90 Minutes from Singapore to Desaru Coast Malaysia
Known for its pristine beaches and untouched nature, Desaru Coast Malaysia has been popular with Singaporean travellers for generations. With the launch of ferry services by Batam Fast Ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, you can now reach Desaru Coast Malaysia in just 90 minutes!
The ferry services are available from Thursdays to Sundays. There is a promotion price of $98 return with the promotion code “DESARU0707” that you will need to key in upon checkout. The ferry departs Singapore at 8.30am and leaves Desaru Coast Malaysia at 5.30pm.
Now, let us get down to the resorts and activities that really matter.
Anantara Desaru Coast & Villas
Anantara Desaru Coast & Villas was the first resort we stepped into and we were immediately transported to a tropical paradise. In authentic Anantara hospitality, we were greeted by their warm and welcoming team although we were absolutely fixated on taking pictures of the property.
With 9 different types of luxury accommodations nestled in lush tropical gardens to choose from, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas offers a serene escape for friends and families. From all day dining at Tumeric, to the freshest seafood at Sea.Fire.Salt. , lounge at the Observatory Deck, Pool Bar or end your evening with drinks and cigars at their Infinity Bar, there are just so many dining options to choose from. We looked forward to breakfast every morning as it was a huge spread of Western and local Malaysian dishes such as Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai, Char Kway Teow, curries, noodles, breads, waffles, pancakes, freshly squeezed juices and more.
Desaru Coast Malaysia Tip: Book your Saturday Seaside Escape Champagne Brunch in advance as it is the only champagne brunch in Desaru Coast Malaysia. We absolutely enjoyed our Saturday Brunch which is from 11.30am - 4pm. Dishes we tried and enjoyed included freshly shucked Oysters, Scallop Ceviche, Tuna Poke Bowl, Buffola Mozarella, pan seared Foie Gras, Soft Shell Crab Mantou, Lamb cutlets, and their Lobster Linguine. Alcoholic drink options include free-flow of cocktails such as Margaritas, Mojitos, beers and wines. More importantly, the service was fabulous for RM$398+ per person.
Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast
Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast is ready to welcome music lovers and families. With direct access to Adventure Waterpark, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast is an obvious choice for families. Parents and grandparents can definitely hideout in their Beachside Cabanas which comes with a fully stocked fridge and ample snacks to munch on. Roxity Kids Club™ gives little ones a chance to hang with the coolest crew around, the Roxtars — colourful, music-inspired characters that will keep them entertained.
Do not miss out on the world’s first fully immersive music-centric spa menu at Rock Spa. The Rhythm & Motion utilises amplified vibrations, pressures, and patterns, as the foundation of its treatments. This groundbreaking experience takes you on a musical massage journey — bass vibrations ripple through the massage table, sending pulses through the body and leaving you feeling energised and invigorated.
Desaru Coast Malaysia Tip: Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast has a live band from Tuesdays - Sundays from 7.30pm - 11.30pm. Hotel guests and walk-ins are welcomed with a minimum order of a drink.
The Westin Desaru Coast Resort
Set along the sparkling South China Sea, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort is ready to welcome you and your family. A heaven of serenity awaits you as all rooms are equipped with Westin’s signature Heavenly® Beds. Westin Family Kids Club is ready to entertain our little ones with activities such as arts and crafts, colouring, exploring and more.
Savour healthy, inventive fare, creative cocktails and an interactive kitchen concept at Westin’s restaurants and beach bar. Prego is the only authentic Italian restaurant in Johor. The menu features pizza, homemade pasta, risotto, seafood, Italian meats and cold cuts as well as traditional Italian desserts.
The Heavenly Spa by Westin™ is set to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with a full menu of holistic body treatments that overlook the sea. The Heavenly Spa by Westin™ has numerous rooms, a massive jacuzzi as well as a 24-hour gym. We thoroughly enjoyed our Heavenly Spa Signature Massage as their therapists were highly skilled. The massage started with a heated compress applied to the back of our meridian points before a Swedish massage. We absolutely appreciated the view from our treatment room which had us feeling so close to nature.
Enjoy colourful sunsets, attentive service and glittering coastal waters at The Westin Desaru Coast Resort.
The Els Golf Club Desaru Coast
The 45-hole property in Desaru Coast boasts two Championship courses, each designed by a world golf hall of famer, Ernie Els. The Ocean Course, designed by the club’s namesake and four-time major champion, Ernie Els is set on one of the most spectacular plots of land anywhere in the world.
Overlooking the South China Sea, the course can comprise of any two of the three 9-hole courses on-site, offering unique variability. Each layout has their own character and personal touches from Els, but they all take inspiration from the famous links courses spread across the UK, with large rolling greens and firm run off areas designed to place a premium on a sharp short game.
Besides two fantastic golf venues, each course boasts a fully-spec’d clubhouse. The Ocean Course clubhouse is a decadent masterpiece, at 45,000 square feet, views for miles over the golf course and into the South China Sea and the 261 Bar and Restaurant, it’s the ultimate 19th hole.
The Valley Course clubhouse is a slightly different design, with an open plaza design and casual dining area it’s more of a traditional golf club atmosphere. Each course at The Els Club Desaru Coast has a pristine short game area and full grass driving range, meaning both as perfect to warm up before a game, or even to get in some extra practice.
One&Only Desaru Coast
One&Only as its name says, is truly a secluded sanctuary, immersed in tropical flora, complete with a private sparkling pool. One&Only Desaru Coast is perfect for anyone looking for absolute privacy, and tranquillity. From king suites with interconnecting room options to a crowning 4-bedroom Villa One, couples, groups, and families can unwind with expansive indoor and outdoor living space.
Indulge your senses with exotic delicacies and European favourites in our world-class restaurants, prepared with flair against idyllic ocean vistas. Savour fresh Mediterranean feasts, from farm to table, tantalising Japanese omakase at Hoshi, Malaysian-inspired nibbles, and expertly barbecued bounties from the sea and the land.
The first Chenot Spa in Asia is at One&Only Desaru Coast. The resort has partnered with leading science-based health and beauty experts, Chenot, who have been at the forefront of the industry for almost 50 years, to revolutionise the resort wellbeing experience. Combining the latest advances in scientific diagnostics with the best in Chinese and alternative medicines, Chenot offers the ultimate transformative retreat.
With kids under the care and supervision of expert counsellors, this complimentary club offers a daily programme of age-appropriate activities with a focus on discovery, education, local culture, nature, sports, arts and crafts.
One Tribe welcomes teens from 12 to 17 years old to unwind in their very own exciting chill-out space. Scheduled complimentary activities and organised competitions invite teens to mix and mingle with friends their own age, under the discreetly watchful eye of our dedicated counsellors.
Ember Beach Club at One&Only Desaru Coast
Conceptualised by critically acclaimed Chef Andrew Walsh, Ember Beach Club serves unfussy barbecue fare, graced by the intriguing notes of Asia. Tear into the finest meats and fresh seafood, seasoned simply with smoke, salt and spice. Sitting at the edge of the ocean, the sleek beach club is the perfect spot to lounge, wine and dine. Their Poolside Cabana is priced at RM550+ which includes a bottle of Rosé.
Desaru Coast Malaysia Tip: Arrange a pick-up and drop-off with the team as Ember Beach Club welcomes non-residing guests.
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