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Save money, stay relaxed and support local with a staycation around JB!

Save money, stay relaxed and support local with a staycation around JB!

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Not all of us can afford airfare to faraway places, yet are too lazy to make a weekend escapade outside of Johor Bahru, so we rely on the occasional “staycation” for R&R. Personally, we love staying in as much as going on a little excursion around the neighbourhood we are in. We may be in JB, but with a little curiosity (and a willingness to get out of bed), we’ll find that there’s plenty this city can offer, even for well-travelled locals like us.

最近身边友人竞相追问,「去了 Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas 没?」没错,刚於今年初正式迎宾的安纳塔拉迪沙鲁海岸度假别墅完全对准了看官们想要到一个「不太远又不太近的度假胜地」的心思啊!




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Originally from Thailand and expanding across Asia, the market-leading Amari brand of hotels and resorts is part of the ONYX Hospitality Group. Being the 17th and latest addition to the Amari brand of hotels and resorts worldwide, Incorporating contemporary Malaysian and Thai touches into the interiors at the first Amari Hotel in Malaysia, Amari Johor Bahru bears the hallmarks of exclusivity, distinctive quality and personal touch of the award-winning Singapore-based FBEYE International‘s founder Warren Foster-Brown. Coupled with the warm reception, refreshing cold towels plus signature welcome drink – Pandan Lemongrass upon arrival at the check-in desk on Level 6, the overall process was smooth as silk such that we could slip into holiday mode straight away! A great view says a thousand words, here’s how we enjoy our annual “homecoming” from the Junior Suite during Chingay Kuil Kuno Johor 2018 last week!

Chingay Kuil Kuno Johor 2018

#興啊 #發啊!

Moments before the arrival of the Chingay procession along Jalan Wong Ah Fook!
Heng ah! Huat ah!
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Posted by MAGistrate 杂志大人 on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Designed to appeal to the leisure and business travellers in us, the room and suite configurations come in Superior King and Twin, Deluxe King and Twin, Grand Deluxe King and Twin, Executive Club Room King and Twin, Junior Suite, One Bedroom Suite and the Deluxe Pool Access King and Twin, so there’s really room for everyone.

Offering a dynamic city view and furnished in soothing beige hues and purple accents, our Deluxe King and Twin rooms feature subtle references to the locality with a signature bed head depicting fresh winds blowing into the surrounding mountainscapes and custom carpets inspired by the undulating terrain of the nearby hills. The clean and contemporary lines are balanced with traditional Thai motifs which are hand carved on the drawer panels and reinterpreted on cushions, fabrics and bathroom glass panels.

Amaya Food Gallery

Amaya Cafe

Breeze Spa

Outdoor Swimming Pools

FIT Centre

Library, Social Space & Idea Room


Angry Birds Activity Park

Skyscape Johor Bahru – NEW!

📍 82C, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
📞 +607-266 8888
📠 +607-266 8899


Happy at “seeing RED” at DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, with the coming together of two iconic brands to bring us a wholesome family adventure for locals and visitors alike! Thanks to the marketing folks at DoubleTree, we get to play “tourists” in our home city while experiencing the renowned Hilton-brand hospitality up close and personal for the weekend. Not forgetting our date with the world’s cutest, liveliest and ‘angriest’ birds just a stone’s throw across the streets, we figured it would be wise to check in and grab a bite before our action-packed itinerary begins… Let’s GO!

Located on higher floors, our Executive Rooms at Level 30 come with magnificent views, Executive Lounge access, complimentary meals & refreshments as well as WiFi. Decorated with natural wood tones and equipped with modern amenities including two queen-size Sweet Dreams™ beds, a spacious work area and a 40-inch LED TV with cable channels. At 30 storeys high, the most obvious benefit being in the Executive Room is the view from our room. We are able to get a superb view of everything from where we are with virtually no obstruction, day and night… Woohoo!

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Executive Lounge (Level 29)

Makan Kitchen (Level 1)

Tosca Italian Trattoria (Level 13)

Axis Lounge (Level 1)

The Food Store (Level 1)

Fitness Centre & Outdoor Pools (Level 13)


Angry Birds Activity Park

Skyscape Johor Bahru – NEW!

