The period between the 1950s and ’70s is often referred to as the Golden Age of Travel. This was when First Class became synonymous with caviar and Champagne. And despite the fact that these journeys took place in upright seats with limited entertainment, passengers must have thought that this was as good as it gets. But if those were the Golden Years, step inside a Singapore Airlines’ Suite for proof that now, half a century later, we are truly living in the Platinum Age of Travel.
As many of us are in the midst of planning our revenge travel, excited about our first opportunity to explore the world in over two years, perhaps now is the time to indulge in a truly luxurious experience. Book the most premium cabin class on Singapore Airlines for a perfect example of this new era in travel excellence.
The Suites experience begins before you board
Arrival at Changi Airport will feel similar to a high-end hotel when you’re greeted by a Singapore Airlines Passenger Relations Officer and a porter is there to unload your baggage. You’ll then be escorted to a private First Class check-in facility.
After clearing immigration, you’ll be led to the newly revamped SilverKris Lounge where you’ll have access to both The Private Room and the First Class SilverKris Lounge. As its name would suggest, the space was designed with privacy and exclusivity in mind with partitioned seating booths, four day rooms and even a play area for the little ones. Feeling peckish? Here you will have the opportunity to tuck into classic Singaporean dishes with a premium twist, including laksa with lobster and Wagyu satay.
Next, step up to the flagship Crystal Bar where you can sip on finely crafted cocktails against the backdrop of a Lalique crystal lighting display, inspired by the shape of the aquatic ginger. Both lounges also feature rest areas with Tempur Zero G beds – perfect for longer layovers.
Note: SilverKris Lounges are also available at airports in Bangkok, Hong Kong, London and other popular destinations. For a full list, click visit the Singapore Airlines website. Lounge amenities and services may differ.
A private cabin with designer amenities and furnishings
When the time arrives for priority boarding, you’ll be ushered into one of the private cabins on the upper deck of the A380. The first thing you’ll notice upon entering your private Suite is the amount of space – there’s 60% more, in fact, following the recent revamp of the Suites. Suite guests will also have access to two exclusive lavatories, one of which includes a sit-down vanity counter.
It’s not just about size either, you’ll also enjoy even more privacy, as the Suite walls have been raised to the maximum height. And with the separation of seat and bed, you’ll have the freedom to choose between either position independently. You’ll also have a personal wardrobe that’s large enough for your cabin bag and a smaller compartment right next to your seat for easy access.
So sit back (or lie) in the comfort of your Suite and admire premium touches like the hand-tufted carpet and man-made marble finish – all elements crafted together with the acclaimed Pierrejean Design Studio.
Fly your way with a standalone seat and bed
For takeoff, sink into the plush leather seat that’s been upholstered by Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau. You’ll also want to make sure to bring your favourite book on board as the Suites have seats that recline and swivel, making it the perfect reading corner while at 30,000 feet. It’s also the first airline chair to be mounted on a swivel that can be controlled from the armrest, giving you complete control of your private space.
When it’s time to catch up on your favourite movies and television shows, make use of myKrisWorld to curate your inflight entertainment via the SingaporeAir mobile app and take full advantage of the Suites’ 32” HD monitor. Paired with the provided Bang & Olufsen noise-cancelling headphones, it makes for the most unique private screening experience you can have. If you’re flying with loved ones, you can also use the tablet to control functions like customised mood lighting and set the scene for a date that’s unlike any other.
After enjoying a film or two, it’s time for some shuteye, so slip into your sleeper suit and prepare for bed with exclusive amenities by SIA co-brand partner, French luxury brand Lalique. Cabin crew will assist in preparing your bed with combed cotton beddings, inclusive of a duvet designed by Lalique, and hypoallergenic pillows.
Flying with your partner? Opt for Suites 1A/2A and 1F/2F which can be combined for an even more spacious room and provide you with a double suite, which also combines the beds to form a double.
Fine dining at 30,000 feet
Through partnerships with SIA’s International Culinary Panel chefs, the dining experience in your Suite is more akin to fine dining than even the best inflight meals.
Depending on your route, you’ll enjoy main courses crafted by acclaimed chefs like Yoshihiro Murata’s Kyo Kaiseki (between Singapore and Japan) and Sanjeev Kapoor’s Shahi Thali (between Singapore and India).
If you’re flying from Singapore to London, you’ll enjoy a curated menu created by Georges Blanc of the eponymous three-Michelin star French restaurant. Appetisers in this special menu include a marbled duck confit terrine and a chestnut velouté. Next, tuck into a roasted free-range chicken served on a buttered vegetable medley and polenta with spinach and red wine sauce. For dessert, end things on a sweet note with a decadently moist bitter chocolate tart, complete with raspberry and vanilla ice cream.
To complete your sky-high fine dining experience, don’t forget to ask the cabin crew to help you with a perfectly paired wine or champagne for whatever dish you’re enjoying. You’ll also enjoy luxury elements like bone china tableware from Wedgwood – and exclusive to this class and for flights more than 7 hours – a chilled Malossol caviar appetiser served with blinis.
After an unforgettable meal, it’s time to unwind once more and take in the luxury of your Suite. Before arriving at your destination, freshen up and rejuvenate yourself with the Lalique amenities at the one-of-a-kind sit-down vanity in the Suites-exclusive lavatory before beginning the next part of your well-deserved, platinum adventure.
For more information on Singapore Airlines Suites, click visit the Singapore Airlines website.