You'll solve the mystery of a missing treasure and learn cool trivia about Raffles Singapore. Read on for our full review...
We don’t know about you but we dig a great whodunnit story. From Agatha Christie classics to the fairly recent Knives Out (Chris Evans in that white sweater? Oof!), we love these edge-of-your-seat plots. Imagine if you can experience it for yourself! Introducing The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure. Written by award-winning playwright Jean Tay and directed by Hossan Leong, the riveting detective mystery is a first-of-its-kind virtual interactive play, complete with enticing daycation and staycation packages that blend the virtual and physical. Psst: we’re giving away an amazing Treasures of Raffles Daycation package worth over $450. Just enter the draw by 30 April 2021 for a chance to win!
Raffles Singapore daycation giveaway
Win: The Experience & Play daycation package (worth $450++) for two, from 3pm to about 9pm. That includes a screening of The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure virtual interactive play from the comfort of a State Room Suite. Plus, Singapore Slings and a satay platter at Raffles Courtyard, as well as a gift from Raffles Boutique. You’ll end your evening with a Heritage Evening dinner at The Grand Lobby.
Update: The competition is now finished, and a winner has been chosen! Thanks for participating.
The ins and outs of the giveaway: The competition closes on 30 April 2021, and winners will be notified by email. Winners need to be in Singapore to claim their prizes. All T&Cs will be at the discretion of vendors. This giveaway is non-refundable or exchangeable for cash. Check out our full competition terms and conditions for more details.
Our Treasures of Raffles – Stay & Play staycation review
If you’re itching to get out of the country, this staycation package might just cure your travel bug. It includes a viewing of “The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure” in the comfort of your suite. This production is a collaboration between Raffles Singapore, Double Confirm Productions and Sight Lines Entertainment.
After the play, make your way to checkpoints scattered around the hotel to receive clues, solve mysteries and experience how the plot unfolds. You’ll also enjoy Singapore Slings and cool gifts along the way. Once you’ve solved the mystery, reward yourself with a heritage evening dinner at The Grand Lobby. That’s not all; the full Raffles Experience gets you breakfast for two and a history tour, among other cool stuff.
What went down during our stay
After a swift check in – and some oohing and aahing at the grandiose architecture – our personal butler ushered us to our Palm Court Suite. We were given an iPad to watch the play, as well as stationery, a map of the hotel and other clues for our hunt.
A missing jewel and secrets from the past
After making ourselves comfortable at the parlour, our eyes were glued to the 75-minute play. The story opens with magnificent scenes of the heritage hotel. All is well until the crown jewel (a sleek silver box) of the popular “Treasures of the Straits” exhibition goes missing. Tensions rise as all staff at the scene are deemed, suspects. There’s Madam Sylvia (Audrey Luo), the Peranakan matriarch and fussy daughter of a tycoon (Julius Foo); Puan Sri Azizak (Siti Khalijah), a socialite with a penchant for sparkly things, resident historian Charles Ching (Hossan Leong) and the bellhop (Dwayne Lau) with a riveting secret that even he isn’t aware of.
The virtual play then takes us back to 50 years ago, when a similar incident caused a stir. Secrets are revealed as the plot seamlessly weaves us through the past and present. Backed by stunning visuals of the Great Dame, immersive 360-degree views and surround sound by Xctuality, the play was quite a treat!
Learn interesting tidbits about Raffles Singapore
Next, we set off to the grounds, using a map and clues to navigate our way to the stolen treasure. We particularly enjoyed trivia about the Cast-Iron Fountain, the Sir Stamford Raffles statue and the antique Grandfather Clock along the way.
And don’t worry, this isn’t set in an Amazing Race format. Take time to immerse yourself in the gorgeous colonial architecture. It’s true what they say: Raffles Singapore seems to have frozen in time with nuggets of the past peppered across the dreamy hotel grounds.
There’s also a pit stop for you to devour a satay platter and Singapore Slings at one of the checkpoints. Once we solved the mystery, we ended the evening with a scrumptious dinner at The Grand Lobby. Think laksa, chicken rice and Peranakan delights.
Aside from the adrenaline rush thanks to solving the case, we left the premises with our heads held high, gleaming from the talent of our local theatre scene and the abundant stories and historic treasures that our Little Red Dot holds.
Watch the play online or pick the Experience & Play – ‘Daycation’ ($450++) or Stay & Play Staycation for two ($950++) for an unforgettable journey (available until 30 June 2021).
Raffles Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673