As Malaysia reopens, the ultra-luxe and exclusive One&Only Desaru Coast is welcoming international travellers.
Positioned on the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia between lush rainforests and the South China Sea, One&Only Desaru Coast is a magical hideaway.
The resort is set within 51 hectares of unspoilt rainforest and a pristine 1.5-kilometre stretch of private white-sand beaches.
Opened in 2020 and designed by the award-winning Australian firm Kerry Hill Architects, it is a modern interpretation of the traditional Malaysian kampung, or village.
This is the ultimate tropical escape, easily accessible by car from Singapore or short internal flight from Kuala Lumpur.
With leading wellness programmes, destination-defining cuisine and curated experiences, this Desaru Coast gem deserves top spot on your Malaysian bucket list.
Relax in lavish suites
Nestled between powder sands and lush jungle, One&Only Desaru Coast’s rooms are cloaked in serene seclusion.
Each standalone suite offers generous indoor-outdoor spaces, deluxe bathrooms and private plunge pools for spontaneous dips.
Your choice of accommodation ranges from Rainforest Suites, Ocean-view Suites and the four-bedroom Villa One.
Set apart from the main resort, Villa One offers you complete privacy. Here, you can relax in the private spa room, splash in the 27-metre pool or have your butler prepare a torchlit dinner.
The Rainforest Grand Pool suites boast a tranquil 17-metre lap pool and alfresco dining area fringed by greenery.
The lavish Ocean Grand Suite is mere steps from the powder-soft sands beside the South China Sea. All accommodations come with One&Only’s signature butler service.
Discover world-class experiences at One&Only Desaru Coast
One&Only Desaru Coast offers an abundance of activities and experiences, the perfect antidote to the pressures of everyday life.
Guided by the resort’s naturalist, guests can explore the exotic wildlife of the nearby Panti Forest with a dawn trip to the reserve. The forest is ideal for birdwatching, and you can scale trees in a journey designed by a renowned arborist.
There is also the quarterly Bonfire Legends event, hosting conversations on topics ranging from astronomy to conservation. Guests can also experience the ancient Malaysian martial art, Silat Melayu. This physical and mental workout is shrouded in history and local folklore.
Avid golfers can tee off at the two championship golf courses at The Els Club. The club features the 27-hole Ocean Course, and a further 18 holes designed by major champions Ernie Els and Vijay Singh.
Perfect your swing with a tailored golf class hosted by an international PGA coach, or experience the resort’s Par & Spa package. The package includes unlimited golf at The Els Club, and Chenot Spa’s signature golf programme which is tailored to optimise your performance on the green.
For children, the KidsOnly programme offers a wealth of entertaining activities, from sports to cultural and cooking endeavours. Little ones can immerse themselves in nature, with a Young Gardener programme led by the resident naturalist and the Nature Detective activities. At the EcoLab, kids can learn about the local ecosystem.
Experience pioneering wellness
The resort’s Chenot Spa is reason enough to travel to the Desaru Coast. Recently awarded the World’s Best New Resort Spa by the World Spa Awards, this institution offers a revolutionary scientific and holistic approach to wellness.
Spa facilities include a relaxation pavilion, hot and cold pools, steam facilities and a range of luxurious mani-pedi treatments. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a specialist pilates studio and beachfront yoga pavilion.
Chenot Spa focuses on the individual needs of each guest, offering bespoke treatments that can include tailored nutritional menus, fitness schedules and targeted spa treatments.
Here you’ll be pampered with the best of science and ancient wisdom for a wellness journey that extends far beyond the walls of the spa.
Sample One&Only’s unrivalled gastronomy
Michelin-starred chef Andrew Walsh elevates the art of barbecue with enticing Asian touches at Ember Beach Club. The buzzing venue features a restaurant and bar set on golden sands overlooking two infinity pools.
Japanese sensibility and modern culinary techniques are seamlessly combined at One&Only Desaru Coast’s signature restaurant, Hoshi.
There is also Ambara, an ode to farm-to-table dining that captures the hearty flavours of Malaysia and the Mediterranean. The diverse, vibrant flavours of Malaysia are also explored with inventive local specialities at Essential.
Enjoy a selection of creative bites and bespoke cocktails surrounded by vast jungle and ocean at the open-air Dusk Monkey bar.