It’s easily been about ten years since I’ve been to Fujairah. My last visit was to celebrate a friend’s birthday at a rundown beach hotel, which in my mind painted a very unfortunate image of the emirate. I never really had a reason to go back after that, so it was with some trepidation that I drove over this past weekend. This time however, I wasn’t making my way to a shabby hotel perched on the beach, but instead driving through the winding mountains to make my way to the Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort.
The location of the Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort makes it seem that the hotel doesn’t want to be discovered, and to be fair I’m completely happy with keeping it that way. The hotel is somewhat of a secret at the moment, having only recently opened its doors to the public. Even still, the airy hotel lobby is a flurry of activity when we check in, with several groups of families waiting patiently to be ushered to their rooms. Hidden by the vast mountains surrounding it, you really feel like you’re stumbling across a hidden oasis of tranquility.
The hotel employs a simple, monochrome color palette throughout, with large swashes of marble mixing with deep black and white carpeting. Gorgeous art pieces are dotted around the hotel, featuring beautiful calligraphy, framed pieces of jewelry, and several rows of traditional lanterns that carry their design into the hotel room’s light fixtures. A small desk decorated with the fronts of suitcases sits adjacent to the lobby, ready to welcome VIP guests. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to pry the origins of this desk from the concierge, but it seems like it will likely remain a closely guarded secret, and that I’ll have to make a return trip to the hotel to marvel at it again.
Rooms are bright and similarly designed with a very relaxed and calming palette. Adjoining rooms are perfect for families or large groups, and the incredibly roomy bathrooms are a perfect place to unwind, with an impressively large bathtub and rain shower. The hotel’s Royal Suite is a sight to behold, offering unparalleled views of the surrounding sea and mountains, while allowing you to relax in your own private living area. Smaller one-bedroom suites are also available, if you desire a more ‘affordable’ luxury stay.
While the rooms are a great place to retire to, the hotel does offer its fair share of activities and attractions. We vowed to return to the hotel’s Willow Stream Spa to indulge in a spot of relaxation later on, and instead headed straight for the large pool and swim-up bar. Surrounded by plenty of comfortable sun loungers, we were certainly topping up our tans for a considerable amount of time before deciding it was time to head back indoors. There are a number of watersports available at the small purpose-built marina as well, catering to both adrenaline seekers as well as casual explorers. The adjacent beach club was still under construction when we visited, but when it opens later in the year will offer dining, chalets, and a host of other delicious indulgences. We did pop down to the beach for a bit of a swim in the cool water, and we imagine that it’s going to look much busier when the beach club opens.
Fairmont’s dining options have never failed to disappoint, and the Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort serves up an interesting mix of options. The all-day dining restaurant Canvas is your stop for an impressive breakfast spread, which fills up alarmingly quickly with guests, unless you’re smart and head down early (we weren’t so smart unfortunately, but it’s a very short wait before you’re seated for breakfast). There’s also Café Pronto for a quick sandwich or a Néspresso-inspired brew, or Arteasan in the lobby area for an impressive selection of teas and accompanying bites. Around the corner is possibly the hotel’s best-kept secret, The Copper Lobster, which offers an incredible assortment of fresh seafood and other dishes that really impresses both visually and in terms of flavor.
The Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort is a perfect place to escape to, simply because it’s still relatively undiscovered. It’s surrounded by majestic mountains and tranquil waters, making it a truly serene place to relax and unwind in. A short drive away you can enjoy the Masafi Friday market to nab a bargain or two on fresh produce or local crafts, further adding to the eccentric atmosphere of your stay. If you’d like to explore the lesser-known coastline of the UAE and need a hotel that will make your journey even more memorable, then a visit to the Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort is an absolute must.
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