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Fairmont and Raffles launch unrivalled facilities in the Philippines


Meenaz Lilani tells ITCM that a new 30-storey building now offers luxury living and top-of-the-range MICE facilities

The Philippines capital, Manila, comprises 17 individual cities. ‘Fairmont Raffles Hotels International’, says Meenaz Lilani, Executive Director Global Sales - EMEA, ‘has chosen to launch in the city of Makati because it is the location of such a large proportion of Manila’s financial and commercial operations, as well as its prime shopping centres and cultural attractions’.

The launch, in the first week of December 2012, has changed the skyline of Makati with a modern 30-storey building that is not only the 280-room 5-star Fairmont Makati, but also home to the all-suite Raffles Makati with 32 luxurious suites as well as Raffles Residences with 237 one- to four-bedroom residences for long or short stays.

‘The Fairmont Makati is very focused on MICE business’, confirms Meenaz. ‘There are four meeting rooms all on the same floor with a total of 1,700sqm (18,000sqft) of function space. The prime venue is the 900sqm (9,500 sqft) ballroom that can seat 720 to a banquet. Wi-Fi is free and the hotel can offer a favourable delegate rate, with one free delegate for every 15.

‘The new property as a whole’, she continues, ‘offers many of the signature facilities from both Raffles and Fairmont. It has seven f&b outlets, including a Spectrum all-day dining restaurant, where guests can choose dishes from at least five distinct cuisines. And there is a Long Bar reminiscent of the famous one at Raffles Hotel Singapore. It serves light snacks as well as the inimitable Singapore Sling cocktail.

‘There is also a Fairmont Willow Stream Spa. Its 1,200sqm (14,000sqft) houses five treatment rooms, hair salon, nail studio, mineral pool, outdoor swimming pool and a terrace that is designed as a luxurious oasis within the city’.

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