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It’s all about that familiar family feeling @ Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast!

It’s all about that familiar family feeling @ Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast!

[编辑 Editor 吕大人   英译 Translator 刘大人   摄影 Photographer 黄大人]


While Johor probably isn’t the first destination that springs to mind when it comes to idyllic beach holidays in Malaysia, the southern state actually boasts a number of uncrowded golden sand beaches and lush tropical islands, all fringed by pristine turquoise waters and still relatively untouched by the onslaught of urban development and far away from the stresses of austere concrete jungles.

Primarily frequented by loyal locals and Singaporeans, Desaru Coast is the closest beach to Johor Bahru and located about an hour’s drive from the city. Those craving the sun, sand and sea can find plenty of satisfaction in this appealing low-key getaway over a 20-km stretch of eastern coastline facing the South China Sea. From simple and relaxed to exotic and sophisticated, we had the luxury and opportunity to stay in numerous resorts that offer many excellent possibilities for a tropical escapade, but one name stood out in giving us that all-too-familiar family feeling that we seldom find elsewhere.

Looking to appease our desires for a peaceful, quiet and rejuvenating holiday escapade, we decided to make Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast our home by the sea and rest in absolute comfort by waking up to the perfect sea view from each and every one of their 134 rooms & suites.

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Getting to Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast is now a breeze, with a 4-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, 45 minutes drive from Senai International Airport, and 30-minute ferry ride from Singapore is all it takes to transport us to the world away at this frill-free beach resort. With 2 services daily on weekdays and 4 services daily on weekends, a private transfer can also be arranged for pick up from the Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal by calling Limbongan Maju Sdn Bhd +607-827 8002 or Changi Ferry Terminal +65-6535 8696 for further enquiry.


Standard Twin & Standard Family

We were fortunate to have our connecting Standard Twin & Standard Family located on the Lobby level, which offers convenient access to the swimming pool and other resort facilities. Big bonus and space indeed for a well-appointed abode for travelling buddies or families to stay together while enjoying quality time together.

With 5 room types to choose from, every accommodation is comfortably designed for big and small groups alike for your next Desaru STAYcation.

  • STANDARD TWIN – 40 sqm, 2 Single Beds
  • STANDARD FAMILY – 40 sqm, 1 Single Bed & 1 Queen Bed
  • DELUXE ROOM – 60 sqm, 1 Single Bed & 1 King Bed
  • JUNIOR SUITE – 80 sqm, 1 Queen Bed & 1 King Bed
  • ROYAL SUITE – 120 sqm, 1 Single Bed & 2 King Beds


Swimming Pool, Gym & Kid’s Playground

Revel in relaxation and recreation, as it’s all about having fun and taking it easy as the resort offers a vast range of facilities and services for our hassle-free stay. Beginning with the near-Olympic size swimming pool, kids wading pool, children playground to an all-airconditioned gymnasium featuring some of the latest state-of-the-art cardio and strength workstations, there’s no reason for us to resist the additional calories that will come our way during our stay!


Exclusive Private Beach

With a tropical paradise with miles of golden sandy beaches, clear waters rich and inviting respites and entreating adventures here at Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast, where would you rather be?


Pawana Restaurant

Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast is not all with its cosy accommodation and its fantastic settings, its various on-site restaurants also offer hearty and value-for-money home-cooked style meals throughout the day.

An all-day dining restaurant with a view offering the best local and international cuisine, it’s time to wake up and tempt our taste buds at Pawana Restaurant where our breakfast is served with a wide variety of ala carte selections. Considering the number of activities that await us, we highly recommend filling your tummies here.


Nakon Thai Boat Noodle Hot Pot BBQ
(Rebranded from Aroi Thai Boat Noodle & Street Food)

If you have been hankering for Thai cuisine and fancy some affordable and delectable Thai Street Food at only RM1.90 nett per bowl (beverages at RM3.90 nett), Nakon Thai Boat Noodle Hot Pot BBQ next to a pink Mercedes-Benz 207D camper van parked at the resort’s exit is your answer. Choose to dine indoors if you hate the scorching heat in the afternoon, or enjoy your spicy meal with wooden palette dining table setting alfresco with the sea breeze to cool down the ambience.


1,2,3,… And counting to our 73rd bowl, our dinner at Nakon Thai Boat Noodle Hot Pot BBQ couldn’t have been more satisfying with servings after servings of Tomyum Glass Noodle Soup, Thai Basil Chicken and Rice splashed with creamy green curry and Pineapple Fried Rice just to name a few. Do not forget to leave the restaurant without taking an Instaworthy picture with their iconic Aroi Thai Bus!

