The visa entry form on arrival at Singapore is lengthy and not easy to complete on a phone. Why not advise clients in advance of the need to complete AND that it has to be completed every time you enter the country?
Will possibly be in touch in New Year to check if you have any exciting offers for somewhere hot in February
Russell always delivers a great service. We have used DialAFlight for many years now. Service is always prompt and it puts our mind at rest knowing there is assistance should we ever need it.
Ross always finds us the best deal and the best routes. We had one leg - from Singapore to Chiang Mai with Scoot (think Singapore Airlines version of easyJet and friendlier). Most people had to pay for food and drink - our seats were pre booked and we also had a surprise light meal and drink included. DialAFlight is always my first choice for business or leisure travel
Perfect as always.
Fergus Convery has been most helpful and reassuring
Even with a hiccup from the hotel Dominic sorted us out immediately. DialAFlight will be my go to travel agent for the future as I have had excellent support and service for a very reasonable price.
Excellent service as always thanks to Aidan
I was delighted with both my choices of hotels. I had an amazing time and a fantastic holiday! Also the service that Brody provided and the fact that you get the same person to deal with from start to finish was for me an excellent experience and I would definitely recommend DialAFlight
Lucas knows his customers well and provides a wonderful service every time
I have been with DAF for many years now -always excellent service
Amazing service and continued support whenever I had a question. Wouldn't hesitate to use again and have already recommended to friends.
Great selection of hotels - perfect in each location
Impressive service from point of first contact. Got immediate response any time I had a query. I had a query when on the trip which again was answered swiftly. I would certainly recommend using DialAFlight and have already told lots of people about their amazing service.
Grant was extremely helpful and efficient, as always.
I always use DialAFlight as they are very helpful and well informed. Would highly recommend!
Jack Sulliman arranged everything to perfection. Good connecting flights at Singapore.
Everything about this trip was great. The planning by Ian was seamless, we got everything we asked for and more. CANNOT FAULT!
DialAFlight came up trumps with our holiday in Bali with stopovers at Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Hotels were excellent and we were even upgraded in Bali. Many thanks to Philippa for organising a perfect holiday. Will definitely use again.
Excellent service as usual! I continue to recommend you to everyone I meet
All went smoothly and incredibly good service from Ewan. Will certainly use again. Much appreciated
As ever service from Nick and Joe was excellent.
Travis as always was exceptionally helpful throughout the process, even calling me a couple of days before departure to remind me about on online entry visa requirement and wish us well
Mark and colleagues very helpful - happy to amend bookings as we changed our itinerary. Very quick to respond to any queries. Took the stress out of long haul travel after 4 years of pandemic and aftermath.
Manny helped to find the hotel and book our flights and found us the best deal / cost possible considering how late we made the booking. Great advice on places to go and see.
Hotels and room requests excellent. Airline seating not as requested because the planes were different. We were in a line of four by the window instead of a group of four. We checked at check in for the last two flights and it was correct on the chart but not on the plane. A stewardesses said it was due to staffing issues! Not really your problem but important to be aware.
Service was excellent.
Isaac has been helpful in dealing with all my queries. We had smooth check in and check out at both hotels and at the airport. It was a memorable trip for my family.
Elizabeth was very helpful with connections and timings. Both journeys went very smoothly - thank you for all your help!
Excellent service - took all the stress away from us. Will 100% be using DialAFlight for our upcoming trips. Thank you so much.
A Sikh in starched white uniform suddenly appears and scrunches across the gravel drive to greet me, his white beard almost merging with his turban. I hadn't seen him emerge from the building but he somehow seemed to materialise from nowhere.
This could only be Raffles, one of the most famous hotel names in the world.
I am whisked into the cool embrace of the lobby, where a glass of chilled mineral water arrives almost before I've had a chance to park myself on a leather sofa.
The brand-new atrium is not that different from the old one. It has cleaner, sharper lines, but retains the same bold sweep that suggests an impressive and desirable combination of elegance and sophistication.
It was here that, according to some reports, 300 Japanese officers and men fell on their swords after the surrender of Singapore to the Allies in 1945.
But such grisly ghosts hardly hit the right note following a multi-million-pound refurbishment that has taken two-and-a-half years to complete. It officially reopened in the summer of 2019.
The hotel says the restoration was designed to ensure that everything that is so special about Raffles was carefully preserved – the ambience, the service, the charm and the heritage of the hotel. They have certainly succeeded in that.
There are still the graceful courtyards to relax in, while new bars, restaurants and shops have been added.
The changes have simply enhanced the comfort and splendour.
Raffles Singapore was born in 1887, the year the Armenian Sarkies brothers took over an unprepossessing ten-bedroom bungalow and set about pulling in the great and the good.
From such humble beginnings, the hotel was quickly expanded and word of mouth brought in royalty, as well as celebrities.
It was named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who colonised Singapore 200 years ago for the British East India Company and became Lieutenant-Governor of the Dutch East Indies. It was a bold move to summon up this heroic, swashbuckling frontiersman – but, my goodness, it has paid off.
Noel Coward first stayed for a month in 1931, after completing Private Lives. He recalled in his memoirs drinking his first Singapore Sling and he remained a loyal guest until his final visit in 1968.
The literary roll call is impressive – Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, French novelist, art historian and statesman Andre Malraux, German-born poet, novelist and painter Hermann Hesse and Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda for starters.
Then there are the glamorous fans: Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor and, more recently, Johnny Depp and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
There are 115 guest-rooms, all suites. I am shown into a State Room Suite overlooking the quad, with a huge marble bathroom and a bath the size of a small cargo vessel.
The double sink seems excessive for one man and his toothbrush. Ditto the opulent bed. But I'm not complaining.
The flat-screen TV has been discreetly inlaid into the wall so that it looks like a decorative obsidian plaque. 'I think we should pop down to the Long Bar and take a refreshment,' says my charming hotel guide.
Good idea. First, I pop into the Writers Bar, taking in the cool granite and mahogany, contrasting with marble and alabaster walls. It's as 'airy as a birdcage', as Conrad put it in his novella The End Of The Tether.
I wander down the colonnaded corridors and around the green quadrangle before settling at a table in the Long Bar.
A cast-iron hand-cranked contraption on the bar, designed for shaking multiple cocktails, gets to work producing the hotel's signature drink, the Singapore Sling. It is a powerful concoction made from Cointreau, pineapple and lime juice, gin, grenadine, cherry liqueur, Benedictine and Angostura bitters. That's all.
Order this in my local back home and the barman would think I was taking the mickey. Here, it's the most natural thing in the world.
First published in the Daily Mail - March 2020
More articles below...
Not quite what you're looking for?
We can easily customise an offer to suit your exact requirements