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Raffles Makati, Manila’s Best Address

An Oasis For The Well Travelled

by LUCAS RAVEN

Raffles Makati, belonging to the iconic hotel brand, is a 32 all-suite hotel that caters to the refined sensibilities of the sophisticated business and leisure traveller. Its impressive interiors were done by renowned interior designer company Bent Severin which is a tasteful combination of old-world elegance, modern furnishings and impressive art. In fact, over 1,600 pieces of paintings and sculptures are found within the property, all of which were created by local artists. Guests of the Raffles Makati enjoy gracious and charming service amidst luxurious suites with high ceilings; views of the city from floor to ceiling windows; colonial era touches such as wooden floors and white louvres together with modern décor; and splendid marble bathrooms.

There are three types of suites to choose from namely the Junior Suite, Executive Suite and the brilliant three-bedroom Presidential Suite—all offering the distinctive Raffles luxury experience. For a feel of Raffles tradition, the Writers Bar offers Afternoon Tea in a parlour-like atmosphere surrounded by leather bound books. With its history of being the favourite haunt of notable authors, the Writers Bar is the venue of book launches and readings as well. Another must-experience is the Long Bar. Inspired by its namesake, the Long Bar in Raffles Singapore, it is the home of the Singapore Sling. Sip this 100-year-old concoction under lazy ceiling fans, surrounded by Philippine art in a Malayan plantation inspired setting.

As in Raffles Singapore, the floors at the Long Bar are filled by discarded peanut shells which add to its overall ambience. Located on the 9th floor is Mireio, an elegant brasserie-style restaurant offering French and Mediterranean inspired cuisine. One floor up, the Mireio Terrace is an extension of the restaurant and offers a panoramic view of the city, perfect for cocktails and canapés. In addition, a gastronomic tour for the palate awaits guests: Spectrum is the hotel’s vibrant all-day dining restaurant featuring five “culinary theatres” to enjoy from; a chic pastry boutique, Café Macaron, offers fresh sandwiches, desserts, pralines and exquisite pastries; and the Fairmont Lounge is perfect for afternoon tea and light meals.

Raffles Makati is ideally located in the heart of the financial district, within walking distance to the Ayala Museum and the city’s numerous shopping and entertainment areas. It is situated within a 30-floor tower that also houses the Raffles Residences with 237 one to four bedroom apartments and the 280-room Fairmont Makati. For inquiries and more information, please call Raffles Makati at +63 795 1888 or email them at makati@raffles.com.

The hotel is within walking distance to fashionable boutiques, exciting dining options that offer a myriad of cuisines, museums and galleries to those who appreciate culture, through its stylishly designed 32-suites. Bespoke Butler services, relaxing spa and fitness facilities, an open-air swimming pool, plus the iconic Long Bar and Writers Bar are found in the hotel. Other culinary options include the vibrant all-day-dining Spectrum buffet, pastry-boutique Café Macaron, and the bustling Fairmont Lounge.

The Raffles Makati is housed within a sleek 30-story tower that also includes the 280 Fairmont Makati and 237 Raffles Residences. About Raffles Raffles Hotels & Resorts boasts an illustrious history and some of the most prestigious hotel addresses worldwide. In 1887, Raffles Singapore set the standard for luxury hospitality, introducing the world to private butlers, the Singapore Sling and its enduring, legendary service. Today, Raffles continues this tradition in leading cities and lavish resort locales, enchanting travellers with meaningful experiences and service that is both gracious and intuitive. Connoisseurs of life choose Raffles, not merely for its aura of culture, beauty and gentility, but for the extraordinary way they feel when in residence with Raffles. Each Raffles, be it Paris, Istanbul, Warsaw, Jakarta or Seychelles, serves as a venerated oasis where travellers arrive as guests, leave as friends and return as family.

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