Desaru is fast emerging as a quick weekend get away especially now that luxury resort Anantara has planted its flag on the coast — the brand’s debut in Malaysia. Set to open in December 2019, the luxury resort is designed by Singapore architectural firm WOW Architects & Warner Wong Design and 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 first published on Lifestyle Asia KL.


Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas
Darul Ta’zim, No. 1, Persiaran Damai, Desaru Coast, Desaru
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