The storied properties of Raffles Hotels & Resorts have long played muse to renowned artists and writers, whose creativity was sparked by glamorous settings, intriguing guests and timeless destinations. In recognition of this, the luxury brand’s namesake, Raffles Singapore, is offering 12 suites that honour some of the legendary greats that have called the hotel home.
Among the unique suites, which are adorned with memorabilia and décor reflecting each author, are tributes to French novelist André Malraux, Welsh travel writer and journalist Gavin Young, and novelist James Michener. Suites are named for Joseph Conrad, renowned traveller Rudyard Kipling, playwright Noel Coward, and Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
Raffles Beijing has served as an important meeting venue between Chinese and foreign political dignitaries since the early 1990’s, and has also attracted literary luminaries. The hotel’s Writers Bar salutes the many Chinese and foreign scribes– including British playwright George Bernard Shaw, American journalist and writer Edgar Snow, Indian poet Rabindrinath Tagore and Chinese novelist Guo Mo Ruo – who have visited or written about the hotel.
Raffles Makati is proudly part of Manila’s thriving cultural scene, and the hotel actively supports the literary arts, partnering with the country’s biggest bookseller, National Bookstore, on two noteworthy programs. Each month, the hotel hosts an Author in Residence, welcoming international writers who conduct book readings and signings, Q&A sessions and media interviews in the hotel’s Writers Bar.
The Writers Bar at Raffles Istanbul is a sleek and modern, yet warm and intimate venue where the city’s literary aficionados can gather, meet their favourite writers for animated discussions, and enjoy book readings and signings.
Raffles Praslin Seychelles, with its stunning Indian Ocean vistas, provides more than enough inspiration for writers looking to recharge, create and tell tall tales. The beautiful views throughout the resort also provide the perfect backdrop for guests seeking the therapeutic power of a good read.
Raffles Jakarta is known for supporting the local cultural community, and also embraces artists of the literary variety at its own Writers Bar. Here the brand’s signature Bar is reinterpreted as an oasis of art, showcasing Indonesian history, literature and artefacts, as well as serving as a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city outside.
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris is home to La Librairie des Arts, the leading contemporary art bookstore in a Parisian luxury hotel. Reflecting the hotel’s pervasive arts and cultural program and also incorporating worldwide cultural current events, La Librairie des Arts is a popular place for locals and visitors to meet and share.