Desaru Coast Named One Of TIME's World's Greatest Places Of 2021


Cheng Sim •  Jul 22, 2021

There are many reasons why Desaru is one of the best places for a weekend getaway in Malaysia. Just a short drive from Johor Bahru, Desaru Coast is home to scenic beaches, luxury resorts, and outdoor activities. If you need another reason to plan your future getaway to Desaru Coast, we have one!

Desaru Coast is one of TIME's World's Greatest Places Of 2021

Desaru Coast is one of TIME's World's Greatest Places Of 2021
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Desaru Coast, Malaysia made it to TIME Magazine's World's Greatest Places of 2021 list. Honoured alongside stunning destinations like Athens, Bangkok, and Belize, Desaru Coast is featured as one of the best beach escapes in the world. TIME magazine writer Duncan Forman praised Desaru Coast for its pristine beachfronts and luxury resorts.

The saying “If you build it, they will come” is very true of Desaru Coast, an ambitious new resort area in the state of Johor. Spanning more than 3,900 acres along a pristine 17-km stretch of beachfront real estate, the area offers some of Malaysia’s most coveted luxury bolt-holes. In 2020, the One&Only Desaru Coast, the brand’s first property in Asia, debuted as a spectacular tropical sanctuary with a spa and golf course. Also newly opened is the Anantara Desaru Coast Resort and Villas, with lush gardens and lagoon swimming pools. Other draws include championship golf courses and cruises through the Sedili Wetlands, a freshwater swamp home to the endangered water trumpet. The imminent opening of the Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal will offer increased transit options for Singapore and Indonesia. - Duncan Forman, TIME's World's Greatest Places Of 2021

The honour also puts Desaru Coast on the map, which will ultimately inspire travellers to visit Desaru Coast once we tide over pandemic.

"We are honoured to be globally recognised by such a renowned publication and we are proud to fly the flag for both Johor and Malaysia. This is an outstanding achievement for a team only two years in operations, and after what has been and continues to be a challenging time for the industry. With this notable feather in our cap, we look forward to welcoming guests from all over the world once travel resumes," said Desaru Coast Destination Resort Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Roslina Arbak.

Things to do in Desaru Coast

If you're inspired to plan your future getaways to this premium resort destination, here are some exciting things to do in Desaru Coast!

1. Stay in a luxury resort

Credit: One&Only Desaru Coast

Brimming with internationally renowned hotels and resorts, some of the best luxury resorts in Malaysia like Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, The Westin Desaru Coast, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, and One&Only Desaru Coast are located in Desaru Coast. A night's stay may come with a hefty price tag, but the suites and facilities are out of this world.

2. Get ready for amazing splashes and watersports 

Things to do in Desaru Coast
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If you're game for some adventure, this is the place to be! Just right outside Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, you'll find Dash Outdoors Malaysia that offers one of the best watersports activities in Desaru Coast. From jetskiing to wind surfing, these outdoor adventures are going to make your beach holiday worthwhile.

3. Admire the scenic beach landscape

Things to do in Desaru Coast

For travellers who prefer a laid-back staycation, Desaru Coast has one of the most scenic beaches in Malaysia. Go for a morning stroll along the beach to clear your mind. Just remember to leave your work stresses at home.

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