A new luxury resort promises to be a coastal sanctuary, and it’s so close to home.

Portrait of Tammy Strobel

"Enjoy private dining on the beachfront. Heaven!"

You know how it’s like rallying up your friends for a girl’s getaway — it’s always about getting the right place, at the right time, at the right price. Not everyone’s schedules can sync up so it’s always best to go nearby. “But we’ve already been to all the Malaysian resorts!” We hear you. Here's a new spot to check-in and check out: Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas. Ensconced in the new high-end resort development of Desaru near Iskandar Malaysia, this is the hideaway that you’ve been craving for — one you can steal away to for a weekend, without an expensive flight fare, and has everything that a world-class accommodation would offer.


There is so much to experience in every Anantara property and Desaru Coast is no exception. They offer Dining by Design where you can plan a romantic bespoke dinner for two, complete with a private chef and butler, and a sumptuous four- or five-course menu. Enjoy a private BBQ on the beachfront, or an intimate dining setting with candles, flowers and torches in a serene setting within the resort gardens or by the pool. Even though you can take a dip in the two resort pools, you can opt for a stand-alone luxury Pool Villa with your very own plunge pool. If you’re a bit bougie, book the expansive threeand four-bedroom Beach Residence — which comes with beach access, and thoughtful private chef and butler services, mind you — to suit your trip’s needs. On top of that, there’s also a spa where you can get some R&R.


Choose from Premier Rooms and Deluxe Sea View Rooms in the low-rise buildings which have views of the gardens, lagoon and sparkling ocean. You’ll immediately fall in love with its design, which draws heavily from traditional Malay buildings and are set off by woven textiles, renowned Malaysian wicker elements and silhouettes of traditional Malay crafts.


This thoughtfully-designed resort provides windows into the characteristics of each destination. Anantara makes a point to ensure that travellers engage with the culture and the people that surround the property to make it unforgettable for everyone. For one, you can experience the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park for a boat ride to see fireflies in their natural habitat, or even sign up for an exciting cooking master class. Memories!
My Reading Room
"The Pool Villa’s lounge is the perfect spot to wind down"
My Reading Room

"The Pool Villa where you can #chill for days"


There’s so many reasons to have a vacay conveniently near.

• Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas is a 45-min drive from Senai Airport, and a two-hour drive from Singapore.

• Premium rooms are from $360 a night Visit www.anantara.com/en/desaru-coast to see more.