A holiday destination was developed on Johor’s East coast in the 1980’s for holidaymakers to enjoy the pleasure of pristine beaches, washed by the waters of the South China Sea.

With an abundance of pokok Ru or casuarina trees along its eastern coast, this destination was aptly named Desaru, a word coined from two Malay words: desa which means countryside or rural area and the Ru trees here.

Over the next two decades, Desaru became the destination of choice for holidaymakers and golfers for weekend escapades, not only by road but also by ferry from Singapore via the Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal.

When the Senai-Desaru Expressway opened in 2011, drive time to Desaru was dramatically reduced to just 45 minutes of smooth drive between the Ulu Tiram Interchange to the Penawar Toll gates.

A new destination resort, Desaru Coast, was developed as an integrated holiday destination along the coastline that covers over 3,900 acres of land with 17km of beachfront, carefully curated with a portfolio of globally renowned hotels, resorts, golf courses and conference center for an indulgent getaway for both leisure and business travellers.

At The Els Club Desaru Coast, golfers can enjoy the rolling fairways and signature holes in the Ocean Course to a backdrop of the South China Sea.

Enjoy the view of South China Sea while you are playing golf on the Ocean Course. Photo Credit: Elsclubmalaysia.com
Another breathtaking view of the South China Sea from the Valley Course. Photo Credit: Elsclubmalaysia.com

Designed by Ernie Els, this 27-hole championship course includes a Clubhouse that commands a panoramic view of the green.

The 18-hole Valley Course is the product of a world’s first collaboration with Els’ long-standing friend, fellow Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, Vijay Singh.

Equipped with a short game practice area for chipping, bunker shots and putting, it also has an Els Performance Golf Academy that offers a 9-Hole Par 3 Academy Course.

The Clubhouse at the Els Club. Photo Credit: Elsclubmalaysia.com
The small greens and sharp undulations on the Valley Course mean that approach play must be precise in order to prevail against the course. Photo Credit: Elsclubmalaysia.com

Built around a water feature, the Desaru Coast Riverside is a central hub of Desaru Coast that offers exciting retail, restaurants, cafés and entertainment outlets with convenient access to the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort and Desaru Coast Conference Centre.

The Desaru Coast Riverside consists of retail, restaurants, cafés and entertainment outlets. Photo Credit: Marriott.com

The Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast is one of the world’s biggest waterparks that boasts of a three-acre wide wave pool – one of the largest in the world – and the first-ever water coaster in the region.

The park’s design in the kampung concept was inspired by a local Malay fishing village while its landscape uses trees and a range of herbal plants that are native to Tanjung Penawar.

The Waterpark features 20 different slides designed to thrill, with a mix of wet and dry rides from the Kids Ahoy zone to the Wild Whirl, Super Twister, Riptide, The Tempest and Kraken’s Revenge, the park’s signature ride and the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia and the region.

One of the World’s Largest Waterparks is located in the heart of Desaru Coast. Photo Credit: Marriott.com
Tidal Wave Beach is one of the biggest wave pools in the world holding more than four million gallons of water over nearly three acres. Photo Credit: Desarucoast.com
Kraken’s Revenge is a combination roller coaster and splashing flume ride that takes thrill-seekers up 30 metres above the ground in rolling “boats”. Photo Credit: Desarucoast.com
The Tempest. Experience two high-energy funnels and a sudden 24-foot drop that allows for high-banking swings. Photo Credit: Desarucoast.com

Adjacent to the Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast, the 365-room Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast will pamper guests with their signature Hard Rock Rock-Star treatment, complete with a selection of music in various genres for in-room entertainment plus an exclusive audio treat with the Sound-of-your-Stay experience.

Hard Rock International is renowned for more than 80,000 pieces of memorabilia contributed by local and international stars and Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast has more than 30 pieces of exhibits displayed at hotel lobby, Avalon, Rock Royalty® Lounge, Rock Star Suite and in Sessions restaurant.

A giant Fender Stratocaster awaits you at the entrance. Photo Credit: Hardrockhotels.com
Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast Exterior. Photo Credit: Hardrockhotels.com
The Studio Suite is the perfect place to begin a long day of delicious dining, spa spoils, and general revelry. Photo Credit: Hardrockhotels.com
Channel your inner “Rock Star” and stay at the Rock Star Suite. Photo Credit: Hardrockhotels.com

Nearby, the 275-room five-star The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, operated by Marriot International, is linked to the full-service Desaru Coast Conference Centre.

The Westin Desaru Coast Resort Outdoor Pool overlooking the Main Entrance. Photo Credit: Marriott.com
The Westin Desaru Coast Resort Outdoor Pool. Photo Credit: Marriott.com
The Westin Desaru Coast Resort Lobby. Photo Credit: Marriott.com
The Westin Desaru Coast Twin Guestroom. Photo Credit: Marriott.com
The Westin Desaru Coast Resort Premier Guestroom View. Photo Credit: Marriott.com

A luxurious hideaway designed in low-rise buildings, modelled on a traditional fishing village, is the 108-room family-oriented Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas which enjoys direct access to the beach.

Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas Exterior. Photo Credit: Anantara.com
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas One Bedroom Lagoon Pool Villa. Photo Credit: Anantara.com
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas Deluxe Sea View Corner Bedroom. Photo Credit: Anantara.com
Sea.Fire.Salt. Dine on local and imported seafood and prime cuts of meat, grilled to perfection. Photo Credit: Anantara.com

For the ultimate bespoke lifestyle experience, it must be the One&Only Desaru Coast sprawled across 128-acres of beachfront privacy to indulge in luxurious retreats and rejuvenation, in the pleasure of spacious suites and exclusive villas.

Some 50 units of One&Only Private Homes with a view of the South China Sea, are also for sale.

The exclusive One&Only Desaru Coast facade. Photo Credit: oneandonlyresorts.com
One&Only Desaru Coast Villa One Master Bedroom. Photo Credit: oneandonlyresorts.com
One&Only Desaru Coast Beach Club Pool Lounge. Photo Credit: oneandonlyresorts.com

While staying in Desaru Coast, visitors may enjoy popular attractions located just a short drive away.

The nearby Desaru Fruit Farm offers farm tours that ends with a refreshing fruit buffet or a fruit-inspired lunch buffet.

After an outdoor farm adventure, visitors can savour the unique taste of a range of local fruits that had ripened on the trees.

Explore Desaru Fruit Farm on an ATV to make your trip even more fun. Photo Credit: Marriott.com

Seafood lovers may indulge in Halal seafood served on Bujang’s Floating Restaurant and experience a river cruise to watch fireflies by night with their famous Firefly Excursion.

Enjoy your dinner while watching the sunset at Bujang’s Floating Restaurant.
Catch a glimpse of a firefly if you are lucky!

Desaru Coast is comfortably accessible by road from Johor Bahru and Singapore in the South and from the Northern states of Peninsular Malaysia.

When construction on the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex is completed at the end of June 2021, the Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal will provide ferry access from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal directly into Desaru Coast.


Enjoy tranquil beaches and wide open spaces at Desaru Coast with the Sand-sational Deal, starting from RM689 for a 2D1N beach holiday for 2 adults and 1 child (3-11 years old) inclusive of hotel breakfast, ATV ride and a choice of Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast tickets or Desaru Fruit Farm tour. T&C apply. Valid for travel till 17 December 2020. Book now at https://bit.ly/2RMKitt.