📍 12 Jalan Ngee Heng, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
📞 +607–268 6868


Nestled in JB’s downtown core of Bukit Chagar, where we spent many of our early childhood days, Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru offers a laid-back but design-led and innovation-centric social living experience for those on the go or the digitally-savvy travellers in us. With all 316 units of fully-furnished studios and one-bedroom apartments with well-equipped kitchenette and a view (some overlooking Singapore), There’s no reason why we shouldn’t pamper ourselves with the occasional staycation and re-explore the city on foot.

With the CIQ, Johor Bahru City Square, KOMTAR JBCC and R&F Mall Johor Bahru all within walking distance, surrounded by thoughtful in-house facilities such as 24/7 gym, laundrette, hot spot station and all-day dining restaurant and deli corner, this new kid on the block is definitely worth checking out!

How do you like waking up to this million Ringgit view at Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru, when we can enjoy it with an opening special rate starting from only RM268+, complete with breakfast and a host of other convenience and amenities? Check it out…

Studio Deluxe

Studio Executive

One-Bedroom Deluxe

One-Bedroom Executive

Club Floor



Club Lounge

Swimming Pool


Spin & Play (Laundry Services)


Angry Birds Activity Park

Skyscape Johor Bahru – NEW!

R&F Mall (via Link Bridge to CIQ)

📍 Menara Tiga Serangkai, Jalan Tengku Azizah, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor
📞 +607 277 0888 | +607 277 0800 (Reservations)


Designed for the millennials and one for the cultured, TROVE Johor Bahru has given Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir a much-needed makeover and a welcome addition to Johor’s storied past. The latest new boutique hotel by the Care Luxury group has certainly impressed us since its awe-inspiring grand opening in December 2018, from its art-inspired space and well-appointed rooms, well trained service-oriented crew, to their well-presented dishes and innovative menu!

Conceptualised to be an oasis for the discriminating traveller, Trove Johor Bahru blurs the line between local culture and urbanism to honour the city’s history and multicultural heritage. Inspired by the city’s distinctive hallmarks, the design elements evident throughout the guest rooms and public spaces according to five cultural typologies: Local Love, Into the Woods, Straits Affair, Fun with Geometry and Precious Moments. The melding of cultures comes through, with each floor features custom-designed carpets and wall panelling, and above every headboard is a graphic feature related to the five unique themes with work created by local artists.

Local Love

Into The Woods

Straits Affair

Fun With Geometry

Precious Moments

Lada & Clove

Le Bar


Indoor Gym

📍 Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, Taman Abad, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor
📞 +607-272 8888


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From the makers of Faculty of Caffeine and Shakespeare Milkshakes comes The Replacement Lodge & Kitchen, whose white-washed interior and facade is striking and stands out among the rustic brownish hues that we would not miss out on the road. Kudos to Edward and team for giving JB a nook to celebrate good food (probably the only place in town where you can find Churros and their Egg Benedict done right), and for the wanderlust to rest between wanders. There’s really no question about how more convenient and location-savvy it could possibly be to have a cafe situated just below our sojourn!

The Replacement Lodge & Kitchen offers various themes to their lodges, so we got to choose from the Skylight, the Loft, the Stories and Platform. Each room has individual character while all sharing that same cosy feel that you will soon discover.




公设浴室 Communal Bathrooms

Breakfast & brunch

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Night @ Replacement

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Faculty of Caffeine

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Shakespeare Milkshakes

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📍 33 & 34, Jalan Dhoby, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor



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Step into the hotel lobby as superb service-oriented staffs welcome us with a warm smile, with plentiful comfortable seats available all over for us to relax as our check-in was being processed. Previously, it was hard to imagine personalised service with impeccably furnished rooms and suites at a prime location just 10 minutes from Singapore, with regular shutter bus service on weekends to Johor Premium Outlets and LEGOLAND® Malaysia just a short distance away via the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) and Coastal Highways. Thanks to the upgraded infrastructure and improved connectivity, locals and visitors alike can indeed unearth something wonderfully new, starting from wherever our journey from Renaissance Johor Bahru Hotel takes us.

Presidential Suite

Junior Suite (Bay View) & Twin Deluxe (Linked)

When we first got to our room, we were secretly pleased to find some welcome amenity of macarons and chocolates awaiting us to ensure a sweet start to our stay here, a very nice touch that we really appreciate. Our spacious, well-appointed Junior Suite (Bay View) with the connecting Twin Deluxe room provided a restful ultra spacious retreat. The living area is huge and a great space to just relax and watch something on the 42-inch LCD TV with premium movie channels, while there’s a great little space for work if the need arises while on vacation (groan!!!).

