Raffles Hotel Staycation Singapore : Relax & Rejuvenate!

Raffles Hotel has finally launched its Summer Staycation Package 2013! If it’s history, luxury and impeccable service you’re looking for, Raffles Hotel is definitely the place to enjoy a Singapore staycation!

 Iconic Sikh Doorman of the Raffles Hotel
Iconic Sikh Doorman of the Raffles Hotel

The Raffles Hotel is really an exclusive hotel! Guests are known as “Residents” at the hotel and every person that passes through the main lobby will be screened. Non-residents can only view the classy lobby from the doors of the hotel…

 Posh Lobby of Raffles Hotel
Posh Lobby of Raffles Hotel

 Lavish stairs
Lavish stairs

 Natural sunlight brightens the lobby of the hotel
Natural sunlight brightens the lobby of the hotel

Here’s a low down of our itinerary for the staycation at Raffles Hotel

Day 1

- Check-in (Relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel)
- Dinner at Raffles Courtyard with its newly revamped Italian menu
- Drinks at Long Bar (with Singapore Sling demonstration)

Day 2

- Breakfast @ Tiffin Room
- Tour of the hotel by Resident Historian Mr Leslie Danker
(Inspired us to write the post about “10 Interesting facts You never knew about Raffles Hotel“)
- Famous Northern Indian Curry Buffet @ Tiffin Room
- Raffles Spa Experience
- Dinner at the Empire Cafe

Day 3

- Sunday Brunch @ Bar and Billiard Room
- Relax and late check-out @ 6pm!

Rich History combined with colonial luxury at the Raffles Hotel Singapore

Courtyard Suite of the Raffles Hotel

For our readers who are still not aware, Raffles Hotel only has suites! There are 103 suites including Courtyard Suites, Palmcourt Suites, Personality Suites, Grand Hotel Suites and the Presidential Suites. Suites starts at about $700 per night to as much as $10,000 per night for the Presidential Suite (floor area of 280 square meters)!

We were pleasantly surprised by our Courtyard Suite. It had a dining space, a living area, the huge room and an even more surprisingly big bathroom! All with a high ceiling and colonial style decorations!

 Dining area of Courtyard Suite
Dining area of Courtyard Suite

 Parlour (aka Living Area) of the Suite
Parlour (aka Living Area) of the Suite

 Colonial styled decoration at Raffles Hotel Singapore
Colonial styled decoration at Raffles Hotel Singapore

 King size bed and porcelain lamp stands in the bedroom
King size bed and porcelain lamp stands in the bedroom

 Cabinets with hidden TV
Cabinets with hidden TV

 2 basins!
2 basins!

 Arty shot of the toiletries
Arty shot of the toiletries

 Spacious bathroom with bathtub and separate shower point
Spacious bathroom with bathtub and separate shower point

 Arty shot of the Courtyard Suite Bedroom
Arty shot of the Courtyard Suite Bedroom

 Personalised, Hand Written Welcome Note!
Personalised, Hand Written Welcome Note!

 Welcome gifts including a fruit basket, $500 voucher and Raffles Room Spray
Welcome gifts including a fruit basket, $500 voucher and Raffles Room Spray


Tour of the Courtyard Suite of the Raffles Hotel

The entire suite exudes charm and class. The attention to details can be seen from the porcelain lamp stands, porcelain elephant in the bathroom, colonial era cabinets and of course the signature 14 foot high ceilings. There were actually 2 televisions in the room. The only comment is that the TVs are granny TVs. We found out from our hosts that the TVs were actually the top of the line in 1991. The cabinets were also custom made to fit the TVs. If you notice, the TVs are actually flat screens as well. We’ll be sure to look out for the upgrade during the next renovation!

Beside our suite is the hall of fame…

 Hall of Fame - Photos of Famous Personalities who Stayed here
Hall of Fame – Photos of Famous Personalities who Stayed here

Celebrities and foreign dignitaries often check in with the Raffles Hotel. These famous people include the Queen of England, Netherlands, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Michael Jackson, Sting, Michael Bolton, Karen Mok, Maggie Cheung and Jackie Chan!

Staycation for the Kids @ Raffles Hotel Singapore

 My Adventure Passport - Kids Staycation @ Raffles Hotel Singapore!
My Adventure Passport – Kids Staycation @ Raffles Hotel Singapore!

If you’re wondering what will the kids be doing during their staycation at the Raffles Hotel, fret not! There is a suite of activities inside the “My Adventure Passport”, specially created to keep the kids entertained!

