One & Only, Desaru Coast

Unearth this breathtaking luxury resort inspired by the beauty and traditions of Malaysia’s enchanting southeast. Showcasing fresh exotic delicacies with flair and flavour; cultivating wellness with new and ancient local wisdoms; curating adventures through unspoilt nature and warm tropical waters; One&Only Desaru Coast will illuminate secrets of the east like never before.

Desaru sits on the East Coast of Johor and is part of the Malay Peninsula. Easily accessible from Singapore by car – Private vehicle transfers from Changi airport take two and a half hours.





Tucked between the rainforest and sea on the south eastern shoreline of Malaysia sits the One & Only Desaru Coast. Blessed with verdant jungles and a one a half kilometre stretch of white sandy beach, the resort is steeped in natural and un-spoilt beauty. Showcasing fresh exotic delicacies with flair and flavour, cultivating wellness with new and ancient wisdoms, curating adventures through unspoilt nature and warm tropical waters- the One & Only Desaru Coast will illuminate secrets of the east like never before.


With just 45 spacious and secluded suites featuring private plunge pools, neutral colour palettes and natural materials, the resort is a luxurious haven to unwind and be inspired by the tranquil surrounds.

Junior suites feature private plunge pools and rainforest or ocean views and are 105 square metres.

The Ocean Grand Suite offers direct access to the beach, a private plunge pool and is larger at 210 square metres.

The Rainforest Grand Pool Suite is a generous 300 square metres with indoor and outdoor dining areas and an 18 metre lap pool.

For families or groups Villa One features 4 bedrooms and is spread over two levels. Set apart from the main resort, whilst still being close to the sea, it offers complete privacy as well as a 27 metre private pool.


The Ember Beach Club sits at the edge of the ocean and is a contemporary spot to lounge, wine and dine

Chenot Spa is carved into the lush greenery with the gentle sound of the waves in the background. The science based treatments are designed to leave you feeling entirely recharged and full of vitality. A range of treatments are offered as well as 1, 2 or 3 day retreats.

Guests are free to spend days as laid back or active as they desire.

Water activities such as paddle boarding and fishing are available on site

Enjoy activities arranged by Club One such as tennis and padel or choose a bike to suit from the Cycle Hub. The nearby Ernie Els designed 9 hole ocean course or the Vijay Singh designed Valley course will excite the golfer.


The Resort prides itself on farm to table restaurants serving specialities that use local herbs and fruit grown at nearby organic farms

Ambara – East meets West: Hearty, honest flavours of Malaysia and the Mediterranean Coast.

Hoshi – Tempura and contemporary sushi created by a master chef amidst the neon lights reminiscent of Tokyo

Essential –  Malaysian inspired local Specialities  served café style overlooking the expansive hanging pool and frangipani trees.

Ember Beach club – Conceptualised by acclaimed chef Andrew Walsh, the Ember Beach Club serves unfussy barbeque fare with notes of Asia. Tear into ripe meats and fresh seafood enveloped by a mallet of smoke, salt and spice.

Dusky Monkey – Framed by the lush forests, the open air lobby bar boats a menu of regional rums, curated gins, fine whiskeys, artisanal tonics and house cocktails. Shaken or stirred, every drink is carefully crafted. Signature afternoon tea is served here


The Resort offers unique experience for guests!

Call of the Gibbons – Hear the greeting call of white-handed Gibbons at the break of dawn with the resident Naturalist. The Panti Forest Reserve is home to fascinating creatures such as the Dusky Leaf Monkeys, Pig-tailed Macaques and Oriental Pied Hornbills as well as tropical birds.

King of the Jungle – Feel on top of the world as you ascend to the lush jungle canopy taking part in a tree climbing experience.


Children and well catered for.

Baby sitting services are available for children under 3 years and an adventure playground is on site for little ones to enjoy.

For children 3 to 11 years, the complimentary Kids Only Club is open 9.00 am to 6.00 pm daily and the resident marine biologist even offers nature walks and activities as well as fun science experiments as part of the Eco Lab programme. Children can experience new sports such as archery or fishing or take cooking lessons from the chef. For teens, The Tribe is a place to unwind in their own chill-out zone.


The resort benefits from a year round pleasant temperatures and warm seas.

The dry season is February to August so this makes it a perfect winter escape with temperatures ranging from 24 to 33 degrees Celsius.

September to January is considered the wet season with averages of 23 to 30 degrees.


Desaru sits on the south eastern shoreline of Malaysia in the state of Johor, part of the Malay Peninsula.

When the Portuguese Empire fell, remnants of the Malaccan royal family moved to Johor and established the new sultanate – the Johor Empire which prospered as the epicentre for the spice trade. This Empire was fought over by the Dutch and British until a treaty signed in 1824 gave birth to the modern Johor which continues to exist as a member of the Conference of Rulers following Malaysia’s independence from British Colonial rule in 1957.

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