Sand and Sandals Desaru: Relaxing Resort & Spa by the Sea…

Sand and Sandals Resort & Spa is the latest addition to the vacation destination of Desaru – a popular Singaporean holiday destination. Formerly known as Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa, Sand and Sandals Desaru has undergone an amazing face lift and is now a sought-after resort venue for families and couples alike. Thanks to the great folks at Sand and Sandals Resort & Spa Desaru Beach (big shout out to Hui Jun and Seraphine!), we were hosted to a unforgettable stay right here!

Sand & Sandals Desaru Resort & Spa
Sand & Sandals Desaru Resort & Spa

Rooms and Accommodation at Sand and Sandals Desaru

The revamped resort has positioned itself as a premier resort for couples in Desaru. This can be seen from the Couple Deluxe Rooms and Couple Suites added to its offerings. Families are also not forgotten with attractive pirate-themed Family Suites for the kids. For us, the highlight has got to be the Couple Deluxe Room with Private Pool. The perfect room for honeymooners! Couples also have options such as the Couple Suite Duplex, Couple Deluxe Room as well as the Couple Deluxe Room with Private Garden to choose from!

Couple Deluxe Room with Private Pool

Couple Deluxe Room with Private Pool - Bedroom
Couple Deluxe Room with Private Pool – Bedroom
Couple Deluxe Room with Private Pool Sand and Sandals Desaru
Couple Deluxe Room with Private Pool Sand and Sandals Desaru

Couple Deluxe Room with Private Garden

Couple Deluxe Room with Private Garden - Living Room
Couple Deluxe Room with Private Garden – Living Room
Couple Deluxe Room with Private Garden - Bedroom
Couple Deluxe Room with Private Garden – Bedroom
Couple Deluxe Room with Private Garden - Private Swing
Couple Deluxe Room with Private Garden – Private Swing
Couple Deluxe Room with Private Garden - Outdoor Bathtub
Couple Deluxe Room with Private Garden – Outdoor Bathtub

Couple Suite Duplex

Couple Suite Duplex - Bedroom
Couple Suite Duplex – Bedroom Level 2
Couple Suite Duplex - Outdoor Bathtub with Sea View
Couple Suite Duplex – Outdoor Bathtub with Sea View Level 2
Angel bearbear?
Angel bearbear?

Family Suite Duplex

Family Suite Duplex - Pirates Themed Bedroom Level 1
Family Suite Duplex – Pirates Themed Bedroom Level 1
Family Suite Duplex - Parents Bedroom Level 2
Family Suite Duplex – Parents Bedroom Level 2

Kids will also be thrilled with the new Family Suite Duplex. The brightly coloured and attractive pirates-themed bedrooms will spur the imagination of kids. The ship’s wheel at the front of the bed actually turns!

Sand and Sandals Desaru Facilities

As guests enter the hotel lobby of Sand and Sandals, you’ll find the tall wooden structures welcome you on the right (hotel reception) and left (Game On – Activities Centre). Instead of merely naming it the usual (and boring) “Activities Centre”, “Game On” puts out a challenge for guests to try out the various tours and activities available here. Whether it is a tour at the Desaru Fruit Farm, a night of magical fire flies or even deep sea fishing, you’ll be sure to find something that interests you at Game On. Next to the hotel reception, you’ll be able to find a kids playroom – a perfect venue for the young ones.

Sand and Sandals Desaru Resort & Spa Lobby
Sand and Sandals Desaru Resort & Spa Lobby
Sand & Sandals Desaru - Game On (Activities Centre)
Sand & Sandals Desaru – Game On (Activities Centre)
Sand and Sandals Desaru - Kids Playroom
Sand and Sandals Desaru – Kids Playroom

One of our favourite facility has got to be the swimming pool! Cliche as it may be, turns out that the pool is perfect for couples because of the resort feel and vibe that it exudes! We totally enjoyed the selection of music and awesome sound system by the sunken bar. There’s the water slide for the kids and a waterfall where you can enjoy a shoulder massage as the waters showers over you. At the sunken bar, you can enjoy a selection of cocktails and draft beer, complimented with tapas. Though the Pina Colada we tried was not up to the mark, yet, we have reflected to the management. Try it the next time you’re there and let us know whether it has improved in our comments section below.

