During our recent chapter of WhereMyGetawayAt we found ourselves on the serene beaches of Al Aqah – Fujairah, about to embark on another exciting staycation at the Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort. Being brought up in Dubai all our lives, there’s a strong magnetic attraction when it comes to beach resorts. It gives us a sense of tranquility, peace and rejuvenation being away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Our stay at the Le Meridien Al Aqah was nothing less than magical. Why wouldn’t it be? We stayed at one of the oldest and most treasured properties in the UAE, relaxed and swam in the biggest pool in the region and gazed at the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean which seemed absolutely surreal.
About Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort:
The resort is located on a 230m stretch of private beach and located between the Hajar Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Known for being Fujairah’s iconic coastal retreat, the beauty and uniqueness of Le Meridien Resort is the fact that all 218 guest rooms offer breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and the beautifully landscaped gardens and pool.
The only feasible and economical way to arrive at the hotel is through public or private taxis. Le Meridien is a short 90 minute drive from the Dubai International Airport, 45 minute drive from Fujairah International Airport and 120 minute drive from Al Maktoum International Airport, so feel free to get in touch with the concierge at the hotel who will be more than happy to arrange transportation for you.
Le Meridien is surrounded by the spectacular dive sites, palm groves, picturesque waterfalls and the coral reef off the coast of Fujairah which allows you to enjoy some of the best water sport activities – snorkeling, diving and deep sea fishing.
Nearby Tourist Attractions include: Bidiya Mosque, Al Wurayah, Khorfakkan, Furjairah Fort, Marine Club, Kalba Mangrove etc.
Convenient Stores include: Nearby pharmacies such as Al Diyar Pharmacy and Al Sharouq Pharmacy, Nearby ATMs and Banks such as Emirates NBD ATM and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
The lobby may not be as luxuriant and refined as most hotel lobbies we’ve come across. But having said that, there’s a sense of warmth and comfort that this resort protrudes that seems very positive and inviting. However it’s not the design and architecture of the hotel that stunned us, but the magnificently large landscaping with abundant greenery that left us amazed.
The beauty of each room (as mentioned earlier) is that all guest rooms are sea facing. We spend our night at the Superior Room that was located on one of the higher floors and designed to encompass Le Meridien brand design. The room had subtle brown and pastel tones with a hint of blue that aided a very relaxed atmosphere.
Facilities Offered in our room include: Free WIFI, Wardrobe, Television with Satellite Channels, Individually controlled Air Conditioning, A full fitted bathroom with separate bath and shower, working desk, complimentary newspaper etc.
Sport & Leisure:
During our tour around the hotel we noticed the gym being well equipped and maintained. It may not be an enormously large or plush space to workout but then again, working out should be the last thing on your mind when you’re at a resort like this. There is also a specially designated area for sporting activities called the “Teens Club” equipped with a Squash Court, Cinema Room, Computers, Table Tennis, Pool Table and assorted Board Games.
Lunch at Gonu Bar & Grill:
The best way to relax and unwind while staying at the Le Meridien would most definitely have to be at the beach, with some delicious food on the side. Gonu Bar, located on the shores on Le Meridien’s private beach is perfect if you want to enjoy the scenic views and cool breeze of the sea. Make sure to order the Beef Ribs in Buffalo Sauce that was absolutely tender, delicious and had the most perfect glaze! The Fish and Chips too served with Tartar sauce tasted fairly decent. We loved the crispy outer coating that wrapped the tender flaky fish. Delicious! We also had the Steak Salad and Veal Medallion that did not impress us and tasted fairly moderate.
Afternoon High Tea:
While lazing around the hotel we stumbled upon Tea & Dates Lobby Lounge and decided to indulge in a relaxing session of Afternoon Tea. Priced at only Dhs 70 per person, the Afternoon Tea at Le Meridien is probably one of the most affordable ones we’ve had. However when it came to taste, it was a bit of a letdown. Although the pastries tasted good, the sandwiches were tough and not generously filled, the scones tasted stale and weren’t served with clotted cream (which we found odd) and one of the two afternoon teas weren’t served on a stand.
Dinner at Taste:
After a disappointing Afternoon Tea, our faith in Le Meridien was restored with our delectable dinner at Taste, an authentic Thai restaurant that served one of the best Thai meals we’ve had in a long time. Inspired by the intricate art of the tradtional Thai kitchen, the restaurant tantalizes your taste buds serving mouth watering dishes from Thailand. The ambiance of the restaurant was beautifully tradtional & romantic, with dimly set lightings that set the tone of the restaurant.
We started off with the Som Tam Goong that comprised of green papaya, long beans, shrimps and roasted peanuts. The salad was light, refreshing and had an amazing texture to it. We loved the sweet and tangy dressing too that enhanced the flavor of the shrimp.
We also had Ped Obb Nam Pueng which is the half roasted duck with honey hoisin sauce that was perfectly executed. The skin was crispy and the meat was tender. The sauce complemented the sauce perfectly too.
Our “must have” when it comes to all Thai restaurants is the Gaeng Kiew Waan which is a Thai green curry with baby eggplant, thai sweet basil and chicken. It’s safe to say that this curry is easily one of the best Thai curries we’ve had. The flavors were phenomenally good and the consistency of the curry was perfectly thick. We also had the Stir Fried Jasmine Rice with Egg and Prawn that worked well with curry.
For desserts we had the Sticky Rice with Mango and Coconut Cream and the Saku Nam Kati with Sago, Pomelo Shreds and Coconut Milk that tasted absolutely splendid. The presentation was beautiful and both the desserts weren’t too heavy as well.
Breakfast at Views:
Our final moments at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort was spent at Views, enjoyable a rather massive spread of delectable Breakfast items. Although the restaurant was too crowded for our liking, the service was quick and up to tempo with the number of guests that kept swarming in. When it came to the selection and variety of breakfast items offered, we were very impressed. The breads and pastries were fresh and beautifully displayed and the egg station was buzzing yet quick so we didn’t have to wait for long.
Being one of the most iconic landmarks in Fujairah and the sole reason for putting Al Aqah on the map, Le Meridien Beach Resort still continues to impress its guests after all these years. The service is impeccable and the location is exquisite, however if we strictly speak on the quality of food – it was average. Make sure to enjoy your getaway at Le Meridien this summer, since the prices are super affordable and it will for sure be worth every penny.
One night at the Superior Room with Breakfast – Dhs 800 (make sure to check their website for summer offers that go as low as Dhs 199 per guest in a double occupancy room)
Lunch at Gonu Bar – Dhs 250 Approx for two people
Afternoon Tea – Dhs 70 per person
Dinner at Taste – Dhs 500 approx.
Address & Contact Details:
PO Box 3070