Glass previews One&Only Desaru Coast ahead of its March 2020 opening

ONE&ONLY Desaru Coast opens in March 2020, and is set to transform Malaysia’s south-eastern coastline. Form the creative minds at award-winning firm Kerry Hill Architects, One&Only Desaru Coast will be a modern reimagining of the classical Malaysian Kampung (village), making the most of the stunning local landscape to create a feeling of verdant envelopment, as opposed to encroaching upon the shoreline with excessive building work.

OO_Desaru_Drone_Shots_0025_MASTEROne&Only Desaru Coast as seen from above

One&Only’s dedication to preserving the local eco-system is something we can all get behind. Stretching across 128 acres of beach and backing into what’s known as ‘the village of the palms’, this debut Asian resort looks set to become the jewel in the One&Only crown.

OO_Desaru_Main_Building_0127_MASTERThe One&Only Desaru Coast main building

Accompanying 42 junior suites, two grand suites and an exclusive four-bedroom villa, each available to rent, are 50 private homes for purchase – large enough for families or discerning couples who value their space and privacy, Desaru Coast doesn’t have to be an occasional escape, it could be home.

OO_Desaru_Beach_0010_MASTERThe One&Only Desaru Coast beach

The dining options do not disappoint, offering a brilliant reflection of the indigenous cuisine, in both process and taste, while also giving nods to food from further afield. Essential will offer a thorough exploration of Malaysian flavours and little known local specialties, sitting between the resort’s stunning 50 metre infinity pool and the dense jungle bush.

OO_Desaru_Main_Entrance_0003_MASTERThe One&Only Desaru Coast entrance

For Japanese, there’s Hoshi, which will serve contemporary sushi and tempura dishes. Ambara is Desura Coast’s Mediterranean, field-to-fork main attraction. While the dishes look to the Med, the food prep process relies on produce from local farmers, and the finest ingredients sourced from the head chef’s private garden.

OO_Desaru_Pool_0015_MASTERThe One&Only Desaru Coast infinity pool

For a change of pace, think live music and water sports, the Ember Beach Club is the place to be. Developed in collaboration with a Singapore based celebrity chef, Ember serves prime meats and fresh seafood cooked over an open fire, and is a brilliant way to end your evening.

OO_Desaru_Room_View_0023_MASTERThe room view at One&Only Desaru Coast

Desaru Coast also offers an abundance of daytime activities with both adults and kids in mind. The One&Only Spa by Chenot promises to revitalise even the most beleaguered bodies and minds, with a revolutionary scientific and holistic approach, focused on developing personalised nutritional menus, fitness schedules, bespoke treatments and stress relieving activities. If you’re more into active pursuits, state of the art tennis and golf facilities, and classes in Malaysian martial art Silat Melayu, as well as every water sport under the sun.

OO_Desaru_Spa_0061_MASTERThe spa at One&Only Desaru Coast

While you relax/work up a sweat, KidsOnly offers great opportunities for kids to learn about the local ecosystem and aquatic life at The Fisherman Hut, or express their artistic side at Desaru Coats’s Art Studio.

OO_Desaru_Nature_0028_MASTEROne&Only Desaru Coast’s natural surroundings

Speaking on the location’s grand opening, Chief Operating Officer, Philippe Zuber, commented: “One&Only Desaru Coast will be our first resort in Asia as part of the continued strategic growth of the brand, and Malaysia’s secluded breathtaking coastline and rich regional heritage makes it the perfect location for us to introduce our brand to the region. We look forward to introducing the One&Only experience to the country, offering modern Malaysian elegance, warm and authentic service and the ultimate in ultra-luxury.”

OO_Desaru_Drone_Shots_0059_MASTEROne&Only Desaru Coast from the skies


by Charlie Navin-Holder

One&Only Desaru Coast will begin welcoming guests on 23 March 2020. Suites start from USD $835 (plus taxes) per night. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit this link

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