Frequent jet-setters around Southeast Asia will already know about, if not travelled to Desaru Coast in Malaysia — one of the fastest up-and-coming luxury beach destinations in the region. Before the end of the year, tropical beach goers can look forward to two more luxe properties set to open their doors on the beautiful stretch of coastline: One&Only Desaru Coast and Anantara Desaru Coast — the latter set to open its doors on 1 December.

The luxury resort, Anantara Desaru Coast is designed by Singapore architectural firm WOW Architects & Warner Wong Design with interiors by Environment Design Consultants from Malaysia. Taking inspiration from traditional Malay buildings, the resort uses indigenous materials and fabrics that are familiar to us including woven textiles, wicker and rattan elements, as well as silhouettes reminiscent of Malay crafts. This is particularly evident in the pool villas — it’s an amalgamation of form and function, as the traditional design plays well with the country’s tropical weather. Think floor-to-ceiling windows, slanted wooden panels, louvres and vents under the roof, as well as wide-open doors to allow natural airflow.

Anantara Desaru Coast
The pool villa bedroom.

There are 123 rooms in Anantara Desaru Coast, comprising 90 deluxe guest rooms with garden, lagoon, and ocean views; 13 standalone one- and two-bedroom pool villas; and 20 three- and four-bedroom residences that are perfect for families or larger groups of people. The residences come with its own infinity pool, full kitchen, chef, and butler service.

As for the dining options within the resort, there is Sea.Fire.Salt, a specialty grill and seafood restaurant with alfresco courtyard and beachside dining, an all-day dining outlet offering local, Asian, and international fare. For sunset cocktails, Anantara has you covered with an observatory bar overlooking the resort and ocean, as well as an infinity beach pool bar. Finally, the star restaurant on the property has to be Dining By Design, the resort’s signature private dining experience in exotic locales — perfect for a romantic night out.

Other amenities in Anantara Desaru Coast include two swimming pools, a kids club, and the signature Anantara Spa and fitness centre. Heading to the resort is all part of a relaxation package, and you should definitely indulge while you’re there. It’s also currently the only property on the Desaru Coast development to be connected to a stretch of beach – that alone should already signal the exclusivity of the resort.

(All images: Anantara Desaru Coast)


This article was originally published on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.

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