Two hours from Singapore, an ultra-luxe resort in Desaru with silat classes, water sports and nature walks

Meanwhile, Malaysian specialty pool cafe Essentials serves up a tantalising satay platter alongside nourishing grain bowls. Evening drinks can be enjoyed at the Dusky Monkey bar, overlooking the view of the infinity pool.


If long car rides aren’t your cup of tea, connectivity to Desaru Coast is set to improve with the imminent start of ferry operations at the Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal. Located a few minutes’ drive from One&Only, the ferry terminal is expected to boost tourist arrivals into the town.

It was announced on Jun 21 that operator Batamfast has received approvals to operate the route starting from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore. The ferry service will begin on Jul 7 with tickets going on sale on Jun 30. The journey will take around 90 minutes. 

Pichon describes the opening of the ferry terminal as a “great development” for the resort. “The Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal is situated just 2km from the resort and private transfers to and from the terminal will be available to our guests, offering an easy and convenient way to travel. With the reduced journey time, guests will have the opportunity to visit us for the day and enjoy Ember, our vibrant beach club,” he said.

The next stage for One&Only in Desaru is the development of 50 private homes in the vicinity, available to own or rent. Scheduled to launch for sale sometime this year, the private homes are designed with the same DNA as the resort, and will offer perks such as homeowner events, a global concierge service and more.

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As a destination, Pichon believes Desaru Coast has a “bright future”. “The development and opening of the Els Club Desaru Coast, the Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast, and soon the ferry line between Singapore and Desaru, demonstrate how the destination is growing and becoming more and more exciting for visitors,” he commented.

The town’s buzzing events scene is proof of this, Pichon believes. “Events such as L’Etape, the closest experience to riding the Tour de France an amateur cyclist can have, took place in June with over 4,500 cyclists participating, and on Jul 24, Ironman 70.3 Desaru Coast is taking place, demonstrating the dynamism of Desaru Coast management in introducing these world-class events to the destination. Although all of this is on the doorstep for guests that want to explore, One&Only Desaru Coast remains an enclave of privacy and seclusion. We offer a true retreat from city life.”

CNA Luxury was in Desaru at the invitation of One&Only Desaru Coast