Raffles Hotel is a veritable legend. Built in 1887, the hotel is named after the Singapore’s founding father, Sir Stamford Raffles, and is celebrated as one of the country’s most iconic landmarks. One that is certainly deserving of being crowned
“Best Luxury Hotel” at the 23rd Annual TTG Travel Awards 2012. As you walk through the tropical gardens of the hotel’s grounds, retrace historic moments in Singapore’s journey to become the First World nation it is today. Like in 1902, when the country’s last remaining tiger was hunted and shot in the Bar & Billiard room, or circa 1915, when the Singapore Sling was invented in the Long Bar, effectively putting Singapore on the map in restaurants and bars in every major city
of the world since. There is always a story waiting between every nook of the hotel, to unravel before you.World leaders, the most famous celebrities and other prominent personalities from around the globe have been known to spend the night here, as Raffles Hotel’s ability to evoke a sense of grandeur is simply unrivalled in this city. There are 103 lavish suites spread across three storeys, each regal yet rustic in feel, with Oriental carpets clothing teak floors and period furniture conveying elegance at its finest. And for the utmost luxury, a 24-hour Raffles butler is ready to serve guests at the push of a button. Within the hotel also lies a gastronomic and shopping paradise. Take a step into Ah Teng’s bakery, where you can tuck into freshly baked homemade pastries, sweet treats and more. Fast forward to dusk, a bubbly good time awaits you at Long Bar, home of the Singapore Sling. Rich in character, the two-storey bar features an earthy décor inspired by Malayan plantations in the 1920s. In addition to almost every alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoction imaginable, the bar also serves traditional pub fare. For a spot of upscale shopping, there is Raffles Arcade, offering three floors of fine art, food, fashion, and gifts.
To mark the 125th Anniversary of Raffles Hotel last year, the hotel welcomed into its cellars the limited edition Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve Champagne, a private label cuvée that has been exclusively bottled for Raffles Hotel Singapore and also available at other hotels in the Raffles Hotels & Resorts family in Paris, Seychelles, Cambodia, and China. In commemorating this momentous occasion, Raffles also turned to another timeless symbol of good taste and style: Jaeger-LeCoultre, whose own history harks back 180 years. The brand has created a special series of its classic Reverso models, which feature watch cases that can be turned over and engraved specially for Raffles’ 125th anniversary. The Gent’s Reverso Grande Taille and Ladies’ Grand Reverso Lady Ultra Thin models have been engraved with the words “Raffles Hotel 1887-2012 Singapore”. Timelessness is about moving with the times and adapting to the world around us yet never forgetting our heritage. An exquisite marriage between history and luxury, Raffles Hotel is truly in a class all its own.