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Stepping Out of the Mould – Christmas With a Twist, With Raffles Hotels and Resorts

September 12, 2013 Hotel Deals No Comments Email Email

Sometimes the thought of Christmas at home is too much: with the promise of the finest service, discovering somewhere new – and of not having to lift a finger this year – Raffles Hotels & Resorts suggests nine places to escape the tinsel for Christmas 2013.
BEST FOR …COLONIAL COOL AND TEMPLES: Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap
The mystical ancient temples of Angkor Wat have been drawing travellers to Siem Reap, Cambodia – and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor – for many years. There’s nowhere more magical to spend Christmas morning than watching the sun rise from behind the temples, having cruised through Siem Reap in the Raffles 1950s Jeep. Guests can turn their hand to cooking classes for authentic Royal Cambodian cuisine with some of the recipes originated from the Royal Household, or disappear to the spa for total relaxation. Catch traditional dancers warding off the spirits, and encouraging peace and happiness for the year ahead.Stays at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor over Christmas from AUD 441* per room per nightwww.raffles.com/siemreap

BEST FOR …KHMER CULTURE: Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh
Today there is an exciting new energy in Cambodia, as the people strive to reignite the traditional Khmer arts which were lost during the war.  Visitors are discovering that Phnom Penh is at the heart of the Cambodian cultural revival. Built in 1929, Raffles Hotel Le Royal has played a central part in the history of the capital. Full of atmosphere and authenticity, the hotel is allowed to display the Royal crest above its door and to serve original Khmer dishes created from recipes from the Royal kitchens granted to them by the late King Father Norodom. Instead of recipes for a Christmas turkey dinner, learn to prepare dishes served in the Royal Palace at special gatherings, including the flavourful Amok Trey (coconut fish mousse steamed in mild spices) and crepes filled with mung beans and grated coconut. Culinary classes at Raffles Hotel Le Royal are available on request, with a minimum of 5 guests. www.raffles.com/phnompenh

BEST FOR … CHIC CHILDREN: a next -generation Palace for the next generation: Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris 
True to its own very distinct and creative spirit, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris has a new totally original and inspirational children’s programme, Le Petit Royal, ideal for treating kids for Christmas – and enjoying a magical break in the City of Light. Hand over the children to Maria de la Chica, Director of Children’s Relations and the rest is taken care of: DJ lessons for teens, being a Paris Reporter for a day, for budding journalists;  personal shopping for catwalk queens-in-the-making, or pizza cooking classes for mini Michelin Stars and even creating their own perfume under the supervision of a professional perfume designer.  Meanwhile parents can disappear into the sublime Spa MyBlend by Clarins for some winter down-time, sip cocktails at Le Bar Long and lunch at La Cuisine – recently awarded a Michelin Star. From 1 December 2013 to 31 January 2014, enjoy a complimentary night’s stay with a minimum stay of 3 nights at Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris with ‘The World and You, with Raffles’ www.raffles.com/paris

BEST FOR …A TASTE OF THE ORIENT: Raffles Singapore
Somerset Maugham once said “Raffles stand for all the fables of the exotic East”, perfectly encapsulating the lush gardens, courtyards and fountains, verandahs and colonnades which make Raffles Hotel Singapore so special. Guests will swap Christmas trees for traveller’s palms, rustling quietly on the breeze, and the story of Christmas, for stories from Leslie Danker, Resident Historian at the hotel – topped by the tale of a runaway tiger in Singapore, found under the Bar & Billiard Room in 1902, before being shot. With the scent of frangipani carrying through the incredibly private gardens and the Afternoon Tea tradition taking a festive turn, Raffles Singapore offers the most atmospheric of Christmas breaks. From 1 December 2013 to 7 February 2014, enjoy a complimentary night’s stay with a minimum stay of 2 nights at Raffles Singapore with ‘The World and You, with Raffles’. www.raffles.com/singapore

BEST FOR …FAMILIES: an island paradise at Raffles Praslin Seychelles
Set on the northern tip of Praslin in the Seychelles archipelago, Raffles Praslin is a true island paradise – and swapping Christmas trees for Coco de Mer palms. Families will arrive at Raffles Praslin Seychelles to totally relax; enjoying the comfort of their private pool villa, and the services of a legendary Raffles Butler on hand to take care of every detail. Relaxation and rejuvenation is the order of the day – from sunrise yoga classes for mum and deep sea fishing for dad, to brand new paddleboards for children to master, and the promise of a visit to see the giant turtles on Curieuse. Treatments at the signature Raffles Spa are based on the philosophy of transformation – encouraging guests to arrive as one person, and leave as another – without an ounce of Christmas stress to contend with. From 1 December 2013 to 31 January 2014, enjoy a complimentary night’s stay with a minimum stay of 3 nights at Raffles Praslin Seychelles with ‘The World and You, with Raffles’. www.raffles.com/praslin

