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One&Only Opens Its First Resort In Southeast Asia At Desaru

One&Only Desaru Coast is the retreat that you have been dreaming of

For months, luxury travellers have been waiting with bated breath for One&Only Desaru Coast, the award-winning luxury resort brand's first property in Southeast Asia, which welcomed its first guests this month.

Nestled in the southeastern coast of Johor near Singapore, One&Only Desaru Coast is the most exclusive resort along the popular Desaru beach, with a design by Kerry Hill Architects that celebrates the beauty and traditions of local culture in harmony with the beautiful natural surrounding.

The intimate, lush tropical setting serves as the ideal escape-from-the-city hideaway, which is within easy reach of Kuala Lumpur either via air (the resort is about an hour's drive from Senai Airport) or the North-South Expressway. It's perfect for couples, extended families and even groups of friends who desire to reconnect in style after a long period in lockdown.


A sense of calm is palpable the moment you step through One&Only Desaru Coast's discreet entrance. Lush greenery doesn't just surround the resort but also plays a big role in shaping it. Echoing a typical Malay village, the timber-clad buildings, which hint at coastal Malay architectural heritage, are separated by courtyards, gardens and towering trees that provide protective shades along the walkways. From the reception itself, guests are greeted by the inviting sight of a 50m cerulean swimming pool overlooking the forest, beach and sea. 

Nature is woven into every aspect of the experience.

Kerry Hill Architects has made every effort to preserve as much of the forest as possible, with a prime example being the water garden at Chenot Spa that pays tribute to the banyan tree standing majestically in the centre. Building roofs are also planted with greenery to ensure a seamless blend into nature; this design decision also helps to cool the buildings naturally.

Source : Malaysia Tatler

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