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Raffles Singapore is the best place to wine and dine in Singapore

Raffles Singapore exudes glamour, elegance and timeless beauty, bringing a historic site to life. Few hotels have the global clout, cache and history as Raffles Singapore, the flagship property in the Raffles portfolio and also an official National Monument.

While visiting, guests can revel in a melange of curated experiences from the hotel and immerse themselves in the local art, history, culture and food scenes. Experience the Hawker Food Trail, Trishaw ride around Raffles Singapore and a visit to The Intan, a Singapore Peranakan Home Museum.

Butchers Block

Butcher’s Block is an avant-garde wood-fire dining experience, expressing the elemental affinity and finesse of cooking with wood-fire. Helmed by Chef de Cuisine Jordan Keao, who was born and raised in Hawaii where cooking, fishing, hunting and farming are a part of everyday life, Butcher’s Block showcases his philosophy of whole-animal butchery and zero waste, and his mastery of wood-fire cooking.

Relish a newly expanded range of steaks, including large cuts which are perfect for sharing. From dry-aged cuts to grass-fed options and full-blood wagyu, experience expertly grilled steaks cooked over the wood-fire to perfection.

For the ultimate Butcher’s Block experience, opt for IMUA, a powerful Hawai’ian phrase meaning ‘moving forward with strength and spirit’. Indulge in this signature multi-course dining experience and savour iconic favourites complemented by exclusive off-the-menu creations.

Newly introduced, enjoy fresh produce grown in Butcher’s Block’s very own farm in Singapore. Farmd by Butcher’s Block is an indoor vertical farm using a hybrid horticulture method combining hydroponics with a thin layer of peat extracted deep below the earth’s surface. This method of farming uses 90% less water than conventional farming and aligns with Chef Jordan’s philosophy of respecting the land.

Fine dining at La Dame de Pic

The heritage building has undergone expansion and restoration projects over the years. The most recent – completed in 2019- saw the all-suite hotel made over by New York-based interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, who previously waved her contemporary-classic wand over The Plaza in New York and the Dorchester in London, among many other hotels. While Champalimaud added impactful lighting, modern artworks and sumptuous shapes, she kept the essence of the beloved hotel – the ornate screens, brass bell buttons turned light switches and ceiling fans. And suites still come with broad verandas boasting views over the lush, tropical gardens that cover more than half the hotel’s (prime) real estate.

Perhaps the biggest shake-up has been on the food front, with the opening of fine dining restaurant, La Dame de Pic. It is a collaboration between Raffles and renowned French chef Anne-Sophie Pic. She is of the three-Michelin-starred Maison Pic in Valence, France. Pic’s set menus are unashamedly French, but Pic adds Asian flourishes to dishes like ebi chawanmushi; a tart hering tomato and tuna from Japan; and pigeon in a green curry of laksa.

Yì by Jereme Leung

Meanwhile, celebrity MasterChef Jereme Leung has returned home to Singapore with his restaurant . One of the most influential chefs in the modern Chinese culinary movement, he is known for his innovative Chinese cooking. At Yì you can order flavour bombs like a tartare of durian, crab meat and avocado; or crispy duck stuffed with yam paste.

The Long Bar at Raffles Singapore

The Long Bar continues to dispense Singapore Slings like they are going out of style, which they are most definitely not. Arguably the national drink, this cocktail was invented at Raffles in 1915, by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. He took gin and muddled it with pineapple juice, lime, curaçao and Bénédictine, adding grenadine and cherry liqueur to give it a pretty pink hue. Despite being part of this ultra-luxe hotel, it’s a casual joint to grab a drink – most famously, it’s perhaps the only place in Singapore where littering is encouraged; you’re allowed to toss the shells of the peanuts served here onto the floor.

The Long Bar at Raffles Singapore
The Long Bar at Raffles Singapore

The Writers Bar

The other place to grab a drink is the Writers Bar, created as a tribute the the authors who have resided at Raffles Singapore. Bartenders here mix all manner of creative cocktails, many featuring the exclusive 1915 Raffles Gin that features Asian botanicals of jasmine, kaffir lime leaf, nutmeg, and cardamom. Sample it in a classic gin and tonic, or try the lesser-known Million Dollar Cocktail, also concocted by Tong Boon.

The Writers Bar at Raffles Singapore
The Writers Bar at Raffles Singapore

Tiffin Room

Established in 1892, Tiffin Room celebrates the heritage and flavours of North India.

High tea at the Grand Lobby

Back to that lobby… the setting for high tea every afternoon. Visitors dress up to be bathed in soft daylight streaming through the skylight, while waiters deliver tiered silver platters laden with petite finger sandwiches, raisin scones with clotted cream and rose petal jam, and delicate pastries, all paired with champagne or exquisite teas.

Raffles spa

Teas are also poured in the new Raffles Spa, where you can sign up for hydrotherapy, facials by ISUN, or journeys like the ‘Chakra Deep Sleep Ritual’, featuring massage techniques based on Ayurvedic medicine. I save time to float in the rooftop pool – while Singapore high-rise life buzzes around me, I’m in a Raffles oasis, ensconced in a tropical cocoon surrounded by gleaming skyscrapers.

Spa treatments and wellbeing at Raffles Singapore
Rooftop pool at Raffles Singapore
Rooftop pool at Raffles Singapore

Singapore’s famous hotel

The grand lobby at Raffles Singapore reflects the city-state’s colonial past: every fixture, installation and detail, including the liveried Sikh doormen, enhances the hotel’s old-world splendour. The gravel driveway is reminiscent of an era past, when horse-drawn carriages once chauffeured the hotel’s guests. And the antique grandfather clock, one of the hotel’s oldest pieces of furniture, stands as a testament to the hotel’s status as a National Monument.

The legendary Raffles Singapore has been standing at 1 Beach Road since 1887. First opened by the Armenian Sarkies brothers with just 10-rooms with sea views. Over the decades the glamorous property became a place to see and be seen, frequented by everyone from heads of states and diplomats (Kofi Annan) to pop stars (Michael Jackson and Deep Purple), Hollywood royalty (Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin) and actual royalty (Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate Middleton).

Raffles Singapore restoration

Following restoration works in 2019, the hotel boasts 115 beautifully appointed suites featuring state-of-the-art technology, redesigned bathrooms and pampering amenities.

The meticulous restoration led by acclaimed interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud was also supported by Aedas, a leading global architecture and design firm. Discerning travellers can expect new levels of unrivalled comfort and inimitable service with an enhanced suite experience brought to life by the fabled Raffles Butlers while enjoying the new and reimagined spaces across the hotel.

The revitalised Raffles Singapore offers all-suite accommodations across nine distinct suite categories: State Room Suites, Courtyard Suites, Palm Court Suites, Personality Suites, Residence Suites, Promenade Suites, Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites. Residence, Promenade and Studio suites are the three latest additions to the hotel’s existing line-up, which sees the total suite count increase from 103 suites to 115 suites.

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