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Sofitel unveils new development in Singapore and Albania, due to open in 2015

The month of April saw important development announcements for Sofitel Luxury Hotels in two dynamic regions of the world. Sofitel announced the signing of Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa in 2015, and the group signature of the management agreement for the future Sofitel Tirana Palace in Tirana, Albania, also scheduled to open in 2015.

“These two important new development announcements are indicative of Sofitel’s continuing momentum in its 50th anniversary year,” said Rick Harvey Lam, Senior Vice President Global Marketing – Luxury & Upscale Brands ACCOR. “Both Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa and Sofitel Tirana Palace will be distinct symbols of Sofitel’s French elegance in luxury hospitality in two different global regions.”

The Sentosa, A Beaufort Hotel, now renamed The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa, Managed by Accor, will be unveiled as Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa in the second half of 2015, a luxury property and wellness enclave in Singapore. A full refurbishment and renovation of the newly purchased property by Royal Group Development has commenced for one of the most iconic hotels in Singapore and on Sentosa Island.

Accor is focused on expansion in Asia Pacific, particularly within the resort segment, in response to Asia’s growing luxury market. As today’s traveler becomes increasingly discerning and sophisticated in their tastes and interests, their penchant for authentic experiences and cultural immersion increases.  

Michael Issenberg, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer for Accor Asia Pacific, commented on the announcement: “The Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa will be a key addition to our Singapore hotels and to the Sofitel Asia Pacific network. We currently have 40 Sofitels in the region, which means Asia Pacific represents one third of our global network and a strong pipeline of Sofitels to open in the next couple of years.”  

The property has temporarily been renamed as The Singapore Resort and Spa Sentosa, Managed by Accord, whilst the hotel undergoes a full refurbishment. Expected to take between 12 to 18 months, the refurbishment will cover all accommodation, public areas, the Spa facilities, conference rooms, landscaping and some back-of-house areas.  

When the hotel is unveiled in 2015, the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa will be one of the most spacious resort properties in Singapore and one of the very few hotels in the country located next to the beach, whilst still accessible to the city. The property will have 215 keys including suites and villas, with renovations handled by DP Architect / DP Green Landscape, and interiors by design house MaxStudio.  

Sofitel also announced the signature of the management agreement of the future Sofitel Tirana Palace in Albania’s capital city of Tirana. The hotel is located seven kilometers from the growing city center, which is home to the country’s center of culture, education and politics. The Sofitel Tirana Palace has been built in the spirit of hotel that looks out over the world. The architecture is a mix of neo-Greco-Roman with a brilliant Albanian touch: columns, allegoric sculptures representing historical Albanian heroes, and four large French clocks on the roof.

The interior design is in a Versailles style, with wooden parquet, tapestry and handmade details that feature unique craftsmanship. The Sofitel Tirana Palace will feature 180 keys, two restaurants, a bar, a casino, a Spa, and a 25-meter pool.

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