As we progress through 2019, thoughts are turning to Eid travel plans and summer breaks. We are lucky to have five-star airline Qatar Airways on hand to jet us off to just about any destination in the world – and one we recommend is Singapore!
And of course, once you get there, you will need somewhere to stay. For unparalleled class and refinement, you could do no better than Raffles Hotel Singapore. Purchased in 2012 by Katara Hospitality, part of Qatar Investment Authority, Raffles Hotel Singapore is the flagship property of the Raffles portfolio and is the first hotel to operate as Raffles Hotels & Resorts.
Named after the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, the hotel opened in 1887 and was declared a National Monument on its 100th anniversary. Raffles Hotel Singapore reopened in 1991 after three years of extensive restoration works, and today it stands as a jewel in the crown of Singapore’s hospitality industry, renowned and loved for its inimitable style and unsurpassed excellence of service and facilities.
The hotel has been closed for its latest restoration since December 2017, but good news – reservations for stays starting 1 August 2019 are now being accepted in State Room Suites, Courtyard Suites, Palm Court Suites, Personality Suites and Residence Suites. The hotel’s other suites are still undergoing work and are not yet available; when finished, the hotel will offer a total of 115 suites.
As well as luxurious accommodation, Raffles has a number of social spaces and lifestyle experiences: the refreshed Raffles Boutique, previously the gift shop, will house a History Gallery to illustrate the heritage of Raffles Hotel Singapore. The Arcade will be home to new retail concepts and a brand-new Raffles Spa, a holistic sanctuary for hotel residents and the community to escape the bustle of the city.
The hotel’s noted signature dining experiences will make a return, including North Indian cuisine at Tiffin Room and the classic Raffles Afternoon Tea, which will now be served in the Grand Lobby. The historic Long Bar has been fully restored and reopened in its original location at the Arcade and is famous as the home of the Singapore Sling cocktail created more than 100 years ago. Its refreshed décor retains its inspiration from Malayan plantation life in the 1920s, transporting patrons to the edge of a tropical plantation.
There will be new dining experiences as well, combining the hotel’s culinary traditions with contemporary dining concepts by renowned celebrity chefs. Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse opens his first Mediterranean sharing and grill concept, BBR by Alain Ducasse. Anne-Sophie Pic, one of the world’s top female chefs with three Michelin stars, makes her debut in Asia with La Dame de Pic at Raffles Singapore concept. Celebrity Masterchef Jereme Leung presents yì by Jereme Leung, with Cantonese classics and reinterpretations of Chinese dishes.
Christian Westbeld, General Manager, said,
‘When we reopen in 2019, it is our wish that all our guests rediscover what makes this hotel so special, while creating their own personal memories here at Raffles. From spending a romantic getaway, to dining at our renowned restaurants and bars, there are plenty of reasons for both local and international visitors to celebrate this iconic milestone with us.’
Raffles is part of AccorHotels, a travel and lifestyle group with more than 4,500 hotels, resorts and residences, and 10,000 private homes for travellers to stay at.
To find out more about the hotel’s restoration and to make a booking, visit rafflessingapore.com/
To learn more about Katara Hospitality, visit katarahospitality.com
NOTE: all images are from Raffles/Katara Hospitality
Author: Sarah Palmer