Nakon Thai Boat Noodle Hot Pot BBQ
(Rebranded from Aroi Thai Boat Noodle & Street Food)
Bandar Penawar, 81930 Kota Tinggi, Johor
🕙 11:30am – 10:00pm daily


Nelayan Seafood by The Coast

An open, no-frills dining concept with plenty of indoor and outdoor seatings to share a good meal with friends and family, Nelayan Seafood by the Coast recently open its door on the auspicious date of 8 August 2017 and offers two air-conditioned and adjoining private dining rooms to cater for private occasions. Loosely translated as Fisherman by the locals who fetches the freshest catch from the local shores, Nelayan Seafood by the Coast serves up some of the best seafood we have seen while offering up to 400 diners an unobstructed view of Desaru Coast!

In collaboration with local artist Iron Loi, the walls within the restaurant are decorated with a large mural depicting the brave fisherman who will stop at nothing to catch the freshest seafood. Be sure to hashtag #NelayanTunamaya to announce your arrival LOL!


Specialising in popular local seafood dishes prepared by (Head) Chef Fatt, some of our favourites include Black Pepper Crabs, Fish Maw Soup with Crab Meat, Steamed Grouper in Hong Kong Style, Baby Lobsters Baked with Superior Stock, Yam Basket with Sambal Sotong and etc. Indeed, nothing brings people like fresh seafood and at Nelayan Seafood by the Coast, which opens from 11,30am to 10.00pm daily!


High Ropes Adventure Park

Besides frolicking by the beautiful, crystal clear beach or feasting on the freshest catches at Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast, what else is there to spend time and experience an adrenaline rush among the treetop, while getting rid of those extra calories?

Perfect for groups retreat, corporate outings, family days or reunions, and any event that required any outdoor activities, the High Ropes Adventure Park at the front of Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast provides a 6-element obstacle course (Cargo Net, Z-Shape Balance Beam, Tyre Crossing, Unstable Bridge, Single Line Bridge, Pipe Bridge and Flying Foz ) to cater for everyone, regardless of gender, size and age! Supervised by Rauter and his team of able assistants, we felt in at ease and in good experienced hands, even though stepping onto the Cargo Net still take some persuasion. However, after navigating through the obstacle course to the cheers of our family and friends, culminating with a short but smooth-sailing glide down the Flying Foz, trust us all fears and apprehensions would be laid to rest, and some of us actually wanted to have another go at it again!

Feel free to explore and EXPERIENCE other team-building and fun activities such as Jungle Adventure, Water Activities, Paintball, Sea Rafting and Treasure Hunt by calling +6012-631 9476 or email: at least 3 days in advance!


Batik Painting

Batik painting is such a great indoor activity, where we can unleash our artistic side and create our own batik designs with classes at Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast. Together with our buddies from The Iskandarian, we took the opportunity to create something unique in celebration of our nation 60th birthday, so check out our masterpieces!

Happy 60th Malaysia National Day

[#大人爱过节] hi 5✋🏻! 这一回的五天连假让人心情好嗨呀! 看官们,国庆日快乐!趁假期好好放松心情,享受天天自然醒的节奏把!🎉 在此为各位奉上大人爱国的动人画面😆

Hi5, it’s 5 consecutive days of festivity as we celebrate our nation’s 60th birthday. From all of us at Team MAGistrate 杂志大人, here’s our little tribute to all Malaysians, inspired by #BangkitBersama – theme song for Kuala Lumpur 29th Sea Games, by Dayang Nurfaizah featuring Dato’ Ramli M.S. #Enjoy!

PS: Thank you Tunamaya Beach & SPA Resort Desaru Coast

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Do not forget to take your Batik art back home as a souvenir, but we decided great masterpieces like ours deserved to be “exhibited” and shared with all visitors, so look out for our works when you next visit Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast!


To make your staycation at Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast more complete, check out their extensive range of team-building, conferencing or banqueting services to help you make the most out of your time here, or ask the Front Desk for more details and experience Desaru Coast with local tours to learn and discover more about what the communities here have to offer.

Stay active while having fun with your loved ones and friends, and like us, you will soon be dialling (again) for room reservations after realising that just an overnight stay is simply ain’t enough.


Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Desaru Coast

📍 Bandar Penawar, 81930 Kota Tinggi, Johor
📞 +607-833 8888


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