Raffles Hotels and Resorts Extends Its Global Footprint To Greece

Released on: October 28, 2008, 11:22 pm

Press Release Author: Vivian Koh

Industry: Marketing

Press Release Summary: Raffles Olympia resort to open in 2011 at the ancient
birthplace of the Olympic Games

Press Release Body: SINGAPORE, 28 October 2008 - Raffles Hotels & Resorts continues
its global expansion with Raffles Olympia resort, its first property in Greece,
which is located near the ancient city of Olympia. The luxury resort is the
centrepiece of the stunning 30-hectare beachfront development, and will feature 124
guestrooms and suites, up to 120 Raffles Residences for private ownership, a
conference centre, RafflesAmrita Spa and a water sports centre. Guests and owners of
Raffles Residences at Raffles Olympia will also have access to a Nick Faldo
Signature 18-hole championship course and a nine-hole executive course neighbouring
the resort. Residents will have the privilege of playing golf on these spectacular
courses, a rarity in Greece.

In keeping with the rich history of its location, Raffles Olympia's design will
Greek architecture in order to create a charming village featuring one- and
two-storey buildings clustered around scenic gardens and courtyards. The resort will
line the sapphire coast of the Ionian Sea with a one kilometre golden sand private
beach, affording guestrooms unobstructed sea views of the magnificent coastline. All
guestrooms will be richly appointed and spacious with a minimum size of 66 square
metres, and will have the unmistakeable Raffles' residential ambience. The resort
will feature a 1,870 square metre RafflesAmrita Spa with approximately 12 private
treatment rooms and up to 12 spa suites, offering an ambrosial medley of treatments
ranging from massages to herbal baths and facials. In addition, guests will enjoy
two pools and four tennis courts as well as a range of dining options offering the
finest international and Greek cuisine. The resort will also feature a conference
centre which occupies 1,556 square metres, ideal for both corporate and social
events. These spectacular facilities, including the golf course, will also be
accessible to owners of Raffles Residences at Raffles Olympia resort. In addition,
the owners of these luxury villas will enjoy the full concierge service of Raffles
Olympia resort.

"Raffles Olympia resort is positioned to be the ultra luxury destination resort in
Greece and in the Mediterranean," said John Papapolitis of Olympia Resorts S.A,
"Raffles was chosen to manage the resort's hotel and residences as its name has
become synonymous worldwide with bespoke luxury. We are also proud that Raffles
Olympia resort will be part of a collection of award-winning iconic and legendary
hotels and resorts." Mrs Diana Ee Tan, President, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, said:
"Raffles Hotels & Resorts is delighted to be part of this landmark project in such a
historically significant location. With 16 million arrivals annually, Greece is a
key European destination and one of the world's top 10 tourist destinations. We aim
to bring to Raffles Olympia the legendary heartfelt and gracious service and the
uncompromising standards of excellence found at all Raffles hotels and resorts
across the globe."

Getting There
Raffles Olympia will be easily accessible by air, sea and road connections. With the
completion of two new highways by 2011, the resort will be a 2.5-hour drive from
Athens. More than 60 airlines connect Athens International Airport to the major
cities of the world. Araxos Airport, located 45 minutes from Raffles Olympia
presently offers access for charter flights, private jets and helicopters. In
addition Andravida Airport, located 25 minutes from the resort, will have a new
passenger terminal by 2010 and will offer access for regular air service, charter
flights, private jets and helicopters. The port city of Patras, Europe's main
gateway to Greece, is a 45 minute drive from the resort, providing ferry connections
with Italy and the Ionian Islands while Kyllini port, just 35 minutes away from
Raffles Olympia offers ferry connections with the Ionian islands. The international
cruise port of Katakolo is located only 15 minutes away from Raffles Olympia, and
receives about 400 cruise ship visits yearly.

About Olympia
Olympia was the site of the first recorded Olympic Games in 776BC. Every two years,
the Olympic flame is lit at its ancient Temple of Goddess Hera, wife of Zeus, to
mark the start of either the Summer or Winter Olympics. Raffles Olympia resort in
Pyrgos is located near Olympia, 17km to its east, at the mouth of the Alfios River.
Famed in Greek mythology and history, the river runs from the hills surrounding the
ruins of ancient Olympia and flows into the sea at the resort.

Web Site: http://www.raffles.com

Contact Details: Vivian Koh
Manager, PR & Communications
Raffles Hotels & Resorts
250 North Bridge Road, #10-00 Raffles City Tower, Singapore 179101
Tel: (65) 6496-1145

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