It is that enjoyable power the lodge hopes to reclaim, whereas sustaining the distinctive design and architectural components of its previous. Jon Kastl, a accomplice in Champalimaud, the design agency charged with the renovation, stripped away the gaudy furnishings and lighting fixtures within the foyer to indicate off the unique structure.
“Did you know the entire hotel, the public areas and guest areas, were painted in the same color white, a color we now call Raffles white,” he stated. “It has such a purity to it. It feels fresh and clean.” In the visitor rooms, they stored the historic flooring fabricated from eucalyptus.
The storied Long Bar has remained. The lodge serves a model of the Singapore Sling that’s made by a gin named Sipsmith; it’s produced by Sam Galsworthy, a Brit whose nice, nice, nice, nice, great-uncle is Sir Raffles. (Mr. Galsworthy beneficial ordering a drink to go, to drink in your room. “My preferred spot for a Sling would be on the veranda of one’s own room overlooking the courtyard,” he stated. “Joyous!”)
The Raffles administration insisted on sustaining many elements of the lodge as to not upset locals, particularly members of the older era. Approximately 80 to 85 p.c of the lodge’s meals and beverage enterprise is pushed by native residents celebrating birthdays within the eating places and weddings within the ballroom. Many of the suites are booked by Singaporeans who wish to exhibit the property to associates and enterprise colleagues on the town.
“To have such a grand, 19th-century hotel in such a small destination like Singapore, we’ve become the pride of the country,” stated Mr. Westbeld. “We could do everything behind the scenes to update and refresh, but we can’t become too avant-garde and futuristic.”
But some elements needed to go. The Raffles Grill, a plain room with nondescript wood flooring and white partitions, is now Le Dame de Pic, a restaurant helmed by Anne-Sophie Pic, a three-Michelin-starred French chef, who thrives on working with greens. (Since Raffles was the primary lodge in Singapore to make use of a French chef, that is a approach of continuous with custom.)
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