Singapore – At noon today, the Royal Group Development and Accor Asia Pacific announced in the presence of 120 guests the new name for the Accor-managed The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa.

Sofitel Sentosa Singapore - SUITE guestroom

Artist rendering of Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Suite

Renamed Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa as of the second half of 2015, the resort has kicked off a progressive refurbishment happening over the next 12-18 months.

Renovations will be made to the well-appointed 215 rooms in line with the Sofitel Luxury Hotels brand standards, as well as the conference centre and spa. Handled by DP Architect/ DP Green Landscape, they will be working on a brief for an “urban oasis” that speaks of greenery and landscaping inspired by the French Luxembourg gardens. Interior designer MaxStudio will be aiming to create interiors that reflect an organic and comfortable Hacienda feel to complement the lush gardens expected in the property.

Royal Group chairman Asok Kumar Hiranandani stated at the press conference that it is important the resort retains over 200 of its employees despite the changes. On that note, chairman and COO of Accor Asia Pacific, Michael Issenburg, said the team at the resort would be undergoing the signature Sofitel Luxury Hotels training programme.

Tony Chisholm, cluster general manager of Accor-managed The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa spent 30 minutes with micenet ASIA after the event, explaining that the training process is one that can take over 12 months. Once trained, team members will be proficient to work in any luxury hotel across the world.

Chisholm secured micenet ASIA’s winning remark of the day when he was asked to provide a comment to the readers of our magazine. He would like MICE planners to “challenge” the resort with an event brief that is different from the rest.

The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa, with its lush green surroundings groused with a healthy dose of sun, offers an ideal spot for unique experiences both indoors and outdoors. Its location next to the Sentosa Golf Club and Tanjong Beach also allows for team-building activities.

The resort’s eight meeting and event rooms is also expected to undergo renovations from October 2014, with event planners able to expect another 250-300 sq m to the property’s existing 1,300-sq m inventory of event spaces.

Chisholm is passionate about the hospitality industry and is known as a general manager who interacts frequently with his guests (a high-touch general manager), believing that customer service and problem resolution cannot be done behind a desk. Chisholm is also concurrently heading up another team in the CBD to prepare for the May 31st opening of Sofitel So Singapore on Robinson Road.

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