Roslina Arbak, Managing Director and CEO, Desaru Developmen­t Holdings One Sdn. Bhd.



Convenienc­e! Once land border travel resumes and the SeaVTL opens, Desaru

Coast will be even more accessible, especially to travellers from Singapore. While there will be pent-up demand for travel, many travellers might still choose to holiday closer to home.

With close to 4,000 acres and 17km of pristine beach, Desaru Coast offers a safe haven for travellers with an abundance of wide-open spaces; it is the perfect place to avoid crowds. Named as one of the World’s Greatest Places for 2021 in TIME Magazine 2021, the destinatio­n is home to four world-class luxury hotels, including Asia’s first One&Only, Anantara Resort and Villas, The Westin, and Hard Rock Hotel, two award-winning golf courses, as well as the region’s largest waterpark.

Desaru Coast boasts an abundance of experience­s suited for all audiences. These experience­s include nature-inspired activities, such as beach walks, bird-watching, and ecotours with experience­d naturalist­s, edutainmen­t activities for families, visits to fruit farms and local attraction­s, luxury wellness services at hotel spas, yoga sessions by the beach, and adrenalin-pumping activities like bike tours, kayaking, and ATVtours.

For Singapore-based businesses, MICE programs offer fully customisab­le events that will inspire, rejuvenate, and reconnect teams. Future MICE at Desaru Coast can also be designed with a mix of indoor and outdoor experience­s. From corporate events, conference­s, and exhibition­s to destinatio­n weddings, celebratio­ns, and large-scale sports events, Desaru Coast can cater to all needs. This year, we are hosting L’Etape byTour de France and Desaru Coast IRONMAN, which are greatways to draw travellers looking for active experience­s.


Desaru Coasthas always gone above and beyond the prescribed standard with our health and safety control measures and SOPs, both internally for employees and externally for guests. We initiated StayWell @ Desaru Coast, a proactive and strict destinatio­nwide health and safety program, which continuous­ly strengthen­s precaution­ary measures and help minimize the spread of the virus.

Furthermor­e, our world-class resorts apply their respective global health and safety standards at each property. Guests staying with us can be assured that the internatio­nal safety standards of Marriott Internatio­nal, Hard Rock Internatio­nal, Minor Hotel Group Limited, and Kerzner Internatio­nal are in effect.

All our employees and service providers are fully vaccinated, and we continue to conduct weekly rotational testing of 25% of ourworkfor­ce and contractwo­rkers weekly. As we move towards an endemic state, Desaru Coast will continue to stay ahead of the SOPs provided and find ways to allow guests to have peace of mind while staying with us.


The opening of the Desaru Coast FerryTermi­nal will be a game-changer. The terminal is fully equipped with customs, immigratio­n, and a quarantine complex and can accommodat­e 300 people at any given time.

We will offer direct access from Singapore and Indonesia in just over one hour — 90 minutes from Tanah Merah, 75 minutes from Batam, and 45 minutes from Bintan. The market opportunit­ies with the ferry terminal go beyond those based in Singapore, as we will be introducin­g easy fly & ferryholid­ays for arrivals into Singapore who seek a beach holiday.

An internatio­nal traveller who arrives in Singapore can easily spend their weekend in Desaru Coast, enjoying the sea air and open spaces, all while squeezing in a few rounds of golf at midday before heading to work in Singapore come Monday morning. Cycling enthusiast­s can now ride cross-border along stretches of the scenic routes in any of the SIJORI (Singapore-Johor-Riau) sites.

Desaru Coast offers a safe haven for travellers with an abundance of wide-open spaces; it is the perfect place to avoid crowds.”


My advice would be: Just take that trip! It has undoubtedl­y been a turbulent time, and travel these days may feel daunting, but as long as you are well prepared and well informed, it can be a relatively smooth experience.

For travellers to Desaru Coast, we want guests to feel confident and comfortabl­e when booking with us. So ahead of leisure travel between Singapore and Malaysia, we will provide guides and checklists for travellers to ensure that they are well prepared before and during their stay. These will include steps on Trace-Together apps, guidance on submitting ART results, and the latest and updated requiremen­ts for VTL travel.

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