Asian hospitality chain Meritus Hotels & Resorts has signed a MoU with Funtasy Island Development for the management of a deluxe resort on Funtasy Island in Indonesia’s Riau Islands, 16 kilometres south of Singapore.
The development is envisioned to be the largest eco-theme park and the first gated island community in the world when it opens in 2014.
Meritus marketing representative in Australia, Randall Lui, said that Funtasy Island would comprise a 200-room condotel, a 230-suite hotel, and a total of 413-unit villas along with retail, convention, dining and recreational facilities on 810 acres of pristine tropical islands situated between Batam and Singapore.
The island will be accessible by 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% 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.
When completed Funtasy Island will be the first development of its kind near Singapore, keeping holidaymakers and corporate travellers close to attractions such as Universal Studios, Resorts World, Marina Bay Sands, and Orchard Road, whilst enjoying the natural seclusion of a private island.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr Chua Tian Chu, Meritus deputy CEO, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Funtasy Island Development in bringing this one-of-a-kind resort development into the international limelight.
“We are adding signature brand of Asian hospitality and over 40 years of proven hotel management expertise and are uniquely positioned to drive the product and service offerings of Funtasy Island’s hotel and villas.”Mr Michael Yong, Fantasy managing director, added: “This landmark development is our first response to the growing demand for eco-tourism, as well as the fulfilment of our very own vision of the largest eco theme park in the world - exposing more travellers to the rich and incomparable experience of natural island living.”