24 Mar 2009
By Ahlanlive.com

Enjoy a getaway without breaking the bank...

During the credit crunch, the last thing many of us are considering doing is heading off on holiday… but you don’t have to hop on a plane to get away, when we have miles and miles of white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, amazing underwater diving and five-star resorts just next door, in beautiful Fujairah.

For the ultimate in beachfront luxury and relaxation, the JAL Fujairah Resort Spa is the perfect place to book in for the weekend or the week. And, at only 90 minutes drive in a car from Dubai, you’ve already saved yourself the price of a flight!

Ignoring the rather alarming kaleidoscope of colour that confronts you as you approach the hotel from Dibba, once you step inside the cool elegance of the hotel reception, the amazing hospitality takes over and the hustle and bustle of Dubai is a distant memory, as you look out at the bright blue Indian Ocean.

With its own private beach, at least three pools to choose from and its own water fun park (we kid you not, there are trampolines and giant inflatable see-saws in the middle of the ocean!) and its own dive school attached to the hotel, JAL really is the ideal destination for waterbabies and sun-worshippers alike.

And the fun doesn’t stop on the beach. There is the option of a soak in the traditional Japanese-style bath at the hotel’s Zen Spa, or heading back to your beautifully designed ocean view room where you can soak in a bath the size of a small swimming pool, before heading out for sundowners and dinner at one of the hotel’s bars and restaurants.

And this is where the hotel really impresses, thanks to its signature restaurant, ICHO Teppan Grill. One of the best Japanese restaurants in the region – and this is coming from our Japanese dining companion! – it is the only establishment in the UAE to serve the highest rating of wagu beef. Combined with the drama of having dinner freshly prepared in front of you by the most experienced Japanese chefs, it’s a meal that won’t be forgotten.

So, rather than worrying about jet lag or exchange rates, why not look next door where there’s a five-star holiday waiting for you.

While You're There...

Tantalise your taste buds
If you’re not a fan of the tempura or teppanyaki served in the signature dining spot, then there is always the Marco Polo restaurant serving authentic Thai, Chinese and Indian dishes, or Breeze, which specialises in Mediterranean cuisine. Alternatively, book in over a weekend and enjoy the BBQ on the beach!

Have the ultimate day out
If you’re just looking for a day by the beach, JAL is offering a “Brunch and Beach Day” every Friday for just Dhs199. Enjoy lazing by the pool and tucking into the delicious brunch before heading home... in a taxi of course!