It is all about expectations. Having been to the Pulai Desaru (expensive and 3* at most) and Desaru Golden Beach (run down, in need of demolition for a complete make-over), the Lotus Desaru is above the other two in expectations.
The rooms to be fair are very roomy. We stayed at the two bedroom apartment. The walk to the pool and the restaurant or beach can be far if you are a total potato couch. If potato couching is what you do best, don't come here.
It was raining for day we went with the monsoon going on. Everything is sloshed wet but we can't blame the weather for this time of the year. Considering all things. Its not too bad.
Staff at the restaurant were a little unresponsive due to the holiday surge. The resort if I'm not wrong was open for less than 3 months in this "soft launch".
If you consider the exorbitant prices and limited availability of a staycation in Singapore with even the budget NTUC Resorts - expensive for non-NTUC members - the price of around SGD140pn with breakfast for your entire family is hard to miss.
My kids found time playing in the sloshy wet grounds and the beach even though dark skies loomed overhead with the ever present drizzle. I think that is all that mattered for them.
Do note that Desaru isn't a place to go w/o personal transport. I would gladly give the firefly tour a miss if you have already been to one and especially if you have been to the one at Kuala Selangor near KL. The croc and ostrich farm are OK but the fruit farm is pretty much bang on the buck with a buffet lunch and huge samplings of fruit.
- 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