On Water: New Horizons
On Water: New Horizons
ONE°15 Marina added to his portfolio of world-class marinas with the opening of ONE°15 Marina Nirup Island Indonesia. Its location, a mere eight nautical miles from the flagship marina at Sentosa Cove, makes it a valuable extension of the marina brand’s luxury offerings.
As Arthur Tay, Chairman and CEO of SUTL Group of Companies, which owns the marina, mentioned in his welcome speech, the opening of ONE°15 Marina Nirup Island Indonesia meant “a brand new yachting destination for our Members and the boating community” at large. “With the marina in full gear, we anticipate a consistent influx of boaters, charterers, and private yachts seeking exceptional amenities and new experiences,” he added.
The opening ceremony, which was held on 8 July 2023, was attended by more than 400 VIPs and boating enthusiasts from Singapore and Indonesia alike. Among those present were the Indonesian Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Governor of Kepulauan Riau (Riau Islands) Ansar Ahmad, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Indonesia to Singapore) His Excellency Suryo Pratomo, as well as the President Commissioner and Commissioner of PT Tritunas Sinar Benua (TSB) Pak Hartono and Jimmi Ho, respectively.
As part of the launch celebrations, guests embarked on a village tour, in a boat, to a nearby island about 30 minutes from Nirup Island. They then explored the island on a trishaw, indulged in culinary exploration and shopped for local souvenirs, adding the perfect amount of cultural immersion.
The events of the day rounded off with some time on the beach and water sports—from kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and banana boats to jet skis. Inflatable floating cabanas by AquaBanas with DJ music imbued the the atmosphere of a beach party. This was one of the highlights for the Indonesian dignitaries as it helps boost tourism in the area. “The inauguration of the ferry terminal and marina on Nirup Island marks the beginning of grand aspirations for advancing tourism in the Riau Islands,” elaborated Ho. “Nirup Island is expected to not only act as a magnet for tourists but also become an attractive destination for investors wishing to invest in Riau Islands,” he added.
Tay echoed his sentiments, given the demand for such private island getaways. “I’m confident that our Members and fellow Singaporeans will be frequent visitors to this island since there will be direct ferry services between Singapore and Nirup Island when the island is officially opened. ONE°15 will continue to expand our marina portfolio by offering such yachting lifestyle options,” he enthused.
The marina is scheduled to open in four phases. The first phase of completion at the time of launch has 44 berths, catering to boats up to 150ft in size and comes complete with Customs, Immigration and Quarantine facilities.
On the lifestyle front, a slew of amenities await, including a clubhouse restaurant serving international delights, well-stocked bar with a view of superyachts, seafood restaurant right on the beach, and a Sea Sports Centre.
Come next year, Members will enjoy the full suite of luxury amenities offered by Westin Hotel, which is part of the Marriott Group. Members also had the opportunity to view the one-bedroom villa showflat of The Riahi Residences, set to complete by then.
This was a preview of all that the new marina could offer as well as a showcase of the beautiful biodiversity—both marine and on land— to Members.
As Tay surmised, “My long-term goal is to establish a thriving marina community here to support the surrounding island villages with a new avenue of economic and tourism income that can improve their livelihood.”
The original article was published on the September/ October 23 issue of Longitude, ONE°15 Marina’s Club magazine. Read it here.