Raffles hotel sets its eyes on the future

For the 200th anniversary of Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore, the historic hotel has been given a sumptuous makeover and welcomes a roster of world-renowned chefs

The Raffles Hotel in Singapore is just emerging from a two-year renovation
The Raffles Hotel in Singapore is just emerging from a two-year renovation

From chucking peanut shells in the Long Bar to nibbling scones in the Tiffin Room, traditions have always run deep at Raffles (raffles.com; from £486), Singapore’s oldest and grandest hotel. As the Lion City celebrates the 200th anniversary of Stamford Raffles’ arrival, Raffles is putting the finishing touches on a two-year renovation. All the state rooms and suites, of which there are now an impressive 115, have been subtly elevated with sumptuous fabrics and furnishings (and, as usual, a faultlessly refined eye) by Alexandra Champalimaud. The Long Bar remains relatively untouched (cue thousands of nostalgists’ sighs across the globe) and is joined by a full 10 new dining and drinking venues, among them restaurants manned by Michelin matriculate Anne-Sophie Pic, maestro of modern Chinese Jereme Leung and hall-of-famer Alain Ducasse.

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