Set amidst pristine rainforests teeming with diverse flora and fauna, the One&Only Desaru Coast will be welcoming guests beginning 6 September 2020.

Main Infinity Pool at One&Only Desaru Coast

Travelling down south just got more exciting with the upcoming launch of a new resort in Johor’s latest tourism development: Desaru Coast. Introducing the first One&Only resort in Malaysia and Asia, developed exclusively for the ultra-luxury market with a taste for a holistic getaway.

Set amidst pristine rainforests teeming with diverse flora and fauna, the One&Only Desaru Coast will be welcoming guests beginning 6 September 2020.

“One&Only Desaru Coast offers a sanctuary and a welcome respite for those in need of a change of pace,” said Jerome Colson, general manager of the resort. “Guests can take a breath, relax and recharge in the beauty of nature, savour the best of local and regional produce at our restaurants or focus on their wellbeing at our signature Chenot Spa. The team and I are thrilled to open our doors and begin welcoming guests at One&Only Desaru Coast.”

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect at the prestigious destination resort.

Embraced by nature

Villa One’s master bedroom

Designed by award-winning Australian firm Kerry Hill Architects, the destination resort draws inspiration from our local architectural heritage, namely traditional kampung houses. Spanning 128 acres, it features a collection of 42 Junior Suites, two double-bedroom Grand Suites and an exclusive four-bedroom Villa One. Reimagined with modern touches, each self-contained suite is enveloped by nature – either facing the sea or lush greenery. All suites boast private plunge pools, expansive living spaces, luxe bathrooms and painstaking locally-designed features.

On top of that, the resort features 50 private homes available to own or rent – ideal for couples or families looking for a spacious dream home in nature’s embrace.

Dining haven 

Ember Beach Club
Dusky Monkey

Nothing says luxury like an exclusive beachside venue, and One&Only offers just that at Ember Beach Club, located on the edge of the resort’s secluded coastline. With critically-acclaimed Chef Andrew Walsh at the helm of its culinary team, guests can expect a cuisine infused with Asian flavours enriched through the age-old tradition of open-fire cooking. At the club, guests can luxuriate in sand-hued sun loungers, shaded cabanas or the open-air terraced bar which overlooks the two infinity pools and a pristine beach – all with a glass of cocktail in hand.

Additionally, a wide variety of restaurants and bars are available to satisfy different palates. Ambara serves field-to-fork Mediterranean-leaning cuisine using produce from local farmers and the Chef’s Garden. Hoshi invites fans of Japanese cuisine to savour the art of tempura with an open bar concept offering intimate interactions with the masterchefs, whilst Essential celebrates the vibrant flavours of Malaysia next to the serene 50-metre infinity pool. Come evening, Dusky Monkey welcomes guests to enjoy a selection of creative straits-inspired bites, bespoke cocktails and specially curated menu of fine spirits.

Holistic retreat

Chenot Spa

As holistic wellness is at the heart of every One&Only destination, the resort’s Chenot Spa promises to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul with a scientific approach built around four pillars – Sport & Physical Activities, Emotional Wellbeing, Nutrition, and Aesthetics. There’s also a fully-equipped fitness studio, a specialist Pilates studio and a yoga pavilion that overlooks the azure sea to allow guests to work at their fitness and wellness goals.

For those up for some action at sea, a range of water sports activities such as wakeboarding, kayaking and water skiing await. Other facilities include Club One, where guests can take advantage of the state-of-the-art tennis and padel courts or pick up a Silat Melayu class; the Els Club, a championship level gold course for golfers to hone their swing; and KidsOnly, a fun and educational hub for the young ones to explore.

A drone shot of the coastal resort

In conjunction with its opening, the resort is offering a Resident Stay package for Residents of Malaysia, with rates starting from RM2,100 per suite per night with breakfast for two adults. This promotion is valid for stays until 19 December 2020. Residents will also enjoy 15% savings on holistic Chenot Spa treatments and dining at the resort’s restaurants and bars (not available with other offers or stays at Villa One).

For more information or to make a reservation, log on to the official website at

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