Raffles Hotels Comes to Bali

SEMINYAK ~ Raffles Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands, is coming to Bali, with a new property in Pecatu due to open in 2010, The Bali Times can reveal.

The hotel in rapidly developing Pecatu, near Jimbaran and home to the famous surfing Dreamland Beach that is currently being transformed into what the developers call New Kuta Beach, is to be developed by PT Asia Pasifik Properti, part of the Rekso Group owned by Indonesia’s Sosro bottled tea empire.

The property is to be called Raffles Amartha and be managed by Singapore-based Raffles Hotels & Resorts. Perched on 11 hectares of cliff-land overlooking the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, it will feature 90 high-end villas and 25 Raffles Residences that will be sold privately.

“Raffles Amartha is built to resemble a Water Palace, with inspiration drawn from classical Javanese-Hindu architecture and style, characterized by open spaces, water features and walled courtyards on rising terraces,” Raffles said in a statement.

“Raffles Amartha, with its iconic location and unique concept, will be the preferred home-away-from-home for privileged travelers in Bali. Raffles Hotels & Resorts is renowned for peerless service, creative cuisine concepts and gracious hospitality and we are very pleased to be working with them on this project,” Sukowati Sosrodjojo, CEO of Rekso Group, said.

Diana Ee-Tan, managing director of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, added: “Bali is an island of incredible beauty, steeped in heritage, art and culture. Raffles has long wanted to have a resort here and we are thrilled that PT Asia Pasifik Properti has entrusted Raffles to operate this spectacular development. We are simply delighted to be able to bring the Raffles difference to this much sought after destination.”

Raffles, of which US-based billion-dollar real-estate firm Colony Capital, LLC, holds a 100-percent direct equity interest, is now a global hotel chain that counts the elite, 120-year-old Raffles Hotel in Singapore among its crown jewels. It is also working on developing properties in such countries as China, Thailand, the Maldives, Macau and Vietnam.

The Pecatu area of Bukit Badung on the southern tip of Bali is currently being developed, after years of neglect due to the Asian functional crisis that struck in late 1997, into a mega-resort comprising an 18-hole golf course, private villas, a number of hotels and houses and a waterpark.

Bali is currently experiencing a tourism-based building boom, with dozens of ultra-luxurious hotels and villa resorts springing up across the island as the tourism sector hits record highs of foreign arrivals.

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