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Pool Terrace

Wan Li Chinese Restaurant

Cafe BLD



Outdoor swimming pool

24-hr Gym & sauna

Business Centre

Club Lounge

📍 2, Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor
📞 +607-381 3333


Tucked away amidst the idyllic suburb of Johor Bahru just 15 minutes from the city centre, lies a perfect hideaway with modern amenities and facilities juxtaposed with old world charm where one can enjoy many features including good food and a good game. If you’re already bored of those typical getaways and just want a weekend time off that doesn’t revolve around the usual seaside vacation or standard hotel amenities, Ponderosa Golf & Country Club is an excellent option to “chillax” and huddle with close friends and family without stepping out of Johor!

The Lodge will be our home away from home, as our large, luxurious suites are furnished in classic country resort style and have high ceilings and large windows offering a fantastic view over the swimming pool. The suites, in particular, are hugely popular among wedding couples looking to hold a garden themed wedding either by the poolside or in the beautiful courtyard overlooking the golf course. All 16 rooms are currently undergoing refurbishment (by phase) to ensure a more conducive stay.

Restoran Hop Sing

Cafe @ Ponderosa

Cantina Sports Pub & Cafe

Olympic-Size Swimming Pool & Tennis Court

Green Fitness Ponderosa 

18-hole Ponderosa Golf & Country Club

Brunch with Bunnies

📍 3, Jalan Ponderosa 1, Taman Ponderosa, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor
📞 +607-354 9999
📠 +607-355 7400


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As a trendy boutique hotel located in the heart of Taman Perling, just opposite Perling Mall off Pasir Gudang highway, Amerin Hotel features cosy accommodation and a wealth of services and amenities that cater to all kinds of travellers. Set about 10km from the excitement of the Johor Bahru, this 4-star establishment commands an excellent location and provides access to the city’s biggest attractions (LEGOLAND, Hello Kitty Town, Thomas The Train Town, Puteri Harbour), shopping malls (Johor Premium Outlets, Paradigm Mall) and Senai International Airport. With its convenient location, Amerin Hotel offers easy access to JB’s must-see destinations, but yet away from the loud noise and crowd of the city.

Amerin Suite

Arguably the most extensive suite with two rooms and two ensuite bathrooms, Amerin Suite is designed with the family staycation in mind, with complimentary breakfast for four (max). The spacious living hall with a cosy sofa set is conducive to chill over movies from the cable channels on a giant 48″ Samsung TV screen, while the pantry kitchen is also well-equipped with a fridge, washing machine and dryer. For some reason, the full-length wall mirror made our day no matter which angle we sneak a look LOL!

The master bedroom with their signature King size mattress makes the ideal escape for loving couples, while the kids will enjoy their own time with two separate beds next door. Both rooms come fitted with 40″ Samsung TV, and we could even soak up the liquid comforts in the considerable bathtub while updating our online buddies via the FREE wifi, before heading out for some social family fun and “find dining” within and around the hotel.

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Executive Gold Suite & Executive Silver Suite

Executive Family Room

Executive Deluxe King & Executive Deluxe Twin

Gloria Jean’s Coffee (Level 1)

Sky View Cafe (Level 13A)

Chill Out Skybar (Level 15)

Sky Pool 

Sky Glass Walk

Sky Gym & Wellness Center

📞 +607-233 0333


Despite not having set food in Johor Bahru for over 40 years, Keith and Jewel are here to stay and share with travellers who shun a nondescript hotel or a run-of-the-mill homestay setup, how to be creative and have fun, even as they go green through their furniture and food at Eco Bed & Breakfast. Being ardent foodies, travellers and tour guides all rolled into one, both Keith and Jewel are ever ready to take you for a gastronomy journey within, as well as city and shopping tours all over town.

Homemade breakfast & coffee

📍 42 Jalan Setia Tropika 9/6, Taman Setia Tropika, 81200 Kempas, Johor
📞 +607-244 6499



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Meet Jen, our friend and host (from Hotel Jen by Shangri-La) that simply adores life, fun, adventure and discovery since 2014, whom we had the pleasure to experience up close and personal the one-of-a-kind “Jen” hospitality at her home in China (Hotel Jen Upper East Beijing) and Singapore (Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway). With her homes located in some of the best locations across the Asia Pacific, Jen is always ready to welcome anyone with open arms, whether you are in Hong Kong, Brisbane, Manila, Maldives, Beijing, Shenyang, Singapore or nearer to home (Penang and Johor). We simply could not forget “That Jen Feeling” from our previous visits, so when the opportunity arises for us to spend yet another weekend staycation with her at the Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, our response was a resounding YES without hesitation!

