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From thrilling waterpark ride to deluxe resort stay, Desaru Coast Malaysia has it all for you.

One&Only Desaru Coast
Image: One&Only Desaru Coast

One of the joys of living in Singapore is its close proximity to multiple countries in Southeast Asia. From hopping on a quick flight to Bangkok, Thailand, to a short drive up to Johor Bahru, Malaysia, there are several ways to satisfy that sudden urge of wanderlust. While these two modes of transportation are the more common ones, Singapore also has ferry services to nearby destinations, including the newly operational Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal on the southeast coast of Malaysia’s state of Johor.

Holidaymakers can take the ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore directly to Desaru Coast, and the journey is approximately 90 minutes. A single round trip will currently loop between these two destinations from Thursdays to Sundays. The ferry departs at 8.30am from Singapore and 5.30pm from Desaru.

Desaru Coast Ferry
Image: Desaru Coast

Even though driving to Desaru Coast remains an option, taking the journey via sea makes for a more unique and fuss-free experience. Not to mention, the nearest resort is only a stone’s throw away from the terminal, so you can get started on your adventure right away. With a portfolio of internationally acclaimed hotels and resorts, including Asia’s first One&Only hotel, Anantara Resort & Villas, Hard Rock Hotel and The Westin, there is surely something for anyone looking to have a great time at Desaru Coast.

Here’s a handy list of hotels to stay at for a weekend getaway

Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas

Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas
Image: Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas

Located on Desaru Coast’s wide-open spaces and 17km of pristine beachfront is Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas. The sprawling property boasts a range of rooms, villas and residences, which looks out to the picturesque ocean. Facilities include two swimming pools (one is an infinity pool), an alfresco beachfront restaurant, an Observatory Bar that grants a 360-degree view of the resort and surrounding ocean, and the signature Anantara Spa.

Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, beach
Image: Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas

With direct access to the beach, make the most of Desaru’s golden sands and strike up a game of beach volleyball or soccer. Otherwise, sandcastle building is also a great bonding activity with the kids if you are travelling with family and finish the day with a movie under the stars. 

To learn more about Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, click here.

Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast

Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast
Image: Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast

With a live band on site every evening, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast is for those looking for a fun, musical experience. Its vibrant atmosphere is reminiscent of a stay in Bali, where beaches are lined with catchy tunes for jiving. Apart from its 365 rooms, the hotel has direct access to the Adventure Waterpark, the region’s largest. The waterpark features more than 20 thrilling rides and attractions, one of the highlights is the wave pool that is said to be one of the biggest in the world and its waves are incomparable to the competition.

Adventure Waterpack
Image: Adventure Waterpark

Apart from having a splashing good time, the hotel also provides you with the opportunity to have a music jamming session with your friends right in your guest room. You get to pick a personal Fender guitar too.

To learn more about Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, click here.

The Westin Desaru Coast

The Westin Desaru Coast
Image: The Westin Desaru Coast

Tucked in a sanctuary facing the South China Sea is The Westin Desaru Coast. The hotel’s modern architecture and interiors set the tone for a luxurious stay. There are a total of 275 light and airy rooms and suites to choose and the top pick is, of course, the Sea View room. Especially suited for a honeymoon, couples can wake up to the sea view right outside the room. 

Besides heading down to the beach and enjoying the beach bar or gorge down a feast at Italian restaurant Preggo, spend time together with your partner at the Heavenly Spa. Rejuvenate and ease those muscle knots with the help of skilled masseuses. Once done, pop over to the jacuzzi for a quick dip.

To learn more about The Westin Desaru Coast, click here.

One&Only Desaru Coast

One&Only Desaru Coast
Image: One&Only Desaru Coast

When it comes to offering an indulgent and luxurious resort experience, One&Only Desaru Coast will probably rank first. Only private suites are available, which consist of 42 Junior Suites, two luxury 2-room Grand Suites and an exclusive 4-bedroom Villa One. All are equipped with private plunge pools and a decadent bathroom that will make many green-eyed. Cloaked in a secluded area, privacy is perhaps the world to describe One&Only Desaru Coast — each residence is away from prying eyes.

One&Only Desaru Coast
Image: One&Only Desaru Coast

Any bookings made at One&Only will include one complimentary daily guest activity such as a nature walk conducted by the resort’s naturalist or enjoying a yoga session in the morning before kickstarting the day. Other hosts of activities are also available, and a trip is not complete without a visit to the Ember beach club, where you can spend the day admiring the sea with a glass of cocktail.

To learn more about One&Only Desaru Coast, click here.

If you are looking for a trip near Singapore, Desaru Coast definitely ticks all the boxes. Whether it is with your family or friends, there is always something for everyone at Desaru Coast.

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