Where to stay in Fujairah
If you are wondering how to spend your weekend in UAE or A day in Fujairah here’s how. If you are looking for a perfect getaway, an ideal overnight destination with BBQ facility, or a day picnic this place in Fujairah will be your ideal stop.
Where is Fujairah?
Fujairah lies in the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. Fujairah city centre is about 120km from Dubai city centre. However, the most scenic part of this Emirate is about 50km north, a placed named AL AQAH. Al Aqah is a coastal establishment & houses few of the most sought-after beach resorts in the whole of UAE, the Radisson Blu Resort, Le Meridian Al Aqah, Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah & the Sandy Beach Resort. Out of all of these, we chose the Sandy Beach Resort.
Sandy Beach Resort:
Sandy Beach Hotel sits by the dramatic backdrop of the Hajar Mountain overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea & the famous Snoopy Island which is the perfect compliment to the whole view. The Resort offers a range of water activities, dining options, beach beds, children play area, swimming pool, pool bar & beach bar. Apart from the standard rooms & suites, the chalets have an exclusive offering, PERSONAL BARBEQUE UNIT & an 8 seater dining table at your personal patio. Hence, if you book a chalet, you could choose to carry your own food & BBQ preparation.
Insider News: The chalets have a full-size refrigerator, microwave oven, crockery & cutlery so carry your food & beverage wisely. However, if you choose to take it easy there are 6 dining options & 24 hours room service to choose from.
How did we spend our time?
We checked in the hotel at 03:00PM which is the hotel check-in time. After settling in & stocking up the fridge with our food & beverage for BBQ we quickly changed & headed straight to the beach. The beach was fairly populated as the resort also host day users, wherein, people can access the resort facilities until sunset. The cost for day users is 105 AED. Snorkelling around the snoopy island is also quite popular amongst residence & day users. The beach is neatly organized with beach beds. The beach bar was beautifully decorated with lights & music.
Beach Activities: We went snorkelling & swimming around the snoopy island, where we could enjoy a decent marine life. The water was extremely clear, it was easy to spot a school of fishes, small crabs & starfishes. All the gears for water activities could be hired from the resort. There were kayaks as well on rent if you wish to go kayaking.
After spending about 2 hours in the water, we enjoyed the colourful sunset from the beach. The sun sets behind the Hajar Mountains which makes the sunset extremely dramatic & colourful. Had a couple of beers from the beach bar while gazing at the view. The beach bar also hosts a barbeque unit with a chef, more like an open kitchen. I noticed a bonfire setup as well for the night.
Tandoori Nights: Evening Beach activities had kept us extremely active & excited for our barbeque evening. Purnendu had marinated meat & fish that we bought from the Water Front Fish Market Dubai. The meat & fish from the market was very fresh. We also bought some marshmallows, cob corns, cottage cheese for the BBQ. We had our friends who had booked a twin room & we had the chalet with the BBQ unit. The weather was absolutely pleasant & favourable. The evening temperatures were around 20º C which was perfect for a barbeque. We had carried all the necessary equipment with us like the briquettes as it lasts longer than charcoal, BBQ sticks & charcoal fuel. The rest of the evening was spent at the barbeque, listening to music, & lots of chit chatting. The hotel facilities do not bother the guest with any kind of food restrictions, in fact, the staff helped us with some extra things which I had forgotten to pack.
Beach Day: The next day we woke up at a decent time & hit the beach again. We ensured we saved some beach beds. It was a nice sunny day to go back to the marines & get some suntan. It was nostalgic making sand castles. Just before heading back to the room we went to the resort pool. The pool facilities are good & it was well maintained with a pool bar around it. Had another beer each at the pool area & then headed back to the room as it was time for check out.
The room tariffs vary highly depending on the time of the week & public holidays. We went on an extended weekend & also the national day of UAE, as Purnendu shares his birthday with the UAE national day, 2nd DEC. Definitely one can have a similar experience in much cheaper rate & hence I am not going to get in details with the pricing.
Hope you enjoyed reading. I hope you have fun when you visit Al AQAH Fujairah. Do not forget Sandy Beach also host days trips for 105 AED which lets you use the resort & beach facilities until sunset. Have fun. Safe travels & do not forget to share your pictures.