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28 September 2019, another ordinary day on the calendar for most, but for over 300 hardcore music fans and media like us, it is the day when Hard Rock struck another chord in Malaysia and brought its legendary vibes to Desaru Coast with a Grand Opening Party like never before. The celebration kicked-off with the brand signature Hard Rock guitar smash and fireworks, with music spun by DJ Chinois before a star-studded musical performance and live acts by The Sharp 9, Amy Search and Hydra took centerstage! A surprise visit by Rita Gilligan, the legendary waitress at the first Hard Rock Cafe in London in 1971, brought even more energy and excitement to the party but nothing compares to the fever pitch that goes on down here when the hit song, <Isabella>, an anthem from Amy Search’s repertoire saw the floor singing along with gusto, mouthing familiar lyrics with pure passion!
Together with over 300 distinguished guests and invited media both local and overseas, we celebrated the official grand opening of Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, the brand’s second Malaysian property!
The past two years have probably seen us to and fro our favourite “seaside playground” Desaru more than our entire family trips during childhood, combined!
Gone are the previous 2-hour plus drive on the old, somewhat narrow and potentially dangerous road, and in its place, an hour leisurely drive on the relatively smooth tarmac on the Senai-Desaru Highway (E22, exit 253 if you’re travelling south along the North-South Expressway). Covering a long stretch of approximately 17km beachfront facing the South China Sea, Desaru is now home to several mega projects which have us “checking in” on a regular, almost bi-monthly basis.
Come 5 July 2019, we’re seated among the guests gathered in the adjacent Desaru Coast Conference Centre to witness the official launch of Desaru Coast, Malaysia’s latest curated integrated holiday destination in Johor by the Sultan of Johor, His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar. To understand our optimism and excitement on why Desaru is again revived as an important destination not only for Johor but also in this region, we could easily take a cue from the frequency of big birds from the nearby Changi Airport that dotted the skies above our heads every time we make the journey along the Senai-Desaru Highway – a sure sign of its appeal to international travellers with its proximity and myriad of offerings.
Located at the south-eastern region of Johor, spanning over 3,900 acres, Desaru Coast is easily accessible via land, ferry, and air, and home to four globally renowned hotels and resorts, two world-class golf courses, a conference centre, a themed water park as well as a retail village:
- Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast
- The Westin Desaru Coast Resort
- Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas
- One&Only Desaru Coast
- 27-hole (The Ocean Course) and 18-hole (The Valley Course) The Els Club Desaru Coast
- Desaru Coast Conference Centre
- Desaru Coast Adventure WaterPark
- Desaru Coast Riverside waterfront retail & lifestyle village
Prior to the Grand Opening Party, most around us already took advantage of the opening room packages to check into Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast last year, we decided to be patient and let the dust settled, before packing our bags for a real 3D/2N staycation, leaving aside our notebooks and MacBooks and out with the shades and sunblocks instead. Boy, we’re certainly glad we did it back then as there were so many people and activities going on that we could hardly catch our breath…
Forget the air-con, for it’s the sun, the sand and the surf, in addition to the sea, the spa and the seclusion that draw many to make the hour-long pilgrimage from Johor Bahru and Singapore to this beach sanctuary; or the perfect photo opportunity with that signature guitar shape with a rock and roll edge. As the clock struck three, we arrived in good time for a seamless check-in that ushers the start of our summer staycation.
Whatever your reasons, get tan ready, and prepare to vacay like a Rock Star, where else but in Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast!
Superior & Deluxe Gold Rooms
From the moment we enter our spacious Deluxe Gold Double Beds room, we immediately notice the rock star touches like a private balcony, plush bathrobes & slippers, signature Hard Rock bedding and Rock Spa® bathroom amenities. Unlike previous hotels, our attention was immediately turned to a Fender® guitar and a Crosley turntable with a curated collection of 10 iconic records.
Taking extra caution to tune into the vinyl resurgence and experience music as it was intended to be listened to, we picked out the King of Pop to keep the groove going. We also get to download FREE music from an expertly curated music playlist to amplify our Hard Rock Hotel stay.
🖱️ For a taste, and the tools to rock out and fuel our next jam session check out：
The Sound of Your Stay®
Our room was well-appointed and spacious, enough to accommodate a small family or a party of four with two double bed. The built-in, double wardrobe also offers generous storage space with easy access to our clothing or bathrobes. Even the bathroom feature bathroom tiles from floor to ceiling and full-length mirror spell urban chic and luxury that we wished we could pack it all. Every corner and everything about our room is so insta-worthy!
