Desaru Coast

Johor Desaru Coast

One of the much talked about projects for 2018 is no other than the Desaru Coast project, which is a massive premium integrated destination resort and possibly a new tourism destination for Malaysia. 

Currently, there are massive projects ongoing where a series of world-class hotels and resorts are being built and complimented with golf courses, a massive conference centre, a water park, upscale homes and a unique retail village. 

Desaru Coast also boasts of 3,900 acres of prime land and a whopping 17 kilometres of unspoiled beachfront, which covers the southeast part of the state of Johor, Malaysia.

This alone will stir up interest for travellers, local and international who want something different in Malaysia.

Desaru Coast Hotels and Resorts

The Desaru Coast Adventure Water Park
With such a massive integrated project, several international hotels and resorts have already started construction here at Desaru Coast. The hotel and resort names would speak for themselves as they are all five-star brands.

Please note there are no actual photos available and therefore what you see below are all artist impressions for now. As soon as I can get actual photos, I will do my best to update it here.

Desaru Coast Westin Hotel
Inside the Westin Desaru Coast
The Westin Desaru Coast Resort

A 5-Star beachfront property with a total of 275 rooms and operated by Marriott International. The resort comes with a conference centre adjoined to the resort and a world-class spa that has been highly recommended by many. If you are a Starwood Proffered Guest member, this is your next destination.

Anantara Desaru Coast Resort and Villas
View of the South China Sea from the Anantara Resort Desaru Coast
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort and Villas

A world-class name is known to the luxury travellers, the Anantara Desaru will be fully managed under the Anantara Hotels and Resorts brand.

 A total of 123 luxurious units are offered for guests and the Anantara Spa fit for a king and queen will be one of the highlights here.

Strategically located in the main hub of Desaru Coast, the luxurious resort is located near the Desaru Coast Riverside and the two world-class golf courses.

Aman Resort and Villas Desaru Coast

This is going to be the only 6-Star Resort in Desaru, offering a total of 46 luxury club suites and 48 residential villas facing the South China Sea.

The luxurious resort will be managed by world-famous Amanresorts, so you can expect world-class luxury service here.

Desaru Coast Hard Rock Hotel
Artist impression of the Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast
Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast

Another branch of the Hard Rock family is also set to open at Desaru Coast, bring more credential towards this new tourism and lifestyle project.

The Hard Rock Hotel Desaru will offer 365 rooms, a cafe and everything Hard Rock, and look out for the unique Rock Spa. This property will also be located next to the world-class Desaru Coast Water Park.

Desaru Coast Entertainment Places

River Side Desaru Coast
Desaru Coast Riverside, an artist impression of what it will look like
Desaru Coast Riverside

This is the much talked about entertainment project which sees a 23-acre waterfront village catering to entertainment and lifestyle.

You can expect quality retails shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and other entertainment outlets in one place.

Not much has been announced on who are the outlets opening here, but we expect top brands and names as tenants here.

Adventure Water Park Desaru Johor
The adventure water park at Desaru Coast
Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark

The much-awaited and talked about the latest water park in Malaysia is the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark.

This is also touted to be one of the world’s biggest water parks, which features 17 different water slide rides.

Not only that, you can expect the largest wave pool in Southeast Asia and experience the first water roller coaster in Southeast Asia. Convinced? I am quite excited about this new water park in Johor.

Desaru Coast Convention Center
Desaru Coast Convention and Conference Center artist impression
Desaru Coast Conference Centre

Targeting the MICE and business travellers, the Desaru Coast Conference Center (DCCC) will be the newest player in this part of the country.

A banquet area and exhibition space will cater up to 1,000 participants, which is complemented with meeting and breakout rooms, VIP lounges, pre-function area and a courtyard. This will easily cater to corporate functions, exhibitions, meetings and entertainment events.

Gold Courses at Desaru Coast

For golfers, there is excellent news as there will be two world-class golf courses available at Desaru Coast and the first in Asia Golf Academy by Ernie Els.

Desaru Coast Golf Course
The Ocean Golf Course at Desaru Coast
The Els Club Desaru Coast - Ocean Course 

This ocean golf course is designed by 4-time Major Champion, Ernie Els and is a 27 hole golf course here at Desaru Coast.

Probably this is currently most talked about golf course in Malaysia, and many golfers can't wait to give this world-class golf course a try.

The Els Club Desaru Coast Valley Course
The Valley Course at Desaru Coast
The Els Club Desaru Coast - Valley Course 

Designed by world-famous Vijay Singh and jointly developed with Ernie Els, The Valley Course at Desaru Coast is an 18-hole golf course with breathtaking scenery.

This 7,200 yard Par 72 course also welcomes any level of golfers. 

The Els Performance Golf Academy 

This is the first Gold Academy of its kind in Asia which is an EPGA Par 3 Academy Course suitable for the entire family.

The Els Club Performance Golf Academy is a state-of-the-art centre of excellence that many seasoned or young golfers are looking forward to visiting this place.

Location of Desaru Coast
A map showing where the golf courses are located in Desaru Coast
How To Go To Desaru Coast?

Driving - The easiest way is to self-drive here, where you can take the north-south expressway and then connect to the Senai-Desaru Expressway.

In total, you will drive for about five hours. But for those going for a vacation, do that ritual and make a stop in Melaka or Johor Baharu.

From Singapore, it will only take you a 90-minute drive from the causeway which is relatively easy. 

Flying - For those who prefer to fly, you can do so by taking a direct flight to the Senai Airport in Johor.

From there, you need to take a taxi, hire a private driver (Uber/Grab) or simply rent a car. From Senai Airport to Desaru, it will take you around 45-50 minutes.

A flight from Kuala Lumpur to Senai will take you around 45 minutes too.

Map of Desaru Coast
Map showing where the hotels and attractions in Desaru Coast
Ferry - Those in Singapore who want to take the ferry, you can do so from the Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal.

It will take you around 30 minutes boat ride and then you need to rent a car or private driver/taxi to Desaru which takes another 30 minutes.


Desaru Coast will be the most talked-about place in 2018 as the massive project has been discussed for years. Also in 2018, some of the hotels and entertainment places here will be opened to the public.

For more information, you can visit the Desaru Coast official website and you can contact them directly for further questions.

Currently, there is still construction ongoing and one of the golf course has already been opened. In early 2018, the Desaru Coast Adventure Water Park will be opened and attracting many people. On when the full project of Desaru Coast will be opened, it is speculated to be in 2019.

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