Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Awesome Staycation Deal at Raffles Hotel Singapore

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.
Hotel Lobby
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)
- 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
 
For enquiries or reservations on the Staycation Package, you can contact the Reservations Department at (65) 6412 1244 or email roomreservation@raffles.com.  Website: http://www.raffles.com/singapore/

Day 1
Smooth Check-In process
Our friendly butler leads us up to our suite
The Courtyard Suite
Courtyard suite- number 231 
Wicker chairs on our teak verandah
That's our suite on the second floor, the surroundings are so tranquil.
The main door opens to a parlour area...
..and dining area.
Oooh... fruit and a gift (It was Raffles Room Spray), some press release papers and discount vouchers.
My Adventure Passport
Children can look forward to an array of fun activities with the new Adventure Passport. The passport contains a series of fun activities that encourages them to complete and collect stamps along the way, whilst learning more about the history of the Grand Dame. At the end of the day they can claim little treats like ice cream.
The discount vouchers can be used when shopping at participating outlets at the Raffles Arcade.
The bedroom
The dining area and parlour then leads into a spacious and comfortable bedroom. 

Our butler pointing out the button we can press whenever we need her. All suites come with 24-hour Butler Service.
The wardrobe and vanity table
His & Her sinks
Even the en-suite bathroom has retained the luxurious old world charm synonymous with this hotel.
Bath and separate shower
Old school bathroom scale
Comfy robes
The Raffles Courtyard
Casual al fresco setting 
Hot off the stove pizzas and handmade pasta    
Long Bar
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 original Singapore Sling

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.

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.

Day 2:
Breakfast at The Tiffin Room
Buffet Breakfast
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. 
The works!
Sausages, eggs (prepared any way you want), bacon, cereal, fruit, dim sum, porridge, and all the bread and  pastries you desire.
Raspberry Danish
The Tour
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
Curry Lovers must not miss this spread!
A Tiffin Curry Buffet featuring traditional Northern Indian specialties and Asian favourites is served for lunch and dinner.  
I had a great time tasting all the Indian desserts

The Pool
Roof top pool
Good for afternoon naps
The Spa
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!
This is their Spa Suite, they also have a couples private spa suite too
The Empire Cafe
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.

Day 3:
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 wish I were back there again!!!
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....
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
A array of desserts!
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. 

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 :)  

9 comments:

  1. Wah so tempting! But it's kinda ex though :X

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  2. Wow I would love to stay here!!

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  3. Anonymous6:24 pm

    just curious, is this sponsored?

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    1. Yup. But not paid. And no obligation to write abt them.

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  4. Anonymous12:19 am

    Are there any conditions for use of the vouchers? Like only 1 per transaction or minimum spend etc?

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    1. There's minimum spend for each voucher , and not all outlets at the raffles arcade are participating . Think the min spend for 50$ voucher was $500 ... But I can't remember exactly

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  5. Love it! Cant wait to try this too! Please do visit my blog www.thegrandeurtraveler.com

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  6. Anonymous2:40 pm

    Hihi, may I know where you bought the bikini you wore at the roof top pool? It's really nice =D

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    1. It's from aquariche@outlook.com I just reviewed more of their swim wear on my blog today

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