Desaru Coast is Johor's latest integrated resort hub and water sports destination

The south-eastern shoreline features four hotels, a water park and golf course.

Desaru's Hard Rock Hotel sits adjacent to one of the world’s biggest waterparks and overlooks its giant wave pool and man-made beach (Photo: Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast)

A coastal getaway with a pristine 17km beachfront, Desaru Coast is Johor’s newest integrated resort destination, offering luxurious sanctuaries, family-friendly entertainment and bespoke local experiences.

The destination – set amid 3,900 acres of land – is accessible via air, land and sea. A mere hour’s drive from Johor’s Senai airport, Desaru Coast consists of four globally renowned hotels and resorts, namely the Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, the newly opened Westin Desaru Coast Resort as well as the soon-to-open Anantara Desaru Coast Resort and One&Only Desaru Coast.


Hard Rock's Double Beds Room is suitable for families (Photo: Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast)

The latter two will be making their Malaysian debut at the end of the year, offering a range of stand-alone villas, expansive residences and a collection of suites and private homes to holidaymakers who seek the perfect escape along Malaysia’s south-eastern shoreline.

Families with children can spend the day at Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast, one of Malaysia’s largest water parks, or take a stroll along the Riverside, a lifestyle retail village offering exquisite delicacies and unique craft items.

Avid golfers can also tee off to breathtaking backdrops at The Els Club, a 45-hole golfing paradise designed by former World No.1 golfer Ernie Els, in collaboration with his long-time friend and major golf champion, Vijay Singh.


The Els Club features an Ocean Course and Valley Course (Photo: Desaru Coast)

In lieu of next year’s Malaysian Games and Visit Johor 2020, Desaru Coast will also position itself as a destination for water sports, thanks to its windy weather, steady waves and powdery white beach.

“With the approaching Visit Malaysia 2020 and Visit Johor 2020 campaigns, Desaru Coast is prepared to collaborate and partner with various stakeholders in pursuit of a common goal to provide a well-rounded, end-to-end spectrum of guest experiences. That is Desaru Coast’s commitment to the wider tourism ecosystem,” says Roslina Arbak, Chief Executive Officer of DH1.

Case in point: The Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) held their first ever Asian Hydrofoil Surfing Tour Competition at Desaru Coast, welcoming 43 participants from 14 countries – the largest gathering of kiteboarders apart from the world championships.   


Leow is Malaysia's only kiteboarding representative (Photo: Desaru Coast)

Daniel Leow Vee Leon, Malaysia’s sole representative was placed fifth in the Men’s category and second in the Masters’ category (40 years old and above).   

“It’s exciting to compete in Desaru Coast. The sense of freedom that this sport gives me is unparalleled. Through this sport, I have the opportunity to represent Malaysia on an international stage and compete against some of the best in the world. But, above all, I know that it’s always great coming back to compete at home,” says Leow, who is also the ambassador for Desaru Coast in the KTA series.


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