A celebration of life and nostalgia takes over the interiors of the swanky Hard Rock Hotel in Desaru Coast. The southernmost state of Malaysia has recently seen a burgeoning gentrification to its coastal city, making Desaru a state-of-art entertainment destination. Guests will be greeted with a towering nine-metre-tall guitar that sits in the centre of the porte cochere. The property, set amongst the lush landscapes overlooking one of the largest waterparks in the world takes on a resort-style archetype.
Echoing the vibrancy of the hotel’s architecture and overarching music theme, the communal spaces like the lounge and lobby reels in lively decors amidst a lofty space of walnut and bronze. Colourful furniture pieces and soft furnishing bounce energy against each other, creating a space that delights. An interplay of elevations using vertical design elements demarcate the public area beautifully. The sunken lounge is a captivating space to unwind with soothing views of nature.
The all-day dining, Sessions, brings its own stunning display of memorabilia and instrument-inspired chandeliers. Sessions also has its own outdoor bar, where guests can imbibe in a sunset tipple in a cosy environment. The lobby bar named GMT+8, and the pool bar called The Elephant & The Butterfly, are seamlessly connected through an open lobby lounge. The latter is a modern Mexican bar and grill that bursts with vivid colours as homage to artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Javaphiles can head to Constant Grid for a quick caffeine fix while appreciating the bronze-tiled counter dotted with fun and exciting artwork and specified furniture.
The guest rooms — spread across two wings — carry a palate of deep turquoise and yellow, accentuated by rich and elegant finishes for depth and texture. Cosy and home-like, each guest room offers a small piece of Old Malaya with art pieces featuring P. Ramlee’s and Saloma’s days of old.