Luxury Hotels in Desaru, Kota Tinggi


Desaru is a peaceful coastal area and resort in the district of Kota Tinggi, Johor Darul Takzim. In 1980s, Desaru was overvalued with a few abandoned mega projects intended to attract visitors and foreign investments. However, after a certain period of neglect, Desaru’s beaches are now among the finest in Johor. The clean beaches are fringed with shady Casuarinas and stretched 25 kilometres long. Similar to all of Malaysia’s east coast, Desaru is extremely seasonal with monsoon winds and rains pouring the coast between November to February. The good season to soothe your stress would be somewhere in April to October. With inviting weather, visitors can relish interesting activities like boating, swimming, fishing as well as other outdoor activities.

How to Get There

To get to the destination, you can travel in your own car along the Senai-Desaru Expressway which is only an hour from the capital city of Johor. If you prefer to sit back and relax, you can hop on a bus from Larkin Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru to Kota Tinggi. The frequency of the buses are between 15 minutes to 90 minutes. So, worry not if you are a last minute traveller. You can also take a cab from Kota Tinggi directly to Desaru. If you are travelling from Singapore, you can take a ferry from Changi Ferry Terminal to Tanjong Belungkor Ferry Terminal in Belungkor, Johor.

Tourist Attractions

Sungei Lebam Fireflies Seeing

Have you ever experienced seeing fireflies flying and twinkling around you? If not, this is the best opportunity for you. To get to Sungei Lebam river, you have to be prepared for an adventurous trip into the jungle. It is advisable for you to not dress up fancily for the trip as it would require bumping about muddy roads and cruising around the pitch-black jungle river. It is best for you to join one of the hotel excursions for better experience. To be able to see amazing twinkling fireflies, be sure to visit after rain on a new moon.

Desaru Fruit Farm

Looking for an exciting fruity and juicy journey? Search no more! Visit Desaru Fruit Farm to experience exciting discovery in the 180 acres of tropical fruitland. Being awarded as “Best Agro- Tourism site” in Malaysia 2006 and Innovative Tourism Attraction – Agro Tourism Conservation by Malaysia Tourism Awards 2010, this farm offers you various activities like paintballing, dirt kart ride in the fruit farm, crocodile farm tour, fruit farm tour and the list goes on. You can also listen to educational talk on bees. Do not miss the chance of tasting raw honey! Before you leave, make sure you grab some local products and local fruits from the mini mart in the farm.


Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa

A luxurious resort with a reasonable price is always a yes! This well-known 4-star resort will give you the experience of a lifetime. Being surrounded with water, be prepared to be enchanted with this castle-like resort. You will be welcomed by nature as you drive into the resort area and don’t be surprised to see a mini zoo with parrots, pigeons and peacocks at the lobby. You will absolutely love it! With price starting from RM458 per night, you will be hypnotised by the beauty of the sunrise, sunset as well as moonrise along the miraculous private beach. Toss the stress away as you indulge in the soothing massage and spa. If you bring you children along, fear not as it has children play area and children's pool. Transportation like bus shuttle and bicycle rental are provided to ease your movement. To anyone from anywhere, make the right decision to rejuvenate your mind and soul in this resort or you will be at loss!