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How about an escape to a tropical paradise? White sands, azure waters, swaying green leaves… Malaysia’s Desaru Coast is picture-perfect, and this luxury resort’s suites, villas and private homes welcome you with open arms to your own personal oasis.
A setting this beautiful deserves cuisine to match. There’s the chic Ember Beach Club’s barbecue fare, overseen by renowned chef Andrew Walsh. For afternoon tea, or a peerless collection of artisan liqueurs and local tipples, head to Dusky Monkey, which looks out over the verdant jungle.
Enjoy a relaxed afternoon at Essential, set around the impossibly scenic hanging pool bordered by decorative frangipani trees and with a menu offering the best of local Malaysian delicacies.
Try Mediterranean favourites with a Malaysian twist at Ambara. The menu here is packed with ingredients from local producers and the resort’s own chef’s garden. Then there’s the incredible Japanese cuisine on offer at Hoshi – whether you opt for tempura, sashimi or artfully-prepared Nigiri, the experience is second to none.
Wander along kilometres of untouched, pristine sand each day here, where the crystal clear South China Sea offers the perfect conditions for paddling. Adventurous guests can take to the water with stand-up paddle boarding, kite-surfing, jet-skiing and more, while the OneSwing seat suspended between two palms on the beach is the perfect place to catch the sunset.
Make an afternoon of it and grab your favourite tipple or a snack at Ember Beach Club. Or, you might choose to head to the glorious 50-metre infinity pool that overlooks the ocean. However you opt to spend your days here, you’re guaranteed bliss.
The great outdoors
From expert-led tennis coaching sessions to the vast selection of bikes for hire at The Cycle Hub, getting some fresh air has never been so rewarding.
Seasoned golf experts and newbies alike will enjoy wandering the pristine greens at the nine-hole Els Club, designed by the legendary Ernie Els, or the beautiful Valley Course designed by Vijay Singh. Your personal butler will arrange your tee times.
The resort’s proximity to both the coast and dense rainforest promises no end of adventures. Head to Panti Forest Reserve with a local naturalist to spot pig-tailed macaques, dusky leaf monkeys and dozens of species of bird. Head for heights? Scale the custom-designed rigs to reach the resort’s treetop viewing platform for the best vistas.