Raffles makes luxurious debut in Shenzhen, China

by James Wilkinson

Accor has opened its latest luxurious hotel in China, Raffles Shenzhen.

As Raffles’ newest destination, Raffles Shenzhen joins the legendary collection of prestigious hotel addresses across the globe.

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 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.

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.