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One&Only Desaru Coast: Dream beach and Chenot spa in Malaysia

In Malaysia, on the shores of Desaru, a two-hour drive from Singapore, the One&Only brand has opened its very first ultra-luxury resort in Asia. Designed by Kerry Hill, this 5-star hotel boasts spacious villas, a turquoise beach and a superb 50-metre swimming pool. What particularly appeals to us at Luxe Wellness Club is the presence of the first Chenot spa outside Europe. Expatriates in Asia can now easily benefit from the famous Chenot method, while Europeans now have a good excuse to go and take care of themselves in the tropics. Luxe Wellness Club takes you there!

An architectural gem two hours from Singapore

A superb private beach (Photo: One&Only Desaru Coast)

Located in Malaysia, just 2 hours from Singapore, the One&Only Desaru Coast hotel is an ideal option for expats wishing to leave the city for a weekend. A luxury car transfer is also available. The resort is therefore easily accessible from the major European capitals, with direct and regular air links to Singapore.

With just 45 suites facing the China Sea, this resort has some serious assets. In addition to the climate, of course, with warm temperatures all year round, it’s the resort’s privileged location that really appeals. Nestled in an exotic, almost untouched natural setting, on the edge of a superb deserted beach, it’s like being at the end of the world .

A 50-meter swimming pool (Photo: One&Only Desaru Coast)

The resort was designed by Kerry Hill Architects, an international award-winning firm famous for creating numerous resorts in Asia, including The Datai Langkawi, Anantara Chiang Mai and the new Aman in Shanghai. It’s not surprising, then, that the hotel is an architectural gem, blending local art and nature to offer a true retreat from city life.

Suite with small private pool (Photo: One&Only Desaru Coast)

Natural materials echo the surrounding nature, with lots of wood and soothing colors. Home fragrances extend this feeling of being immersed in the heart of nature, with exotic scents of frangipani and orange blossom.

The highlight is undoubtedly the magnificent 50-metre-long infinity pool, which seems to plunge into the ocean.

Spacious suites with private pools

The resort boasts 42 spacious suites, and 2 large suites with two connected bedrooms. All suites have private pools, terraces and magnificent bathrooms. They feature an outdoor area with deckchairs overlooking the ocean or the rainforest.

Malaysian-inspired design (Photo: One&Only Desaru Coast)

The most prestigious residence at One&Only Desaru Coast is Villa One, offering 1,500 m² of luxurious accommodation, perfect for large groups and unforgettable celebrations.

The Chenot spa, an Asian first

A haven of serenity, the spa facilities include 10 treatment rooms, a relaxation pavilion, hot and cold pools and steam rooms. The Chenot method is used, with the aim of restoring vitality to customers by experiencing this scientific and holistic approach to health and well-being. This partnership between the brand founded by Henri Chenot and One&Only is exclusive to Asia.

A 30-minute ‘Bio-energetic’ health assessment is offered to each customer: this diagnosis enables us to personalize the well-being program for each individual. The products used also come from the Chenot range, based on essential oils and 100% pure, natural products.

Chenot spa (Photo: One&Only Desaru Coast)

The state-of-the-art fitness center is equipped with the latest Technogym equipment, and it’s also possible to stretch in the specialized Pilates studio. A seaside yoga pavilion lets you enjoy the color of the water while doing the warrior pose.

A wide selection of bicycles is available for rides along the beach or in the forest, and tennis lessons are available to stretch your legs. Two golf courses are available nearby: the 27-hole Ocean Course, designed by Ernie Els, and the 18-hole Valley Course.

Comprehensive wellness programs

Various wellness packages are available. The Chenot Golf Program is a 3-day program designed to improve posture, release tension and enhance physical recovery. It includes an analysis of body posture and movements, several massages (e.g. shoulder, connective tissue), foot reflexology, as well as 3 rounds of golf and 3 stretching sessions.

Trendy pool and deckchairs (Photo: One&Only Desaru Coast)

Another example: the 2-day Chenot Couples program includes a nutritional consultation, a personalized menu, two massages, a foot reflexology treatment and a facial.

Sunbathing (Photo: One&Only Desaru Coast)

For the little ones, the EcoLab lets them discover the ecosystem with a marine biologist. Several activities are on offer, including science experiments and a visit to the butterfly garden.

Situated on a private beach, the resort also offers a wide choice of water sports, from catamaran to stand-up paddle, jet-ski and kite surf.

Super-healthy Asian-inspired cuisine

The resort offers organic and healthy menus based on fresh produce to accompany wellness programs. The resort has several restaurants and bars:

Ambara: with Mediterranean flavors and dishes based on seasonal, organic ingredients.

Hishi: a journey through the streets of Tokyo. The marriage of traditional Japanese sensibility and modern culinary techniques. It’s like watching a real show: food being prepared right in front of the customer’s eyes!

Healthy dishes (Photo: One&Only Desaru Coast)

Dusky Monkey: an open-air lobby bar with exceptional whiskies and regional rums. It’s here that you can enjoy made-to-measure cocktails

Essential: a taste of Malaysia with tropical ingredients. A selection of international and Asian breakfasts are served.

Ember Beach Club: a beach club conceptualized by renowned Singapore chef Andrew Walsh. It’s the perfect place for sunsets with barbecues, DJs or concerts, between two water sports.

Elegant tables in local colors (Photo: One&Only Desaru Coast)

The resort team can also create memorable private dining experiences on the beach by candlelight, or in a cocoon in the middle of the rainforest under the stars.


Take advantage of our expertise in wellness breaks and contact us for a personalized quote for One&Only Desaru Coast.

Rates : From around 500 Euros per night in low season.

or call us for the USA on +1 (646) 980 6652 or for the UK on +44 20 4577 3258 to discuss your holiday plans.

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