Afternoon tea at raffles hotel singapore book

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afternoon tea at raffles hotel singapore book

Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel by Fleur Vella-Chang

I live in a magical place called Singapore where it’s summer all year round. Here, a tiger escaped from a circus and was found in a very famous hotel. Here, on some mornings, I’m fortunate enough to spot an Oriental Pied Hornbill or a handsome grey monkey looking suspiciously at me through my living room window. There are also snakes that live here, so enormous they can eat small dogs!

There are buildings that when lined up side-by-side, form all the colours of a crayon set. There are majestic colonial buildings and very modern ones—one looks like a cracked egg and the other a ship liner floating on the water. There is a building that looks like a durian fruit, a fruit with a very peculiar smell; I think it smells like mouldy gym socks. Apparently, it’s very delicious but I’m still not brave enough to try it.

It seems a bit funny that their favourite animal in Singapore is a mythological creature. It’s called a Merlion and it’s half lion, half mermaid.

In Singapore there is a zoo, which is a bit like Noah’s Ark—where almost every animal in the world can be found. It’s an open concept zoo, which means there are no big fences dividing you from the animal exhibits. It’s pretty scary because you can see the white tigers up very close. I’m sure I saw one smirking and stroking his whiskers thinking that I would make a tasty dinner treat.
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Tiffin Room for afternoon tea at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore

For our trip to Singapore, I made only one restaurant booking from Australia — high tea at the Raffles Hotel. On the day, I was glad we had a reservation; well before the doors to the Tiffin Room were opened, we stood in a long line of people with reservations, all eagerly waiting to get in. We peered through the windows at the elegant table settings. There was self-service iced tea and water available, but champagne and hot tea were noticeably slow to be served. Waiters in white jackets and black ties wove their way gracefully around the room to deliver three-tiered stands to all the tables. Within the wonky silver frame were finger sandwiches and little cakes. Not a big deal, but I was surprised that in an establishment such the Raffles Hotel where attention to detail should be impeccable, this crooked stand had not been taken out of service.

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I have just come back from Singapore and booked High Tea at Raffles. When we arrived they offered us a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate the year anniversary. I queried and they said it was an offer for the month and was not optional. So a warning check the price before you sit down as they will change the price without notifying you. I felt conned and did not expect such underhand tactics from such a respected establishment. I would have called for the manager, a policeman and a brigade of guards if necessary, and had the waiter try to deny he said ''complimentary'' and all the other nonsense about a month long ''non optional offer''.

The hotel has been closed to guests since December as it carried out a complete restoration , and is scheduled to reopen in August. It has expanded its suite count to and added a spa, new dining options , and spaces including a History Gallery to highlight its heritage. The iconic hotel was founded in and was the first iteration of what is now a luxury brand with properties in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. This week it announced that it would open its first property in Bahrain. The Afternoon Tea service includes a classic three-tier silver stand for scones, rose petal jam, finger sandwiches and desserts by pastry chef Tai Chien Lin.


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    September 3,

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