DELHI: Malaysia will soon add a mega destination to its tourism attractions. Desaru Coast, a new tourism development, will open later this year, with a soft opening in summer and a grand launch by the end of the year.
“Desaru Coast’s India tour will open doors for us to connect with the buyers of all sectors within the travel-value chain commence whilst positioning Desaru Coast as the destination of Choice amongst holidaymakers and business travellers alike within the region. We look forward to sharing a preview of the destination that will appeal to international travellers with its myriad of offerings,” said Muhammad Zainal Ashikin, Chief Executive Officer Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn Bhd.
Developed by Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn. Bhd., Desaru Coast is located at the south-eastern region of Malaysia, spanning over 3,900 acres along a 17km beachfront facing the South China Sea.
The destination is easily accessible via land, ferry, and air. Shuttles from Singapore’s Changi airport will take one and a half hours. Also from Q4 2019, a ferry service will connect from Singapore directly with the destination.
The theme of the destination is Endless Escape, and it goes right through all the segments of the destination, stresses Ashikin. “We are looking at attracting a wide range of audiences – golfers, families, MICE and weddings among them.
Desaru Coast will have four globally renowned hotels and resorts, two world-class golf courses, a themed water park, a retail village as well as a conference centre.
Anchored by Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, one of the world’s biggest water parks with the largest wave pool in Southeast Asia, the attraction also presents visitors with a Malaysian fishing village atmosphere. Visitors can also experience the first water coaster in the region and a unique mix of wet and dry rides.
The fully-integrated beach-front destination will encompass globally renowned hotels and resorts namely The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas and Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. The Westin will have 275 keys, while the Hard Rock Hotel, which will be the first directly managed hotel by the brand in the region, will have 365 keys. The luxury end Anantara will have 123 rooms and villas.
Adding to the vast array of leisure and holistic offerings is Desaru Coast Riverside, a 23-acre water-front landscaped retail and lifestyle village located in the heart of Desaru Coast that delivers an all-inclusive leisure experience, including a range of retail, eateries and entertainment outlets.
Desaru Coast Conference Centre, an equipped multipurpose venue with a banquet area and exhibition space that can host up to 1,000 participants. The conference centre is furnished with meeting and breakout rooms, VIP lounges, a pre-function area, and courtyard to cater to MICE events, corporate functions and entertainment events. It will be managed by Westin.
Golf aficionados will get the chance to tee-off at the first Els Club in Southeast Asia, the third in the world, The Els Club Malaysia in Desaru Coast. The Els Club Desaru Coast comprises two championship golf courses, the 27-hole Ocean Course and the 18-hole Valley Course. Managed by Troon Golf, the Ocean Course was designed by 4-time Major Champion, Ernie Els, while the Valley Course was designed in collaboration with Els’ long-standing friend and major champion, Vijay Singh. Golfers can be guaranteed a world-class golf experience with an incredible view.
Desaru Coast is set to unveil its destination offerings in stages, with the opening of The Els Club Desaru Coast – Ocean Course in September 2016 and The Els Club Desaru Coast – Valley Course in March 2017, followed by the remaining components from end June 2018.
Malaysia’s most anticipated new tourism development, Desaru Coast, participated in South Asia Travel & Tourism Exchange (SATTE), Delhi.
For more on Desaru Coast, check its website here
Musafir Namah Bureau