This year’s marquee debut for Pan Pacific Hotels pairs a garden concept with an eco-conscious ethos.
Fresh from a renovation to the tune of S$45 million (US$33.6 million), a long-standing high-rise hotel in the Lion City has just reopened as the 583-room Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay. Formerly occupied by the Marina Mandarin Singapore—which made its debut in 1987—the 21-story building was the work of neo-futuristic American architect John Portman, who gave it one of the largest indoor atriums in Southeast Asia.
This soaring central space is naturally lit by an impressive skylight updated with UV-treated glass to reduce energy usage, and now hosts over 2,400 trees and shrubs that act as air purifiers. The atrium’s lush indoor gardens feature a 13-meter landscaped wall, as well as a four-story-high skybridge that allows visitors to enjoy a treetop walk. Several pavilions inspired by birds’ nests provide intimate places to relax along the route.
The garden theme also extends to a new farm-to-table concept at all-day restaurant Peppermint, which uses sustainable and locally sourced ingredients, some of which are plucked straight from the in-house urban farm on the adjoining terrace—where herbs, edible flowers, and vegetables will begin to be harvested come January. Other dining venues include Peach Blossoms for modern Cantonese fare and the revamped Atrium Lounge, just the place for afternoon tea, cocktails, and evening drinks (patrons have a choice of over 90 whisky labels from around the world).
Guests can sign up for daily eco-tours of the hotel that outline its various sustainability initiatives. For instance, the property has swapped out single-use plastic bottles for glass ones and installed a filtered water system in every room. Amenities are wrapped in biodegradable packaging, while food waste will be processed in a specialized food digester and broken down into nutrient water for the hotel gardens.
Wellness-minded staycationers can make use of the updated gym with two studios for fitness classes, and also unwind at the St. Gregory spa, whose signature treatments include the Chinese Tui Na Massage. Soon to be completed is a mineral water–fed outdoor pool fitted with more than 1,380 fiber-optic lights to create the impression of a galaxy after dark, as swimmers take in views of the skyscrapers around Marina Bay.
Valid until March 31, 2021, the reopening deal at Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay offers savings of 15 percent on best available rates, along with complimentary parking and half-price on all food from the à la carte menus at Peach Blossoms, Peppermint, and Atrium Lounge.
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