BEST FOR … WINTER SUN: Raffles Dubai
Sun-seeking families should look no further than Raffles Dubai for their winter dose of Vitamin D. With temperatures settling at around 27C in December in Dubai, Christmas is the perfect time to drop everything and jet to Raffles Dubai. Perfect for families, the iconic pyramid of the hotel is a destination in its own right – with something to do for everyone. From the fun-packed Raffles Play Room and a 6 meter high advent calendar, to delicious afternoon teas and seven of the best restaurants and bars in town, Raffles Dubai is ideal for all ages. Spectacular sunsets over the Dubai skyline, an irresistible spa, outdoor pools and a botanical garden will create lasting memories – as well as a private entrance to the Wafi Mall, for a Christmas shopping extravaganza. From 1 December 2013 to 31 January 2014, enjoy a complimentary night’s stay with a minimum stay of 3 nights at Raffles Dubai with ‘The World and You, with Raffles’ www.raffles.com/dubai

BEST FOR …TRENDSETTERS – AND TRYING SOMETHING NEW: Raffles Hainan, Clearwater Bay *NEW*   Combine the culture of Beijing with a very different side of China – a beautiful tropical beach – without having to worry about travelling to another country and getting more visas and currency.    Just open at Clearwater Bay, Raffles Hainan sits at the heart of the new hotspot on the southeast coast of Hainan Island – China’s answer to the French Riviera and a rising star in the Far East.

A total escape from the buzz of the mainland, Hainan has everything which would be expected of a resort of its caliber – and plenty of blue sky to match. For her: a 1,400 sqm Raffles spa (the first in China) with both Asian and Western spa treatments, and outdoor lagoon and swimming pool.For him: two championship golf courses designed by US-based Schmidt-Curley Design, Tennis and a 24-hour fitness centre. Dining is a highlight here, with superb restaurants – from traditional Chinese, to al fresco Balinese-style dining. The legendary Raffles’ Long Bar has also travelled to Hainan, a tribute to Ngiam Tong Boon, the Hainanese bartender who created the original Singapore Sling. Enjoy a bottle of Champagne and dining credit worth AUD 158* (CNY 888) with ‘Join and Celebrate’ at Raffles Hainan. www.raffles.com/hainan

BEST FOR OLD AND NEW… Raffles Beijing Hotel
Raffles Beijing Hotel sits at the point where old world charm and opulence meets the exuberance of 21st century China. Over 90 years, the hotel has witnessed key social and political events in the capital, playing a key part in the history of the city. With an enviable address closer to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City than any other hotel in town: perfect for the hustle and bustle of Beijing, yet offering an oasis of calm inside. Guests should call upon John Spooner, Raffles Ambassador at the hotel, to discover the best of Beijing – from trips to the Great Wall, to visits to the 798 Art District, blending the ancient with the modern. From 1 December 2013 to 31 January 2014, enjoy a complimentary night’s stay with a minimum stay of 3 nights at Raffles Beijing with ‘The World and You, with Raffles’ www.raffles.com/beijing

BEST FOR ….A CITY BREAK WITH A DIFFERENCE: Raffles Makati, Manila
Vibrant and glamorous, Manila brims with fine restaurants, world-class shopping, a vibrant night life and endless beaches. At the very heart is Makati, the fastest growing cosmopolitan centre in Metro Manila.  Here a striking, newly built landmark 30-floor tower is home to Raffles Makati – a 32 room all-suite luxury hotel on the 9th-11th floors, each with its own Raffles Butler. Away from the buzz of the city, guests can sip specially created cocktails in the Long Bar, and make the most of two swimming pools and the Willow Stream Spa – the ideal combination of city and relaxation. When the city gets too much guests can head off to nearby islands, for world class diving and time on the beach. From 1 December 2013 to 31 January 2014, enjoy a complimentary night’s stay with a minimum stay of 2 nights at Raffles Makati with ‘The World and You, with Raffles’www.raffles.com/makati 

 

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