With the opening of the new highway, the resort is just a short drive from the JB Custom Checkpoint. On the way there, you will pass by Jusco shopping mall where you can pick up some groceries.
The resort is on a sprawling ground, so even on a busy day, the place does not feel cramped. We actually wanted two rooms with extra beds for the kids but the rooms are not that big so we got a free upgrade to a three room suit - two with Queen beds and the other with two singles. In a three room suit, the living room is definitely bigger compared to a two roomed. There is a fridge, a kettle, bottles of mineral water, TV (non LCD).
Three swimming pools - one next to the ballroom/entertainment complex which is near the beach), one is behind Blocks K/L/M. The last one is part of the water theme park - where the kids had so much fun going round and round the slide. I thought the security guys were great - help to keep some rowdy kids in check - the slide can get congested. You do need to put on the wristband if you are are swimming. Guests arew given towel cards which you use to exchange for towels at the pools and which must be returned on checkout (Rm$5 for lost card)
The resort has buggies to drive guests to/from the check-in lobby, the apartment blocks or the ballroom complex. Otherwise, they are within easy walking distance from one another.
I noticed there were many smokers, so we could not stay too long at the small arcade game area which remains open open in the evening plus free movie screening on the weekend.
Food,as many have mentioned, was mediocre, bland and overpriced. You can drive 30 km out for seafood dinner or to the KFC. The resort does provide a 12 seater van at Rm240 for three hours - for those planning to go on the firefly tour.
We could not swim in the sea - the current was rough, looked rather challenging. Most people just stood around watching the the wave. We spent much of the time at the pools.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lotus Desaru Beach Resort invites guests to design the vacation of their choice in a tropical seaside setting - whether they fancy an activity-filled holiday, a relaxing retreat, or even a mix of a little business with pleasure on the side. It's not just a resort that you can relax and unwind, it's also a place where you can have fun with your kids and loved one. Try our 'splashtacular' Water Park specially designed for fun and excitement with your family and friends, don't miss to enjoy our Water Park that features Giant Coconut Fall, Lazy River, Aqua Play, Stone Bridge, Tipping Coconut with Kiddy Slide, Poolside Grotto, and Relaxation Gazebos. Aside from this, we have expanded our facilities to create more fun and activities for the guest. The 14 acres of Team Building Park, enjoy an all-out fun full of adventure and education. Our team specializes in organising team building activities such as water rafting, survivor experience, obstacle course, explorace, treasure hunt, paintball and more. Experience the nature of the forest with your friends with different activities such as bird watching, camping, jungle trekking and lake fishing. Be relaxed and unwind with our newly opened "Lotus Suria Ayurveda Spa", rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Our Spa offers a unique blend of various treatments for the preservation of health and cure of diseases in a natural way that Ayurveda proposes. Of all those places you've been which attempted to blend nature with modern convenience, most could not live up to Desaru and the other remoteness along Malaysia's eastern coast. Yes, nearly the entire length of the Malay peninsular is pristine beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lotus Desaru Beach Hotel Kota Tinggi