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7 Popular Beachside Resorts & Hotels in Desaru

Located along the east coast of Johor, Desaru is a coastal town that’s an easy 1.5-hour drive or ferry ride from Singapore and boasts lots to see and do!

Whether you are planning for a family holiday, or a getaway with friends or your significant other – here are some of the best accommodation options to consider. There are beachfront hotels, hotels with direct access to Adventure Waterpark and of course private villas complete with private pools for those who want a romantic escape!

Where to Stay in Desaru

1. Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas

Anantara Desaru Cost Resort & Villas is a dazzling seaside resort with where you can relax in the beachfront infinity pool or enjoy a wide-range of family-friendly activities and experiences.

Bikes are available for free at the resort, and there’s also movie nights, evening entertainment, a beautiful sun terrace, in-house spa and more.

After a fun day of trying out their impressive resort facilities, retreat into their luxurious rooms, villas and private residence units! All rooms come complete with a large private balcony with stunning views, while the villas and residences even come with their own private pool! For couples looking to have some alone time – this is the perfect place ✨

Address: Persiaran Pantai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor

2. The Westin Desaru Coast Resort

Beach babes – this is the place for you! Built facing the beach, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort will capture your heart with its spacious rooms that all come fitted with their signature Westin Heavenly Beds, scenic private balconies, and exclusive access to their private beach 🏖️

The resort also comes complete with stylish restaurants and a beach bar that serves up creative and ‘gram-worthy cocktails!

the westin desaru

Featuring 275 spacious hotels rooms and suites, each unit is fashionably designed with locally-inspired decor and complete with a work desk, refreshment center and beautiful garden or sea views.

Address: Jalan Pantai 3, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor

3. Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast

Right at the top of our list is Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, a luxurious and vibrant 5-star haven designed for escape and relaxation. Relax by the poolside with Mexican cuisine or soak in the water while being amazed by their impressive underwater sound system!

Each room and suite here is uniquely styled with plush bedding, vibrant wallpaper, and is well-equipped with their signature amenities such as in-room blockbuster movies and music channels, premium toiletries and more.

hard rock hotel desaru

If you’re planning for a family retreat, Hard Rock Hotel is your go to – it has direct access to Desaru’s Adventure Waterpark, which means convenience at your finger tips! Kids can spend the entire day at the children-friendly splash zones and wade pools, while the older ones can go on thrilling rides galore. It’s guaranteed a splashing good time for all 💦

Address: Jalan Pantai 3, Desaru Coast, Bandar Penawar, 81930 Johor

4. Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa

Highly recommended for families and group trips, Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa is a crowd favourite due to its fun resort concept that incorporates various exciting activities and facilities for you to enjoy.

Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa best hotel in Desaru Coast Johor

Spend your day here however you like, be it having some splashing fun at their very own water park, going parasailing and jet-skiing, or joining their lineup of special events such as Family Day and paintball games.

Address: Lot 1854, Jalan Desaru, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor

5. Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort

Retreat to Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort, an idyllic 4-star tropical resort where you can enjoy seaside views and join fun activities. With facilities that are designed to make your stay here an enjoyable one, spend your day in by getting a relaxing spa treatment, or challenge yourself with activities such as their thrilling High Ropes Adventure Course.

Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort best hotel in Desaru Johor

The resort features over 130 rooms and suites, each one elegantly designed and equipped with premium, biodegradable amenities, as well as a private balcony for views of the lush greenery outside and the sparkling ocean.

Address: Kota Tinggi, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor

6. Amerald Resort Hotel

Situated along the sandy coast with a sweeping view of the ocean, the Amerald Resort Hotel in Desaru is our go-to for an affordable, yet fun beach getaway. Fuel up at any of the hotel’s 3 dining outlets, and then check out their various facilities and signature activities – from splash slides and a high rope challenge to exciting sports activities such as ATV and archery!

Amerald Resort Hotel best affordable hotel in Desaru Johor

Feel at home here with their cosy, contemporary furnishings and quality amenities. Check out their collection of chic hotel rooms and suites, designed to provide guests with the utmost comfort as well as beautiful views of the surrounding garden and sea.

Address: Lot 1231, Jln Kg Punggai, Sungai Rengit, 81600 Pengerang, Johor

7. Lotus Seaview Beach Resort & Spa

Lotus Seaview Beach Resort & Spa best affordable hotel in Desaru Johor

The Lotus Seaview Beach Resort & Spa is another one of our favourite affordable and fuss-free resort options in Desaru, strategically located where many of the town’s top attractions are just a stone’s throw away. If you prefer staying in, the resort is also home to an array of well-maintained facilities, such as a salt water swimming pool, a fully equipped gym and a seafood restaurant!

Lotus Seaview Beach Resort & Spa best affordable hotel in Desaru Johor

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Overlooking the serene waters of the South China Sea, one of their spacious villa rooms that grants you with views of the resort’s garden and the ocean beyond. Each unit is well-furnished for guests’ comfort with basic amenities and its own private balcony.

Address: Lot 1272, Tanjung Punggai, Sungai Renggit, 81620 Pengerang, Johor

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