Work on a new $20-million eco-resort has begun on Rottnest Island.

Eco Village Rottnest Island will be located at Pinky Beach on the island’s north-eastern tip and has been billed as “low impact, high quality accommodation.” The property will be the island’s first eco-retreat.

Following the lead of other environmentally-minded properties such as Ramada Eco Baach Resort (Broome), Sal Salis (Exmouth) and Kooljaman (Cape Leveque), guests will be via eco-tents with ensuite pods. The resort’s 83 tents will be connected via raised walkways through the dunes behind Pinky Beach with a central Pinky’s Beach Club complex with a swimming pool, alfresco bar and licensed restaurants.

The resort, the first major development on the island for more than 30 years, will be 650 metres from the main settlement and the Thomson Bay jetty.

Discovery Parks CEO Grant Wilckens, the co-developer of the project alongside former owners of the Rottnest Express ferry, The Baileys Group, says the project is a good fit for the island’s unspoilt beauty.

“It’s the ideal balance between meeting demand for experiential travel and preserving the delicate coastal environment,” says Wilckens. “Both in Australia and internationally, tourists are wanting to experience nature in a deeper and more connected way.”

Eco Village Rottnest Island is due to open in December with pre-bookings available soon.