With a recent makeover and rebranding in March 2017, Sands & Sandals Desaru Beach Resort & Spa (formerly known as Pulai Desaru Resort) is making a splash on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Located in the heart of Desaru at Bandar Penawar Johor, this luxury property offers a more intimate escape for couples than other hotel-resorts nearby.
Getting here is a 45-minutes leisurely drive from Senai International Airport. There are also scheduled ferry trips from Singapore Changi Ferry Terminal and Tanjung Belungkor which takes about 30-minutes by boat, plus another 15-minutes drive to the coastline of Desaru.
No matter how you arrive, bear in mind that the mode of travel between the two states might seem a little exhausted, but still relatively safe. So hunker down and enjoy the journey.
Travel Info: A return ferry ticket cost SGD $39, if you book through http://www.easybook.com/.
At the Resort
Sands & Sandals Desaru Beach Resort & Spa is an idyllic island getaway for couples and families, and there is no gimmick as you can see it here.
Arranged in a U-shape cluster around the resort’s centrepiece – the tropical outdoor pool, the 208-room Sands & Sandals Desaru Beach Resort & Spa has all the requisite modern-day luxuries such as private balconies, double vanities, dual showerheads in the bathrooms, seven F&B concepts, a luxury Balinese spa and a fitness centre.
All the resort’s room and suites are designed in a contemporary style, and fully furnished with lifestyle amenities.
- Superior Room — 65 Units
- Deluxe Garden View — 41 Units
- Deluxe Pool View — 34 Units
- Platinum Deluxe with Private Garden — 28 Units
- Sunny Deluxe Sea View — 12 Units
- Romantic Deluxe with Private Pool — 6 Units
- Couple Suite (Duplex) — 8 Units
- Family Suite (Duplex) — 12 Units
- Executive Suite — 2 Units
Selected room categories comes with garden-shaded patios, private balconies with outdoor bathtub, and straight-to-pool access. The couple and family suites are duplexes and has a balcony that oversees the tropical outdoor pool.
There is a limited number of tastefully assembled Deluxe rooms for couples; only 6 Romantic Deluxe units have an attached private pool, 12 Sunny Deluxe units offer a sea view and 28 Premium Deluxe units comes with a private garden — make sure you book the ones with the Private Pool!
We loved the Romantic Deluxe Room for their Private Pool, one very large bed, dual vanity amenities and vastly generous space at 55 square metre.
Room rates for Deluxe Garden View starts from RM600, while a night at the Romantic Deluxe Room with Private Pool starts from RM1,300.
The tropical outdoor pool lies in the heart of Sands & Sandals Desaru Beach Resort & Spa and there is a Jacuzzi attached to the Sunken Bar, which is right below the sun terraces. Fitness freaks will like the well-equipped gym standing on the pool.
Walk right up to Senses Spa. Sands & Sandals’ open-air spa cottage by the pool. The Balinese Spa offers massages, body scrubs and wraps, along with a list of spa therapies for singles and couples.
Recommended Spa Treatment – Bliss Therapy (2 Hour 30 Mins) include Foot Spa, Foot Massage, Body Scrub, Body Wrap, Body Massage, Milk Bath for RM430 per pax / RM730 per couple.
If you have more time, go for The Ultimate Senses Ritual which will rejuvenate from head to toe. Takes about 4 hours 30 mins and costs RM988 per pax / RM1,488 per couple.
There is also an indoor spa option, if you are afraid of getting cold on cold weathers.
While you are at the pool or doing your spa therapy, it’s great to have your little ones entertained at the Game Room and Kids Play Room.
Even adults can join in too and have fun in the entertainment — I had a few rounds of pool and arcade games.
Sea Sports Centre
For sea-loving people and adventure enthusiasts, the Sea Sports Centre (Game On) hosts various sea sports-related activities such as Jet Ski, Canoe, Banana Boat and other thrilling adventures include ATV, Paintball, Deep Sea Fishing, as well as sightseeing tours like River Cruise, Sunset Cruise, Fruit Farm Tour and Fireflies Experience.
Guests can enjoy their breakfast and meals at the all-day dining Spices & Herbs Restaurant which features a fusion cuisine of Western, Malay and Indian. Dim sum lovers will find joy in the Chinese restaurant Fortune Kitchen, while the Japanese restaurant Shiokaze Teppan serves up a decent beef sirloin bento and other signatures.
Smoothies, coffee and sweets will be perfect companion for an afternoon tea meal at The Cafe.
At the end of the day, you can relax at the resort Sunken Bar over a signature cocktail – “Drink By The Pool” while enjoying some Western bites from Beach Hut Bistro.
Sands & Sandals also works with its neighbour, a Thai eatery – Snuk Thai Street BBQ, which is just within a minute walk from the resort.
More than just a couple retreat or a family getaway, Sands & Sandals flexible event venues provides the great setting for any occasions, from corporate meetings and conferences, team-building to private parties and events, including pre-wedding shoot, beach, garden and poolside weddings.
Sands & Sandals Desaru Beach Resort & Spa was winning enough to keep us here — during that weekend we stayed, there was no excuse to leave.
SANDS & SANDALS DESARU BEACH RESORT & SPA
Address: Lot 2263, Jalan Desaru, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 822 2222