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Escape to an Ultra-Luxury Tropical Haven at One&Only Desaru Coast, Opening on 6 Sept

Head down south to a tropical escape amidst lush rainforest and the South China Sea where the first One&Only resort in Asia awaits you. Positioned on the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia, One&Only Desaru Coast extends expansively across 128 acres of unspoilt wild flora and a pristine 1.5 kilometre stretch of private white sanded beach. Designed by the award-winning Kerry Hill Architects, the first One&Only resort in Asia is ready to open its doors to travellers on 6 September 2020.


Guests will marvel at the the resort's modern interpretation of the traditional Malaysian 'kampung' or village, showcasing the region's heriage. Each standalone suite is perfectly framed by greenery, offering exceptional levels of seclusion and generous space to relax or entertain. Facing the stunning ocean or wrapped by the jungle, the resort has a collection of 42 Junior Suites, two expansive two-bedroom Grand Suites and an exclusive four-bedroom residence, Villa One. All boast private plunge pools, abundant indoor and outdoor living spaces, separate decadent bathrooms and thoughtful Malaysian-inspired design features.

The most exclusive address at One&Only Desaru Coast, Villa One offers 1,500m2 of luxury living, perfect for larger groups and unforgettable celebrations, from intimate dinners to parties under the stars. Located in its own enclave, the two-storey villa features a private spa treatment room and generous indoor and outdoor living spaces including a central courtyard garden with ocean-facing lawns surrounding the shimmering 27-metre swimming pool.

The resort will also offer 50 Private Homes available to own or rent, perfect for couples or families who desire a spacious haven to call home.


A dining destination that captivates the senses, exotic flavours are served with flair across the resort’s three restaurants, dynamic bar and beach club. Critically acclaimed Chef Andrew Walsh has elevated the art of barbecue with enticing Asian touches at Ember Beach Club, a buzzing venue with a restaurant and bar set on the golden sands overlooking two infinity pools. A beach venue unlike any other in Malaysia, Ember Beach Club is open to both resort and local guests from morning through to evening with an exciting calendar of events including outdoor movie screenings, live bands and DJs, showcases by guest mixologists and a quarterly four-hands dinner.

Guests can enjoy the theatre-style preparation of seasonal tempura, sashimi, nigiri and maki sushi, and sip from a menu of Japanese sake and whiskies at the intimate counter seats at the resort's signature restaurant, Hoshi. Ambara embraces dishes from the Mediterranean coasts using produce from local farmers and the Chef’s Garden, in an airy and light setting for breakfast and dinner. The diverse, vibrant flavours of Malaysia are explored with inventive local specialties at Essential, located next to the spectacular 50-metre infinity pool. At the open-air Dusky Monkey bar, guests can enjoy a selection of creative straits-inspired bites alongside tailormade cocktails accompanied by the sounds of the surrounding jungle and ocean. The resort Team can also create memorable private dining experiences on the beach over candlelight, or cocooned by the rainforest under the stars.


The resort also offers a scientific and holistic approach to health and wellness at Chenot Spa, an industry leading brand with nearly 50 years of science and practice in the field. Focusing on the ‘whole self’ by understanding the individual needs of each guest through advanced diagnostics, bespoke programmes can include tailored nutritional menus, fitness schedules, targeted spa treatments and stress relieving activities.

At Club One, the resort’s exciting hub for all things active, guests can enjoy the thrill of competitive sports like tennis, padel and basketball, or gain insight into local culture with a lesson of Silat Melayu – a traditional Malaysian martial art. Young ones can dive into an array of fun and action-packed activities at KidsOnly, whether it’s learning about the local ecosystem at the EcoLab, discovering local aquatic life at The Fisherman Hut or unleashing their artistic skills at the Creative Studio, there is something to suit every child’s interests and passions. One Tribe, a tailored programme for teens, features an art studio, bicycle riding and training lessons and sports programming.

Adults and kids can learn fundamental skills to gain a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certification, and seasonal deep-sea sail fishing is also available from mid-August to November.

Next to the resort, avid golfers can tee off in style at two championship level golf courses at the Els Club, featuring both the Ocean Course, a 27-hole layout and the Valley Course, a further 18-holes designed by Ernie Els in collaboration with Vijay Singh. Golfers can hone their swing and game with a tailored golf class taught by an international PGA golf coach.


Easily accessible in just two hours by car from Singapore and 45 minutes to Johor’s Senai Airport, the ultra-luxury tropical escape offers guests the ultimate privacy, leading wellness programmes, destination-defining cuisine and curated experiences that celebrate the destination.

From now until 19 Dec 2020, Sedunia is offering a special 40% discount promotion in partnership with One&Only Desaru Coast. For only RM2,100 per room per night, you can enjoy a 1N2D stay at this luxurious resort. Travel period is from 6 Sept - 19 Dec 2020.

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