With a busy schedule its a bit tough but I am still making it possible to explore new locations and places to go in the Middle East. Avoiding the touristy places and always striving to find unique experiences. On my list, Fujairah was still up there yet unchecked and then I am lucky to have some friends who help with planning a trip to a new location every now and then, so last weekend it got planned that we visit Fujairah (the second largest Emirate in the UAE).
Browsing through hotels and resorts in Fujairah we came across this uniquely designed resort by Fairmont. Fairmont Fujairah is located amongst the valleys of the Al Hajar Mountains alongside the coast of Fujairah. A perfect get-away from neighboring busy cities.
Approximately 1.5 hours of drive from Dubai ( Location map )
Staff and service
Once you arrive, you can give in your car for valet, the staff at the reception and in the hotel are very friendly and welcoming. In a usual scenario, the receptionist will give you a brief idea about the hotel and its facilities and you’ll be welcomed to your room.
For check-in, you will require either your Emirates ID or Original passport (for non-UAE residence). This is mandatory for every guest staying in the room. You can be asked to show the card you used to make the payment online (if you booked online) so make sure you carry that as well.
Fairmont Fujairah offers two room view types, The marina facing ones and the sea facing ones. The Sea ones are mostly higher floors, your balcony right opposite to the sea view running across Fujairah coastline. The Marina ones aren’t bad either, they’re not facing opposite side but a bit to the side, which means the sea will be on your right and the front view will probably be one of the areas of the resort. The marina views come at a cheaper price than the sea facing ones. If you are planning to spend most of your day at the pools or the beach, it won’t hurt to save some money on room type and go for marina views. However, if you are after enjoying the infinite sea views right from your balcony, then you know you must go for sea view ones
The resort has two pools, a big one which is known as the Lava pool or the orange pool and a small (new) one which is quite blue in comparison. The Lava pool has a restaurant nearby and is much bigger than the other pool however it’s quite packed for most of the day which is why I preferred the new (smaller) blue pool with a nice sea breeze and a pool-side bar.
The resort is right on the Fujairah coastline offering distant mountains and infinity beach views.
The resort offers a wide range of restaurants, Copper Lobster is one of those that I’d highly recommend, it offers outdoor and indoor (fine dining) seating and as the name tells, its one of the best seafood restaurants you’ll visit in the region. Besides that “The Canvas” offers all-day dining and “lammal” a pool bar and lounge offers drinks by the pool as well as shisha after sunset. The shisha lounge is on the first floor terrace-like seating that offers Fujairah coastline views.
Surrounding area and ambiance
The coastal side of Dibba / Fujairah has lots of hills and mountains in the surrounding. Most of the resorts and hotels in Fujairah are built on these hills which keeps them higher than the sea level. The streets in the surrounding of this resorts are quiet and peaceful. There are narrow alleys and declining roads and passages that lead surrounding hotels and residential areas. The area is quite safe to be roaming around in and is mostly very quiet.
Take a walk outside the resort, explore and you’ll find this secret beautiful spot. Bonus: once you reach here, you’ll find a distant small bridge, across which you can go to another very secluded beach shore by the mountains. If you find this spot, thank me later, but don’t forget to share your photos with me, simply tag my Instagram @mustafa_sheikh
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Enjoy your trip, for any questions, ask away in the comments below or write on my Instagram (@mustafa_sheikh)