The Raffles Hotel is one of Singapore’s most famous and attractive landmarks. Opened in 1887 as a relaxed beach house hotel, it grew in size and status over the following years until becoming one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations.
The hotel was declared a National Monument in 1987, to mark the 100-year anniversary of its opening and it went on to receive a full restoration several years later to ensure that it remains at the forefront of the luxury leisure industry for many years to come.
Over the years the hotel has played host to royalty, writers and celebrities from all over the world, lending it a cultural – and multicultural – air that few rival destinations can match.
Located in the sought-after marina area to the south of the Island, the Raffles is perfectly situated for exploring the many leisure attractions, beaches and shopping areas as well as offering ready access to the bustling banking and financial districts.
Accommodation is as comfortable and luxurious as the hotel’s reputation would suggest. Standard accommodation is in the ‘modest’ courtyard suites with sitting room, dining area, bedroom, en-suite bathroom and dressing room, all impeccably finished with 14-foot ceilings, teakwood flooring, oriental rugs and the full gamut of in-room facilities and services including broadband internet, satellite television, air conditioning and plenty of safety and security features.
If budget permits, head for one of the two Presidential Suites, located in the Main Building and known for their premier location, huge proportions and high-quality antiques and artworks. Each suite boasts a sitting room, dining room, two bedrooms, en-suites and even a pantry.
With luxury of this standard, it is hard to imagine that you will want to venture out of your room for even a moment, however it is worth making the effort to explore the rest of what the hotel has to offer. Start with a trip to the Raffles Spa for a series of treatments and plenty of relaxation before heading to the outdoor pool for a dip followed by a tasty lunchtime snack by the water’s edge.
Tearing yourself away from the confines of the hotel for a spot of shopping or sightseeing may seem like a tall order. If so, simply head to the Raffles Hotel Arcade, one of Singapore’s most famous upmarket shopping destinations located right on your doorstep. There is even a museum, which pays homage to the hotel and its rich and diverse history.
Raffles Singapore offers no less than 15 bars and restaurants, making it one of Asia’s leading gastronomic centres. Whether you are looking for a coffee, cake or dim sum at the award-winning bakery, a light snack in the famous Writers’ Bar or a culinary extravaganza at the Courtyard restaurant, you can be sure your every taste will be catered for.
If an evening at the theatre beckons after such a busy day, head straight for the Jubilee Hall Theatre Playhouse, ideally situated within the hotel and recognised as one of Singapore’s leading cultural and entertainment venues.
There is no doubt that a stay at the Raffles will make a severe dent on the wallet. But when something is this good, it really is worth the extra.