Nestled in the heart of Johor, Malaysia – the Desaru Coasts boasts of beautiful landscapes, beaches, and adventure.

Area Guides

Curated By Local Artists

artist guide
Desaru Coast, Malaysia
Touch Mahal
Based out of Kuala Lumpur, Touch Mahal is heavily influenced by rock music of the 60's, 70's and 80's including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, and many more. They are known for...
artist guide
Desaru Coast, Malaysia
Popcult Malaysia
Popcult Malaysia is pop a band based out of Kuala Lumpor and known for their energetic and dynamic performances. Known for their creative renditions of popular songs, they have recently released their debut single "On...
artist guide
Desaru Coast, Malaysia
Zee Avi
Zee Avi is a Malaysian singer/ songwriter, guitarist, ukulele player and visual artist. Winner of The International Youth Icon Award in 2011, which led to inspirational speaking engagements to young people around the world. She...
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Desaru Coast, Malaysia
Aaron Barnabas – Vibe Manager
Meet Aaron Barnabas, the Vibe Manager for Hard Rock Desaru Coast. What is a Vibe Manager? A VIBE manager, or rather  the Visionary Individual Behind Energy, has the task of curating the hotel atmosphere with...

Desaru Coast, Malaysia

Area Guide of Things to do

food
Restoran Ehsan Jaya

“Best place to eat after a night’s drinking is a local Indian shop called Ehsan Jaya. Have some roti prata flooded with dhall is the best!” – Aaron Barnabas, Vibe Manager

Restoran Ehsan Jaya, Penawar, Jalan Cengal 2, Taman Desaru Utama, Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
coffee
Constant Grind

“Get the Caffe Latte.” – Aaron Barnabas, Vibe Manager

Jln Pantai 3, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
food
The Elephant & The Butterfly

“My favorite watering hole is the pool side at The Elephant & The Butterfly, great view and awesome crafted cocktails.” – Aaron Barnabas, Vibe Manager

Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, Jalan Pantai 3, Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
shopping
JDT Store

“Our favorite place to shop is the JDT Store.” – Popcult Malaysia

Jalan Desaru, 82200 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
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outdoors
Desaru International Bike Week

“Desaru Bike Week is one of the best events in the city!” – Touch Mahal

81600 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
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food
Dlaksamana Seafood

“D’ laksamana in Bandar Penawar is the best – they have big portions for a very reasonable price.” – Touch Mahal

NO 6 JALAN DATO ' JAAFAR 24/2 TAMAN MUTIARA DESARU BANDAR PENAWAR Kota Tinggi
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shopping
Rockshop

“Favorite boutique? ROCKSHOP! ROCKSHOP AND ROCKSHOP!” – Touch Mahal

“For Hard Rock music inspired collectibles.” – Aaron Barnabas, Vibe Manager

JALAN PANTAI 3, DESARU COAST, 81930 BANDAR PENAWAR JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM, MALAYSIA
outdoors
Adventure Waterpark

“Adventure Water Park is the best watering hole!” – Touch Mahal

Adventure Waterpark, Persiaran Pantai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
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bar
GMT+8

“I don’t drink coffee, but I do order the best hot chocolate from GMT+8!” – Touch Mahal

“Get the Bombay Sapphire with 7-up. And this is the only place in Desaru with the best live band!” – Aaron Barnabas, Vibe Manager

JALAN PANTAI 3, DESARU COAST, 81930 BANDAR PENAWAR JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM, MALAYSIA
bar
Poison Apple

“One of the best kept city’s secrets in Kuala Lumpur is the Poison Apple restaurant and bar. It is a fairytale-inspired luxury restaurant which serves various cuisines from Asian to Western and unique drinks.” – Popcult Malaysia

Insider Tip:

If you want to take a day trip to Kuala Lumpur, the Poison Apple is a great destination restaurant!

Suite G-01, The Pinnacle Annexe, Persiaran Lagoon Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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outdoors
Desaru Beach

“The best watering hole in town is Desaru Beach!” – Popcult Malaysia

81600 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
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food
Desaru Fruit Farm Store

“DFF has the best cup of coffee in town!”  – Popcult Malaysia

Unit G1, Desaru Coast Riverside, Jalan Pantai, Kampung Punggai, Johor, Malaysia
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relaxation
Elvis’ Little Corner

“Elvis’ Little Corner is the best and littlest hair salon in town! I absolutely adore the decor and the use of space. I go all the way there to get a perm!” – Zee Avi

57, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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outdoors
Medini Green Parks

“Medini Green Parks holds events – one side of the park has edible herbs and spices, and the other side is a heritage forest park where they have the rarest and forgotten plants.” – Zee Avi

79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
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market
11F

11f is my Johor go-to spot. It is an art collective run by very talented and creative young people, in a bungalow that houses artists, great events, and everything else – from a cafe to tarot card readings and hand-poked tattoos.” – Zee Avi

11F, Jalan Mariamah, Kampung Bahru, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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market
Miss Ireen Craft & Vintage

Miss Ireen handmade & vintage in Johor Bahru is the best boutique. Her shop makes it feels as if you are Alice exploring Wonderland.” – Zee Avi

12, Jalan Mariamah, Kampung Bahru, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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coffee
Sweet Blossom Coffee Roasters

Sweet Blossom Coffee Roasters has the best coffee in town!” – Zee Avi

28, Jalan Maju, Taman Maju Jaya, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
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