Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Colonial Elegance - The Raffles Hotel Singapore

And Why I Usually Write in British English

It was Singapore's national day on 9th August (yesterday). The British obtained sovereignty over the island in 1824 and Singapore became one of the British Straits Settlements in 1826. Singapore was occupied by the Japanese in World War II and reverted to British rule after the war. It became internally self-governing in 1959.

Raffles hotel still retains the 1800s colonial elegance from the British rule.

The Raffles Hotel was opened in 1899 and it was named after Singapore's founder Sir Stamford Raffles.

Managed by Raffles International, it is known for its luxurious accommodation and superb restaurants. The hotel houses a tropical garden courtyard, museum and Victorian-style theatre.

It is one of my favourite places to lunch or have tea on special occasions. I was so excited when my husband suggested dinner there for our up and coming anniversary.

See more pictures of this beautiful elegant hotel at its official website. 


  1. Since 1899? This is remarkable and truly elegant. I miss your post! Quite a while. Cheers.

  2. Thank you Obehi! I've been occupied with work, but will try to post more. :)