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Penawar is an urban area located in the southern part of the state of Johor in the middle of the Pengerang Kecil Region. The whole area is an agricultural area of oil palm. The Bandar Penawar area was first discovered in 1972 by the Southeast Johor Development Authority or the abbreviation of KEJORA established under the Parliamentary Act 75/1972 and the Southeast Johor Development Board Enactment 1972. With a total area of 1,314,333 hectares, this new area is part of 300,364 hectares which is 16% of the Johor State area which has been allocated by the Johor State Government to be developed under KEJORA. Among the public facilities available in Bandar Penawar are mosques, surau, multipurpose halls, community halls, sports complexes, bus and taxi stops, schools, fire stations, police stations, post offices, health policlinics, food courts and public libraries. The construction of this library was taken over by the Johor Public Library on 28 March 2005 and was able to attract more residents to Bandar Penawar to find reference materials and resources.
It takes around 3 hours and 45 minutes to Bandar Penawar from Kuala Lumpur city centre by using North- South highway.
There are flights daily to Senai International Airport from Subang Airport or KLIA2. It consumes around 45 minutes and another 55 minutes journey by car or taxi to Bandar Penawar via Senai- Desaru highway.
Desaru's beaches are among the best in Johor due to their cleanliness lined with casuarina trees and visitors can enjoy fun- filled activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, hiking as well as other outdoor activities. During December, January and first half of February which is the peak of monsoon season, the waves are almost constantly high. There is a company that rents surf boards for RM20 and provides surf lessons for RM100 as well as activities to see the fireflies (api-api) in the Sungei Lebam river which are also very popular. Furthermore, there are stalls selling souvenirs and snacks at the beach.
This modern beachside property features a large outdoor pool set in tropical landscapes. It offers spacious rooms that open out to a private balcony, fitness facilities and 6 dining options. Featuring a comfy lounge area with a sofa, the air-conditioned rooms are provided with a flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar and tea/coffee maker. It is about 45-minute drive from Senai Airport and a 1.5-hour drive from Johor Bahru. Guests can also enjoy tennis or relax with a traditional spa massage. Other leisure amenities include a games room, water sports facilities and a children’s playground. Dining highlights include breakfasts at Palm Brasserie and live entertainment with cocktails at Pulai Lounge. There are also 2 bars, a Japanese restaurant and authentic Thai Asian cuisine to modern Western delights in a cozy & relax ambiance. This resort also offers a string of romantic and memorable retreats, family reunion, dream beach wedding, memorable anniversaries and blissful honeymoon. Guests can also enjoy refreshing drink at our beach bar, lounging poolside with Jacuzzi or into the Safari Bar circular lounge seating area.
Mayang Sari Beach Resort is a beachfront hotel suitable for couples, honeymooners, and tourists in search of beautiful scenery and relaxation. There are recreational activities such as scuba diving, water skiing, and parasailing excursions for guests. Car rentals and taxis are also available for visiting nearby Buddhist temples. Guests can also enjoy Indonesian breakfast buffet and Mediterranean and French cuisine from the Belle Elle restaurant. Besides that, the rooms are based on Indonesian concept and complete with amenities and required facilities.