3 luxury beach getaways to celebrate the end of 2020 in Malaysia

Take a moment to unwind, in the warm embrace of Mother Nature at these deluxe resort destinations.
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One&Only Desaru Coast

Nestled on the southeastern shoreline of the Malay Peninsula, One&Only Desaru Coast is an upscale tropical haven built with those in need of a change of pace in mind. The Kerry Hill Architects-designed estate spreads across 128 acres and houses 42 Junior Suites and two two-bedroom Grand Suites lodging options, with each self-contained suite either facing the pristine ocean or enveloped by lush rainforests.

For the ultimate upgrade, the resort entices its guests with a staying experience to remember at the exclusive two-storey Villa One. The villa, tucked away from the main resort, guarantees absolute privacy and boasts generous living spaces that include four stylish bedrooms, a private spa treatment room, a home office and a central courtyard garden with ocean-facing lawns surrounding an expansive swimming pool.

These irresistible features of One&Only Desaru Coast are further supplemented by the variety of dining selections available. The Ember Beach Club, for instance, offers a culinary catalogue inspired by the tradition of open-fire cooking, infused with Asian flavours. Meanwhile, fellow cocktail connoisseurs might find the open-air Dusky Monkey bar especially enjoyable as it offers a diverse range of aperitifs, regional rums, curated gins, artisanal tonics and fine whiskies.

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The Datai Langkawi

Perched on the northwestern tip of Langkawi island is the icon of the Malaysian resort brand, The Datai Langkawi. A place to reconnect with loved ones and unspoiled nature, the rustic sanctuary preserves the magical qualities of its location with the many initiatives it has spearheaded. Its new zero waste to the landfill and a ban on single-use plastics policies are only the beginning as it leads the way to a more sustainable travel and hospitality industry.

The in situ tropical surroundings provide the resort with the perfect backdrop for all of its rooms and villas. The Beach Villas are especially noteworthy with direct access to the beach, larger living spaces, and a 24-hour butler service. Alternatively, a larger group that prefers an elevated level of privacy may opt for The Datai Estate Villa — a five-bedroom accommodation that’s also one of the largest of its kind on the continent.

The Datai Langkawi’s wholesome approach to things is similarly mirrored in its culinary offerings. The Gulai House restaurant, for example, serves authentic and traditional Malaysian cuisines.

Meanwhile, guests who wish to rejuvenate their mind, body, and spirit may head to The Spa and revel in the signature treatments based on the age-old Malay traditions and philosophy of Ramuan, which incorporate healing plants and herbs found in the rainforest.

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Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas

There’s plenty to admire about the Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas but its sensitivity towards its surroundings and thoughtful approach in the design department stand out the most. Bridging the past with the present, the resort brings together the best of both worlds, notably with the modern interpretation of traditional architecture, and nowhere is this more apparent than within the property’s 108 guestrooms.

The deluxe rooms, in particular, are carefully decorated with indigenous elements such as woven textiles, wicker, and traditional Malay craft. Other accommodation choices include the stand-alone double-story pool villas located around the lagoon and the super spacious family-sized residences that come with three or four bedrooms, an infinity pool, contemporary living areas, a full kitchen as well as chef and butler service.

More than just a place to put your head down, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas has curated an array of activities that allow modern travellers to be one with the environment like morning and evening walks with the resort’s naturalist around the retreat, sustainable and responsible mangrove cruising and more. Of course, guests also must not miss the signature private dining offering Dining by Design to complete their Anantara adventures.



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