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The Luxury Raffles Hotel, Singapore

First opened in 1887, Raffles Hotel, Singapore epitomises the romance of the Far East – an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial ambiance – and home of the legendary Raffles Butlers and the Singapore Sling.

Evening in Singapore. The scent of frangipani and the soft hum of conversation drift across the Palm Court at Raffles Hotel. Is it 1887 or 2012? The doormen, looking crisp in their distinctive Gieves & Hawkes uniforms, welcome arriving travellers. Somewhere deep in the hotel a butler swoops in from a teak veranda and as the grandfather clock in the airy lobby strikes eight, the piano strikes up… I’ll see you again” (Noel Coward would approve) – and outside, the Travellers’ Palms rustle in the breeze.

There are few hotels in the world whose names have become virtually synonymous with the cities in which they are – and none more so that Raffles, Singapore. Named after Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore, Raffles was opened 125 years ago.

In celebration of 125 years since its opening, the iconic Long Bar at the luxury Singapore hotel has created a new Champagne Sling, the ‘1887’ – inspired by the legendary Singapore Sling and with a base of the hotel’s limited edition Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve Champagne. It’s not your standard tipple, the 1887 is a subtle twist on the traditional sling. The recipe for this high precision cocktail is a closely guarded secret.

The luxury Singapore hotel boasts 103 individually designed suites – 84 Courtyard and Palm Court Suites, 12 Personality Suites, five Grand Hotel Suites and two Presidential Suites, and many rooms come with private balconies. Foodies will also be kept amused with a selctuon of 12 restaurants and bars – we recommend the Tiffin Room – famed for its north Indian curry buffets and posh high tea, Singapore style.

For more information visit Raffles Hotel Singapore.

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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October 3, 2012 | Singapore Singapore City Travel | View comments

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