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First Look: One&Only Desaru Coast—Malaysia's Newest Luxury Resortopens in new window
Our trip to One&Only Desaru Coast set a gold standard for staycations in Malaysia and reaffirmed the healing power of travel. Since it opened its doors on Sept 6, One&Only Desaru Coast has quickly become the playground of choice for Malaysia’s travel lovers. Granted, everyone deserves a holiday this year but its popularity is easily understood when you enter its grounds, which offers a sense of spaciousness and intimacy all at once. The resort is harmoniously designed around the lush rainforests it sits in—a final, parting gift by the late architect Kerry Hill whose stellar body of work includes the serene Amanemu in Japan.
One&Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia Review: First Inopens in new window
This was one of the last projects from the late, great architect Kerry Hill, whose roll-call includes the sharp, striking Aman Tokyo and the jungly classic Datai Langkawi. Known for his fusion of cultural traditions and technical precision, Hill laid the foundations for a wildly copied contemporary style. This, his final play on a modern tropical aesthetic, is rooted to the location and draws on both the kampung, or village, vernacular and Malaysia’s black-and-white colonia-era mansions.
Ultra-Luxe Resort Brand One&Only Opens its First Property in Asiaopens in new window
Set along the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia, One&Only Desaru Coast spans 128 acres, nestled between lush rainforests and the azure waters of Desaru. The resort also boasts a 1.5-kilometre secluded coastline with uninterrupted views of the South China Sea. Drawing inspiration from Malay culture, One&Only Desaru Coast retains the authenticity of the destination’s architectural heritage. Award-winning Kerry Hill Architects created a modern interpretation of the traditional Malay kampung, boasting a collection of 42 Junior Suites, two expansive two-bedroom Grand Suites and a four-bedroom Villa One.