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Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Today was our last day in Singapore and more importantly our last day in Raffles. We didn't have to checkout of our suite until 12:00 but we wanted to see more of the city and make the most of our last day, so after breakfast we packed up and Alvero came to collect our bags. They were going to hold on to them until we got the limo back to the airport.
We made the most of the extra day we were given to use our hop on hop off ticket, which could also be used on the river boat. We took the bus to the Singapore Flyer (a big Ferris wheel) and from there got the river boat. Unsurprisingly it was another very hot and humid day and we alternated between sitting inside the boat and on the rear deck in the hope of catching some breeze.
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We did the complete tour on the boat and then caught a river taxi across to the Marina Bay Sands hotel. The intention was to go up to the top and have a drink but instead we continued by foot to the Gardens by the Bay. We didn't do the full walk around the gardens, although I'm sure they'd be impressive just from the little we did see. We did however explore their two domes - a flower dome and a cloud forrest. If we'd have known what they were going to be like we would have done the flower dome first. The cloud Forrest was so impressive that the flower dome was a bit of a disappointment. When you first walk in to the cloud Forrest you can't help but just stop and exclaim, as we both did. Being English, I'm not normally one for public displays of emotion, but I couldn't help but let out an audible "wow".

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We spent a couple of hours here and then made our way back to the hotel.
We had a final dinner in the Raffles Courtyard with some cocktails and wood oven pizza. They have a timeline cocktail list which has one cocktail from each decade the hotel has been open. My choice was a Rose and Rickey which was popular in 1935 (a good era for me to choose). It was basically gin, cucumber and carbonated rose water. Very refreshing. I'd have liked to work my way down the menu but we were running out of time.

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Raffles had given us a key to use the spa to get showered and changed before we had to catch our flight. In our haste we just grabbed a couple of things from our cases and went up to shower. It was only after we got changed Susan realised she had grabbed her pyjama top! So we spent our last couple of hours at Raffles in the Writers Bar, which had become my favourite spot, with Susan dressed in her pjs. The barman kept pouring me double gins (on the house) and Susan had a couple more Singapore Slings as we sat and listened to the piano. The pianist came over and introduced himself and had a chat. Alvero insisted he take photos of us, and we also got some of him. We were very sad at leaving, it had been an amazing place to stay. All the staff had been wonderful, everyone of them knew our names and nothing was too much bother. I realise that is what you pay for but it was an incredible experience, cannot fault it at all. As we waited in the Writers Bar for our driver the pianist played Moon River, the theme from Breakfast at Tiffany's and I admit I MAY have got a bit teary, prob a bit of dust in my eye. I couldn't think of a more fitting tune to be playing as we said our goodbyes and headed to the airport.

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Posted by RUMissingUsYet 02:01

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where's the photo of Alvero? I'm sure the staff don't treat all their guests with such care and love - you two are just special and lovely and that's reflected in how you are treated! either that or they were bored, maybe it was a slow time!

by Elizabeth

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