If you’ve always dreamt of living in a treehouse enveloped by nature while observing the wild animals that roam free, you can soon have the experience in Singapore — well, sort of. Mandai Park Holdings and Banyan Tree today announced the first hotel located in the Mandai precinct, within proximity to the Lion City’s wildlife parks.
Expected to be completed in 2023, the opening of the resort is in line with the rejuvenation of the area — which will see the relocation of Jurong Bird Park and development of a new Rainforest Park located close to the existing Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari. While Singapore Zoo currently offers overnight camps for visitors, the resort will be the first full-service accommodation option for visitors to the area’s parks.
The resort, set to be located on a 4.6-hectare plot of land at the eastern end of the Mandai precinct, will provide “an immersive stay close to nature.” The property will be capped at four storeys (or 21 metres high) under existing tree canopies, and features an estimated 400 rooms with a variety of accommodation types — such as standard rooms, family rooms, elevated cabins, or treehouses.
Banyan Tree, a Singapore-based hospitality company, is known for its luxury offerings around the world focusing on eco-sustainability. When completed, the Mandai project will be Banyan Tree’s first Singapore resort, joining its 43 other resorts across 25 countries — including others in the region such as Banyan Tree Bintan, Banyan Tree Phuket and Banyan Tree Samui.
Guests will also enjoy easy access to the five wildlife parks, nature-themed indoor attractions, and public green spaces — which offer activities like guided nature walks, wildlife spotting tours and recycling workshops.
No designers have been named for the Mandai project as yet, but seeing how Banyan Tree has worked with prolific architecture firms including Foster + Partners, Belt Collins and KMD Architects on its past projects, expectations are high. Construction will start in 2020, and is estimated to last for about two-and-a-half years.