SINGAPORE—Asian hospitality chain Meritus Hotels & Resorts (MHR) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Funtasy Island Development (FID) Pte Ltd for the management of a deluxe resort development comprising a 200-room condotel, a 230-suite hotel, and an aggregate of 413-unit villas on Funtasy Island—envisioned to be the largest eco theme park and the first gated island community in the world.
Located on Riau Islands, Indonesia and slated to open in 2014, Funtasy Island will house hotel suites and villas complementing retail, convention, dining and recreational facilities—all spread over 810 acres of pristine tropical islands situated between Batam and Singapore.
Sixteen kilometers off the coast of Singapore, Funtasy Island will be accessible via a 20-minute luxury yacht or ferry ride from the Harbourfront ferry terminal. The island is approximately two-thirds the size of Sentosa island, with 70 percent of its total area being preserved as a nature sanctuary. Eco-themed activities will include aquaculture tours in the surrounding waters as well as nature trails, allowing visitors to explore the island’s unspoiled environment.
Close to Other Attractions
Upon completion, Funtasy Island will be the first development of its kind near Singapore, keeping holidaymakers and corporate travelers close to attractions such as Universal Studios, Resorts World, Marina Bay Sands, and Orchard Road, while enjoying the natural seclusion of a private island.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Chua Tian Chu, MHR deputy CEO, commented, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Funtasy Island Development in bringing this one-of-a-kind resort development into the international limelight. Adding into the equation our signature brand of Asian hospitality and over 40 years of proven hotel management expertise, we are uniquely positioned to drive the product and service offerings of Funtasy Island’s hotel and villas.”
Michael Yong, FID managing director, added, “This landmark development is our first response to the growing demand for ecotourism, as well as the fulfillment of our very own vision of the largest eco theme park in the world—exposing more travelers to the rich and incomparable experience of natural island living. From a strategic standpoint, tapping the hospitality expertise of Meritus certainly enhances the potential of Funtasy Island to carve a formidable niche as an eco-resort destination of global standing.”