1. Raffles Hotel, May 2015. Visitors to Singapore should set aside an hour or so for a wander around one of the world’s most impressive colonial-style hotels. Located on Beach Road, you simply can’t miss Raffles; a colossal whiter-than-white structure that simply oozes the weight of its own history. Opened in 1887 by the Armenian businessmen The Sarkie Brothers under the motto “Patronized by nobility, loved by all”, they named their new hotel after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.