Cover An aerial view of One&Only Desaru Coast. (Photo: One&Only Desaru Coast)

Desaru Coast is the only destination in Malaysia to make Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places this year

Nestled along a pristine, 17km beachfront on the southeastern coast of Johor is Desaru Coast, the jewel of the region and now one of Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places 2021 list.

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Hailed as one of the country’s most desirable premium integrated destination resort, the 3,900-acre destination is a spectacular beach escape that’s home to ultra-luxe hotels including Malaysia's first One&Only and Anantara resorts, as well as The Westin Desaru Coast Resort and Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast–sure to please those who appreciate the finer things in life.

One&Only Desaru Coast boasts a breathtaking collection of luxury suites and a crowning villa inspired by the beauty and traditions of Malaysia's enchanting southeast, world-class sports facilities, and the first Chenot Spa in Asia. Since its opening late last year, the stunning resort has quickly become the playground of choice for travellers.

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The enchanting Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, with its lush gardens, rustic pool villas, and serene lagoon pools flanked by palm trees and cabanas, blend seamlessly with its stylish contemporary residences with the beach as their backyard.

Aside from its breathtaking portfolio of globally renowned hotels, Desaru Coast also boasts a carefully curated mix of attractions and experiences, including championship golf courses, exciting retail and F&B outlets, cruises through the Sedili Wetlands, and the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark (the region’s largest adventure waterpark), so you’d be hard-pressed to find a dull moment.

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With wide-open spaces and great connectivity to the region, Desaru Coast offers the perfect beach escape for the most discerning of travellers. The imminent opening of the Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal will offer increased transit options for both leisure and professional travellers from Singapore and Indonesia as well.

Whether it’s for weekend escapades or a week-long indulgent getaway, Desaru Coast is perfect for holidaymakers who are hankering to enjoy the pleasure of pristine beaches for a long overdue dose of vitamin sea.

To compile the World’s Greatest Places 2021 list, Time solicited nominations of places—including countries, regions, cities and towns—from its international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.

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The list, in its third annual edition, shines a light on ingenuity, creativity, revitalisation, and re-openings in destinations across the world.