Speciality Suite

Our Speciality Suites offer scenic views to marvel at breathtaking views of Puteri Harbour and Singapore from the private sitting room, and plenty of spacious comfort at 96 sqm and all that we need to feel at ease. With separate living room, dining and working space as well as two en-suite bathrooms, it almost felt like living in a luxurious and self-sufficient 2-room apartment on its own!

Staying in a Club Room, Executive Suite, Speciality Suite or being a member of the Golden Circle Membership certainly has its perks and added extras, with complimentary access to the Club Lounge for that something a bit special, and a totally in-the-know concierge to help us get the most out of our stay.

Deluxe Harbour View Room

Premier Room

Harbour Cafe

香点心 SHANG Dim Sum
(前身为 Shakes & Burgers)

MAGistrate 杂志大人 X Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Johor by Shangri-La


Posted by MAGistrate 杂志大人 on Monday, November 18, 2019



Infinity pool

Fitness centre

Chavana Spa

[#大人在现场] 你的双手是如此温热,你的指尖是如此有力道 … 大人说的是谁?是以巴厘岛传统按摩手法享誉全球的 Mandara Spa 旗下的 Chavana Spa 里的按摩师们啊!…

Posted by MAGistrate 杂志大人 on Monday, January 8, 2018


A unique spa experience waiting to happen for us, as we were treated to the freshness of a Balinese garden and the healing nature of the therapists’ touch, as our hands and shoulders were given a thorough rub down after a private yoga session at the hotel gym located just opposite Chavana Spa.


The Black Pearl’s Family or weekend cruise


Fancy an opportunity to de-stress from the hustle and bustle of your daily life routine, for some good bonding time with your family and friends or simply appreciate nature for its beauty on board The Black Pearl? Get the most out of your stay with Jen, and her friends at Flying Colours Marine Solution (FCMS) will be more than happy to do just that!


📍 Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Iskandar Puteri, Johor.
📞 +607-560 8888


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Before stepping into the hotel, we were already going Oohs and Ahhs, which is not hard to understand why since we were practically surrounded by LEGO bricks the moment we checked in. With such exuberant colours, even we adults went into holiday mood instantly. The hotel lobby was impressive and literally shouting “WELCOME” as we ran our hands all over Ollie the dragon, the castle and even the wrecked pirate ship. Basically, anything that can be constructed with LEGO bricks has been accomplished, including this jaw-dropping feature wall behind the reception counter made up of over 12,000 mini-figures!

Premium PIRATE Themed Room

At LEGOLAND® Hotel, every single room is themed with each floor boasting a different theme: Pirate, Adventure and Kingdom. The hotel comes in Deluxe and Suite Rooms which sleep up to 8 persons (maximum 4 adults per room), or Standard and Premium Rooms which sleep up to 5 persons (maximum 3 adults per room). We had the Premium Pirate Themed room which is equipped with a separate sleep area for kids with bunk beds and a trundle bed for up to three children, plus a king-sized bed for parents in their own space. You guess it, the two areas can be separated via a sliding door.


Premium NINJAGO™ Themed Room

[大人爱分享] 无处不Ninja! 在马来西亚乐高乐园这个属于神秘忍者的月份,绝对得向看官们推荐NINJAGO™主题的乐高酒店套房!还有另一个好消息!即日起至7月3日佳节期间,购买乐园年票还有买2送1的优惠啊!

It’s ‘ninja…

Posted by MAGistrate 杂志大人 on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bricks Family Restaurant


SEALIFE Malaysia

Mall of Medini

MAGistrate 杂志大人 X Mall of Medini

好不热闹,沉寂已久的美迪尼广场在这周末顿时沸腾起来,原来是欢庆商场以全新面貌重新开张,也庆祝 Starbucks、Vrinity 及柔佛首家 Ben’s…

Posted by MAGistrate 杂志大人 on Sunday, October 13, 2019

MAGistrate 杂志大人 X Vrinity

在 #美迪尼广场 附近开完会,正和友人烦恼晚餐该吃些什么,无意中发现 BIG 超市对面隐藏了一家以虚拟实境为主题的游戏场,一时好奇探个究竟就沦陷了!

