Singapore…A City in a Garden!
Trip Recap August 27th - September 3rd, 2013

September 3
I was supposed to stay at the ParkRoyal for this night as well but on speaking with the Hotel Fort Canning, I was able to move over there to experience this hotel as well…what a treat!! I managed to enjoy a wonderful breakfast in the lounge at the ParkRoyal before moving over and getting ready to visit one of the icons of Singapore, the Raffles Hotel, where I would be met, taken on a tour of the guest only hotel areas then finish off with a delicious Tea. Situated within the grounds of the Fort Canning Gardens, the Hotel Fort Canning hotel is secluded and classy. Sitting out on my little patio it was hard to get moving but I knew I had to see the Raffles before leaving.

The history of Hotel Fort Canning is an intriguing story, one that dates back to the early 20th Century. Considered as an iconic heritage hotel in Singapore, the Hotel Fort Canning building is the result of the restoration of a former British Military Administration Building. According to the history of Fort Canning, this military building was built in 1926 as the Administration Building of the British Far East Command HQ. The General-Officer-Commanding, Lieutenant-General Percival, had an office in this building. The building was occupied by the Japanese Military during the Occupation (1942-1945). After the war, the British Military took it back and used it as part of the British Military Administration.

After independence in 1965, the building was taken over by the Singapore Armed Forces, and in 1970, the building was used by the Singapore Command & Staff College (SCSC). In 1976, the SCSC moved out of the building, and it remained unoccupied until 1995, where it housed Fort Canning Country Club.

In November 2002, the present owners took over the premises and launched a premium members-only town club called The Legends Fort Canning Park. The brand expansion of the company led to the conceptualization of a revolutionary luxury hospitality service. In July 2011, the restored heritage building re-opened as Hotel Fort Canning Hotel, along with the stunning Glass House. The conservation building was styled by award-winning DP Architects to incorporate the finest hospitality amenities

What can one say about the Raffles….it is Singapore. Immortalized by writers including Somerset Maugham, Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Hemingway and Alfred Hitchcock, Raffles is the perfect place from which to explore Singapore. Or in which to merely sit and watch the world go by. The legendary Palm Court, the white marble colonnades and the unique air of romantic grandeur transport you back to a more elegant age, while the seamless service, contemporary technology and attention to detail is completely of our time.

I was met by Nicole, Sales Manager, and taken for a tour that only guests really see, past the sign that says ‘Residents Only’, there is another world. I was taken back in time as I walked past wicker chairs and tables that guests can sit on a relax over a drink or just read on the teak verandas, past courtyards filled with tropical plants and birds…another world, I felt I should be dressed in a long flowing gown carrying a parasol. The rooms are furnished in keeping with tradition and yet modernized in ways that do not take away from the ambiance of Raffles. Quiet times sitting in the parlour of your huge room just being in this very traditional luxury hotel is well, luxurious.

Once the tour was over I was taken to the Tiffin Room where we would take High Tea. I am really boring when it comes to tea, I like English Breakfast with milk. I know there are so many more, but for me, this is the pause that refreshes. Tiffin, properly defined as a light mid-day meal, has long been a Raffles tradition. Again I was amazed at what is included in Afternoon Tea or High Tea or English Tea as they some times call it. So much more than sandwiches, cakes and scones…

Of course we had to take a photo of me with the Sikh attired Doorman…that is tradition and I was ordered to do so…happily I might add. What a way to end my time here and what memories I have of Singapore. I can hardly wait to show you, so do watch for an upcoming tour in 2015. You will not be disappointed as there will be much more to be included….

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Singapore, not only a city, but a country and an island of incredible gardens, green landscapes, green roofs, vertical green plantings and architecture and such kind people….simply a garden lovers mecca.

My flight home on the 4th was really too early to try and get to the terminals at Changi to see the green garden trails there. I will have to leave that for another time but what I did see there was a clean spacious airport, just waiting to be explored.



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