A jacuzzi next to the sunken bar was where we spent much of our time enjoying the sea breeze, hearing the waves and allowing us to sink into a blissful rest…

Swimming Pool at Sand and Sandals Desaru
Swimming Pool at Sand and Sandals Desaru
Sunken Bar and Elevated Platform overlooking the sea
Sunken Bar and Elevated Platform overlooking the sea
Cocktail and Tapas by the Pool
Cocktail and Tapas by the Pool
Jacuzzi next to Sunken Bar
Jacuzzi next to Sunken Bar
Jacuzzi overlooking the calm beaches of Desaru
Jacuzzi overlooking the calm beaches of Desaru

Besides the new Sunken Bar, there is also an elevated platform added to the hotel’s premise. From it, you’ll be able to enjoy views of the Desaru Beach and also a bird’s eye view of the resort.

View of Desaru Beach from the Elevated Platform
View of Desaru Beach from the Elevated Platform
View of Hotel Premise from the Elevated Platform
View of Hotel Premise from the Elevated Platform

As a beach destination, you’ll love the private beach that Sand and Sandals Desaru offers. We love the nice little touch of adding swings and hammocks along the beach. There, we probably spent a couple of hours (over a few days of course), lying in the hammock, allowing the gentle sea breeze caress us as we swayed from side to side. Now that’s real chillax right there…

In the mornings, you’ll be able to enjoy splendid sunrises. As the sun rises over the horizon, there’s also a reflection over the waters. Simply amazing – the awesome handiwork of the Lord! 🙂

Swing and Hammock by the Beach
Swing and Hammock by the Beach
Dawn at Desaru
Dawn at Desaru
Sunrise at Desaru
Sunrise at Desaru

At the sea sports centre, you’ll be able to enjoy sea activities such as canoeing, jet skiing as well as fishing activities. Tom got to try out jet skiing and boy was it exhilarating! Cruising at speeds up to 50km/h over the waters was both fun and exciting – perfect for the thrill seekers! Or you can opt for the “less exciting” banana boat ride 😛 For a more leisurely day out at sea, you can opt to go out on a single or couples canoe…

Jet skis at Sand and Sandals Desaru
Jet skis at Sand and Sandals Desaru
How about canoeing over the clear blue waters?
How about canoeing over the clear blue waters?

After a day of fun at the resort, you can then rejuvenate at the hotel’s spa – Senses Spa. This time, we got to try out the outdoor Couple’s Massage followed by a dip in the milk bath in the lover’s bathtub! The massage was indeed relaxing and rejuvenating but the highlight at the outdoor venue was the sound of the waves in the distance as well as the periodic chirping of the birds in the natural surroundings. Pure bliss…

Entrance of Senses Spa - Sand and Sandals Desaru
Entrance of Senses Spa – Sand and Sandals Desaru
Senses Spa - Indoor Treatment Rooms
Senses Spa – Indoor Treatment Rooms
Senses Spa - Outdoor Treatment with Heart Shaped Bathtub!
Senses Spa – Outdoor Treatment with Heart Shaped Bathtub!
Relaxing Ginger Tea before Treatment
Relaxing Ginger Tea before Treatment
Heart Shaped Tub at Outdoor Treatment Room
Heart Shaped Tub at Outdoor Treatment Room

Some treatments (extracted from Senses Spa Menu Sand and Sandals Desaru) include

Sands Signature Massage / Swedish Massage / Balinese Massage
(60 minutes | 90 minutes) RM200/pax | RM250/pax

Facial
(70 minutes) RM220/pax

Bliss Therapy – Foot Spa, Foot Massage, Body Scrub, Body Wrap, Body Massage, Milk Bath
(2 hours 30 minutes) RM430/pax | RM730/couple

