The resort-style architecture of the 172-room Equarius Hotel and 22 exclusive Beach Villas is complemented by verdant foliage provided by the 2.9-hectare natural forest located at its fringe, as well as 4,000 trees planted by RWS in and around the hotels. With panoramic views of the waterfront, Keppel Bay and Labrador Park, the result is a close-to-nature experience.
Mr. Tsuyoshi Narita, Senior Associate of Peridian Asia, the landscape architecture firm behind the landscape design for the two hotels, said, “We set out to create a tropical garden of peace and tranquility that rejuvenates the senses. Upon arrival, guests will feel like they are entering a different world, as they are greeted by a splendid avenue of trees on both sides. As the hotel comes into view, they will be awed by two majestic 80 – 100 year old Shorea trees, specially chosen for the arrival area, creating a natural yet ethereal landscape.”
Guests at the two hotels can enjoy facilities such as seven meeting rooms, an event pavilion, gym and swimming pool, while a new restaurant helmed by award-winning celebrity chef Sam Leong will be housed in a glass house located adjacent to the Equarius Hotel Lobby. Opened on 16 February 2012, the aptly named Forest will serve chef Leong’s innovative contemporary Chinese cuisine with a strong Thai influence.
Guests are also located steps away from the upcoming Marine Life Park, a water theme park and a world class luxury spa, offering a one-of-the-kind experience.
The two hotels are designed and conceptualised by American architectural firm, Michael Graves & Associates, in collaboration with DP Architects Pte Ltd, as well as interior design firms Dpd + Pte Ltd and Diana Simpson Design.
In addition to the two new hotels, two treetop lofts above the canopy of the forest and 11 two-storey ocean suites situated within the Marine Life Park will be launched at a later date. Still to come also is a destination spa by world renowned UK spa brand ESPA, a water theme park and the world’s largest oceanarium – the Marine Life Park.