Like a mystical doorway to a world of tropical bliss, the lobby at Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas frames an azure backdrop of the sky, sea and sand – a welcoming sight for the beach-loving soul who's been cooped up for too long. In one sweeping glance, you see lush gardens, rustic pool villas and serene lagoon pools flanked by palm trees and cabanas, all blending seamlessly into stylish contemporary residences with the beach as their backyard.
You may start to wonder: Is this all a dream?
The luxurious lodgings at Anantara Desaru Coast are diverse. The property boasts 13 standalone double storey one-bedroom and two-bedroom lagoon villas, which are styled after traditional Malaysian kampung houses but with a luxurious twist.
Overlooking the ocean and the green grounds, 90 lavish en-suite deluxe hotel rooms in the main building are also lovingly designed with uniquely Malaysian and Southeast Asian elements, merging wicker furnishings and woven textiles with more contemporary trappings for a refined finish.
The Deluxe Seaview Corner Room, for instance, is a comfortable and cosy hideout that's perfect for couples or small families. The view from its elegant wraparound balcony will make you want to curl up in the chaise lounge chair and people-watch till the sun sets right in front of you.