The Handbook
The Handbook

If you’ve got your ear to the luxury openings ground then you’ll know that the ultimate pin-up, Raffles Singapore, has finally reopened. Flaunting its new look, like a celeb post botox, Raffles has caught the attention of those who revel in the finer things in life. The heritage hotel is celebrated for its colonial-style frontier, as well as being the birthplace for the lip-smacking Singapore Sling!

Raffles opened its doors in 1887, named after the founder of Singapore and British Malaya, Sir Stamford Raffles. Inside it’s like a journey through many an era, traversing the romantic, to the Neo-Renaissance, to the present day, as if trapped in an eclectic time warp.

So, what’s been spruced up? Well, the famed grand lobby still bathes in natural light and features the Victorian pillars that have always been there. New lighting has refreshed the space. Moving to the bedrooms, all of which are equipped with a notorious butler service. The rooms remain relatively unchanged, still wrapped in teakwood floors, large, airy windows and the Personality suites remain, from Elizabeth Taylor to Charlie Chaplin! The bathrooms feature elegant Peranakan tiles, with custom-made toiletries (don’t steal ’em!)

Moving from inside to out, the large pool swarmed with city views and skyscrapers is still very much intact. This area also comes with a full spa-service.

Perhaps one of the most exciting alterations comes in the form of La Dame de Pic. For those who are unsure, this is Anne-Sophie Pic’s first restaurant concept in Asia, and the menu remains seasonally exquisite, with dishes inspired by Valence and Southeast Asia. Moving from one restaurant to the next, the Tiffin Room is also seriously impressive. Housed here, you’ll discover a restaurant that has been part of the hotel since the 1890s. North Indian classics make up the menu here, or move to the Bar & Billiard menu where chef Alain Ducasse’s elegant creations can be enjoyed.

One thing you simply must have is the afternoon tea. It’s a Raffles staple that boasts a sensational range of sweet treats, scones, teas and Champagnes. Oh, and don’t leave without stopping by the new shopping arcade. Get your hands on a life-sized tiger, amongst other merchandise inspired by Singapore.

Raffle’s continues to wow with its sensational refurb and stalwart place in Singapore’s history. If you’re ever that side of the world, do visit!

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