Looking for your next weekend getaway?
Look no further than the beautiful resorts that line the pristine Desaru coast.
Apart from being a cheap travel destination for Singaporeans and a short 1-hour drive from JB, Desaru offers a host of activities that bring about that perfect summer vibe.
With a new 90-minute Desaru ferry service starting 7th July 2022, there’s no better time to explore the sandy beaches of Desaru at one of its many resorts!
TL;DR: Best Desaru Resorts
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|Bayu Balau Beach Resort - Desaru||From S$46 (Booking.com)||3-star|
|Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa||From S$71 (Klook)||4-star|
|Tiara Desaru Seaview Residence||From S$73 (Agoda)||3-star|
|Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort - Desaru||From S$84 (Trip.com)||4-star|
|Sand & Sandals Desaru Beach Resort & Spa||From S$118 (Agoda/Booking.com)||5-star|
|Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast||From S$175 (Klook)||5-star|
|Westin Desaru Coast Resort||From S$260 (Klook)||5-star|
|Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas||From S$300 (Trip.com)||5-star|
|One&Only Desaru Coast||From S$795 (Trip.com) (Average price: S$1.2k per night)||5-star|
All rates are inclusive of taxes and fees and based on a search for 2 adults on 29 June 2022 for booking periods of July.
With so many sites to book from, we’ve done the heavy lifting and picked out the cheapest sites to book from.
We’ve gone through the following major travel booking sites to find you the best prices:
Do note that these prices may fluctuate based on demand and that you should still do a cross-check on the sites listed to find the best rates for your preferred resort.
Pro tip: Don’t forget to maximise your spending by using credit cards and looking out for promotions!
Bayu Balau Beach Resort – Desaru
Situated up north of Desaru beach, Bayu Balau Beach Resort is an affordable first step to exploring what the Desaru coast has to offer.
It provides a laid-back and quiet getaway experience with all the basic amenities you’ll find in a resort such as a swimming pool, restaurant and a shared lounge.
Guests may also choose to stay in properties with a sun terrace.
While it is further away from some of the more popular attractions on the Desaru coast, this resort is a only a 3-minute walk from Tanjung Balau Beach.
Price per night: From S$46 on Booking.com
Address: Lot 1854, Jalan Desaru, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa
Take your family out for a holiday at Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa for a splashing good time by the beach.
With its fun and family-oriented resort concept, you can have a splashing good time at the resort’s mini water park, complete with a “lazy river” like the ones in Wild Wild Wet and Adventure Cove.
For the more adventurous among us, they also offer a variety of watersport activities including parasailing, jet-skiing and banana boating, alongside a lineup of family events like paintball.
Price per night: From S$71 on Klook
Address: Lot 1854, Jalan Desaru, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Tiara Desaru Seaview Residence
Nestled on 10 acres of Desaru prime land, Tiara Desaru Seaview Residence is a great getaway destination for couples.
Think lying down on a sun bed at their 6km-long private beach or having a nice barbeque just beside the coast.
Want to chill out without the sand? No worries either as you can pick from any of the three luxurious swimming pools that the resort has or head down to their games room for a game of pool or good ol’ arcade games.
Price per night: From S$73 on Agoda
Address: Tiara Desaru, Jln Tanjung Lompat, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru
Wake up to a stunning sea view in one of 134 rooms & suites at Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort.
Complete with huge swimming pools, a seafood restaurant, a luxury spa AND a high ropes adventure course, you’d be hard-pressed to find another 4-star resort with such facilities.
As the cherry on top, you’ll have access to their private beach dotted with beach umbrellas and lounge chairs for the complete beach vacation experience.
Price per night: From S$84 on Trip.com
Address: Bandar Penawar, 81930, Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
Sand & Sandals Desaru Beach Resort & Spa
Here comes the first of the 5-star resorts with Sand & Sandals Desaru Beach Resort & Spa.
It comes jam-packed with facilities such as a gym overlooking the pool, a tennis court and even a sports bar.
Foodies are catered for too with an in-house restaurant that serves up sumptuous Thai and Asian cuisine.
For a much more affordable price than the other 5-star resorts, Sand & Sandals is great value-for-money.
Address: Bandar Penawar, 81930 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast
Fancy a Hard Rock Hotel experience? You’ll be pleased to know that there’s one along the sandy beaches of Desaru too!
Featuring an outdoor music pool, a curated music listening experience complete with turntables, AND a guitar jamming studio where you can reserve a Fender guitar, music-lovers are certainly in for a treat.
Aside from music-focused amenities, you can sate your food cravings at any one of their three restaurants or enjoy live performances from local and international bands.
Price per night: From S$175 on Klook
Address: Jln Pantai 3, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Westin Desaru Coast Resort
A destination perfect for a luxury getaway, Westin Desaru Coast Resort affords you spacious rooms with garden or sea views, an in-house Italian restaurant and an 18-hole golf course!
Aside from its truckload of amenities, the resort is only minutes away from Desaru Beach, Adventure Water Park Desaru Coast and Kota Tinggi Firefly Park.
Price per night: From S$260 on Klook
Address: Desaru Coast, Jln Pantai 3, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas
Nestled in the heart of a lush tropical garden, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas bring you some of the best accommodations overlooking gardens, lagoons and the ocean.
But what sets this one apart is the huge selection of dining options available including two in-house restaurants and a handful of beach and poolside bars.
Moreover, the resort offers tours to the nearby Desaru Fruit Farm, Belungkor Mangrove and more.
Price per night: From S$300 on Trip.com
Address: Persiaran Pantai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
One&Only Desaru Coast
Planning to splurge and indulge in an ultra-luxe vacation experience?
Enter One&Only Desaru Coast, the most luxurious resort along the sparkling beaches of Desaru.
Indulge yourself as you relax in a secluded haven, complete with private pools just a stone’s throw away from your bed(s).
Each suite is enveloped with modern walls and encapsulated with lush jungle canopies on top or a stunning sea view from your window.
Hungry? Head down to their very own omakase restaurant headed by a Japanese Masterchef or the Ambara restaurant for honest flavours of Malaysia.
Price per night: From S$795 (Trip.com) (Average price: S$1.2k per night)
Address: Darul Ta’zim, Persiaran Damai, Desaru Coast Bandar Penawar, 90, 81930, Johor, Malaysia