Two new hotels opened within Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa complex in February 2012, bringing the total number of hotels within the 49-hectare mega-resort to six (others include Hotel Michael and Hard Rock Hotel). The two eco-luxurious resorts – the Equarius Hotel and Beach Villas – were designed to provide guests with a tranquil getaway, located on the fringe of Sentosa’s 2.9-hectare natural rainforest, and with views out over the waterfront.
Equarius Hotel Deluxe King — Photo courtesy of Resorts World Sentosa
The hotels’ natural surroundings have been complemented with an additional 4,000 trees, which have been planted by Resorts World Sentosa to complete the close-to-nature experience. “We set out to create a tropical garden of peace and tranquility that rejuvenates the senses,” explains Mr Tsuyoshi Narita, Senior Associate of Peridian Asia, the landscape architecture firm behind the landscape design for the two hotels.
The back-to-nature theme is continued throughout the hotels’ interior design, where warm colours and natural materials are combined, with large windows bringing the natural surroundings indoors. The 172-room Equarius Hotel uniquely features 30 garden rooms, each with large patio and private garden, or direct access to the hotel pool. Meanwhile, the 22 one, two and three-bedroom Beach Villas all boast private infinity-edged dip pools, pool pavilions, kitchenettes and private spa treatment rooms. The jewel in the crown is a 4-bedroom two-storey villa located on an elevated mound, which offers a view of the surrounding villas and free-form swimming pool.
One-bedroom Beach Villas exterior — Photo courtesy of Resorts World Sentosa
Also within the hotel complex is the aptly named ‘Forest’ – a restaurant housed in a magnificent glass house adjacent to the Equarius Hotel lobby. This new addition to Singapore’s culinary scene is helmed by award-winning celebrity chef Sam Leong, and serves innovative contemporary Chinese cuisine, with a strong Thai influence.