Thailand's Minor Hotels Group is set to expand
its Anantara brand to Malaysia with the opening
of the Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas on 1 December
Desaru Coast is located at Malaysiaís south-eastern tip
in Johor Bahru and spans over 16 square kilometres along a
pristine 17-kilometre beachfront facing the South China Sea.
near Iskandar Malaysia and is easily accessible via a 45-minute
drive from Malaysiaís Senai International Airport (JHB) and a
two-hour drive from Singapore. Additionally, visitors from
Singapore can travel to Desaru by ferry, followed by a short
The new-build Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas
offers a range of accommodation
nestled in lush tropical gardens.
The resort has 123 keys
comprising 90 deluxe guest rooms in low-rise buildings that
overlook the gardens, lagoon and ocean; thirteen stand-alone
luxury one and two-bedroom pool villas; and 20 expansive three
and four-bedroom residences that offer guests
an infinity pool, full kitchen and chef and butler service.
pool villas are located around a lagoon and their design
draws heavily from a traditional kampong house that is designed to
suit the tropical Malaysian climate with floor-to-ceiling windows;
slanted carved wooden panels; louvres and vents under the roof;
and wide-open doors that allow natural airflow to cool the
Facilities at the resort include Sea.Fire.Salt, a
specialty grill and seafood restaurant with alfresco courtyard and
beachside dining; an all-day dining restaurant offering local
Malay, Asian and international fare; an observatory bar
overlooking the lush resort and ocean; an infinity beach pool bar;
and Dining By Design, Anantaraís signature private dining
experience in exotic locales.
Two swimming pools offer
refreshing freshwater alternatives to the ocean, while kids
and teenagers alike can laze the day away playing the latest
high-tech games or partake in cross-cultural educational
activities in separate dedicated clubs.
The resort also features a spa, fitness centre
and meeting facilities.