I STAYED AT RAFFLES SINGAPORE, TOUTED AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD AND I AGREE. THIS ALL-SUITE HOTEL REALLY CAN BOAST A HISTORY AS LONG AS A MARATHON AND CONTINUES TO BASK IN THE LIMELIGHT AS THE GRANDE DAME HOTEL OF SINGAPORE.
I am also stunned speechless by the exquisitely maintained premises, both public and private as in your suite. The gardens are luxuriant, lush and lovely, its varying shades of green so soothing to eye and mind.
Standing on the first or second floor balconies and looking down at the impeccably kept lawns and bushes is a study in exotic eastern pleasure garden.
The mood is decidedly colonial British and I half expect to bump into a khaki-clad mat salleh with big mustache and hat roaring for a stengah. He would probably mistake me for the son of an oriental potentate due to my extravagant garment and bling and might nod respectfully.
Anyway, I always feel as if time has been frozen and I have stepped back into time each time I visit Raffles. Despite being smack in the middle of the heart of Singapore with mad traffic a stone's throw away, Raffles always feel like a hundred miles away, as if in Taman Negara or the nearest paradise isle.
You can spend almost all your time in the hotel as its shopping arcade flaunts Louis Vuitton and Lotus jewels and you know what that means! The many shops offer world class shopping and they will deliver to room even before you finishing signing the credit card slip.
As for the rooms, it really feels like I have woken up circa 1950. I love watching the old fashioned ceiling fan swirl and whir lazily and I feel I should only wear white shirt and the type of trousers my father wore, big and baggy and comfy!
So if you are in Singapore, make sure you check into the 125 year old Raffles and get their limo to pick and send you back to Changi.
Raffles has all the mod cons hidden beneath a stately, majestic and elegant facade evocative of the 19th centiry
This limousine is not the latest model but a vintage vehicle that reeks of romance and style
Raffles, many happy returns!
Here’s to many more…
There are a few hotels in the world whose names have become virtually synonymous with the cities in which they are located – and none more so than Raffles in
Named after Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of
Raffles was built 125 years ago, more than a decade before the turn of the
nineteenth century. It soon became the haunt of business tycoons, the
great and good, rogues and adventurers, politicians, movie stars, authors and
Visiting writers included Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward, a host of foreign correspondents – all of whom fed in the stories and legends, fact and fiction, which have clung to the hotel ever since. Through their stories, the Long Bar, the
Palm Court and the Billiard Room with its
tiger, became familiar to people who had never even been to . Today these stories
remain and are relished – but time has not been allowed to stand still at
Today, Raffles Hotel Singapore is the proud flagship of the eight strong Raffles Hotels & Resorts, with sister hotels in
Paris, Dubai, Cambodia, the Seychelles,
Holy City of Makkah. The company is embarking on a new phase of expansion, with
openings in Beijing Manila, Istanbul,
Jakarta and Hainan in , over the next two
With a compelling mix of cultures and styles, every hotel in the Raffles family has its own individual personality, with its own story to tell and its own sense of place. However, each one is proud to draw on that timeless essence of Raffles – to deliver thoughtful, personal and discrete service to well-travelled guests – whether it is one of the legendary Raffles butlers, a brilliant sommelier, a gifted spa therapist, or a beach attendant with a wonderful big genuine smile.
Recent awards bear testament to this dedication to service. All of Raffles’ hotels have been in the spotlight over the past 12 months:
Condé Nast Traveler (US Edition), World’s Best 100 Hotels, 2011 Beijing
· Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap and Raffles Hotel Le Royal,
awarded the TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence Phnom Penh,
- World’s Leading Luxury All-Suite Hotel, World Travel Awards 2012 Raffles Makkah Palace
– Sommelier Sydney Rathnayake is named Sommelier of the
Year at the 2011 Hotelier Middle East Awards Dubai
· Raffles Praslin, Seychelles – Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Hot List 2012
· Le Royal Monceau, Raffles
– Best New Hotel, TATLER Travel Awards 2011 Paris
Singapore - Best
in Asia - 2012 Ultratravel 100 Awards
In May 2012,
named Fairmont Raffles Hotels International as one of only 27 organisations
worldwide to receive the 2012 Gallup Great Workplace Award. Based on the most rigorous
workplace research ever conducted, the awards honour organisations whose
employee engagement results demonstrate they have the most productive and
engaged workforces in the world. The winners span the globe and represent all
facets of business, from healthcare to hospitality, retails, manufacturing and
banks to insurance. Gallup
John Johnston, President of Raffles Hotels & Resorts said:
“At Raffles we believe that true luxury is not just about what you do, it’s about how you make your guests feel. So we go out of our way to give the warmest welcome, the most comfortable stay, the richest experiences and the fondest memories. I believe this engagement, on a different level, is what really brings guests back to our hotels time and again. We call this emotional luxury. ”
This is what good service looks like at Raffles around the world……..
About Raffles Hotels & Resorts: Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, luxury international hotel company with a history dating back to 1887 with the opening of
. The portfolio currently
comprises eight luxurious properties, from secluded resorts to city hotels in
key locations around the world: in Raffles Hotel, Singapore Singapore,
Cambodia, China, UAE, Saudi
and , each
one is an oasis of calm and charm. The company is embarking on a new phase of
expansion, with openings in the Paris Philippines,
scheduled over the next two years. With a compelling mix of cultures and
styles, every hotel in the Raffles family has its own individual personality,
with its own story to tell and its own sense of place. However, each one is
proud to draw on the timeless essence of Raffles – to deliver thoughtful,
personal and discreet service to well-travelled guests. Indonesia