Imagine this: a private island just 15 minutes away from Singapore’s One°15 Marina in Sentosa Cove. If you have a yacht, the trip to the brand new Nirup Island is a simple one that will allow you to berth on the island and access beach-front villas. If not, daily ferry trips will land you right on its shores.
Your journey begins the moment you step off your vessel as you are taken into the idyllic island, which boasts 94 modern and breathtaking villas, as well as the five-star M Gallery Hotel, which features a sustainable seafood restaurant and a cosy bar with the marina as its backdrop.
With wellness experiences, spice gardens and an incredible view of Singapore’s skyline from the island’s hilltop, Nirup Island is expected to be the epitome of luxury.
“I anticipate a lot of proposals on that hill,” Jimmi Ho, a real estate developer from Indonesian firm PT Citra Tritunas Prakarsa, said with a laugh. Ho is one of the main developers of the island and has been instrumental as the luxury island ramps up its construction in preparation for its opening in 2023.
The development of Nirup Island into the luxury maritime epicentre that it is quickly turning into has been a project four years in the making.
“About four years ago, I went out with my dad on his yacht and he brought me to Nirup Island and told me that he bought it. We docked and there were no paths or anything at that point so we had to use hiking sticks, but together we made our way to the top of the hilltop,” recounted Ho. “We got to the top and I realised I was able to see Singapore from the island. It was incredible looking down at the island and I realised that the land had a lot of potential,” he continued.
This was how the idea of Nirup Island began to take shape in Ho’s mind. Ho, who has in the past worked on massive projects such as the relatively new five-star Marriott Hotel at Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal in Batam, had the experience and know-how to begin this project. However, he knew it could be bigger and this is where One°15 Marina came in.
“Jimmi’s father and I are actually really good friends and we have been in business together for a very long time,” said Arthur Tay, the chairman and chief executive of SUTL, a group of companies that manages various marinas around the world including One°15 Marina. “When I heard about this project, we decided to sit down to see how we could collaborate. After all, since it is so close to Singapore, it’s the perfect destination for yacht owners.”