Desaru Coast

Desaru, which means ‘village of soft palms,’ sits on the east coast in the state of Johor, part of the Malay Peninsula. This area is a curated recreational destination spanning over 3,900 acres along the pristine 17-km beachfront that faces eastwards over clear ocean waters. Set amid a rich bio-diverse location, Desaru Coast offers a variety of experiences as well as luxury resorts, upscale shopping, and dining. Just a quick hop from Singapore (2.5 hour drive or 30-minute ferry) or a one-hour drive from the international airport in Johor, Desaru Coast is a serene beach getaway easily within reach yet feels thousands of miles from any city.  


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Desaru Beach

Stretching over 10 miles, the tree-lined Desaru beach offers visitors white sand, warm waters, and a cool breeze. Relax and unwind on the shore or enjoy fun-filled activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking around the area.


The Els Club Malaysia, located on the coast next to One&Only resort, has two manicured golf courses: a 27-hole golf course designed by 4-time Major Champion, Ernie Els & Valley Course, and an 18-hole golf course designed in collaboration with Els’ long-standing friend & major champion, Vijay Singh.

Firefly Park

At Kota Tinggi Firefly Park, enjoy a magical sunset cruise through a protected firefly habitat and witness the thousands of fireflies dance amongst the wetlands under the stars. At the end, write a wish on a sky lantern before floating it into the dark sky.

Fruit Farm

Boasting an award-winning tropical fruit wonderland spreading across 100 acres, Desaru Fruit Farm welcomes guests to learn and taste its wide variety of fruits on scheduled tours through the farm. Also available are a Herbal and Vegetable Garden, bee farm, agricultural gallery, petting zoo, and ATV riding.

Water Park

Adventure Waterpark provides all the thrills and chills a family could want, including one of the world’s largest wave pools. Choose between four giant water slides, funnels with sudden drops and thrilling descents, a splashing flume ride, a 350-meter long looping lazy river, and much more. Besides rides and water attractions, Adventure Waterpark also provides surfing lessons at its surf simulator pool as well as eateries, boutiques, cabanas, and plentiful beach loungers. A complimentary shuttle service is provided within the Desaru Coast area.

Riverside Village

This 23-acre waterfront retail and lifestyle village offers retail outlets, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment.

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One&Only Desaru Coast

Desaru Coast, Malaysia

One&Only Desaru Coast is a secluded beachfront resort hidden within rainforest that fringes white sands and the lapping South China Sea. Designed by the award-winning Kerry Hill Architects, the property is comprised of 42 suites, two grand suites and one four-bedroom villa, all of which come with private plunge pools. There are also private homes available. Befitting the serene location, hotel amenities are focused primarily around wellness: the Chenot Spa (offering Western and holistic medicine practices as well as pampering treatments), the Pedi and Mani Studio by Bastien Gonzalez, a comprehensive fitness center with a specialist Pilates studio and a multi-court, a sea-facing yoga pavilion and a 50-meter infinity pool. Other hotel facilities include the KidsOnly club for youngsters and One Tribe space for teenagers, plus events spaces and conference rooms. In addition, One&Only guests have access to The Els Club Desaru Coast Golf Course nearby. For dining, guests can enjoy Mediterranean flavors at Ambara, Japanese cuisine at Hoshi, signature afternoon tea at Dusky Monkey, Malaysian-inspired drinks at Essential and Asian barbecue at Ember Beach Club, though there are also private dining experiences for those celebrating something special.

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