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All the fables of the exotic East
An icon reborn
The 2019 restoration of Raffles Hotel breathed new life into our storied building, enhancing its regal elegance and old-world appeal while retaining its special ambience and charm. New bars, restaurants, courtyards and social areas were opened to enhance Raffles' reputation as the place to meet, spend time, shop and celebrate. In a vibrant city where modern buildings compete to touch the sky, this authentically preserved colonial-style treasure – declared a National Monument in 1987 – takes pride of place. Intricately woven into the hotel are lush tropical gardens which occupy more than a quarter of the estate, providing a soothing contrast to the urban hustle and bustle. It is not uncommon to hear birdsong beyond your verandah and the rustle of palm leaves in the breeze. You are in an oasis of exquisite tranquillity.
Our guest book
Raffles has welcomed a cavalcade of legendary names throughout its history. Writers, movie stars, dignitaries and journalists all found inspiration and conviviality here, among them Rudyard Kipling, Elizabeth Taylor, Somerset Maugham, Ava Gardner and Noël Coward. At a time when global travel was a luxury available only to a select few, the stories these personalities shared – both facts and fables – contributed to Raffles’ renown. Thanks to them and myriad other guests over the decades, the Long Bar, the Singapore Sling and the legendary welcome from our Raffles Doormen and Butlers became famed the world over.
Ways to arrive
Singapore is linked by two land crossings to the Malaysian peninsula. The Causeway is a popular and often congested entry point connecting Woodlands in the north of Singapore directly into the heart of Johor Bahru. A second, faster crossing, known as the Second Link, has been built between Tuas in western Singapore and Tanjung Kupang in the western part of Johor state. It is used by some of the luxury bus services.
Singapore is one of the few countries that you can enter or leave by taxi. While normal Singaporean taxis are not allowed to cross into Malaysia and vice versa, specially licensed Singaporean taxis are permitted to go to the Kotaraya shopping mall, while Malaysian taxis, which can go anywhere in Malaysia, can be taken from Rochor Road. In the reverse direction, towards Singapore, you can take taxis from Kotaraya to any point in central Singapore or Changi Airport.
Ferries link Singapore with the neighbouring Indonesian province of Riau Islands and the Malaysian state of Johor. Singapore has four ferry terminals handling international ferries: Harbour Front, formerly World Trade Centre, near the southern part of the Central Business District, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on the East Coast, Changi Ferry Terminal and Changi Point Ferry Terminal, at the eastern end of the island.
Award-winning Changi International Airport is served by over 100 airlines with about 6,300 weekly scheduled flights to some 220 cities in 60 countries worldwide, with Singapore Airlines as the national carrier of Singapore.
Celebrating some of the recognition gratefully received over more than a century.