Kids will be on mini quests whereby there will accomplish missions such as taking a photo with the doorman of the Raffles Hotel. For each mission completed, a stamp is given and upon completion of a number of missions, they will be rewarded with ice creams, pizza making sessions and more!

Facilities of the Raffles Hotel Singapore

The Raffles Hotel is huge! 300,000 square feet in land area and 25% of it is dedicated to its lush greeneries

 The Lawn @ Raffles Hotel Singapore
The Lawn @ Raffles Hotel Singapore

 Courtyard and Gardens of Raffles Hotel
Courtyard and Gardens of Raffles Hotel

 Facade of the Raffles Hotel to show how extensive it is
Facade of the Raffles Hotel to show how extensive it is

It is actually very possible to get lost. Or to take a long time to find your way around. For instance, Kate and I actually got lost when we tried to locate restaurants of the hotel! Whenever, we wanted to find the Lawn, it almost always seemed illusive. Maybe we’re just blind – directionally.

The Raffles Hotel has all the facilities you’d expect of a luxury class hotel that includes a beautiful swimming pool, a gym, sauna, steam bath and also a in house spa known as Raffles Amrita Spa.

 Raffles Hotel Swimming Pool!
Raffles Hotel Swimming Pool!

 Jacuzzi at Raffles Hotel Swimming Pool
Jacuzzi at Raffles Hotel Swimming Pool


Swimming Pool of Raffles hotel Singapore

 Entrance to Raffles Amrita Spa
Entrance to Raffles Amrita Spa

Dinner at Raffles Courtyard

After a relaxing check-in, we headed to the Raffles Courtyard to check out the new Italian menu.

 Relaxed atmosphere of the Raffles Courtyard in the evening
Relaxed atmosphere of the Raffles Courtyard in the evening

In addition to our previous trip to Raffles Courtyard, we would like to highlight the carpaccio, lasagna as well as the vanilla ice cream!

 Raffles Courtyard Beef Carpaccio
Raffles Courtyard Beef Carpaccio

 Lasagna @ Raffles Courtyard
Lasagna @ Raffles Courtyard

 pVanilla Ice Cream of the Raffles Courtyard Raffles Hotel Singapore
Vanilla Ice Cream of the Raffles Courtyard Raffles Hotel Singapore

The beef carpaccio tasted really refreshing! Although it was our second time trying it, the fresh taste of the herbs, lime and beef once again caught our attention. The lasagna was strongly recommended by our host and it did not disappoint. The rich flavours of the marinated beef together with the cheese complemented the fresh pasta to give us that “Oh” reaction. (“Oh” means “Oh, this is quite good!”). Last but not least, the vanilla is the real deal. Try it and you may just get addicted to it. Maybe the next time you walk past Raffles Courtyard, you’ll be tempted to take away a scoop of the vanilla ice cream…beware of its charms…

Cocktails and Singapore Sling at the Long Bar Raffles Hotel

Long Bar is home to the original Singapore Sling. Created around 1915 by Mr Ngiam Tong Boon, the drink was created to allow ladies of that time to have a drink under the disguise of a fancy coloured cocktail.

 pThe Original Singapore Sling at the Long Bar Raffles Hotel
The Original Singapore Sling at the Long Bar Raffles Hotel

There was also a demonstration set up just for us to show the concoction of drinks named after the countries where Raffles Hotels are…

 Liquors set up for the demonstration
Liquors set up for the demonstration


How to make the Original Singapore Sling

 Singapore Sling and the drinks of Cambodia, France, Indonesia, Philippines and Seychelles
Singapore Sling and the drinks of Cambodia, France, Indonesia, Philippines and Seychelles

Our favourite was Seychelles and the Singapore Sling. You must try the Singapore Sling! Frankly speaking, we have not tried anything like it. All the other “Singapore Slings” that we have ever tried, does not even come close to the original one!

Breakfast and Lunch at the Tiffin Room

Tiffin Room is a classy restaurant (dress code to go along) that offers good food with exceptional service. I mean, our waiter actually remembered what we ordered the day before! :o

 Interior of the Tiffin Room @ Raffles Hotel Singapore
Interior of the Tiffin Room @ Raffles Hotel Singapore

The breakfast at Tiffin room is a semi-buffet where you can order some main courses from the menu and enjoy the rest of the buffet from the spread…

 Menu of the semi-buffet breakfast at Tiffin Room
Menu of the semi-buffet breakfast at Tiffin Room

 Egg Benedict from Raffles Hotel Singapore
Egg Benedict from Raffles Hotel Singapore

Our favourite has got to be the egg benedict. Really makes us wonder how the chef can create such a complex dish from such a humble ingredient. Firm on the outside but runny on the inside (the yolk literally exploded when we went in). Remarkable control of the temperatures!

