Paradise in MalaysiaExotic secluded Desaru Coast
Stunning architecture, lush jungle, and miles of soft white sand
Destination: Desaru Coast, Malaysia
Vacation: Nature’s hideaway
Seeking: Blissful seclusion
Highlight: Exotic coastline
You want your vacation to be a celebration, something stand-out, special and just… more. One&Only Desaru Coast, nestled on the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia, between lush rainforest and South China Sea, is one of the finest 5 star luxury hotels in Malaysia and offers just that – more.
Immersed among exotic jungle fronds along miles of soft powder sands One&Only Desaru Coast is located on one of Malaysia’s most secluded south-eastern coastlines, and offers a slice of undisturbed natural paradise. A heavenly hideaway with exotic tropical jungle on one side and a seemingly endless stretch of pristine beach on the other, this luxury Malaysia resort immerses you in Mother Nature’s most colourful sights and sounds.
Home to over 80 species of flora and fauna, such as the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Dusky Leaf Monkeys and Milkwood Pine, you can take guided tours around the grounds of the resort where you can spot and learn about these incredible creatures.
The beach at One&Only Desaru Coast Malaysia offers unrivalled calm and privacy. Enjoy access to a secluded and unspoilt 1.5 kilometre stretch of eastern Malaysian coastline and lap up sun and sea with a plethora of watersports, including Hobie Cats, stand up paddleboards, jet-skiing, and kite surfing. Or simply unwind in one of One&Only Desaru Coast’s signature swings, blissfully suspended in the shade of jungle canopy before a beautiful ocean sunrise.
The Wild Bay Collection is all about showcasing the most spectacular destinations on earth with the very best places to stay, and One&Only Desaru Coast epitomises everything we’re looking for. Designed by award-winning Kerry Hill Architects, the One&Only Desaru Coast Malaysia is a spectacular architectural gem that is sensitive to its location, incorporating local art and weaving the surrounding nature into every corner of this 5 star resort.
Known for his urban designs within tropical settings, the renowned architect Kerry Hill has drawn up an essentially modern development inspired by the Malaysian kampung. Veiled by the surrounding rainforest, the all-suite resort offers generous outdoor and indoor spaces, private plunge pools and ultimate discretion for guests to live the ‘resort life’ to the fullest.
As you explore, you’ll realise this place is a rich cultural centre in itself, with authentic Malaysian wood carvings, mesmerising glass pieces, and masterful local batik designs to be discovered around every corner.
The resort was built with a low carbon footprint, and nature is weaved into every aspect of the experience, from planted green roofs to walkways framed by rainforests. In every way this really is one of the absolute best luxury hotels in Malaysia.
- Seclusion 100% 100%
- Exotic rainforest 100% 100%
- Miles of white sand 100% 100%
- Breathtaking architecture 100% 100%
“A must-go Malaysian masterpiece! We were fortunate enough to be at the opening of the hotel in early September. The rooms are fabulous with a small pool inside – how nice to not even have to leave to go for a dip! There are also two other large pools as well as the beach front. Staff is really amazing. Enjoyed tea, yoga, tennis, and the top notch gym equipment. We traveled with a 7 month old baby and they had everything for us, which was so appreciated…and the staff was so engaging with her as well. I have traveled to many hotels in Malaysia (and beyond) but this one is truly on par with the top brands in Dubai/Maldives in the way of service, ambiance, and style. If you’re looking for that above and beyond RESORT staycation this is your place. And food is wonderful, 5* worthy. Thank you Jerome and team for a wonderful stay!” Tripadvisor Review
Take a virtual tour of One&Only Desaru Coast Malaysia and discover what makes it so special, and undeniably one of the best 5 star luxury hotels in Malaysia. Get lost among the lush rainforest, seemingly endless white sand beaches and sensational architecture.
Best food & drink
1. Whole seasonal fish
Capturing the hearty, honest flavours of the Mediterranean, Ambara transports you from the sun-soaked beaches of Greece to the sand-swept landscapes of Lebanon. Experience the ethos of field-to-fork as Ambara restaurant embraces the seasonal produce Malaysia has to offer. Feast on woodfire-baked breads, mezze platters, grilled meats and seafood as you watch the chefs in action at the open kitchen. Try the speciality beech-oven roasted whole seasonal fish, fennel ragu, roasted red pepper and basil.
