Raffles Hotel throws charity party to celebrate reopening

Above: Dancers performing outside Raffles Hotel as part its official unveiling last night. Right: Kit Chan singing at The Lawn of Raffles Hotel. Others who provided live entertainment included indie-pop band The Sam Willows, singer and songwriter Inc
Above: Dancers performing outside Raffles Hotel as part its official unveiling last night. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Above: Dancers performing outside Raffles Hotel as part its official unveiling last night. Right: Kit Chan singing at The Lawn of Raffles Hotel. Others who provided live entertainment included indie-pop band The Sam Willows, singer and songwriter Inc
Above: Kit Chan singing at The Lawn of Raffles Hotel. Others who provided live entertainment included indie-pop band The Sam Willows, singer and songwriter Inch Chua, musician Jeremy Monteiro, singer Alemay Fernandez and comedian Hossan Leong. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

More than 2,000 people turned up for a lavish "block party" which Raffles Hotel held yesterday to celebrate its official reopening.

The ticketed Raffles-Reopening Festival, with each person paying $300, was sold out, and its proceeds of $600,000 will go towards the $1 million the hotel will donate to Community Chest Singapore. The other $400,000 came from a cocktail event on Thursday and a silent auction.

Last night's four-hour event had tasting portions of food served at the hotel's restaurants, accompanied by live performances from a veritable who's who in the local music scene. The festival also had free flow of champagne, wine, beer and bespoke cocktails.

The donation will go to about 80 charities, including social services that help children with special needs and youth-at-risk, adults with disabilities and persons with mental health conditions.

"Contributing back to society has always been a significant part of our celebrations, and we would like to thank Community Chest Singapore and everyone who has been a part of our charity efforts," said Raffles Hotel general manager Christian Westbeld.

"As we reopen, we aim to be the pride of Singapore on the world's hospitality stage, creating timeless experiences through legendary service."

Raffles Hotel reopened its doors in August after an almost two-year revamp. Established in 1887 by Armenian hoteliers, it is now owned by hotel developer Katara Hospitality.

The tasting portions of food during the festival were from the menus of the Grand Lobby, Tiffin Room, La Dame de Pic, BBR by Alain Ducasse, Burger and Lobster, and Raffles Courtyard.

Providing the live entertainment were singer Kit Chan, indie-pop band The Sam Willows, singer and songwriter Inch Chua, and musician Jeremy Monteiro, who performed with a jazz quartet and singer Alemay Fernandez.

 
 
 
 

Guests who liked comedy had a belly-full of laughs watching actor and comedian Hossan Leong perform several stand-up routines.

The revamped hotel features 115 luxurious suites, an increase from 103. One of them was opened for guests to view.

Katara Hospitality acting chief executive Andrew Humphries said Singapore is fast emerging as a choice location for developers of iconic tourist destinations as the country has one of the best business environments in the world.

"Our investment in this incredible project marks another example of our commitment to the Singapore market," he said.

"It has been an amazing journey to return this unique property to its rightful place as Singapore's icon."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2019, with the headline 'Raffles Hotel throws charity party to celebrate reopening'. Print Edition | Subscribe