Where Bedtime Stories Come Standard
Captain Whalley emerged like a diver on the other side, and in the desert shade between the walls of closed warehouses removed his hat to cool his brow. A certain disrepute attached to the calling of a landlady of a boarding house. These women were said to be rapacious, unscrupulous, untruthful; and though he condemned no class of his fellow creatures...
And thus begins our bedtime story tonight. You see, as we write this it has just turned midnight. We're in Singapore, in one of the 103 suites (called "residences") of the famed Raffles Hotel. Every moment surrounded by the colonial architecture, lush flora and entire history of the Raffles seems a fantasy. Even turndown service reinforced this, with the placement of a 4-page story excerpt from Joseph Conrad's "End of the Tether."
Despite being terribly exhausted after a 22-hour journey from New York-JFK via Frankfurt to Singapore on the inaugural Singapore Airlines A380 service on this route, we are going to read this entire thing and we're going to love it. It's details like these that put a smirk on our face or maybe the beginnings of a sentimental tear in our eye. And though the Raffles typically starts at $500+ per night, it's one destination hotel that continues to live up to its reputation (and justifies the price).
Off to read that story through now. Trust that we'll have more from inside the Raffles soon, and there really is so much more...
[Disclosure: We stayed as a guest of Singapore Airlines while on assignment for Jaunted.com. All photos and opinions are utterly and completely our own.]