From now till 1 January 2023, guests at One&Only Desaru Coast can look forward to a festive lineup of complimentary experiences inspired by Malaysia’s unique culture and traditions. The resort is celebrating being local with a range of immersive experiences for visitors of every age. This includes traditional batik painting to an artisanal chocolate workshop with single-origin Malaysian chocolate among many other activities.
17 December 2022
Treat your little ones to a festive baking session as they craft their own gingerbread man cookies and assorted sweet treats. In the evening, get your children to join a special Christmas story telling by the Christmas Elf as he brings the story to life with festive snowman cookies and milk. For dinner, join the beachfront bonfire as you toast marshmallows under the stars.
Festive baking (11am-12pm): Free | max 15 children, aged 3 to 17 | reservations required
Story Telling by Christmas Elf (4pm-5.30pm): Free
Beachfront Bonfire (7pm-9pm): Free | max 20 guests
18 December 2022
The classic gingerbread house decorating is coming to One&Only Desaru Coast, where children can let their imaginations run with festive frostings in an interactive workshop. The entire family can then join the cosy movie night, featuring Hollywood classics to animated films for the little guests. And fret not, as munchies like popcorn, Malaysian fried chicken, fries and ice popsicles will be available to keep you full.
Gingerbread House Decorating (2pm-4pm): Free | max 40 children, aged 3 to 17 | parents are welcome | reservations required
Cosy Movie Night (7.30pm-10pm): Free | subject to weather conditions
19 December 2022
Unleash your inner Picasso at the Creative Studio with complimentary artistic mediums to help visualise your creative thoughts. Then, wind down with a festive picnic as you watch the sunset and graze on seasonal delights curated by the resort’s gourmet chefs.
Discover Your Inner Picasso (10am-12pm): RM150 per pax | reservations required
Festive Picnic (4pm-6pm): RM300 per set for 2 pax | reservations required | subject to weather conditions | complimentary for children
20 December 2022
Allow your child to bring home a keepsake for the festive season as they paint an ornament inspired by tropical views of the resort. To learn the ancient martial art of Silat Melayu, join a guided session by the hotel’s resident Silat Master in the evening.
Ornament Painting (9am-12pm): Free | max 20 children, aged 3 to 17 | parents are welcome | reservations required
A Warrior’s Journey (5pm-6pm): Free | max 10 guests, aged 7 and above | reservations required
22 December 2022
Soak in the morning sun as your children enjoy a child-friendly pony ride by the beach. Later in the day, allow them (and yourself) to appreciate the art of batik painting in a workshop that allows you to draw and paint your own batik masterpiece.
Pony Ride (9am-11am): Free | 15 mins per ride | subject to weather conditions
Batik Painting (3pm-6pm): RM150 per pax | max 15 guests, aged 10 and above
23 December 2022
Indulge in a Malaysian BBQ dinner by the beach as you welcome Christmas Eve, featuring all your favourite local dishes. While you bond with your loved ones, be lulled by the breathtaking view and calm music of nature by the surrounding South China Sea.
Malaysian BBQ dinner (6pm-9pm): RM650 per pax, excluding beverages | Free for children under 11 | reservations required | subject to weather conditions
24 December 2022
Celebrate with a toast at the Christmas Eve Cocktail Party that’s complimentary for all One&Only hotel guests. Later, experience an epicurean Christmas Eve Dinner featuring local and international culinary delights that are sure to fill you to the brim.
Christmas Eve Cocktail Party (6.30pm-7.30pm): Free
Christmas Eve Dinner (7.30pm-11pm): RM695 per adult, RM347 per child aged 5 to 11, free for children under 4, excluding beverages | reservations required
25 December 2022
Should you find yourself spending Christmas at One&Only, treat yourself to a Christmas Day Brunch at the Ember Beach Club. There will be an in-house DJ to play ambient tunes as you enjoy gourmet woodfired cuisine by the ocean.
Christmas Day Brunch (12.30pm-4pm): RM650 per adult, RM325 per child aged 5 to 11, free for children under 4, excluding beverages | reservations required
26 December 2022
The festivities continue with a festive hunt for children as they scout for clues and hidden treats throughout the resort’s beckoning outdoors. If you’re looking for a fun challenge then join the soccer tournament and battle with the resort’s Club One team or play against your friends and family.
Festive Hunt (10am-11am): Free
Soccer Tournament (5pm-7pm): Free | subject to weather conditions
27 December 2022
For the curious kids, a 60-minute guided tour about Desaru’s lush flora and fauna will be available while adults with a sweet tooth can join the late afternoon chocolate workshop. The latter will be guided by a talented pastry team so rest assured that you’ll pick up some patisserie skills.
Nature Guided Tour (9am-10am): Free | max 2 groups of 15 children, aged 3 to 17 | parents are welcome | reservations required | subject to weather conditions
Chocolate Workshop (3pm-5pm): RM100 per pax | max 10 guests | reservations required
28 December 2022
Learn the history of Desaru, the interdependent ecosystem and what changes did the coastal paradise experience through a guided tour of the beach with resident experts. Those unable to awake that early can opt to admire the sunset as they fly kites by the beach.
Beach Guided Tour (8am-10am): Free | max 2 groups of 15 children, aged 3 to 17 | parents are welcome | reservations required
Kite Flying (4pm-6pm): Free | max 20 guests | subject to weather conditions
29 & 30 December 2022
End the year with fun-filled activities for your young ones as they personalise t-shirts with an array of complimentary craft materials. There’s also a sandcastle competition and padel tournament that will bring out your competitive side.
T-Shirt Making (10am-12pm): Free | max 12 children, aged 3 to 17 | reservations required
Sandcastle Competition (4pm): Free | subject to weather conditions
Padel Tournament (4pm-6pm): Free | max 20 children, aged 12 and above | subject to weather conditions
31 December 2022 & 1 January 2023
Begin the last day of the year on a high with a fun run designed for you and your children to bond and stay active. At night, treat yourself to a gala dinner while your kids meet new friends at the kids party and join you for a countdown into the new year. The next morning, welcome in 2023 with a sunrise yoga followed by a fancy champagne brunch.
Fun Run (8am-9am): Free
Gala Dinner & Countdown Party (7.30pm-12am): RM1,750 per adult, RM875 per child aged 5 to 11, excluding beverages | Free for children under 4 | reservations required
Kids Party (8pm-12am): Free
Sunrise Yoga (7am-8am): Free | reservations required
Champagne Brunch (12.30pm-4pm): RM950 per adult, RM475 per child aged 5 to 11, excluding beverages | Free for children under 4 | reservations required