Mandai Park Holdings (MPH) has appointed Banyan Tree as the operator of an eco-friendly resort within Singapore’s new integrated nature and wildlife destination at Mandai, marking Banyan Tree’s home ground debut after establishing 43 resorts in 25 countries over the past 23 years.
Scheduled for completion in 2023, the resort will be sited on a 4.6ha plot of land at the eastern end of the Mandai precinct, featuring different accommodation types including standard and family rooms in low-rise structures, as well as elevated cabins or treehouses nestled in greenery.
According to a joint statement from the partners, the development of elevated accommodation will be “low-intensity” and “respect existing tree canopies and the natural topography of the area”, while on the ground, the resort will be designed to facilitate local wildlife movements across the site.
Sustainable aspects in the operation of the resort will include controlled lighting and noise emissions; the use of of energy efficient building design to provide natural ventilation and daylight; the incorporation of renewable energy sources; and encouraging guests to reduce energy and water consumption and behave appropriately around wildlife.
On top of easy access to precinct’s array of offerings – including its five wildlife parks, nature-themed indoor attraction and public green spaces – the resort will also offer activities focused on biodiversity and the environment such as guided nature walks, native wildlife spotting tours, recycling workshops and educational movie screenings.