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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa | Johor Beach

During our trip to Desaru, we stayed at Pulai Desaru Beach Resort, one of the best resort available in Desaru. As I mentioned in my previous post, Pulai Desaru Beach Resort is better in term of their room and facilities compare to other resorts. Let's check out my post about the place, the good and bad of it.
Panorama shoot from the balcony

The Good:

1. 24 hours Security
Before you enter the resort, there is a guard house where the guard will give you a card to verify you as the guest for the resort. You will have to keep the card and show them every time you exit to ensure you are not gatecrash. It is good that the resort provide tight security to avoid any uninvited guests.

2. Quick check in & large reception area
There is a large waiting area in front of the reception. You don't feel crowded when there is a large crowd coming in. Check in is fast too! Ensure you state clearly your needs in the comments area when booking especially for non-smoking & smoking room. They don't indicate in the booking page. Wifi is only available in the waiting area.

3. Huge room space
I booked the Standard Superior room for 2 nights. We was shocked when going in the room. We were given a family room with 1 double bed and 1 single bed. Room is very spacious, suitable for family of 3 or 4.

The toilet comes in 3 areas- basin area, bathtub & toilet area and shower area.

4. Variety of Activities
The resort also provide a variety of activities in their resort. You can also book day trip tours to Fruit farm, Ostrich Farm, Crocodile farm and etc. from the resort.

Here are the activities you can find from Pulai Desaru:
Swiming Pool

The beach is located behind the swimming pool, walking distance to beach.

Horse Riding


Mini bird exhibition

ATV Rides
15 minutes – RM 50
30 minutes – RM 80

Arcade Centre- RM 2 for 1 token
Pool Table-RM1.00 for one token (3 token per frame)
(You can purchase the token at the reception area)

The Bad:

1. Stain in bathroom
Although everything looks quite good, but when it come to detail, I think they failed. The bathroom floor, bath tube are covered with stains which I'm quite particular. Their toilet even have problem to flush. I would think they seriously need to refurbished the bathroom & toilet to  par with the 5 star standard that they declared.

2. Need transport to travel
The resort is far from town or any convenient shop. You will need a car to drive around, inconvenient to those flying there.

3. No great food from Resort's restaurant
We don't enjoy their food at all. We try out their Teppan Japanese restaurant that was stated to promises patrons impeccable authentic Japanese cuisine. We were quite disappointed with the quality as well as the portion and price. You will have to paid a huge price for local quality. This is also applicable to the morning breakfast, variety was limited and taste wise is just so-so. We didn't even continue for second helping. Recommend to drive out to nearest town for better choice.
 Teppan Japanese Restaurant

Breakfast area

This is a good place for rest & relax during the monsoon season when you can't visit beaches at East Coast area. Although Desaru is quite near to East Coast area, but it was not affected so much by the monsoon. During my stay in Desaru, the wave was rough, so advise not to swimming in the sea. But we still manage to play at beach.

Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa
P.O.Box 29, Bandar Penawar
81930 Kota Tinggi, Johor
Tel : +607 822 2222 Fax : +607 822 2223

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