Raffles Hotels and Resorts has announced that each of the 10 hotels in the Raffles portfolio will be giving its guests various artistic connections, including a puppet show in Phnom Penh, a photography contest in Makkah, an art concierge in Paris, and an access to the only painter on the island of Praslin in the Seychelles.
Domoina de Brantes, the art concierge at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris, will feature her own tour of Montparnasse, a cultural hub for Paris' Left Bank for more than a century. Guests will begin at IDEM, founded in 1880 as a printing workshop used by Matisse, Picasso and Cocteau. Today, Karl Lagerfeld and David Lynch, among others, continue to use it. Close by, the CARTIER Foundation for Contemporary Art is a creative hub for artists commissioned by the Foundation to contribute works for its own collection. The final stop is La Maison de la Revue Noire, originally the publishing house for Revue Noire, a magazine for African contemporary art. The French hotel is home to an art bookshop, private art gallery and its own collection of artworks.
Raffles Beijing Hotel offers a chance to explore Beijing’s contemporary art scene (pictured). The hotel was originally established in 1917 near Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the modern shopping district of Wangfujing.
The tradition of Afternoon Tea is given a twist at Raffles Dubai at the hands of British-born artist Hatty Pedder, who helped create “The Collection – Afternoon Tea by Raffles”, Dubai's only “Fashion Afternoon Tea”. The concept is to create savories and sweets inspired by designer collections straight from the catwalk.
Praslin's only painter, Raymond du Buisson, is showcased at Raffles Praslin Seychelles. In addition to his own gallery at Anse La Blague, 12 of Raymond's works are on display at the hotel, which boasts 86 villas set across the hillside in the north of the island. The resort is home to the first Raffles Spa.
Raffles Makkah Palace, located at the Abraj Al Bait complex, directly adjacent to Al Masjid Al Haram and the Grand Mosque, is launching an international photography competition, “Inspiring Makkah”. Entries should be inspired by the people, places and culture of Makkah, and will be displayed with an exhibition at Raffles Makkah Palace. The competition will then be judged by two of Saudi Arabia's notable professional photographers, Lamia Romaih and Suzzane Iksander, as well as two representatives from the Saudi Arabia Society for Culture and Art.
The only luxury hotel in the city to pre-date the Khmer Rouge, Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Cambodia allows guests to join a private shadow puppet workshop with Mann Kosal, master puppeteer and director of Sovanna Phum.
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor (pictured) in Siem Reap allows guests to visit the McDermott Gallery in the hotel. The gallery opened last year to showcase the monochrome photographs of the Angkor temples by photographer John McDermott. Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor was the first luxury hotel to open in Siem Reap in 1932.
Raffles Singapore (pictured) is celebrating 125 years at the heart of the cultural scene of its city. The hotel has a partnership with the Chan Hampe Galleries in the Raffles Arcade, promoting the contemporary visual arts in the city, as well as celebrating Singapore's established artists. Its current exhibition is “The Mask We Wear is One” by Malaysian artist Yusof Ghani.
Raffles Makati in Manila, which opened in February 2013, has a collection of art, all by Filipino artists. There are some 2,700 pieces, including pieces from Cebu-based French artist Delphine Delorme. The property’s art consultant is Hala Jaber.
Raffles Hainan will open in Spring 2013 in Clearwater Bay. The resort will be home to a collection of more than 1,000 works art, specially curated by Hong Kong's Willow Gallery, including works commissioned specifically for the resort. Highlights will include a bespoke sculpture from Chinese artist Ho Sin-ying in the Balinese themed lobby, Indonesian batik silks and stamps used in the dyeing process, and an antique brocade from the local Hainanese Li tribe. These will be joined by bronzes, weavings, traditional silver ornaments, and fishing artefacts .
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an international hotel company with a history dating back to 1887 with the opening of Raffles Singapore. The portfolio currently comprises nine luxurious properties, from secluded resorts to city hotels in key locations around the world: in Singapore, Cambodia, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, the Philippines and Paris.