Our 7.30pm dinner…

Posted by MAGistrate 杂志大人 on Friday, February 28, 2020

📍 7, Jalan LEGOLAND, Bandar Medini, 79250 Iskandar Puteri, Johor
📞 +607-597 8888


Probably the NEAREST International Class accommodation to LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort, yet at a budget-friendly rate for the entire family, Ramada Meridin Johor Bahru just gave us another reason to celebrate this coming school holidays! Spaciously designed for comfort and privacy, all 644 rooms are tastefully appointed with two design themes across their deluxe room, with our very own kitchenette as well for both classic suite and premiere suites.

Deluxe Room

Classic Suite

Premiere Suite

Delish Restaurant

R’s Kitchen

Aqua Gym & Swimming Pool

Indoor Gym & Kid’s Play Area

Outdoor Gym & Meditation Park


LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort

SEALIFE® Malaysia

Mall of Medini


So, what’s the fuzz and buzz surrounding the latest hotel kid on the block? Located on a 4.23-acre land, Forest City Phoenix International Marina Hotel is the first hotel ever built outside the China province among 50 other hotel chains. It is also the largest mixed-green Marina Hotel in Southeast Asia totalling 54,554 m² where every one of the 283 well-appointed rooms is guaranteed to look out into the Straits of Johor through the floor-to-ceiling glass window and balcony!

Deluxe Suite

Judging from the Deluxe Suite (only 4 units throughout the hotel) which trounced most studio apartments on offer, we dare say this is truly waterfront living at its best! We couldn’t take our eyes off the carefully-appointed suite, especially the unbeatable L-shaped balcony which offers a sweeping 270-degree view of the Straits of Johor, even from the bathroom. Gasp! This is literally “breathtaking”!

Superior Room

凤凰轩中餐厅 Chinese Restaurant

华莱餐厅 C&M Restaurant

Poolside dining

Infinity pool


Beach ROM

Harbor Commercial Street



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Whether you’re based in the city centre who prefers to spend the weekend nearby or someone from the far end of Johor Bahru looking for a bit of a leisurely drive, Pulai Springs Resort is an urban sanctuary and a haven of tranquillity for those simply looking to get out but not go far. With not one, but five swimming pools serving as our private oasis and a sports centre for those who want to lose some flabs, there’s no better place to be stranded or to escape the manic city life!

Junior Deluxe Twin

Within the premises of the multiple award-winning Pulai Springs Resort lies Cinta Ayu All Suites. An absolute gem in the crowning glory of the resort, each room features tasteful contemporary Balinese décor, complemented by lush tropical landscapes and koi ponds. With a choice of Studio to 4-Bedroom Suites and Junior Deluxe Suites, each room has its own commanding view.

While we’re here, we decided on checking out their Junior Deluxe Twin located only on level 7. Opened last November, all 20 new rooms are equipped with Netflix for our all-day streaming and viewing pleasure!

Studio Suite

Cinta Ayu 2-Bedroom Suites

Cinta Ayu 4-Bedroom Suites

Qing Palace Chinese Restaurant

Cinta Terrace

Sports Centre

Teetee Club


Pulai Spa

📍 20km, Jalan Pontian Lama, 81110 Pulai, Johor
📞 +607-521 2121
💻 Pulai Springs Resort, Johor Bahru




Three unique 18-hole championship golf courses, well-appointed villas and bungalows, numerous food & beverage outlets, relaxing spa as well as comprehensive health & recreation facilities, Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort is now surely among our top three ultimate family resort destinations that are far enough, yet so near to still enjoy the feeling of vacations.

Superior Room

W-O-W, all the Clubhouse guest rooms are more significant than most studio apartments and more spacious than their hotel counterparts, and comes furnished with a wall mounted flat-screen television, stylish writing desk, in room safe box, mini bar fridge with complimentary mineral water, coffee/tea making facilities plus a private bathroom with hot & cold showers and full amenities. In particular, we love that creative welcome note written out of a beautiful leaf!.

Family Room


For those of us who still reminiscing the good ol’ chalet days back in high school, look no further than the 34 double-storey, newly refurbished luxury villas nestled in the signature Plantation Golf Course. Located within a scenic 5-minute stroll from the Clubhouse, we are free to rejuvenate in either 4 or 5 bedroom villas, each with living, kitchen, and dining rooms. And the best part? All villas are within a gated, guarded compound with 24-hour security that comes with our own private car parking facilities!


