor

One of Accor's most iconic luxury brands finally landed in Indonesia's most famous tourist island when Raffles Bali soft-opened over the weekend on 4 July.

This Bali luxury outpost is the 15th Raffles property launched worldwide, and marks the brand's second in Indonesia after Raffles Jakarta.

Initially slated to open in April 2020, Raffles Bali forms part of Accor’s plan to add over 10 hotels across Indonesia in 2020, according to Asia-Pacific CEO Michael Issenberg when he spoke to Travel Weekly Asia earlier this year regarding opening plans in Southeast Asia.

The Covid-19 pandemic, however, has not stalled expansion plans for the French hospitality chain, Gaynor Reid, Accor vice president communications & CSR, Asia Pacific, told Travel Weekly Asia.

“A lot of people think development is stopping because of this crisis, but in actual fact our development team has seen almost as many signings in the first six months of this year [as previous years],” she said.

Singling out China and Vietnam as countries with development pipeline still going strong, Ms Reid added that “there’s still a lot of confidence in the long term" expected of the region. "Things will improve, and the fact that we’re seeing all these developments is a positive sign.”

Located on Jimbaran Bay, Raffles Bali offers just 32 private pool villas overlooking the Indian Ocean, and is the brand's first to launch the brand’s new wellbeing programme, Emotional Wellbeing by Raffles.

Among the resort's most unique offerings will be The Secret Cave, a natural cavern discovered during the hotel’s construction and now turned into an intimate dining spot ideal for romantic dinners.

Raffles Wellbeing Butlers will be on hand to assist with guests' requests, while amenities such as the signature Writers Bar, hilltop dining at Rumari, and a 25-metre infinity pool make up the luxury offerings at the resort.

After Bali, Accor is expected to roll out the Raffles brand in India's Jaipur and Udaipur as well as a second Singapore address on Sentosa island.

Across the region, other upcoming openings include the MGallery Hotel Collection along the Orchard Road belt and Pullman Hill Street Singapore (both in Q3 this year), Mondrian Seoul Itaewon (September) and MGallery Hong Kong Silveri (September).

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