The countdown to Christmas is on and many are taking advantage of this opportunity to schedule a quick getaway to make the celebrations more memorable after the rough year we’ve had. While international travel is already on a cards for us, Malaysia has no shortage of breathtaking and serene destinations to explore.
If you’re looking for an all-encompassing luxurious retreat with the family, One&Only Desaru Coast (OODC) is one you need to add to your list. Located in the midst of unspoilt nature and next to the warm, tropical sea, the 128-acre resort situated in Southeastern Johor has everything you need to make your year-end holiday extremely magical. I recently went on a trip there and can confirm this wholeheartedly. Aside from the grand villas and magnificent scenery that’ll help you unwind in an instant, there are plenty of activities to be done this season. Here, I’ll list down the things to look forward to if you book this month!
Arriving with a large family? Make Club One your hangout spot at OODC. This active playground for the sports enthusiast has something for every age from tennis, to football, paddleball and more! Hit the court on the 18th of December for a friendly basketball tournament with your whole entourage and friends from the resort.
Leave your young ones at the KidsOnly play club, supervised by the resort’s Nanny Service, and embark on a mind, body and soul journey at Chenot Spa that offers treatments designed for your optimum health. Melt away stress with a 55-minute body massage and recalibrate for the new year. This is available from 19 December 2021 – 5 January 2022 at the Chenot Spa. Reservations are required.
Engage the little ones!
Challenge your kids and get them to explore their creativity by decorating gingerbread houses (19 December) or join a friendly bake-off supervised by the resort’s patisserie experts (22 December).
Gather and grill
Enjoy quality time outdoors near the hotel’s magnificent pool as the resort holds a festive dinner of grilled and barbequed treats, happening on the 23rd of December.
Christmas Eve magic
Join Jerome Colson, the resort’s General Manager for Christmas Eve cocktails at the airy lounge of Dusky Monkey while being entertained with a live carolling session on the 24th of December at 7 pm.
A Very Merry Christmas affair
Dress in your very best and spend Christmas day with the comfort of good food by indulging in a four-course dinner. It is priced at RM520 for adults (excluding beverages), while children ages 11 and below can eat for free!
The resort partners up with Chef Tyson Gee, Executive Chef at The RuMa Hotel and Residences for a festive collaboration. He will work with the resident chef at Hoshi, Chef Aziz Abduraimov, on 28 December for The Pinnacle of Omakase, which marries traditional Japanese sensibilities with modern culinary techniques. Subsequently, Chef Tyson will join forces with Chef Mickael Cornutrait, Chef de Cuisine at Ember Beach Club on 29 December for a barbeque bonanza serving freshly caught seafood and prime cuts of meat cooked over an open flame.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve!
Cap off 2021 in style with a glam cocktail party and gala dinner on the beach on the 31st of December. The night will see the culmination of fireworks at midnight, signalling the start of a new year.
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For more info and festive activities at One&Only Desaru Coast, click here.