To celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary, we chose Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah for a weekend getaway. I did my research and as suggested by trip advisor, it is the number one hotel in the area.
The summer rates given to us when I booked was $217 all inclusive of taxes, breakfast and dinner at Views Restaurant. The room was spacious and has a balcony, all 218 rooms are sea view facing the Indian Ocean and with a backdrop of the beautiful Hajar Mountains.
Before we check-in at 3:00 pm, Ferald and I went first on a road trip to see some historical sites and attractions in Fujairah.
We visited the famous Wadi Wurrayah - a protected area deep inside the Hajjar Mountains which is believed to be the home to the last Arabian leopard. We also visited the oldest mosque of UAE - the Al Badiyah Mosque.
We check-in at half past four, we were given some refreshing welcome drinks and some wet towels to freshen up. Check in was quick and easy and the bellboys helped us with our bags.
Our room was not what I've expected from Le Meridien, I thought it need a little update in the furnishings but still it is equipped with all amenities you can find in a five star hotel. There was a hair dryer, air conditioning was good, small safe/vault for our valuables, free newspaper, refrigerator and free in room wireless Internet access. It was very spacious too.
I forgot about the room once I opened the balcony. just look at this view! It was breathtaking.
So peaceful, so pretty and so romantic and all the rooms have this view and I think it is more than enough to be thankful we chose this hotel.
The 21-floor hotel itself is picture perfect.
We hit the pool after taking some pictures and resting for half an hour at our room. The water was cool and relaxing, perfect for a dip on a hot and still humid day of September.
Dinner is at the Views Restaurant from 7 pm until 10 pm with different themes every night. It was Friday night so we get to feast on the bounty of the sea. It was an open buffet and there were so many mouth watering dishes to chose from. Free flowing drinks, some are chargeable like the alcoholic ones so it is advisable to go for all inclusive dining while making your reservations. We also had our breakfast here and we were not disappointed. It was a lovely breakfast.
Most of all, I admire the staff because the ones who served us the night before was the same staff who serve us the following morning but they remain calm and happy serving us. Thank you all for making our dining experience wonderful.
When it comes to activities, Le Meridien Al Aqah is action packed however we chose to be a bit more into the relaxing mood.
We only had a stroll outside the hotel near the pool area after our dinner and we went back inside to play billiards. When we reached the game room there was no one to assist us. We were told that we have to collect the billiards set from the lobby reception ourselves and return it as well after the game. It was surprising but we wanted to play so the heck if we have to do it ourselves. We had a nice game after all.
They also have a squash room, a cinema, a small reading corner, a gaming room and dart board at the teen club.
For those sports enthusiast, Le Meridien Al Aqah has lot of water sports to offer as Al Boom Diving is just right around the corner.
For the family oriented vacations and trips, Penguin Club is a friendly place for your tiny tots. On your way to the Penguin Club is a giant snake and ladder and chess, they also have a mini golf if you fancy the game.
Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort is a five star hotel with the stunning view of the Indian Ocean and the majestic Hajar Mountain as its backdrop, definitely a place of relaxation and fun filled activities.