Accor expands Raffles brand with two new hotels in India

Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO Accor, with Ratankant Sharma.

Accor is expanding its iconic Raffles brand into India with the Raffles Jaipur and Raffles Udaipur.

With 13 properties across 11 countries, Raffles is renowned for setting the standard for luxury hospitality for over 130 years.

“It is with immense pride that we announce the arrival of the Raffles brand in India, a hallmark of luxury and sublime service in a country that is famous for delivering luxury at the highest level,” said Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO Accor.

“With our strategic partners, we look forward to providing an oasis of calm and charm in two of the most incredible destinations in India. We thank (owner) Mr. Ratankant Sharma and our partners for entrusting us with these landmark properties and we look forward to delivering the distinctive Raffles experience to travellers in India. We also thank Mr. Sharma for bringing the first Fairmont to India in Jaipur and extending this partnership to the Raffles brand.”

Jean-Michel Cassé, Accor’s COO India and South Asia, said the signing of the Raffles Jaipur and Raffles Udaipur marks an historic moment for both Accor and tourism in India.

“We are seeing increasing demand for luxury travel in India and are looking forward to expanding Accor’s globally renowned portfolio of luxury brands in this incredible country,” he said. “The addition of the iconic Raffles brand signals a new era for our group.”

Expected to open by mid-2020, the Raffles Udaipur will be located on a 21-acre private island in the midst of Udai Sagar Lake.

The Raffles Jaipur is being built at Kukas as a set of secluded private residences and courtyards adjacent to the larger hotel complex that presently houses the Fairmont Jaipur and is anticipated to open in 2022.