Ultra-Luxe Resort Brand One&Only Opens its First Property in Asia
With so many new hotels opening in Singapore, we’re simply spoiled for choice when it comes to booking our next staycation. Despite the extensive collection of hotel chains and boutique hotels available, however, these properties can only offer so much respite from the bustle of city life. But what if you could retreat to a beachfront sanctuary just on the fringe of our island?
No, we are not talking about Sentosa—we’ve got our eyes set on One&Only Desaru Coast, which offers the best in luxury accommodation, fine dining, and lifestyle experiences. Whether it is a peaceful haven or a high-octane vacation you seek, this destination has you covered—and it's just a two-hour drive across the causeway.
Located in the world's most remarkable destinations from Mexico to the Maldives, this will be the uber-luxe resort brand's first outpost in Asia. Guests can expect to enjoy One&Only's signature warm, discreet, and wonderfully unstuffy service, offering memorable experiences in ultimate privacy.
Set along the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia, One&Only Desaru Coast spans 128 acres, nestled between lush rainforests and the azure waters of Desaru. The resort also boasts a 1.5-kilometre secluded coastline with uninterrupted views of the South China Sea.
Drawing inspiration from Malay culture, One&Only Desaru Coast retains the authenticity of the destination’s architectural heritage. Award-winning Kerry Hill Architects created a modern interpretation of the traditional Malay kampung, boasting a collection of 42 Junior Suites, two expansive two-bedroom Grand Suites and a four-bedroom Villa One.
Framed by the beauty of its pristine surroundings, each of these exclusive sanctuaries offers a private plunge pool, as well as abundant indoor and outdoor spaces for relaxing or entertaining guests. 50 One&Only Private Homes are also available on the beautiful plot for couples and families to purchase.
For the ultimate retreat, check into Villa One—the most prestigious address at One&Only Desaru Coast. Spanning 1,500 square metres across two storeys, the villa indulges guests with four bedrooms, a personal spa treatment room, a home office, and a 27-metre swimming pool amidst a central courtyard garden with sweeping views of the ocean.
Culinary options are aplenty at the resort, with a variety of cuisines to choose from: Mediterranean farm-to-table kitchen Ambara; contemporary Japanese restaurant Hoshi; Malaysian poolside cafe Essential; open-air lobby bar Dusky Monkey; and the coveted Ember Beach Club. Helmed by celebrity chef Andrew Walsh, the latter is the place to see and be seen, offering poolside entertainment and al fresco dining with a tantalising selection of barbecued prime meats and fresh seafood, expertly prepared for your enjoyment.
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There’s never a dull moment at One&Only Desaru Coast. The resort’s activity hub, Club One, offers a myriad of facilities such as tennis and padel courts and championship level golf courses at the Els Club. Watersports include stand-up paddleboarding, jet-skiing, kite surfing and more. Children can also get in on the action at KidsOnly, which curates enriching and educational experiences to spark their creativity and teach them about the natural sciences.
Of course, no beachfront retreat is complete without a reinvigorating wellness experience, which can be found at the Chenot Spa. The Swiss brand is known for its holistic approach to health and mindfulness, which encompasses sport and physical activities, emotional wellbeing, nutrition, and aesthetics.
Using scientifically proven diagnostics and methodology, its bespoke programmes extend beyond the walls of the spa, offering nutritional menus, fitness routines, spa treatments and stress-relieving therapy, tailor-made for each individual. Guests are also encouraged to keep up with their wellness activities at their own time, with a fully-equipped fitness studio, pilates studio and a yoga pavilion overlooking the sea.
One&Only Desaru Coast opens on March 23, 2020 and is accepting bookings now.