Experience Artisanal Magic at One&Only Desaru Coast

Enter the festive season with traditional Malaysian Batik and Pottery Painting workshops, learn to craft local delicacies and savour hearty Christmas and New Year feasts

This December, embark on an ultra-luxury festive getaway at One&Only Desaru Coast. Experience the joy of the season with family and friends by indulging in a specially curated line-up of events set to delight the senses at the resort and Ember Beach Club, in collaboration with Michelin-starred Chef Andrew Walsh. From captivating craft workshops and mesmerising cultural performances to a symphony of delectable cuisine and heart-warming gatherings, One&Only Desaru Coast is the place to be for the holidays. 


Kickstart the holiday season beginning Saturday, 9th December 2023 with a magical evening filled with warmth and cheer at our Tree Lighting Ceremony, where guests can watch the resort’s glimmering Christmas tree come to life. 

Be immersed in local traditional festivities such as Pottery Painting, a hands-on workshop where guests can learn to create and paint within the cherished craft, and partake in a Batik Painting Workshop to discover an integral part of Malaysian culture, weaving intricate designs on fabric and creating unique keepsakes for loved ones. For the adventurous, embark on A Warrior’s Journey and unlock one of Malaysia’s best-kept secrets with the ancient martial art of Silat Melayu, guided by the resort’s resident Silat Master. Ahead of Christmas Day, bask in the festivities and get creative at a Weave Your Own Christmas Ornaments workshop, using ‘Rattan’ (solid timber vine) harvested from local rainforests and experience the art of basketry weaving with Penan artisans from Borneo Malaysia.

Guests can uncover their inner culinary artists with an Artisan Chocolate Workshop, or dive into the rich tapestry of Malaysian heritage by crafting local delicacies at a Local ‘Kuih’ Making class. Little pastry artists can also unleash their creativity at our Gingerbread House Decorating session at the KidsOnly club, an interactive workshop for children to create seasonal masterpieces adorned with festive frostings and holiday decorations to take home.

For one night only on December 24, 2023, savour an evening of traditional festive fare as Christmas Eve Enchantments take over at Ambara, Hoshi and Dusky Monkey. Gather with loved ones for a round of specially curated Christmas Eve Cocktails at Dusky Monkey as a sumptuous feast awaits at Ambara, where field-to-fork dining is embraced, and Hoshi, which serves only the season’s freshest and finest. Watch the chefs in action as they fill their kitchen with Christmas favourites like Roasted Lamb Leg, Baked Duck and Rib Beef while enjoying a local culinary experience at the Malaysian Lok Lok Station. The Christmas Eve Dinner at One&Only Desaru Coast would not be complete without classic sweets – from Black Forest Yule Log to Ginger Crème Brûlée and traditional Italian Panettone, resort guests will be spoiled for choice with a spread of festive favourites crafted with a Malaysian twist. 


Leading up to the new year, guests can experience a variety of inspiring offerings. From Rejuvenate, Restore, and Revitalise spa offerings where tradition meets rejuvenation to the Bonfire and Star Gazing events where guests can gather with loved ones for a cosy beachfront bonfire under the twinkling stars. Those looking to end the year on a runner’s high can also participate in the New Year’s Eve Fun Run – an energising morning run by the pristine South China Sea, soaking in the breathtaking views of Desaru’s untouched nature.

Celebrate in style at the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Countdown Party, a dazzling celebration filled with delectable offerings, captivating live entertainment, and a festive ambience to match. Children can revel in their own exciting party with a curated New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Kids Menu, while adult guests indulge in a sumptuous feast of Western delights; including the Salt Crusted Snapper and Seafood Paella, a fresh seafood bar with Fresh Oysters, Caviar and Alaskan King Crab, a live carving station, a spread of Malaysian curries and more. Countdown to 2024 at One&Only Desaru Coast, toasting to new beginnings as the skies light up with a spectacular firework display at midnight, marking the start of a memorable year ahead.


Throughout the season, indulge in seasonal highlights crafted by critically-acclaimed Michelin-starred Chef Andrew Walsh and Chef Bianca Palmer at Ember Beach Club, where festive specials meet the art of open-fire cooking, paired with delectable tipples to celebrate the joyous occasion. Resort guests and the public can enjoy Christmas Day Lunch on December 25, 2023, or New Year’s Day Champagne Lunch on January 1, 2024, from 12pm - 3pm, framed by the breathtaking Malaysian coastline at Ember Beach Club and capturing the spirit of the season with loved ones. 


Guests can commemorate the magic of an enchanting beach holiday in a bottle with purchase of Tropical Sanctuary, One&Only Desaru Coast’s exclusive signature fragrance in collaboration with Montroi, the perfect holiday gift that channels the essence of golden beaches, coconuts and Malaysia’s shimmering salt waters. To share the joy of luxury travel, guests can also gift their loved ones an unforgettable experience at One&Only Desaru Coast with limited edition festive gift vouchers, ideal for a weekend getaway designed to pamper and rejuvenate. 

“At One&Only Desaru Coast we continue to deliver authentic cuisine, curated experiences and spectacular private sanctuaries for our guests as we approach the holiday season. We invite both resort guests and the public to celebrate the season of artisanal magic with us with a festive line-up that includes experiences for adults and kids alike, paying homage to the traditional festivities of Christmas and the New Year’s while embracing a modern take on the occasion.” said Jerome Pichon, General Manager of One&Only Desaru Coast.

A short 90-min ferry ride from Singapore, enjoy a luxurious year-end getaway at One&Only Desaru Coast where room packages start from MYR 3,375 per room and include complimentary festive activities. Reservations are available for Christmas Eve Dinner at MYR 765 per person and New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Countdown Party at MYR 1,925 per person. 

For more information or bookings, please call +607 878 3400 or email reservations@oneandonlydesarucoast.com

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