Raffles, Singapore, 21.9.10
Posted by Lisa Hill on September 21, 2010
Well, here we are in Singapore and it hasn’t taken us long to get used to the high life here at Raffles! There are complimentary drinks (we – yes, predictably – chose Singapore Slings); complimentary chocolates; a complimentary Moon Cake; and even a complimentary mini tea-set, which is rather sweet and a nice way to welcome us when it’s their Moon Festival, eh?
The room is gorgeous. It’s a Palm Court Garden suite, and it’s almost the size of a an apartment or small house. There is a lounge furnished with suitably colonial furniture, a massive bedroom, and a bathroom bigger than my library at home. The ambience is just like those Graham Greene novels you’ve seen on screen except that there’s air-conditioning as well as ceiling fans. We even have our own butler to look after our every need. I don’t have the heart to tell him to stop calling me Mrs Harding!
The flight was uneventful. Screaming babies were a long way away, and the service on Singapore Airlines is always first class even if you’re in economy. I started reading Sarah Dunant’s Sacred Hearts, an airport novel for the lover of the Italian Renaissance, while Tim read up on Spanish cities on his iPad, and it seemed we were here in no time. A most voluble taxi driver pointed out the latest in architectural splendours on the Singapore skyline, but what I love about this city is the profusion of flowers and greenery contrasted against crisp white buildings. Singapore is a truly beautiful place and we are going to have a lovely time when we go out and about tomorrow.