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September 9, 2020updated Aug 05, 2021

Inside the Stunning One&Only Desaru Coast Resort

One&Only Desaru Coast promises to bring the height of luxury to south-east Malaysia.

By Kim Ayling

Nestled amongst lush un-spoilt foliage and leading on to the bleached sands of the southeastern shoreline of Malaysia, the new One&Only Desaru Coast promises the height of tropical luxury.

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Opening on September 6, One&Only Desaru Coast boasts a collection of understated yet lavish properties that complement rather than obscure the stunning natural settings that they reside in. As the first One&Only resort in Asia, this brand-new retreat promises to bring a new meaning to the idea of ultra-luxe travel to the region.

Just a short car journey from bustling Singapore, the Desaru Coast resort offers a tranquil escape from busy city life. The destination takes inspiration from the rich history of Malaysia, whilst simultaneously interjecting the exclusive amenities and home comforts that One&Only guests have come to expect.


As a villa and suite-only resort, One&Only Desaru Coast offers all guests the space and privacy needed to fully relax into their vacation. Choose between four tastefully decorated types of suite set either amongst the vibrant rainforest or on the fringe of the immaculate shore. Each suite has the luxury of its own private plunge pool and generous indoor-outdoor space.

Villa One is truly the shining jewel of One&Only Desaru Coast /©One&Only Resorts

One&Only Desaru Coast Villa One master bedroom

Villa One has four king bedrooms, a private library and a personal spa treatment room / ©One&Only Resorts

However, it is Villa One that is truly the shining jewel of One&Only Desaru Coast. Offering unrivaled privacy and seclusion, Villa One is ideal for those hoping to escape the crowds and truly unwind in stunning Malaysian settings.

With four bedrooms all boasting king-size beds, a private library and a personal spa treatment room set across two floors, Villa One offers a home-away-from-home for couples or room to celebrate for larger groups. Outside, guests can enjoy an 88ft pool, designated for their personal use only, soak up the equatorial sun on private patio space and explore the lush tropical gardens surrounding their villa.


As with the entire One&Only portfolio, dining opportunities at Desaru Coast have been carefully curated to delight and intrigue guests. East meets West at Ambara, where classic flavors of the Mediterranean and Asia are fused together using seasonal produce from local suppliers, with chefs adding the final touches right at your table.

Those seeking a taste of Tokyo can head to Hoshi, where contemporary sushi and tempura can be enjoyed amidst eclectic neon lights reminiscent of Japan’s vibrant capital. Alternatively, guests hoping for more casual fare will be delighted to find Ember Beach Club, where acclaimed chef Andrew Walsh utilizes his distinct take on open-fire cooking to provide barbecue-style dishes amidst a laid-back beachside setting.

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An aerial view of the One&Only Desaru Coast / ©One&Only Resorts

Villa One offers a home-away-from-home for couples or room to celebrate for larger groups / ©One&Only Resorts


Situated on the fringe of lush rainforests and powder-white beaches, a bespoke itinerary of unique experiences designed to showcase the unseen side of Malaysia awaits guests at One&Only Desaru Coast.

Expeditions such as the ‘Call of the Gibbons’ invite guests to witness the wide range of indigenous wildlife species that calls this part of the world home. Guided by the resort’s resident naturalist, a trek through the Panti Forest Reserve is punctuated by the sound of White-Handed Gibbons’ morning chatter, who share this unspoiled environment with a host of other magnificent creatures, such as Dusky Leaf Monkeys, Pig-Tailed Macaques and Oriental Pied Hornbills.

One&Only Desaru Coast also offers a range of sporting activities to sate the more active guest, with tennis, squash, basketball and cycling facilities all available. Golf enthusiasts can also make use of the nearby Els Club, featuring two championship-level golf courses. Those hoping to hone their skills can take the opportunity to enjoy a private class taught by an international PGA golf coach.

The resort has also incorporated more traditional activities into its extensive itinerary. Silat Malayu is a UNESCO-recognized form of combative self-defense that is shrouded in mystery and preserved only through oral traditions. Guided by highly-skilled Silat Master, guests will have the exclusive opportunity to learn the unique motions that make up this ancient martial art.

One&Only Desaru Coast beach and pool

Desaru Coast resort offers a tranquil escape from busy city life / ©One&Only Resorts

The Beach Club where guests can unwind in front of a beautiful pool / ©One&Only Resorts


Relaxation and wellbeing take priority at One&Only Desaru Coast. The resort is home to the first Chenot Spa in Asia, which aims to care for the ‘whole self’ by understanding individual needs, leaving guests feeling revitalized and rejuvenated.

Using a research-driven framework whilst drawing inspiration from traditional Chinese medicine, the widely renowned Chenot Method© advocates prevention rather than cure and focuses on four key pillars: Sport & Physical Activities, Emotional Wellbeing, Nutrition and Aesthetics. When combined, these pillars seek to restore and recharge, creating the pinnacle of health and wellbeing.

Guests can enjoy a range of luxurious treatments from bespoke hand and foot therapies by Bastien Gonzalez and detoxing Phyto-mud wraps, through to personalized diet and fitness programs designed to cater to your specific requirements. Set amongst tropical foliage, with the gentle crashing of waves heard in the distance, One&Only Desaru Coast promises a spa experience like no other.

Suites from $843 per night; Villa One from $11,880 per night.

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