Inspired by an ancient celestial love story revered in Japan, Hoshi marries traditional Japanese sensibility with modern culinary techniques. Slip into the intimate space and be mesmerised by the sublime art of tempura – each piece delicately battered in front of your eyes and delivered straight to your plate. Nibble on an artful collection of maki and nigiri sushi, or beautifully fresh sashimi expertly sliced with precision.
Choose Orihime which includes 5 signature appetizers, 1 tempura, 11 premium nigiri sushi, miso soup and a seasonal dessert.
3. Kitchai Peng
Take in the acoustics of Malaysian nature and feel the gentle ocean breeze on your skin as you lounge in the airy Dusky Monkey bar. Flushed with timbre walls and high ceilings, the bar is the perfect space to relax with your loved ones and socialise amidst lush tropical flora.
Try the Kitchai Peng signature cocktail with rum, sour plum, gula melaka, coconut,
fresh lime and mint leaves.
So much thought has gone into the incredible design of One&Only Desaru Coast Malaysia it’s worth spending a fair chunk of your time (or all of it) simply exploring your immediate setting.
For your accommodation itself you can choose from 42 Junior Suites, 2 Grand Suites and the spectacular 4-bedroom Villa One. One&Only Desaru Coast suites are among the largest in Malaysia, offering precious seclusion and privacy. Each suite offers a wide verandah and private plunge pool, while Grand Suites feature private lap pools.
Captivating common spaces include the Ember Beach Club (more on this in a moment), One&Only Spa by Chenot (and this), a variety of unique restaurants and bars, the ballroom, and Club One with state of the art sports facilities.
Designed as an escape from the city, the development intuitively invites you to explore the surrounding jungle and seaside setting by foot, and wherever you are in the resort you’ll have the tranquil sounds of the sea and tropical rainforest breezes to keep you company.
There’s also One&Only Desaru Coast’s signature 50-metre infinity pool which appears to stretch through a break in the coastal trees to the ocean beyond, connecting the sparkling waters.
Kilometres of pristine sands line One&Only Desaru’s stunning coast, providing endless locations for you to claim as your own as you take in the beauty of the lush, unspoilt nature and blue waters.
You’ll also find searfront chic at Ember, a beach club by name, but so much more by nature – Ember is a revered destination for dining, an oasis for live music, a hub for water sports and a coveted place to be.
With a roster of upcoming bands, an assemblage of international music acts and a burst of celebrated DJs, Ember Beach Club injects a dose of vibrancy and energy into the tranquillity of Desaru Coast. Revel in the intoxicating buzz at the water’s edge as you dance to the hypnotic beats with a cocktail in hand.
Conceptualised by an award-winning chef from Singapore, the art of the barbecue is elevated with a selection of the freshest catch and prime meats, laced with intriguing notes of Asia to tantalise your taste buds.
Ember goes beyond the usual beach club with action- packed entertainment such as outdoor movie screenings, music sessions, and weekly live music, including local and international bands, DJs, and percussionists.
There’s an abundance of activities you can indulge in at One&Only Desaru Coast Malaysia, including a trip to The Els Club, home to two championship level golf courses and located just next to the resort, but for ultimate wellness and relaxation a visit to Chenot Spa is a must.
Chenot Spa is an exclusive partnership between One&Only and the globally-renowned health, wellness, and beauty expert, Henri Chenot.
Chenot Spa offers a revolutionary scientific and holistic approach to health and wellness, personalising every element to your individual needs throughout your stay. It’s the ultimate transformative experience.
Treatments will include Chenot’s diagnostic assessment across four pillars of wellness – Sports & Physical Activities, Nutrition, Emotional Well-being and Aesthetics, to create bespoke programmes according to individual needs.
Bespoke holistic treatments are woven into the guest’s stay, including tailored nutritional menus, fitness schedules, targeted spa treatments, and stress relieving activities.
Key treatments include cardio respiratory fitness assessments, nutritional consultation, stress tests, neuro-acoustic deep relaxation treatments, facial and body massages, phyto- mud treatments and essential oils.
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