Lonely Planet Writer

A new eco-friendly treehouse resort will open in Mandai, Singapore

An eco-friendly resort that features elevated cabins surrounded by tree canopies will open in 2023 in Mandai, Singapore, an area that is famous for being the location of the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari.

An artist’s impression of the rainforest walk at Mandai’s integrated nature and wildlife hub. Photo: Mandai Park Holdings

It is envisioned the eco-friendly resort will provide an immersive stay close to nature and will be built on a 4.6-hectare plot of land. Guests can go on guided nature walks and wildlife spotting tours, or attend recycling workshops and educational movie screenings. The eco-resort, which has yet to be named, aims to be the most environmentally progressive resort in Singapore. Guests will be notified of their water and electricity usage levels in their rooms and could receive credits on their bill if usage is low.

This will be the first resort operated by Banyan Tree in Singapore, and it will be owned by Mandai Park Holdings. It will provide the opportunity for visitors to stay over in a full-service accommodation at the doorstep of Singapore’s wildlife parks for the first time. Guests will be able to enjoy and explore Mandai’s array of offerings, including its five wildlife parks, nature-themed indoor attraction and public green spaces.

The overall masterplan in Mandai, Singapore. Image: Mandai Park Holdings

The resort will feature different accommodation types including standard and family rooms in low-rise structures, as well as elevated cabins or treehouses immersed in greenery. There will be up to 400 rooms available and the new resort will be targeted at young families, the parks’ core clientele.

An artist’s impression of Mandai’s integrated nature and wildlife hub. Photo: Mandai Park Holdings

The Mandai rejuvenation project involves the development of two new wildlife parks – a Rainforest Park and the new Bird Park that are scheduled to open by 2021 and 2020, respectively. These will join the existing Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari to form a new integrated nature and wildlife destination. Construction work on the eco-resort is expected to begin in 2020 and will take about 2.5 years to complete.