The United Arab Emirates offers clear skies and sunny weather year round. However, where to best spend your precious off-days/weekends or holidays sunbathing? You could just stay in Dubai, as most visitors and locals, do. I mean laying on the crowded beaches in Dubai Marina or hanging by the pool in one of the local hotels is not bad at all. But what if you have done that already and are looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Then we have got a little gem for you..
Right on the Indian ocean in the emirate of Fujairah are a few hotels situated in a small town called Al Aqah. Think of natural pristine sandy beaches, lot’s of snorkeling, diving and other watersport opportunities. If you are lucky you might even encounter a turtle as they also frequent these beaches.
In the town Al Aqah there is not that much to do outside of the resorts. We regarded the Subway at the local gas station as one of its biggest assets. But don’t let this scare you off! Al Aqah is not the place to go for a cultural outing. It is a place to relax, enjoy the swimming pools and the beaches and enjoying a nice evening supper while listening to the sounds of the ocean, the palm leaves waving in the wind and the birds chatting with each other. Sounds quite romantic right?
Where to stay?
At Al Aqah there are three five star hotels and one four star hotel.
Le Meridien Al Aqah beach resort: a five start resort with a massive pool area, a few good quality restaurants on the premises and shaded chairs on the beach. The resort offers an entertainment program, live music and several watersport options amongst which the option to achieve a diving PADI certification.
Sandy beach resort: a four star resort with a huge beach facing Snoopy island, a small pool (in comparison to the other resorts) but what makes up for that is the abundance of palm trees, flowers and other nature at this resort. Sandy beach resort is a bit more quiet and laid-back than the other three five star resorts and not to mention more economic. The resort is home to two restaurants of which one of those is more a bar/restaurant (the one near the beach) specializing in sandwiches and pizza’s. The other restaurant has a more elaborate menu.
Miramar Al Aqah beach resort: a five star resort.
Fujairah Rotana resort and spa: a five star resort.