Desaru, “The Land of the Casuarinas” is known for its beaches, which boast white, sandy shores and pristine, clear waters amidst lush forest greenery. The coastal area provides a perfect getaway for one to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy some quality time with a loved one.
For those planning to take a break at this enchanting and peaceful beach area, there are two resorts you should know that would further enhance your visit to Desaru.
1) Lotus Desaru Beach Resort
Known as one of the most famous resorts in Desaru with quite a number of good reviews on tripadvisor, this mid-range facility is great, especially for families with children as it features a fun water theme park for children as one of its major attractions. There is also a whole range of other facilities and activities offered within the resort, such as; two mid-sized swimming pools, water sports (jet-skies, parasailing, etc.), indoor games (pool, table-tennis, etc.), teambuilding activities (jungle trekking, paintball, treasure hunt, etc.), a small camp fire and so much more. There is also a spa offering Ayurvedic treatments to keep you relaxed and rejuvenated during your vacation. For event purposes, the resort has a large ballroom, which can fit up to 800 people, and 14 meeting rooms for conferences. Being a very huge resort with more than 1000 rooms within its premises, it also provides a reliable and frequent buggy service to take you from one point to another within the resort.
Accommodation featured in the resort comprises of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments as well as Pent House suites (VIP Suites). The rooms are all spacious with living and dining areas, bathrooms and a kitchenette. The kitchenette is conveniently equipped with coffee and tea making facilities, a dinner set, a microwave, and a refrigerator. Other facilities include an in-room safe, hairdryer and internet access. Most apartments also have balconies where you can enjoy the cool sea breeze and scenic views of the surrounding resort.
There are four dining options for you to choose from; the Rhu Seafood Restaurant that serves Chinese and Thai seafood by the sea, the Teratai Coffee House and Sea View, both of which serves popular Asian and International cuisine and a beachfront bar, Beach hut, for you to enjoy some alcoholic beverages while listening to the live band.
With facilities that range from comprehensive accommodation units to a variety of dining options, business and event facilities, and a wide range of activities, this resort definitely lives up to its motto as “the resort for all reasons”.
Price Range: The standard prices of the rooms range from RM 280.00nett for a 1 bedroom apartment to RM 840.00nett for a 3 bedroom apartment during weekdays or off-peak seasons. Prices, however, are subject to change depending on availability of the rooms and the season. Therefore, it is best to check the website to update yourself on room rates and other promotions.
2)Pulai Desaru Beach Resort and Spa
The Pulai Desaru Beach Resort and Spa is located along the coastal shores of Desaru. This resort has also received a number of good reviews from its guests on tripadvisor. This luxury resort is highly commended for its very clean and well-maintained beach area and good service from the helpful and friendly staff.
The calm, serene atmosphere surrounding the resort provides a soothing environment for relaxation and is suitable for both families as well as couples. The 200 newly upgraded luxurious rooms and suites are all spacious and offer dazzling views of the beach, pool or garden from private balconies. All rooms are equipped with elegant sitting areas and modern amenities such as Wifi access and International Direct Dial telephones. For a more luxurious stay, the loft rooms and junior suites offer double-story accommodation with additional space, which is suitable for families with children. For added luxury, the junior suites even have LCD TVs.
The resort also offers a wide range of facilities, such as; a swimming pool and a gymnasium, as well as in-house activities, such as; water sports (jet-ski, banana boat), land sports (cycling, beach volleyball, beach soccer etc) and teambuilding activities (treasure hunt, corporate teambuilding, etc.). For the kids, there is a Kid’s Club, which is sure to keep your kids occupied, with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. You can also treat yourself to a relaxing spa experience at their newly renovated resort-style spa, which offers treatments inspired by traditional Balinese healing philosophies. For those who want to organize events and meetings, the resort houses a modern state-of-the-art conferencing facility with a wide range of function rooms, conference and meeting rooms.
When it comes to food options, the resort features gourmet dining at two of its restaurants; Palm Brasserie serves local and international cuisine while the Teppan! Japanese Restaurant serves Japanese delicacies with an interesting concept of live Teppanyaki cooking in front of diners. The resort also has two bars that serve alcoholic beverages. You can either choose to go to the Lobby Bar, which overlooks stunning views of the swimming pool and landscape garden, or make your way to the Beach Bar, which is located right on the beach. The Beach Bar offers breathtaking views of the ocean for those who intend on enjoying the food and beverage options available while listening to a live band.
Price Range: The prices for standard rooms start from RM300 while the rates for the classier junior suites start from RM640. However, these rates depend on room availability and the season. The resort also offers special packages, which include tickets to Johor’s renowned theme parks such as Legoland or the Hello Kitty Town. For more information on these packages, other promotions and room rates on specific dates do check the resort’s website.
Homepage highlight photo credit: Pulai Desaru Beach Resort and Spa, Facebook
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