Banyan Tree Bintan’s deluxe villa is in a rainforest setting, probably similar to the vegetation in Mandai.
Photo: Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
At long last, there will be a Banyan Tree resort in Singapore and it will offer one-of-a-kind experience in Mandai’s new integrated nature and wildlife park.
Opening in 2023, the eco-friendly 400-room resort will offer guests an interesting range of tropical stays – from lowrise accommodation for families to exclusive elevated cabins and stylish treehouses sprawled over 4.6 ha of land in the eastern section of the park.
Expect comfort and sophisticated hotel services while you enjoy the rich biodiversity and forest-fresh air in your midst. The resort might come under a new brand of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, which now offers four brands catering to different market segments and lifestyle needs.
Besides getting easy access to five wildlife parks, guests can also enjoy a nature-themed indoor attraction in the resort. Also planned are guided nature walks, wildlife spotting tours, recycling workshops and educational movie screenings, said a statement issued by Mandai Park Holdings (MPH) today (Oct 11).
After achieving continuously glowing success with its premium resorts around the world for more than two decades, the award-winning homegrown Banyan Tree group is finally going to run one in Singapore.
Mr Ho Kwon Ping, executive chairman of Banyan Tree, said: “After establishing 43 resorts in 25 countries over the past 23 years, we are excited to partner MPH to plant Banyan Tree’s first flag in Singapore.
“With MPH’s mission and expertise in wildlife conservation and education, this partnership is in line with Banyan Tree’s ethos and experience in developing sustainable resorts that fit into the natural settings – to create an original and authentic accommodation experience like none other.”
Owned by MPH, the resort, which will be sensitively built around existing vegetation, will be jointly created and named by both parties, said the statement.
Mr Mike Barclay, group CEO of MPH, said: “This stayover experience forms an integral part of our overall vision for the Mandai nature and wildlife precinct – to inspire guests to value and conserve biodiversity through memorable experiences.”
Banyan Tree has had immense experience in developing and managing resorts that are tactfully located and sustainably operated. It has also run many environmental conservation and community programmes, noted Mr Barclay.
So in this regard, Banyan Tree and MPH are “deeply aligned”, he said.
The Mandai area now features the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari. It will be expanded to include the Bird Park (to be relocated from Jurong) and a new Rainforest Park, both of which will open in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
This article was first published on AsiaOne.