After 18 Lounge, Golfer Cafe & He Yuan Chinese Restaurant

Surrounding Orang Asli Seafood Restaurants

Three 18-hole Championship Golf Courses

Sports & Recreation Centre

Olympic-sized Swimming Pool & Kids Pool

Khatulistiwa Spa

Amigos Horse Riding

📍 Jalan Tanjong Puteri 1, Taman Tanjung Puteri Resort, 81700 Pasir Gudang, Johor
📞 +607-271 1888+6017 794 2711
🕛 Daily check in from 3.00pm, check out at 12.00pm
📱 Tanjung Puteri Golf Resort



Okay, so you may be one the most well-travelled person in town, but for those of you that have supposedly done everything and have nothing left on your bucket list nearer to home, may we humbly suggest tucking into one the freshest seafood around, with magnificent all-round views of the sea and an idyllic getaway all rolled into one? It doesn’t get further than a 3-minute boat ride from Teluk Sengat Jetty, and only 90-minute drive from Johor Bahru city centre to Poseidon Oyster Bay Resort, Johor’s first floating oyster farm cum bio-tourism destination.

Belon 100

Continuing the “oyster-themed” throughout the resort, all eight air-conditioned rooms were inspired and named after their resort’s specialty. We were anxious to check out the place where we would be spending the night, and true to what we have seen online, our room named Belon 100 was actually immaculate and adequate with our basic needs of semi-modern sanitation and cleanliness all met. The room was spacious and took our party of four with no problem at all, and comes with an adjoining toilet, and a private balcony overlooking the Senai-Desaru bridge and sunset over the Johor river.

The toilet was semi-modern with running water in the tap and shower with hot water, and sharing the same overview from the adjoining balcony, but rest assured, our privacy was still ensured LOL!

Afternoon tea

BBQ seafood dinner

Belon (King oyster) & Gillardeau (Queen oyster)

Oyster porridge breakfast

Floating garden by the sea

Working with nature

📍 J222, Teluk Sengat, 81900 Ayer Tawar, Johor
📞 +6019-2699 566 / +6019-7911 518 (预约热线)




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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 at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast 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!

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.

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.

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Constant Grind

The Elephant & The Butterfly



Rock Shop®

Music Pool

Rock Spa®

Hard Rock Roxcity Kids Club™

Roxtars Toys & Sweets™

Rock Royalty®


Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast

The ELS Club Desaru Coast

Desaru Fruit Farm

📍 Jalan Pantai 3, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor
📞 +607-838 8888
💻 Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast



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Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, Sand & Sandals Desaru Beach Resort & Spa lies in the heart of Desaru, and is Idyllic and ideally located on the unspoilt beach framed by the South China Sea on one side and lush tropical forest on the other. Having undergone extensive refurbishment, rebranded and opened in March 2017, where the sun, sea, sand (and sandals) meet again to create a tropical heaven. Enough said, time to put aside the notebooks and MacBooks and out with the shades and sunblocks instead…

Family Suites, Duplex (85 sqm)

Ideal for families travelling with young children, the Family Suites (Duplex) comprises two floors separating parents and kids room to enjoy their own time yet a living room space to get together. Designed to be playful and interactive for keeping the kids busy looking for good guys and pirates, the parents finally get a chance to relax and enjoy the momentary bliss, even if it’s just for a day or two.

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Deluxe Room with Private Garden (55 sqm)

Couple Deluxe Room (85 sqm)

Couple Deluxe Room with Private Pool (55 sqm)

潮风 ShioKaze Teppan

Spices & Herbs Restaurant

鸿运厅 Fortune Kitchen

Beach Hut Bistro

Tropical Pool & Gym

Senses Spa

Exclusive Private Beach

Sea Sports & ATV Center

Game Room

Kids Playroom

📍 Lot 2263, Jalan Desaru, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor
📞 +607-822 2222


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Looking to appease our desires for a peaceful, quiet and rejuvenating holiday escapade, we decided to make Desaru Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort 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.

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.

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Pawana Restaurant

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

Nelayan Seafood by The Coast

Swimming Pool 

Gym & Kid’s Playground

High Ropes Adventure Park

Batik Painting

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

Before you depart…

Staycations can be either super laidback or a mini adventure of sorts, so take the opportunity to wander around the area you’re in the next time you’re on a staycation. AND remember to take our latest Find Dining in Johor Bahru series of local and international dining guide books along, you’ll never know what gems you might discover.

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