Singapore is getting a new resort, and it’s anticipated to be the greenest destination in the country. Designed to immerse guests into the surrounding nature, the Mandai Park Holdings (MPH) hopes to bring people into a biodiverse environment in a way that they have never been able to before. The group will build the new resort in Mandai, a wildlife haven, as part of a rejuvenation project.
Once checked into the eco-friendly resort, guests will be able to enjoy full-service accommodations and explore five Singaporean wildlife parks. The new development will include the addition of two parks, the Rainforest Park and Bird Park to join the existing Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, and River Safari.
Guests will be able to stay in either low- rise rooms or treehouses, all carefully built around the surrounding landscape and tree canopies. Essentially, the resort will offer a form of exotic "glamping" at it’s finest.
In addition to easy access to nature, the hotel will help people to learn about the environment through a wide range of actives such as recycling workshops, educational movie showings, wildlife tours, and nature walks.
MPH’s CEO, Mike Barclay, expects the new hotel will offer an even better experience for park visitors, explaining, “The moment we enter Mandai, we step away from the hustle and bustle of our hectic urban lifestyle, to embark on a journey of discovery. With more opportunities for overnight stays in future, we hope to create even more immersive experiences that will bring families and friends closer to nature and wildlife. It is our goal that all our guests leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the biodiversity around us.”
The group plans to make the project fully sustainable through every phase of design, construction, and operations. MPH has brought in experts to form an Environmental Advisory Panel. They will also follow an Environmental Impact Assessment to make sure they stay on track with everything. Apart from sustainable accommodations for guests, the team will focus on conserving the flora around the area to allow a flourishing habitat for the wildlife.
Once built, the resort will reuse waste and water. The rooms will be designed to encourage guests to embrace eco-friendly habits. Renewable energy sources will be built into the building designs to help energy efficiency and to create a lower carbon footprint.
MPH’s development of the park stems from their desire to nurture a closer relationship between people and wildlife. To run this massive resort, MPH has teamed up with Banyan Tree, a sustainable hospitality company. Banyan tree currently operates eco-friendly hotels and spas in 23 countries worldwide while focusing on sustainability and environmental protection principles. Although Banyan Tree operates over 40 resorts, the team is excited to finally working on a property in their native country.
Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree, Ho Kwon Ping, looks forward to bringing the new Singaporean resort to life, saying, “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. Together, we hope to provide guests with a memorable stay that highlights Banyan Tree’s signature hospitality experience with a green conscience.”
Nature lovers should be able to visit this new eco-resort once it opens its doors around 2023.
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