Check in: The Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa
Picture this: the dramatic Hajar mountains, the vivid Indian ocean and, snuggled up between them, the Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa. When it comes to natural settings, this resort with a view is impressive right off the bat. The vibe inside is more relaxed than striking – colonial-style décor, gardens and waterfalls. Combined, the effect attracts an eclectic crowd – think families from Europe, a Harley Owners Group from across the border and couples from Dubai.
Opened in April 2007, the hotel is close to its fifth birthday. Here’s our insider guide to everything at the Fujairah Rotana...
The Spa: Zen the Spa at Rotana
Nominated for the World Luxury Spa Awards 2012 and recommended by Condé Nast Johansens Luxury Spas 2012, Zen’s got a fix on the holistic. There are 11 treatment rooms including a specialised Thai one, plus saunas, a Vichy shower and an ice cave, maintained at a temperature of -13 °C, which provides the cold in the Wet, Cold and Heat ritual (Dhs110 for one session). The spa’s standout feature is the luxurious Serenity Suite that accommodates two and includes a private lounge, jacuzzi and shower room. There’s also a beauty salon right at the entrance of Zen, and next door, you’ll find the Bodylines gym as well as two tennis courts. Kids’ club Flipper’s offers baby sitting services (Dhs60 per hour and Dhs80 per hour after 10pm) for the tots while you indulge in R’n’R.
The Beach and Pool
The Fujairah Rotana’s temperature-controlled swimming pool includes a kids’ pool and a cute slide for them to launch into the water. As its name suggests, the offerings at sunken pool bar Tropicana include a variety of tropical cocktails – try the Caipirinha Di Maracuya (Dhs40) with a fruity Brazilian twist. The resort’s private beach has a space to play volleyball as well as a water sports centre where you can try snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing and even deep sea fishing (see box out for prices). If you’re more of an armchair adventurer, kick back on one of the loungers before heading to the beach bar Sharkeys that has classics such as tuna nicoise salad (Dhs55) and crispy chicken cordon Bleu (Dhs65) on its wave-shaped menu, as well as juices and cocktails. They’ve also got shisha after 1pm, for Dhs45.
The Bar: Tabu
What Tabu lacks in size, it makes up for in personality. Unabashed in its cheerfulness, with dancing strobe lights and a menu splashed with jokes, it’s got all the usual tipples as well as a selection of Cuban cigars. Band Son Bareke Duo provides the music, combining Caribbean and Hispanic influences.
The Restaurants: Waves and Mozaique
Beachfront restaurant Waves has just the location for a dreamy feast and even a romantic package that includes a candlelit dinner and a private butler (Dhs275 per person with soft drinks and Dhs499 per person with selected drinks). When you’re there, do get a taste of the focaccia bread seasoned with rosemary that’s delivered complimentary to all tables – delish down to the last crumb. On the menu, we recommend the Taiwanese beef noodle soup (Dhs45), and save room for their Lemon and Kiwi Mousse (Dhs45).
All-day dining restaurant Mozaique has a lively Arabic theme night on Fridays (Dhs150, 6.30pm to 10.30pm) with a variety of regional specialties – think poached crab, fried baby marrow and date tarts.
Al Falaj is the compact lobby café serving tea, coffee and sweet treats, including homemade cakes, from 8am through to 11pm.
There’s a Dukkan store right by the lobby where you can buy everything from souvenirs and art supplies to designer bags from Hermès, Burberry and Carolina Herrera. On your way to the sand, stop by Tayibba to pick up colourful kaftans, dresses, swimwear and even matching beach-themed purses and bags.
Decorated in a colonial style combining local architecture and art with a palazzo design, all 250 rooms and suites have a private balcony or terrace from which you can check out gorgeous views of the Indian ocean stretching out ahead of the resort.
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From Dhs850 to Dhs2,900, depending on day of the week, room type and view.
Pool and Beach pass
All-day access Dhs125 (weekdays), Dhs150 (weekends) and Dhs220 (public holidays) for adults; Dhs55 (weekdays), Dhs75 (weekends) and Dhs80 (public holidays) for kids.
Annual membership to the gym costs Dhs3,850 for men and Dhs3,520 for women.
Snorkeling (Dhs200 per person for one hour), kayaking (Dhs100 per person for one hour), parasailing (Dhs250 per person for one ride lasting 15 minutes) and deep sea fishing (Dhs2,500 per person for half a day), among other sports.
Signature spa treatment
Zen Signature Massage (60-minute massage which includes the use of bamboo cane and a combination of essential oils), Dhs365