From unlimited WIFI broadband, iron, handy hairdryer, room safe to a well-stock mini bar that will be replenished daily, there’s nothing not to love about our home away from home for the next three days. With all-day music and soundtracks driving us on and feeding our spirits, we could not help but even doing a jiggle from time to time.
🖱️ Click here for the best available room rates and types：ROOMS
Being eco-friendly can be a challenge while on holiday, but that’s not a problem at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. Having a reusable water bottle in our room means we don’t need to spend money on drinks in disposable containers which pollute the planet. Just grab the refillable water bottles provided and water fountains on every floor to help us on our eco-friendly feat. To take things even further, we also bought FOUR bottles from the Rock Shop® to walk our talk!
Ever since Eric Clapton donated a Red Fender Lead II guitar in 1979 to the original Hard Rock Cafe in London, Hard Rock has assembled the world’s most extensive collection of rock memorabilia, estimated to include at 81,000+ pieces and counting. The story goes that the rock legend wanted to give Isaac Tigrett (co-owner) one of his guitars as a gift, but he didn’t play, so the former Cream frontman suggested putting it on the wall. A week later, another guitar arrived, this time from Pete Townshend.with a note that reads “Mine’s just as good as his!”, and so, a tradition was born.
From rock ‘n’ roll icons such as a lock of hair to a five-ton psychedelic bus, from some of the most important guitars in music history to some of the most incredible outfits ever to grace a rock star on stage, we’ve never been closer to the rich and famous than when we step into a Hard Rock property. Whether we’re a rocker or a fangirl, we’ll enjoy the dazzling memorabilia on display throughout Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, featuring some significant pieces from Elvis Presley, Brian Jones, John Entwist, Lady Gaga, Tim Skold, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, Fiona Apple, Iggy Azalea and more…
And NOW, we could count a custom-designed microphone stand, complete with brass knuckledusters, and a smart jacket from local rock ‘n roll legend Amy Search to the hotel’s regionally inspired collection! And YES, we got to witness it all!
🖱️ Click here for more details：MEMORABILIA TOUR
- 🕚 Memorabilia Tour: Daily | 11am & 4pm | Free Admission
- 🛎️ For registration, please visit the Concierge at Main Lobby, Level 3.
Wanna add on to y(our) rock star’s closet? Here’s the chance to jack our swagger with some exclusive shopping at the Rock Shop® of Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, featuring music-inspired collections like the Hard Rock-branded tees, jackets, collectable pins and many more. Inspired by the staff’s lanyard full of pins during the hotel’s soft opening last September, we did not hesitate to swipe for SIX limited edition pins in one go! PLUS, we also received a limited edition and commemorative pin exclusively for the Grand Opening Party!
Our pins were also put to good use, as we chanced upon a special event where seasoned Hard Rock pin collectors are proudly displaying their priceless collections. The event featured three VIP Pin Collectors Patrick Cheah, Azri Abdullah and Isabela Kelaart-Courtney, together with local collectors, some Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast “Rockstar Band Members” as well as a team of collectors from Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. We happily joined in the festivity, and trading to get our hands on a prized pin from Hard Rock Cafe New York, in what may be the start of a journey that will be much more than just a hobby.
- Rock Shop: 🕙 Daily | Level 3 | 10am -11pm
- Happy Family: Buy any 4 Tees & Get 1 FREE Lucky Draw Gift | Buy any 8 Tees & Get 3 FREE Lucky Draw Gifts.
- 800 Jackpot: Spend a min of MYR800 on a single receipt & take home a Free Classic Tee.
- Happy Birthday Malaysia: 30% OFF selected merchandise.
- Roxtars’ Treat: Purchase MYR300 and above in a single receipt (after discount-if any), get a chance to buy Hard Rock Throw Pillow at MYR40 (RSP: MYR80).
For those who prefer a quick, quiet dip in the pool, without yet getting into the more adrenaline-draining aqua action at the water park, the Music Pool beside The Elephant & The Butterfly fits the bill. Despite its modest size relative to the neighbouring themed attraction, the pool exclusively only for hotel guests that overlook the rolling greens of The Els Club provides a calm and cool respite from Desaru‘s heat daily from 8am to 7pm in the evening, before tucking into some poolside bar and grill with a Mexican twist!
