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End 2020 on a high note by indulging in these fun activities at the secluded beachfront haven

This hasn't been a great year so why not bid it farewell by giving yourself a well-deserved treat? In fact, One&Only Desaru Coast has got that all sorted for you. From festive epicurean delights  to seasonal sports events and lively family activities, you can expect nothing but fun and laughter with those near and dear during the holidays here.

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Have yourself a jolly Christmas

Kick the Christmas festivities into high gear by spending it with an indulgence of holiday tipples, elaborate feasts, masterclasses and even a festive bonfire. Miss dancing with friends? Ember Beach Club (think Potato Head in Bali but along the idyllic Desaru beach) is partying up with live DJ entertainment and al fresco dining right on the sand. Here's what the line-up of activities at the luxury resort throughout the season look like:


December 19
11am-1pm: Gingerbread House Decorating, maximum eight children, aged four to eleven
3pm-6pm: Ornament Painting (kids only)
4pm-6pm: Family Basketball Tournament at Club One, maximum eight guests
7.30pm: Cosy Movie Night outside Essential pool cafe 

December 22
2pm-4pm: Malaysian Lost Tales Masterclass at Ambara, RM500 per guest (maximum six guests)

December 23
2pm-4pm: Festive Gourmet Masterclass at Ambara, RM500 per guest (maximum six guests)
7.30pm: Cosy Movie Night outside Essential

December 24
7pm-8pm: Christmas Carol at Dusky Monkey 
7.30pm: Christmas Eve Cocktails with general manager Jerome Colson at Dusky Monkey
8pm: Christmas Eve Feast at Ambara, RM600 per adult (complimentary for children aged eleven and below)

December 25
10am-11am: Santa's Visit at Dusky Monkey
12.30pm-4pm: Christmas Day Brunch* at Ember Beach Club, RM550 per adult (excluding beverage)
8pm: The Ultimate Christmas Dinner* (four-course menu) at Ambara, RM520 per adult (excluding beverage)
*Brunch and dinner complimentary for children aged eleven and below

December 26
4.30pm-6.30pm: Soccer Tournament at Club One
7.30pm: Cosy Movie Night outside Essential
(Time to be advised): Sandcastle Building Competition at Ember Beach Club

December 27
11am-1pm: Festive Hunt (for children aged four to eleven)
2pm-4pm: Pastry Workshop at Ambara, RM300 per guest (maximum six guests)

December 28
4pm-6pm: Shaken & Stirred Masterclass at Dusky Monkey, RM300 per guest (maximum eight guests)
7.30pm: Cosy Movie Night outside Essential

December 29
10am-1.30pm: Glitz & Glam T-Shirt Making at Creative Studio, maximum eight children, aged four to eleven
11am-5pm: Caricature Wonders at Dusky Monkey

December 30
11am-1pm: Soaring High at Ember Beach Club, maximum eight children, aged four to eleven
4pm-6pm: Padel Tournament at Club One, maximum 20 guests
9pm: Festive Bonfire at Ocean Lawn

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Ring in the New Year

Start New Year's Eve with an energetic morning run along the beach at 8am led by general manager Jerome Colson and take in the magnificence of the sun rising from South China Sea. In the evening, guests can look forward to festive cocktails at Dusky Monkey and a gastronomic feast at the New Year's Eve Gala Dinner before counting down to 2021 with live music, Malaysian supper delights, and a fireworks display. Cocktails begin at 7.30pm followed by dinner at Ambara, Dusky Monkey or Hoshi (RM998 per adult and RM238 per child, aged four to eleven, not inclusive of beverage). You can then welcome 2021 at the Resort Pool Area from 9pm complemented with cocktails, music and surprises.

The resort is also planning a party exclusively for the kids from 8pm at the Essential pool cafe.

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Hello 2021!

After a fun-filled night, sleep in and rise just in time for the New Year's Lazy Brunch Day from 12.30pm to 4pm (RM600 per adult, not inclusive of drinks, complimentary for children aged eleven and below). Then chill for the rest of the day at Ember Beach Club where you can nurse a cocktail by the pool. When you start to feel peckish, the club's elevated beach bites (think wagyu beef tartare and short rib pastrami) are satisfying.

For reservations, call +607 878 3400 or email All activities are complimentary for in-house guests unless stated otherwise, and advance bookings are recommended. Visit the resort's website for more information.

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