There is no more romantic vision than a couple set alone in an unspoiled ocean side landscape. Somehow this vision seems hard wired into our collective psyche. Man and woman, embracing each other and the most primal of elements, Earth and sea, what could be more appealing? One such place, Pulai Desaru Beach (below), is about as awe inspiring a beach getaway as you can imagine.
Add a Sultan, rainforest, and the South China Sea – well, allow me to show you the pictures.
Johor Baru is the capital city of the state of Johor in Malaysia. The origin of the name Johor is Arabic for gem, and the former Sultanate lives up to that distinction in a big way. Now a constitutional monarchy, this fascinating place is still partially ruled by Ibrahim Ismail. The capital Johor Baru is one of the most developed cities in all Malaysia, and is the second largest metropolitan area in the country outside Kuala Lumpur. The city’s getaway spot, and that for many in neighboring Singapore, is Desaru Beach, just East of the city on the South China Sea.
While Desaru may not be as secluded as it used to be, or as unpopulated, there is still an unspoiled and unmistakable pristine nature about the place. Its 22 kilometers of sand offer all the amenities or solitude anyone can expect, plus the added bonus of glistening waves on one side, and unspoiled jungle on the other. Of course several resort hotels complexes dot the Desaru landscape, but in between most visitors will never have been so in touch with the wild.
And there, tucked into this real life Malaysian jungle, are places like The Pulai Desaru Beach. Every imaginable sport and activity is sponsored at this luxurious resort. Golf to badminton and beach volleyball, you can rent jet skis or just sun bathe to your heart’s content here. 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 peninsula is pristine beach.
If prices interest you, as an example, the Pulai Spa Package promotion on that hotel’s website now offers deluxe accommodation for two, two days and one night, with an hour long massage, and breakfast, for about $150 US. Looking at the geography of Malaysia, it’s easy to see this part of the world is a beachcomber’s paradise. Just up the coast from Desaru, and almost continual stretch of paradise. One such place, Rawa Island (image above and below), offering the right sort of dream factor to leave off with our introduction to Malay beach getaways.
For more information about the wonders Malaysia has to offer, please visit the official government tourism site, Tourism Malaysia.