An intimate oasis
Blessed with emerald-green jungle and a 1.5km coastline in south-eastern Malaysia, One&Only Desaru Coast is steeped in natural beauty. From standalone suites to the crowning 4-bedroom Villa One, every secluded sanctuary boasts a private sparkling pool. At the group’s first resort in Asia, every day offers an extraordinary new experience.
Wander along kilometres of untouched, pristine sand each day here, where the crystal clear South China Sea offers the perfect conditions for paddling. Adventurous guests can take to the water with stand-up paddle boarding, kite-surfing, jet-skiing and more, while the OneSwing seat suspended between two palms on the beach is the perfect place to catch the sunset.
Make an afternoon of it and grab your favourite tipple or a snack at Ember Beach Club. Or, you might choose to head to the glorious 50-metre infinity pool that overlooks the ocean. However you opt to spend your days here, you’re guaranteed bliss.
A setting this beautiful deserves cuisine to match. There’s the chic Ember Beach Club’s barbecue fare, overseen by Michelin-starred chef Andrew Walsh. For afternoon tea, or a peerless collection of artisan liqueurs and local tipples, head to Dusky Monkey, which looks out over the verdant jungle.
Embark on a gastronomic journey and savour top-notch omakase menus at Hoshi - a menu selection entrusted entirely to the chef, prepared with the season’s freshest and finest ingredients, whether you opt for tempura, sashimi or artfully-prepared Nigiri, the experience is second to none.
"Try Mediterranean favourites with a Malaysian twist at Ambara. The menu here is packed with ingredients from local producers and the resort’s own chef’s garden."
The great outdoors
From expert-led tennis coaching sessions to the vast selection of bikes for hire at The Cycle Hub, getting some fresh air has never been so rewarding.
Seasoned golf experts and newbies alike will enjoy wandering the pristine greens at the nine-hole Els Club, designed by the legendary Ernie Els, or the beautiful Valley Course designed by Vijay Singh. Your personal butler will arrange your tee times.
The resort’s proximity to both the coast and dense rainforest promises no end of adventures. Head to Panti Forest Reserve with a local naturalist to spot pig-tailed macaques, dusky leaf monkeys and dozens of species of bird. Head for heights? Scale the custom-designed rigs to reach the resort’s treetop viewing platform for the best vistas.
Enjoy world-class treatments at the pioneering spa which partners with Chenot. Beautifully carved into lush greenery with open spaces to hear the rolling waves, indulge with both modern and traditional treatments curated just for you.
Other programmes include tailored nutritional menus, fitness classes and stress-relieving activities. Afterwards, sip on signature herbal tea and admire the water garden, which pays homage to a majestic banyan tree that’s over a century old.
With the rainforest on your doorstep, why not embark on a jungle walk with the resident naturalist? Kids will love searching for endangered primates and seeing the flora and insect world through a microscope at The EcoLab.
Try a Malaysian martial arts lesson known as Silat Melayu and savour a family barbecue under the stars. Meanwhile, KidsOnly and One Tribe for teens offers complimentary activities focusing on everything from local culture to nature, arts and crafts.