Showing posts with label Liwa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Liwa. Show all posts

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Sand Boarding in Liwa 101

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Sandboarding is one of the activities we engage ourselves in during our stay in Tilal Liwa. It was our first time doing the sport and we were on our own. Carrying two boards from the hotel and four cold bottled water, we went in search of the ideal dune. :) hehe! Actually, there is no ideal dune, It's just a product of my own imagination hehhehe! The height of the dune you will use depends on how courageous you are to try it. From far the mounds of sand look small but when you get there it is humongous. We were all beginners - did I said that already? :D

The sand dunes all look like this surrounding the hotel and from the hotel, we walked to here, it is about  500 meters away. We decided to use the dune we first reached because going to the next is a suicide, it's too hot outside may be more than 50 degrees C and the sand gets hotter by the minute.



At this point, we only followed our instincts.
First step: Stand at the top of the dune, position the board at the edge of the slope.



Second Step: Slowly slide the board downward, keep your knees bent and keep your balance as you slide


Third Step: Let slide until you reach the bottom. You can scream all you want if you feel like doing so. :D


Now we have learned the steps on how to do the proper sandboarding, you can also try other positions like the sitting position



While out in the sun, keep yourself well hydrated, the only thing was the cold water can easily become lukewarm in the heat so drink it before it boils. :D

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tilal Liwa Hotel Summer 2012

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A road trip to the southern most part of Abu Dhabi was our best bet for our summer getaway for 2012. We booked two rooms at Tilal Liwa Hotel for the weekend. Tilal Liwa Hotel is perched at the edge of the Rub Al Khali desert-the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world and is home to the highest sand dune Tel Moreeb.

We started from Sharjah at 9 am Picked up our friends and head for a quick breakfast before starting our journey. It was a three to three and a half hour drive to Liwa from Dubai. That's about 330-380 km so we stock up on water, finger foods and filled our tank with gas full.



We reached the hotel by midday and it was scorching hot outside. Ferald chose to park the car himself instead of giving it to the valet. There was an ample parking space just outside in front of the hotel but it was too hot to walk from the parking to the hotel even if it was just a few meters away. A covered walkway would be great.

Nonetheless, the doorman greeted us with a smile and assist us with our bags. They served us some refreshing mint lemonade as we check in.

The very friendly Filipina staff allowed us to check in an hour early since one of the rooms we booked was ready. As she handed the keys to our room she said that they have upgraded our rooms with balcony and courtyard view. I have requested for this while booking the room but was not given the confirmation and was told it is upon availability. Thank you Tilal Liwa :)

The rooms are spotlessly clean. There were complimentary tea and coffee. The shower is working well with the hot and cold setting. There are many TV channels including English channels and wifi is also available and it is for free.:D


Dinner and breakfast were good. Dinner and breakfast were included in our room package but it doesn't include the barbecue. The smell of grilled meats and seafood at the terrace was irresistible so, in addition to the lavish spread already at Al Badiya restaurant, we shelled out an extra AED 175 or $ 20/ person for it.

The infinity pool was our favorite. Instead of overlooking the sea, it overlooks to some great sand dunes.We enjoyed it most in the morning after we finished with sand boarding since we really need to cool down. We could only manage sand boarding for 20 minutes before deciding to go back to the hotel. It was really fun but it was too hot to stay out. If it was in winter, we could have stayed longer and try to find higher dunes to try.

There are other activities like camel farm tour, dessert safari, quad biking, and table tennis. We could not go to the camel farm tour for lack of time so instead, the boys played table tennis while me my friend chilled at the swimming pool.

Tilal Liwa is not in Liwa proper, Liwa and Madinat Zayed City is another 30 minutes drive from Tilal Liwa and the Tel Moreeb-the highest sand dune in the world is another hour drive but it is really worth the visit.

Have you been to Tilal Liwa. Honestly, I want to go back.
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