As you step into the Raffles Hotel Singapore, you immediately get that air of old-world hospitality enveloped in exclusive luxury. And now, the lavish charm of this 19th-century heritage property can also be savoured at their newly re-opened Raffles Arcade, where you can enjoy premier shopping, dining and lifestyle experience amid glamorous colonial grandeur.
“The Raffles Arcade has always been a place for gathering and recreation and this continues to remain true for the refreshed property,” says Christian Westbeld, general manager, Raffles Hotel Singapore. “Moving with the times, our modern retail vision takes shape with a marriage between tradition and modernity – a discerning edit of exclusive and exciting retail, dining and lifestyle concepts set against the hotel’s unmistakable architectural backdrop.”
A refreshing new oasis in the heart of the city, Raffles Arcade hosts some of the most reputed international brands alongside trendy new entrants making a name for themselves with their upscale offerings.
The best of the world is on offer at the arcade. AC Boutique features works by independent designers, offering a variety of Singapore-based home, fashion and lifestyle brands. International label Minotti presents the best of Italian luxury furniture. And if its German craftsmanship you’re seeking, then check out Rimowa for their distinctive aluminium luggage sets. For watches, head to The Hour Glass for its excellent selection of luxury timepieces from Rolex, Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Söhne and more.
The flagship outlet of the hotel, Raffles Boutique is a refreshing space that presents a wide selection of lovely gifts and souvenirs for visitors who want a memorable memento of the iconic hotel. Their in-house Ah Teng’s Café serves up an array of gourmet coffee and tea, and delish homemade pastries for takeaway.
Tired after a day of sightseeing? The brand-new Raffles Spa is a holistic sanctuary of indulgence that is sure to soothe your aching muscles and fill you with bliss. Catering to men’s grooming needs, Hiro Ginza Premium Barber offers nail, hair and facial care services, as well as a therapeutic head spa treatment.
For a cultural hit, head to Art Matters, a contemporary art and design gallery featuring works from Asia and across the world. Feast your eyes on artwork by masters such as Picasso, Monet and Yayoi Kusama.
Celebrity Master Chef Jereme Leung brings delectable classics to the table at his contemporary Chinese restaurant yì. At the other end of the spectrum, Burger & Lobster’s serves up live Atlantic lobsters, and prime-cut and aged beef burgers alongside colourful cocktails.
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If you have ever wondered about these bags of peanuts on the tables in the Long Bar, they are part of a 100 year old tradition we have here at Raffles. An unique practice adapted from the plantation days, our guests enjoy partaking in the throwing of peanut shells on the floor, this is also quite possibly the only place where littering is encouraged in Singapore! #RafflesHotelSingapore #RafflesHotel #RafflesSingapore #MyRafflesExperience
The legendary Long Bar recreates Malayan plantation life in the 1920s, providing a lush green environ to enjoy their famous Singapore Sling. While the laid-back ambience of the charming Raffles Courtyard is the ideal space to sit back and relish appetising cocktails and Southeast Asian plates.
A place where tradition meets craftsmanship — that’s what defines Raffles Arcade.
This story first appeared on prestigeonline.com