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Since recent news citing a possibility of travelling again, it feels as though we might have a chance of escaping our shores for a much-needed respite from our cooped up WFH situations.
With Hong Kong already on the radar, travellers might be eagerly waiting for more destinations to open up their borders. And within our sights is neighbouring country, Malaysia — close enough for a weekend getaway, far enough to feel like a legit vacation.
Beachside retreat close to home
While we’re dreaming of your next vacation, consider Desaru Coast — just a 90-minute drive, or 30-minute ferry and a short car ride from Singapore — it offers a seamless holiday experience for travellers who don’t want to venture too far from home. Nestled against 17km of pristine beachfront and home to four globally renowned hotels, two world-class golf courses and a fun-filled adventure waterpark, it is the region’s newest destination resort boasting relaxing, wide-open spaces and an abundance of curated activities and experiences.
Luxury accommodations for all ages
With over 800 rooms, Desaru Coast’s portfolio of five-star hotels provides luxurious accommodation and offers the perfect oasis for a worry-free getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
There’s something for everyone: for families, book a stay at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast that has direct access to one of the world’s largest waterparks making it a family-friendly option, or try the Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villa, a luxury, family-oriented resort, providing an experience inspired by local culture and history. For couples looking for a cosy and intimate stay, the One&Only Desaru Coast offers a luxurious break with beachfront suites and villas. If gorgeous views of the sea is your thing, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort sits in the heart of the resort, alongside an adjoining conference centre.
Wherever you choose, each of the hotels carries an exceptional array of dining and beverage experiences with expertly curated menus inspired by local flavours and ingredients so you get an authentic taste of Malaysia’s finest foods.
Activities to unwind
As you bask in the comfort of your accommodation, there is a plethora of amenities and activities that can be easily accessed and booked using the resorts’ Destination Concierge service. With something for everyone, guests can immerse themselves in curated activities to suit every taste and style.
From unwinding on the unspoiled beach to mangrove cruising and even trekking in the Panti Forest, the destination offers everything from outdoor activities, curated wellness programmes, non-contact sporting activities and edutainment programmes that includes nature-based activities ranging from a visit to the fruit farm and an individual ATV experience.
A golfer’s paradise
Golfers will rejoice to hear that at the heart of Desaru Coast sits The Els Club Desaru, a 45-hole course. Pick from two clubs — Ocean Course, a 27-hole course designed by Ernie Els and Valley Course, and a 18-hole golf course designed in collaboration with major champion, Vijay Singh — and play a game or two against the backdrop of attractive coastal vistas.
Not an avid golfer but looking to try it out? You’ll have the opportunity to learn at The Els Performance Golf Academy, the first academy of its kind in Asia for juniors and adults.
Fun for the kids at adventure waterpark
Children are sure to look forward to this getaway with one of the largest waterparks in the world within reach. The Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark boasts over 20 slides and a wave pool big enough for surfing. The adventure park also has the region’s first water coaster, as well as a host of ‘dry’ rides. Whether guests are hurtling down rafts, braving the Riptide twister or floating down the 350-meter Penawar lazy river, the park is a haven for thrill-seekers.
In tune with travellers’ concerns, the resort is stepping up precautionary measures to ensure guests can enjoy their holiday with a peace of mind. A key initiative is its Stay Well @ Desaru Coast programme which prioritises heightened sanitisation, security and safety measures going above and beyond SOPs set by the government, such as conducting temperature and health screenings, as well as regular briefings and training for staff. On top of that, hotels in Desaru Coast are adopting contactless check-in and room entry options, as well as contactless menus in their restaurants.
Roslina Arbak, CEO of Desaru Coast shares: “With anticipation for travel building, ensuring the safety and comfort of our guests is of utmost importance to us. As we embrace the ‘new norm’, our guests can be assured of a worry-free, safe and relaxing stay.”