🖱️ Click to read the Rules & Regulations for swimming pool usage：MUSIC POOL
In the mood for a little relax and rejuvenate, with a musical twist (literally) on some of the most immersive head-to-toe treatments ever? The Rock Spa® on the lower ground (LG) floor has us covered, complete with a diverse selection of packages such as massages, body scrubs, body wraps, facials, manicure & pedicure, including a private pool to dip in after our treatments. For maximum convenience and flexibility, be sure to schedule y(our) spa sessions at least four hours in advance.
AND don’t just let only the adults have the fun, turn it on for the little Rock Stars and Divas as well too. Just choose from the 45-min Tutti Frutti facial, 30-min Strawberry Fields Forever foot rub, 45-min Polished Paws & Twinkle Toes or the 120-min The Sweet Shop full suite comprising a facial, mani, pedi and a mini foot massage, all with a delicious juice and snack to make life super sweet, our junior fashionistas will definitely thank us for this! Kids nowadays are really sooooooo fortunate!
🖱️ Click for full details on the available spa packages：ROCK SPA®
- 🕘 Operating Hours: 9am – 10pm
- 📧 Reservation: email@example.com
- 💳 All appointments must be guaranteed with a credit card
Hard Rock Roxcity Kids Club™
Sorry parents, this Hard Rock Roxcity Kids Club™ is only for our junior rock stars aged 4 to 12 to enjoy an extensive program of themed activities, fun games and cool classes. The club also gives our little ones a chance to hang with the coolest crew around, the Roxtars which include awesome personality from Skiddley, the lead singer with the sax on Tuesdays to Styler the punk princess with a killer fashion sense on Sundays, there’s something for everyone, every single day of the week!
Every kid is a rock star here! With three daily sessions available, take note of the check-in time from 10 am to 12pm, 3pm to 5pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm to better plan our own activities!
🖱️ Click for the FULL PROGRAM：HARD ROCK ROXITY KIDS CLUB™
- 🕙 Operating Hours: 10am – 9pm
- 📧 For group rates & holiday programs inquiry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roxtars Toys & Sweets™
For the young and young-at-heart alike, the Roxtars Toys & Sweets™ is perfect in making anyone with a sweet tooth very happy with their range of gifts, candies and sweets on offer. From cuddly and musical toys to fashionable kids apparel designs, there’s indeed something for every little (and old) one!
- 🕙 Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm
Even better than a Rock Star, we can also upgrade to Rock Royalty® rooms and enjoy exclusive amenities, such as personal concierge staff to help us live out our rock star like VIP with the following Rock Royalty® difference!
- Exclusive check-in and check-out services
- Complimentary continental breakfast from 7am-1030am
- Complimentary refreshments served throughout the day
- Dedicated workstations with broadband internet access
- Complimentary usage of premium capsule coffee machine
- Complimentary evening cocktails with canapes from 5pm-7pm
- Complimentary turndown gifts on the first night
- Complimentary use of Rock Om Yoga kit
- Complimentary use of Sound of Your Stay music amenities
- Dedicated Concierge/ Butler services from 7am-11pm
- 🕖 Operating Hours: 7am – 11pm
For all-day dining during our stay, Sessions is our go-to multi-cuisine restaurant that features locally inspired creations to satisfy your morning, noon and midnight cravings. If you think the hearty breakfast that fuels our exploits for the next morning is mouth-watering enough, wait till you see the impressive Dinner Buffet spread we had on the first night and the la carte items with a distinctive twist while checking out a host of other upcoming F&B promotions from their website.
- 🕖 Breakfast: 7am – 10:30am
- 🕛 Lunch: 12pm – 3pm
- 🕡 Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Possibly the most relaxed chillout spot and coffee place in Desaru Coast, Constant Grind offers a light-hearted, cosy and Instagram-worthy place for a good cuppa, a light meal or just to read a book, with fun grab-and-go packaging options available. Passion Tea, Milkshake, Latte, Ice Cream or me? We say, take them ALL!
In particular, we love the BUY 1 FREE 1 Frappe offer that we could easily indulge on our own without having to share for once. If you are looking to celebrate that special occasion in full-blooded Hard Rock style, you definitely know where to click: PARTY PACKAGE
- 🕙 Operating Hours: Daily | 10 am -11 pm
The Elephant & The Butterfly
A culinary experience inspired by the fiery romance between two of Mexico’s most celebrated artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, The Elephant & The Butterfly is a dramatic blend of traditional flavours paired with a modern take on Mexican cuisine, just as these disparate figures of contemporary art married modern sensibilities with a revolutionary spirit.
