The lush urban metropolis known for its biophilic design welcomes its first ‘garden in a hotel’ with the opening of Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay.
The self-proclaimed Garden City, Singapore is moving forward with its ambition to be the world’s greenest urban metropolis with biophilic architecture in abundance and a wealth of lush tropical enclaves. Garden by the Bay’s Supertree Grove rises behind Marina Bay Sands and the Jewel at Changi Airport brings the rainforest inside. Across the city, vertical gardens and green roofs inject the natural world into a growing number of commercial and residential buildings.
Previously, the Singapore-based architectural firm WOHA had designed the Parkroyal Collection Pickering of the Pan Pacific Hotel Group as an extension of Hong Lim Park with 15,000 m² of green space integrated into its structure. Now Singapore has a new addition to its biophilic hospitality offering with the opening in late 2020 of Pan Pacific’s new property, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, following the re-imagining of the hotel that previously stood on this site. .
Taking over from the former Marina Mandarin Singapore, this new Parkroyal Collection hotel on Raffles Boulevard is now benefiting from a S $ 45 million transformation focused on sustainability and well-being. This daring structure originally designed by American neo-futurist architect John Portman has been significantly updated to incorporate a 370 square meter interior garden containing a 13 meter high landscaped green wall and more than 2,400 trees and plants different.
A Sky Bridge crosses the tree canopy of the four-story atrium, and sculptural pavilions, inspired by bird nests, light up like lanterns at night. Sustainability is ensured everywhere, from installing new water filtration systems to using products with biodegradable packaging and the process of breaking down food waste to produce nutritious water for the garden.
Each of the 530 rooms and suites, ranging from the Urban Room to the Parkroyal Collection Suite, is decorated in earthy tones and the balconies in each of these spaces offer views of the city or the bay. The hotel’s mineral water pool, lit by 1,380 fiber-optic lights after dark, offers views of Marina Bay from its level five position.
True to the overall hotel philosophy, the dining experience includes the Peppermint Restaurant for plant-based dishes featuring ingredients from the hotel’s urban farm, as well as the Cantonese Peach Blossoms Restaurant where the cuisine is led by Chief Edward Chong. The Garden oasis Atrium Lounge offers nature-inspired afternoon tea by day, cocktails and a wide range of whiskeys in the evening.
With peppermint, try dishes made with products like Singapore lobster laksa and sustainable barramundi with honey soy emulsion and cauliflower rice; sample dishes such as poached wagyu beef with onsen tamago at Peach Blossoms; and at the Atrium Lounge, enjoy signature cocktails, including the Atrium Garden combining 42 below, Thai basil, guava and calamansi.
Further updates to the property are due until spring 2021, as the hotel completes its nature-inspired transformation. The Club Collection is nearing completion on the hotel’s fifth floor, a promising meeting and recreation space with views of the impressive skyline, and the hotel’s urban farm plans to add to the guest experience when it opens to visitors later in the year. The opening in January of the property’s new state-of-the-art gym and holistic St Gregory spa will complete the hotel’s wellness offering.
From its prime location, attractions such as Gardens by the Bay are easily accessible. Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay aims to inject even more nature-inspired vibrancy into the region.