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Embracing ecological travel at Singapore's 'garden hotel'

Green dreams - Singapore's PARKROYAL COLLECTION is home to more than 2,400 plants, trees and shrubs.

If you're hoping for a 'greener' break in Asia - and let's face it, who isn't keen to mop-up their travel footprint these days - you might like to add Singapore’s PARKROYAL COLLECTION to your bucket list. The Marina Bay-located property has been transformed into the city’s first ‘Garden-in-a-Hotel’, following a S$45 million transformation.

So much so, in fact, that the luxury hotel is now Singapore’s most ecologically-focused hotel, designed to champion sustainability and responsible living.

PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay Singapore is home to more than 2,400 plants, trees, shrubs and ground cover from more than 60 varieties of flora. It also boasts Southeast Asia’s largest indoor skylit Atrium at 21-storeys, a suspended floral sculpture, a skybridge over the hotel’s forest canopy and a 13m green wall in the lobby.

Veggies and herbs grown on the roof are used in the hotel's bars, restaurants and spa.

There is fascinating detail around every corner of this property. The ecological design encompasses Southeast Asia's largest indoor skylit atrium, a 21-storey design by the neo-futuristic architect John Portman, who is renowned for his multi-storied interior atria. The atrium is also home to 'Orchidea', a suspended floral sculpture by US sculptor Richard Lippold. And the lobby boasts a 13m green wall, its cloud and mountain abstracts evocative of traditional Chinese landscape paintings, as well as two sandalwood sculptures of the ancient Chinese philosophers Li Bai and Confucius by Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming.

A sustainable build meant preserving the original structure to save more than 51,000 tonnes of construction-related carbon dioxide production - the equivalent of cutting down 8.7 million trees. An urban farm has been installed on the property's roof which harvests tens of varieties of fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. They are used to support the hotel's farm-to-table, farm-to-bar and farm-to-spa concepts.

Generous guest rooms boast sprawling bay and city views, and PARKROYAL COLLECTION's Green Space, a multi-functional outdoor area overlooking Marina Bay, is beloved by yogis, and also offers guests the chance to relax in a 25m mineral swimming pool that glows with 1,380 fibre optic lights at night.

The outdoor pool is lit-up each night by hundreds of fibre optic lights.

"The PARKROYAL COLLECTION brand was created to champion sustainability and living responsibly, promote iconic architecture and design, as well as embrace wellness and lifestyle," said Melvin Lim, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay general manager. "We have certainly taken these up many notches as we reflect upon our multiple initiatives and achievements."

PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay is located at 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square. Bookings can be made and more information found online.

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