Throughout the glittering Experience New Heights gala, the iconic brand’s timeless essence were introduced to VIPs and socialites, leading entrepreneurs, professionals, key media and influencer representatives. Through a charity auction held during the gala, CNY3.16 million has been raised to support Beautiful Shenzhen Foundation, as an initiative by Parkland Foundation. Auction items featured some of the bespoke packages included VIP experience with the Trophée Des Champions, Paris Saint-Germain Summer Tour 2019, Raffles Celebrations Experience with a stay at the newly restored Raffles Singapore and at any Raffles hotel around the world, Host of a private Symphony Event at the world’s tallest Sky Concert Hall, as well as the VIP experience at the Sky Concert Hall opening performance featuring famous Russian soprano Aida Garifullina and dining experience with the star.
From the legendary Raffles Singapore born in 1887 to Raffles Shenzhen - the latest edition to the 130 year old brand that combines contemporary elegance with a storied past and impeccable service. Raffles has cultivated a special place in many people’s hearts around the world. Gary Rosen, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Accor Greater China, says: “The significance of Raffles Shenzhen’s opening strengthens Accor’s leadership in Greater China and around the world by providing timeless hospitality in the most luxurious of spaces and destinations. Raffles is a classic luxury brand second to none, as it represents the true spirit and emotion that is luxury. We are so proud to introduce Raffles latest addition to the world with the significant location in Shenzhen, China. Raffles Shenzhen is a magnificent new icon that offers an oasis of calm and charm, with a compelling mixture of cultures and styles to reflect Shenzhen as one of the most vibrant cities in China.”
Raffles Shenzhen is strategically situated in One Shenzhen Bay, with direct connections to the adjacent Qianhai Economic Zone in the rapidly developing Nanshan District. The 72-storey high building is an unmistakable beacon in Shenzhen’s skyline. Along with the hotel, the building includes Sky Concert Hall, certified as the highest music hall in the world, on the 71st floor; a Raffles brand residence; a helipad on the roof; excellent class A office space; a renowned car showroom; and international clubs, just to name a few of its occupants.
Internationally acclaimed Manhattan based architect Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) was responsible for the architecture of Raffles Shenzhen, evoking emotional splendour through its contemporary classic aesthetic. By combining Chinese cultural elements with coastal views, Dubai’s LW Design provides a resplendent turn for the hotel’s interior design. Each of the 168 meticulously appointed guestrooms and suites offer generous layouts with breathtaking views of scenic Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong beyond. The rooms are finished with neutral shades to inspire serenity, accented by pops of natural hues in area rugs, cushions and throws. Traditional Chinese touches are introduced through key furniture pieces. The presidential suite epitomizes the height of welcoming opulence, and is decorated with warm amber shades complimented by sparkling metallic accents and plush textiles. Guests are welcomed through the 34th floor Sky Lobby with views of the majestic Shenzhen Bay. Its rich décor blends seamlessly with a feeling of returning home.
Raffles Shenzhen offers outstanding levels of international gastronomy through its six signature restaurants and bars, each enhanced by panoramic views. RUI Lounge boasts Raffles’ acclaimed and unsurpassed Afternoon Tea. Further, guests may enjoy a selection of signature wine and champagne. Breakfasts feature Chinese and Japanese flavors with subtle western touches, while lunch is a distinctively Asian menu and dinner plates up a wide variety of seafood. The all day dining Sky Café provides a sophisticated experience with unique flair through its interactive live cooking stations. The Long Bar is a destination where the life and soul of Shenzhen can be found. Guests enjoy stimulating conversation alongside outstanding mixology and delectable nibbles against the picturesque landscape of Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong. Kokoni is an exquisite Japanese restaurant with elegant kaiseki, premium steaks, sushi and sashimi served with fresh produce and careful attention to detail by the resident Japanese master chef. Yun Jing enchants on the 70th floor with the best of classic Cantonese dishes in their purest setting. It features fresh local ingredients for an unforgettable epicurean experience. Raffles Patisserie is akin to an art gallery, where discerning guests can indulge in an extensive selection of handcrafted delicacies including chocolates, macaroons, truffles, cakes, pastries and gorgeously packaged gifts.
Raffles Shenzhen boasts 3,000 sqm of event spaces including a column free grand ballroom and eight multifunction halls. Its tasteful yet modern venues are ideal for any type of meeting or occasion. Raffles’ unparalleled service ensures flawless and professional events from start to finish. In addition, comprehensive wedding services are available for the milestone event to a life’s journey. Brides and grooms arrive in style via exclusive helicopter landings, while state of the art lighting and technology underscore a memorable scene. Bridal dressing rooms, personal butlers, and event planning are all available for a highly personalized event to reflect fairy tale romances that will forever be treasured by everyone in attendance.
The award-winning Raffles Spa is the distillation of a relaxing sanctuary, where senses are awakened and revived through a serene oasis of peace and tranquillity. Time honoured methods and holistic treatments calm and transform the body and mind. The Fitness Center offers natural daylight to enhance coastal views of Shenzhen Bay alongside a fully equipped facility with the latest gear and private training sessions for guests to get the most of their workout. An indoor swimming pool is augmented by rejuvenating hydrotherapy wellness experiences including a Jacuzzi, vitality pool and sauna naturally lit for invigorating experiences.
Gary Rosen further comments: “As Shenzhen is a key component to the government’s plans for the Greater Bay Area, it is linked to the economic, innovation and infrastructure development of Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou. Raffles Shenzhen provides the city with a new icon through tasteful architecture and design, attentive service and unparalleled culinary offerings. All of the signature Raffles delights will be an exciting introduction to the Shenzhen market, combined to offer a new destination for relaxation, hospitality and socially rewarding experiences. Our Raffles Shenzhen is destined to become the favoured spot for local residents, business and lifestyle travellers, particularly globally minded Chinese travellers who want to experience the very best sense of the locale.”