Detox Therapy – Foot Spa, Ginger Body Scrub, Ginger Body Mask, Body Massage, Herbal Bath
(2 hours 30 minutes) RM430/pax | RM730/couple

The Sand Royal Ritual – Foot Spa, Foot Massage, Vanilla and Coconut Body Scrub, Banana Smoothie Body Wrap, Body Massage, Rose Petal Milk Bath, Facial
(3 hours 30 minutes) RM530/pax | RM900/couple

Dining Options at Sand and Sandals Desaru

Fortune Kitchen 鸿运厅

We were pleasantly surprised by innovative dim sum that Chef Jay Lee created at Fortune Kitchen 鸿运厅. The dishes definitely scored high on presentation, taste, innovation and skill! This is because, as a restaurant that does not use pork, Chef Jay Lee was able to recreate tastes that are traditionally achieved with pork. The other pleasant surprise was the Herbal Chicken Soup served in teapot. Thick, savoury broth bursting with flavours, served in a tea cup!

Entrance of Fortune Kitchen 鸿运厅
Entrance of Fortune Kitchen 鸿运厅
Decor inside Fortune Kitchen Entrance of Fortune Kitchen 鸿运厅
Decor inside Fortune Kitchen Entrance of Fortune Kitchen 鸿运厅
Siew Mai with Fish Roe / Sze Chuan Dumplings
Siew Mai with Fish Roe / Sze Chuan Dumplings
Charcoal Egg Tart / Molten Charcoal Bun
Charcoal Egg Tart / Molten Charcoal Bun
Shrimp Steamed Rice Roll
Shrimp Steamed Rice Roll
Pan Fried Carrot Cake
Pan Fried Carrot Cake
Beancurd Prawn Roll with Cheese
Beancurd Prawn Roll with Cheese
Crispy Avocado Roll
Crispy Avocado Roll
Herbal Chicken Soup served in Tea Pot
Herbal Chicken Soup served in Tea Pot

All of the above tasted great! Not to be missed though are the Crispy Avocado Roll, Charcoal Egg Tart, Molten Charcoal Bun and the Herbal Chicken Soup served in Tea Pot! Must-try dim sum while you’re here at Fortune Kitchen, Sand and Sandals Desaru!

Shiokaze Teppan Sand and Sandals Desaru
Shiokaze Teppan Sand and Sandals Desaru
The Cafe
The Cafe
Spices & Herbs Restaurant (Local and Western Flavours)
Spices & Herbs Restaurant (Local and Western Flavours)

Besides Fortune Kitchen, you also have option of dining at Shiokaze Teppan (Japanese Cuisine), Spices and Herbs Restaurant (Local and Western Cuisine) as well as The Cafe for artisan coffee and desserts. Sand and Sandals also partnered with Snuk Thai Street BBQ and their offerings include…

Deep Fried Seabass with Mango Salad
Deep Fried Seabass with Mango Salad
Tomyam Seafood
Tomyam Seafood
BBQ Squid
BBQ Squid
BBQ Half Chicken
BBQ Half Chicken
Pineapple Fried Rice & Salted Egg Yolk Calamari
Pineapple Fried Rice & Salted Egg Yolk Calamari

Our favourite was definitely the Tom Yum Seafood. Unlike most watery versions, the Tom Yum at Snuk Thai was rich, flavourful and chock full of ingredients! The other dish that we liked was the salted egg yolk calamari. Crispy with the robust taste of salted egg yolk – yummilicious!

How to get to Sand and Sandals Desaru

There are currently 3 ways to get to Desaru

1. Drive. The shortest route from Johor to Desaru is via the Senai Desaru Highway.
2. Ferry. From Changi Ferry Terminal, you’ll arrive at the Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal. From there, you can arrange for a transfer with Sand and Sandals Desaru.
3. Public Transport. You can find the detailed instructions here. You’ll have to end with a taxi ride with this option.

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