The Northern Indian Curry Buffet from the Tiffin Room is also a famous main stay of the Raffles Hotel.

 Tiffin Room Buffet Lunch at Raffles Hotel Singapore
Tiffin Room Buffet Lunch at Raffles Hotel Singapore

The curries, sweets and desserts have made a name for themselves. Our favourite was the raisin ice cream (aka raisin kulfi)

 Famous raisin ice cream aka raisin kulfi @ Tiffin Room
Famous raisin ice cream aka raisin kulfi @ Tiffin Room

 Tea after the lunch at Tiffin Room
Tea after the lunch at Tiffin Room

The tea after lunch served up in colonial era tea pot added a touch to the stylish buffet lunch!

Tour around Raffles Hotel

Mr Leslie Danker, the resident historian with more than 40 years of experience took us on a tour around Raffles Hotel.

 Mr Leslie Danker @ the Raffles Grill
Mr Leslie Danker @ the Raffles Grill

The Raffles Grill was redecorated to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. The cabinet (at the end of the Grill) as well as the design was done to celebrate the event. In the Grill, there is also a story about the Silver Wagon which was buried during WW2 to prevent it from being taken by the Japanese. It was then re-discovered and now displayed prominently in its former glory, in the Grill.

 The Buried Silver Wagon at Grill Raffles Hotel
The Buried Silver Wagon at Grill Raffles Hotel

 Clock in the lobby over 40 years old!
Clock in the lobby over 40 years old!

 Bar and Billiard Room Raffles Hotel
Bar and Billiard Room Raffles Hotel

The famous story of a tiger shot dead under the Bar & Billiard Room of the Raffles Hotel is TRUE! In 1902, there was a travelling circus near beach road. In those days, beach road was really close to the beach and a tiger escaped from the circus and went for a dip.

After the dip, the tiger rested BENEATH the Bar and Billiard Room of the Raffles Hotel. One of the hotel staff saw the tiger and went to a school opposite to ask the principal (Mr Charles Phillips) to help kill the tiger. Charles also happened to be a hunter.

Initially, Charles declined because he attended a function that evening and got a bit tipsy. But since it was a matter of life and death, he agreed and went over, still in his pyjamas. On his first attempt, he took 3 shots and COMPLETELY MISSED THE TIGER! Well, partially due to the alcohol and also that it was quite dark.

Then the tiger turned over. With its eyes gleaming in the dark, Charles took another shot and this time it went right between its eyes. This news was true and was featured in the local newspapers in 1902.

 Tiger killed beneath the billiard table?
Tiger killed beneath the billiard table? Where where?

But people often mistaken this story to have taken place beneath the billiard table in the Bar and Billiard Room. (The tiger was shot beneath the room, not the table) Today, you may still find many visitors peering beneath the billiard tables, trying to find out the truth to this story…

Thanks to Mr Danker and his tour, it inspired us to write about the 10 Interesting facts You never knew about Raffles Hotel.

Presidential Suite of the Raffles Hotel Singapore

As part of the tour, we were shown the Presidential Suite (also known as Sir Stamford Raffles Suite) of the Raffles Hotel! All the bloggers went trigger crazy!

 Living Room of the Presidential Suite
Living Room of the Presidential Suite

 Dining area of the Presidential Suite Raffles Hotel
Dining area of the Presidential Suite Raffles Hotel

 Bedroom 1 of Presidential Suite Raffles Hotel
Bedroom 1 of Presidential Suite Raffles Hotel

 Bedroom 2 of Presidential Suite RaffleS Hotel
Bedroom 2 of Presidential Suite RaffleS Hotel


Tour of the Raffles Hotel Presidential Suite

The Presidential Suite was simply luxurious! Now we know how the rich and famous really live it up in style and class! :p

Dinner at the Empire Cafe Raffles Hotel

The Empire Cafe is famed for its local delights. We were introduced to the dim sum, curry as well as its famed laksa that even Jackie Chan craves for!

 Inside Empire Cafe Raffles Hotel
Inside Empire Cafe Raffles Hotel

 Menu for the evening at Empire Cafe
Menu for the evening at Empire Cafe

 Starting with the Teh Tarik
Starting with the Teh Tarik

Of the dim sums, we really enjoyed the siew mai and the seafood spring roll. The siew mai had an additional seasoning that made the overall taste that much sweeter. The seafood spring roll was fresh on the inside and crispy on the outside. Not oily at all.

