David and I just spent an awesome 2 nights and 3 days at the Raffles Hotel, Singapore for our staycation. Staycations are awesome for a short relaxing getaway, and to be pampered without the stresses and costs of travelling.
We checked in last Friday afternoon (Vesak Day holiday!).
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, luxury international hotel company with a history dating back to 1887 with the opening of Raffles Singapore. I've always wanted to stay at the Raffles Hotel Singapore, it's iconic, it's historic and oh so luxurious.
The hotel has retained it's gleaming white colonial façade, and the eastern & oriental flavour.
From now until 15th September 2013, they have a Staycation deal for residents in Singapore, including Singapore Citizens, PRs, and work pass holders. The suite package is available from S$550++ per suite per night, and includes a
host of relaxing and tempting benefits.
- Children below the age of 12 stay (using existing beddings) and dine for free
with their parents at Hotel-operated restaurants (adults
must dine at the restaurant)
For enquiries or reservations on the Staycation Package, you can contact the Reservations Department at (65) 6412 1244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.raffles.com/singapore/
- Welcome Singapore Slings and fruit upon arrival, while children will enjoy
fruit smoothies and cookies
- Complimentary breakfast at Tiffin Room on the first morning
- Complimentary Buffet Dinner at Bar & Billiard Room or Tiffin Room (once
during the stay)
- Complimentary in-suite internet access
- 24-hour Butler Service
- Complimentary S$500 Raffles Hotel Arcade Shopping Discount Vouchers
- Complimentary late check-out until 6pm
- Complimentary parking
|Smooth Check-In process|
|Casual al fresco setting |
|Hot off the stove pizzas and handmade pasta |
|Look at the ceiling fans!! |
Love the earthy décor of this two-storey bar, inspired by Malayan plantations in the 1920’s.
|We sampled some new upcoming cocktails|
The Long bar is the home of the original Singapore Sling. It's a must have.. to complete your Raffles experience.
On the second story of the long bar, there was a live band playing that Friday night.
|The original Singapore Sling|
After a wonderful evening, we retired to our comfortable king sized bed and bundled ourselves under the luxurious sheets. What a great start to our staycation.
Breakfast at The Tiffin Room
The next morning, we really didnt want to get out of bed, be we did because we didn't want to miss the Breakfast buffet at the Tiffin Room. The décor and ambience of this quaint restaurant reflects the Hotel’s glory days at the turn of the century.
Sausages, eggs (prepared any way you want), bacon, cereal, fruit, dim sum, porridge, and all the bread and pastries you desire.
After breakfast, we had a tour of the hotel by resident Historian Leslie Danker.
|Mr Danker has been with the hotel before, during & after its restoration.|
|The Stamford Raffles suite|
We even got to see the fabulous suite where VIPs and Stars stay at when visiting Singapore ( the Queen of England included!).
Northern Indian Buffet Lunch at the Tiffin Room
A Tiffin Curry Buffet featuring traditional Northern Indian specialties and Asian favourites is served for lunch and dinner.
|Curry Lovers must not miss this spread!|
|I had a great time tasting all the Indian desserts|
|Roof top pool|
|Good for afternoon naps|
That same afternoon, I booked myself in for an Aromatherapy Massage before dinner time.
|The Raffles Amrita Spa is a full service spa|
|Changed into my robe and eager to start my spa session!|
The Empire Cafe
|This is their Spa Suite, they also have a couples private spa suite too|
|Our yummy local dinner|
The Empire Cafe has the ambience of Singapore’s cafes and coffee houses popular in the 1920s. It is a casual dining restaurant that serves Asian delicacies.
After dinner, David and I went for a walk around the area, Raffles Hotel is surrounded by City Hall, Bugis, and even Boat Quay is a walking distance away.
Sunday Brunch at the Bar and Billiard Room
At the Bar and Billiard Room a lavish Champagne Craving Brunch is offered on Sunday.
|Free flow Champagne :)|
|4 types of Oysters- Beylon, Irish, Canadian & Fine De Claire|
|The carvery station|
Australian grain fed Prime Rib on the bone, Us Beef tenderloin “Bordelaise” sauce, Roasted Welsh leg of lamb, Roasted Welsh rack of lamb with herbs crust, Slow oven baked Welsh lamb shoulder, Organic milk fed rack of veal & BBQ Iberico pork ribs.
|oh boy... succulent lamb...come to momma |
|There's such a huge variety of good food, you're spoilt for choice|
|The dessert station|
I always tell myself before a Sunday brunch that I'll just have champagne and oysters and sashimi ( my favourite)... but I always cannot resist all the rest! Here's the surprising amount of food I ate....
|I wish I were back there again!!!|
|Lobster and oysters|
|Beef, Lamb, Rib..|
|Eggplant caviar, Beef Carpaccio, Salmon Tatar, Sashimi.|
|Fresh Ravioli hand made in front of you|
|Pan Seared Foie Gras|
Love the more relaxed ambiance of the bar & billiard room, compared to other Sunday Brunches I've been to. A great way to spend 4 hours on a Sunday afternoon. The price of Brunch is $158++, or $178++ with free flow brut champagne.
|A array of desserts!|
That afternoon, feeling well fed, relaxed and happy....we checked out of the Raffles, got into a taxi and went home... and that was our memorable staycation weekend in Singapore :)