With Mexican cuisine few and far in-between in town, we wouldn’t pass up the chance to sip artisanal tequila and hand-crafted margaritas, all while savouring food inspired by local ingredients and flavours from Latin America. If you are unsure what to order or feel like having multiple-main courses like us for sharing, just ask for the “Sharing Portion” from Chef Tee for some fine casual dining that screams ¡Viva México!
Known to ignite the senses, stirs our imagination and captures the tumultuous love affair in our every taste, sip and moment, The Elephant & The Butterfly is fast becoming one of our favourite foodies haunts and poolside party grounds outside of town. Be sure not to miss some of the lead bartender Chris and his team of mixologists’ signature concoctions, which include the classic Mexican Story, non-alcoholic mocktail Surf the Turf at DE Coast, or the rich and creamy White Angel and Hurricane Peanut Butter!
Here’s what we had, and the dishes we would happily order again:
- Complimentary: Charcoal Bun
- Starters: Calamari Al Ajillo
- Starters: Charred Octopus
- Mains: Grilled Barramundi
- Mains: Pollo De Super
- Mains: Fillet Mignon
- Desserts: Vanilla – Orange Flan
- Desserts: Mexican Chocolate Pots De Crème
- 🕚 Operating Hours: Daily | 11 am -10.30 pm
- 🖱️ Reservations: MAKE A RESERVATION
When a hotel lobby lounge makes reference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), we know this cosmopolitan GMT+8 is not only inspired by timepieces and time travel but also a tribute to the timeless enjoyment of daily live music (except for Mondays), refreshing signature drinks, and the perfect atmosphere for socializing with friends and fellow travellers.
Back from a sponsored study trip from Colombo, Yue En wasted no time in sharing with us some of her latest cocktail creations inspired and infused with Sri Lankan tea essence, aptly name Yue En’s Tea. The setting is also perfect for a dose of Eargasm and Encore, while chilling out to our favourite cover tunes and sipping on some Angel Kiss (Bailey, Kahlua, Jamerson Irish Whiskey, Strawberry, Chocolate and Caramel) and Asian Fizz (Elderflower Syrup, Tropical Island Blend, Lemonade and Soda) to digest your dinner.
- 🕙 Operating Hours: 10 am – 12 am
Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast
Since opening its doors to the public last November, Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast has been making considerable waves in Desaru Coast and beyond, as we brace ourselves for a SPLASH-tacular good time. With a private entrance exclusively only for hotel guests with valid entrance tickets, we also get unlimited access to play and scream our hearts out!
Set against the backdrop of a traditional Malaysian fishing village, Adventure Waterpark is home to unique rides, including the first-ever water coaster in the region and one of the largest wave pools in the world. With over 20 wet and dry rides, slides and attractions, we won’t want to miss the Penawar Falls, the twists and turns of the gigantic Wild Whirl, Super Twister, Riptide and The Tempest, or the heart-stopping plummet down the Shipwreck Reef. If you fancy fun a little more on the sedate side, simply relax in the 350m long Penawar River or just relax in luxury and enjoy the wave pool views from the Beachside Cabanas, or lounge along the 170m long sandy shoreline of Tidal Wave Beach or the Kids Ahoy to keep young children happy as well.
🖱️ Click here for current deals！TICKETS & PROMOTIONS
- 🕙 Operating Hours: DAILY | 10 am – 6 pm
- 📞 Contact: +607-878 3800
Desaru Fruit Farm
Awarded the “Best Agro-Tourism site” in Malaysia 2006 and Innovative Tourism Attraction – Agro Tourism Conservation by Malaysia Tourism Awards 2010, take full advantage of the spare time accorded with a 3D/2N itinerary to know our food, from seed to table, in a guided farm tour to 180 acres of natural tropical fruit land, vegetable and herb garden. There are even a Fish Pond and a Petting Zoo at the Desaru Fruit Farm for our kids to feed and interact with tame animals, and an opportunity to taste some local raw honey.
- 🕗 Operating Hours: DAILY | 8.30 am – 6 pm
- 📞 Contact: +607 830 8017 / +6012 772 1817
- 📍 Address: 92, 82200 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia.
- 🌐 Desaru Fruit Farm Official Website: https://dff.world/
As if our 3D/2N staycation at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast isn’t enough, we’ve already booked our room for another 72-hour adventure for our family vacay to soak up more of the sun, the sand, the spa and hopefully the sea this summertime around.
Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast