ome beach resorts make you eager to dress to the nines for dinner, while others only require donning swimwear and a cover-up while gently being lulled by the sound of crashing waves in the distance. But what if we told you that satisfying all the aforementioned fantasies can all be experienced on the pristine beaches of Desaru? This former sleepy coastal town in Johor has been given a new lease of life with the arrival of Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas.
As the first-ever Anantara Resort & Spa venture in Malaysia, the resort joins the ranks of the leading hospitality brand’s expanding collection of urban, desert, jungle and beach retreats. Catering to modern travellers eager to explore new territories and enjoy curated personal travel experiences, the resort is easily accessible via a 45-minute drive from Malaysia’s Senai International Airport (JHB) and a two-hour drive from Singapore. Additionally, visitors from Singapore can travel to Desaru Coast by ferry.
To describe Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas as a beach resort doesn’t really do it justice because every comfort has been considered here. Blessed with breathtaking vistas of the South China Sea, this seaside haven provides a variety of stylish accommodations designed to appeal to travellers looking for a laidback luxury experience.
These accommodation options range from lavish en-suite deluxe rooms in low-rise traditional Malay buildings overlooking the gardens, lagoon and ocean; to a clutch of family-sized residences complete with an infinity pool, spacious contemporary living areas inside and outdoors and a well-equipped kitchen with chef and butler service. Guests can also opt for the luxurious standalone one- and two-bedroom pool villas offering direct access to the lagoon.
For those looking to make the most out of their stay during their visit, the property offers a bevy of amenities that make the south-eastern Malaysian coastal resort an experiential destination.
Sportier types can head over to the beautifully manicured fairways of Els Club Desaru Coast to practice their swing, before taking a dip in the azure blue sea or the resort’s two swimming pools or take an eco-cruise through the mangroves of the Belungkor Forest with a naturalist guide, plant mangrove seeds and discover more about the local fishing culture.
If rest and relaxation is what you’re after, a retreat to the tranquil confines of the Anantara Spa for a pampering session is sure to lift your spirits.
Interested in tucking into the freshest treats from the sea? Then be prepared to be spoiled for choice by the array of dining options available at Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas. Those with a preference for al fresco dining will want to make a beeline for Sea.Fire.Salt. which specialises in serving succulent seafood and steaks fresh off the grill.
Diners who prefer the flavours of Malay and Thai cuisine can indulge in some serious feasting at Turmeric restaurant. Foodies can also book a Spice Spoons cooking class which includes a guided walking tour of Desaru Fruit Farm’s orchards where you’ll taste fruit and honey along the way.
If it’s a breathtaking view that whets your appetite, a table at the Observatory Bar is the perfect spot to indulge in a wide selection of gin sundowners or a nightcap while admiring unobstructed views of the lush resort and ocean. We can’t imagine a more perfect ending to a picture-perfect holiday.