 Siew Mai Empire Cafe Raffles Hotel
Siew Mai Empire Cafe Raffles Hotel

 Seafood Spring Roll
Seafood Spring Roll

 Chicken Curry Empire Cafe
Chicken Curry at Empire Cafe

 Jackie Chan's favourite Laksa @ Raffles Hotel Empire Cafe
Jackie Chan’s favourite Laksa @ Raffles Hotel Empire Cafe

The chicken curry was not as rich as we expected. However, it was also adequately salted unlike many curries that would be too salty. As with most curries, the gravy went well with the rice that was served. The laksa had another story to it…

According to our host (Kenny), the laksa at Empire Cafe is Jackie Chan’s favourite. When Jackie Chan enters Empire Cafe, his colleauges would tell him “Your Mr Chan is here…”

Jackie Chan would then proceed to consume his laksa and even go for seconds with just the gravy and tau pok. With the fresh ingredients, the laksa was good. But we prefer the rich tasting ones, think Katong…

 Sago Gula Melaka
Sago Gula Melaka

The important thing about this dish is ability of the sago to retain its small granular texture. This sago did. After taking the advice from Kenny to mix all the coconut and gula melaka in, the sago did taste quite good. Not the best we’ve had but good nonetheless.

Sunday Brunch @ Bar and Billiard Room Raffles Hotel

On our 3rd day, we went for the highlight of our staycation – the Sunday Champagne Brunch @ the Bar and Billiard Room.

To us, this was definitely the Best Sunday Brunch Champagne Buffet in Singapore. Here’s why…

1. Variety. It is quite impossible to try all the foods at this Sunday Brunch. It boasts of a huge selection of foods from appetizers to carvings to pastries to mains to sea food and even a huge dessert buffet! If you ever get to try all the dish from this buffet – Respect man.

 Large Variety of food from the Sunday Buffet Brunch Raffles Hotel
Large Variety of food from the Sunday Buffet Brunch Raffles Hotel

2. Quality. Having tasted many cuisines worldwide, it is not easy to “wow” us and at this buffet, we were “wowed” several times! The lamb, pork, oyster, foie gras, ravioli and dessert spread were some of the food that caught our attention.

 Ravioli, Foie Gras and Seafood Spread @ Bar and Billiard Room Sunday Brunch
Ravioli, Foie Gras and Seafood Spread @ Bar and Billiard Room Sunday Brunch

3. Bubbly. Since we are on words that end with “y”…The Champagne added a touch of class to this Sunday Brunch. It is no ordinary champagne but the Billecart-Salmon Champagne. This champagne has a rich history that complements the rich history of the Raffles Hotel and the class of the Bar and Billiard Room.

 Billecart-Salmon Champagne served at the Bar and Billiard Room Sunday Brunch
Billecart-Salmon Champagne served at the Bar and Billiard Room Sunday Brunch

4. Classy. The colonial decoration, excellent quality of food and personalised service really made this Sunday Brunch stand out from its competitors. A class above.

 Quality food at the Raffles Hotel Sunday Brunch
Quality food at the Raffles Hotel Sunday Brunch

Raffles Hotel Summer Staycation Package 2013!

If you’re thinking that you may be priced out to enjoy a staycation at Raffles Hotel, here’s great news for you! The newly launched summer staycation package costs only $550++ (per suite per night) and includes the following

- 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
 
The special rate is extended to residents in Singapore, including Singapore Citizens, PRs, and work pass holders. The Suite Package will be valid only during the Weekends from 1 September 2013 onwards.

After calculation, it is actually quite hua (worth it) to enjoy the staycation package at the Raffles Hotel. The welcome drinks and smoothies will cost about $100 (for a family of 5 inclusive of 3 kids / Singapore Sling costs $26++). Breakfast at Tiffin is usually $45++ per person. While dinner at B&B is $75++ per person.

Conclusion : If you include the meals of a family of 5, the suite is practically free! :o

What are you waiting for? For enquiries or reservations on the Staycation Package, please contact the Reservations Department at (65) 6412 1244 or email roomreservation@raffles.com.

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**Special thanks to the great people @ Raffles Hotel for making this staycation possible!

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One Response to Raffles Hotel Staycation Singapore : Relax & Rejuvenate!

  1. Tom says:

    Raffles hotel always intrigues me whenever I drive pass it. I have considered doing a staycation there a couple of times. But I figured 550 for a night is really quite an amount. BUT looking at your restaurant reviews, I think that is an amount that does not have as huge an impact on my wallet. So I will definitely check out the branch there! :)

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