In 1915, an enterprising barman at the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore concocted the ultimate gentleman's tropical cocktail, dubbed the Singapore Sling. The hotel, which opened in 1887, is named after Stamford Raffles, who founded colonial Singapore as a trading post of the British East India Company, which had already established a reputation for the ultimate in service and style.
A suitably beautiful new book, Soirees, Sojourns & Stories: By Raffles, now available on Amazon, celebrates 130 years of its impeccable hospitality and timeless sophistication. The 200-page slipcased volume, with text by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, is a collaboration between Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Rizzoli New York, one of our favorite publishers of world-class coffee table tomes.
From the opening of its Singapore flagship 130 years ago to the latest chapter, being the recent unveiling of Raffles Europejski Warsaw, a re-imagining of a stunning historic luxury hotel, the story "weaves through history to reveal how Raffles created its extraordinary legacy of bygone elegance and exceptional hospitality across the globe," from Singapore to Cambodia, Dubai, Istanbul, Paris, Warsaw, the Seychelles, and more.
Archival materials complement gorgeous photography and original illustrations by Luke Edward Hall, alongside remarkable stories, pithy anecdotes, literary excerpts, recipes and more, designed to "fascinate hotel buffs and wanderlust-filled luxury aficionados everywhere." Wes Anderson fans will particularly enjoy it, and it's easy to see that the cult director sought inspiration in Singapore.
The timing of the book is especially fortuitous as Raffles prepares to open its first-ever U.S. hotel in Boston come 2021, while the original Singapore flagship is currently undergoing a careful and sensitive restoration to be completed this year. Other highly-regarded properties of the luxury hotel brand include Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris, Raffles Seychelles, and Raffles Istanbul.
At every location, Raffles Butlers deliver the ultimate in discreet, bespoke service, while Raffles Spas are noted for their aesthetic beauty and powers of rejuvenation – which might also be said of their famous cocktails, like that legendary Singapore Sling.