08 Apr 2021 • Hospitality
Singapore’s first garden in a hotel takes green to the extreme
The Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay’s interior is now home to more than 2,400 different trees and plants – but that’s not as green as it gets.
Originally designed by late American architect John Portman and formerly known as Marina Mandarin, the Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay has undergone a €28 million renovation to become the first garden in a hotel. And where else but in Singapore, aka the Garden City? Featuring a 13-m-tall green wall and more than 2,400 different trees and plants, the interior includes bird’s-nest-like pavilions where guests can recline amid the foliage and a skybridge that offers an ‘immersive treetop experience’.
It’s fair to say that when Singapore goes green, it puts on a spectacular show. Just look at the giant high-tech Supertrees in the Gardens by the Bay, a short walk away from the Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay. But it’s promising to see more to this hotel concept than pure theatrics: a rooftop farm supplies herbs and vegetables to one of the on-site restaurants, kitchen waste is transformed into nutrients for the garden, and solar panels generate electricity for the hotel.
Location 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594