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Good value family friendly hotel Rotana Fujairah

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Continuing our articles of places to visit in UAE. This month’s edition stayed a little closer to home travelling to the Al Aqah region in Fujairah we spent time at the Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa on the all-inclusive package in the Cobone deal.


The price represented food and drink for approximately 24 hrs for 2 adults and 2 children with the use of all amenities except spa treatments and water sports.


The hotel is modern and well-laid-out with a wide range of excellent activities, a main restaurant and a la carte restaurant- Waves, other outlets included Sharkeys Beach Bar, Bar Muda and the Al Falaj Lobby Café. There's a sizeable beach with cabanas and thatched shading over the sunloungers. There are lifeguards around the pool and on the beach area. You'll find a PADI-certified Dive Centre which also handles the watersports. The resort has a large pool with some fun slides for the family to enjoy and a pool bar.


RotanaFuj5 jpgThe journey is approximately 45 minutes from Fujairah City travelling through Khorfakkan and Bidiyah (worth a stop to see the 15th century Ottoman mosque which the UAE’s oldest mosque) and then enjoy a short coastal drive on to Al Aqah


The trip from Fujairah also allows you to enter the new tunnel just before Sandy Beach Hotel. This is another first for Fujairah and shows Fujairah's acknowledgement to the expansion of tourism in the area. 

RotanaFuj2 jpgArriving in the "hotel resort area" of the Fujairah emirate opposite the Rotana the new heritage and tourism village is currently in it's finishing stages. You can only admire the attention to detail and craftsmanship of the stonework and architectural detail, and we're looking forward to the facility opening.


We were greeted by the new General Manager, Ulrike Andorff who has over 33 years of experience within the industry and certainly has a hands on approach in all aspects of the running of the resort. Activities, food, any guest’s requirement, she was always hovering around showing great attention to detail for everyone, which was most refreshing.


After arriving and checking in to one of the beach chalets we were quick to explored the hotel grounds and enjoyed a swim in the child-friendly swimming pool and relaxed on one of the many sunloungers with an ice cold coke at the Pool Bar.

The main buffet restaurant- Mozaique served up a variety of fresh salads, freshly cooked meats at lunch with a selection of deserts. An amiable head chef was around to chat about some of his many dishes.


In the evening we wandered down for pre dinner drinks to Al Sharkey's Beach Bar and we were treated to the sounds of a DJ and also (along with many other guests) a Belly Dancer swaying in the moonlight to rhythmic Arabic music.

A return to Mozaique for our buffet dinner, and again the food was tasty and fresh was followed by a visit to Bar Muda which was delightful. It's reminiscent of a colonial style bar called Raffles in Singapore and radiates a very cordial atmosphere. 


A walk along the beach and through the palms trees and gardens as the morning sun rose gave us an a big appetite for our buffet breakfast.


A wide variety of choices with live egg station to suit every palette.


RotanaFuj3 jpgLater in the morning I popped into the well known Rotana Zen Spa hidden away in the gardens of the hotel. It's a serene place which is reflected through it's décor and lighting with the option of a couples massage or separate treatment rooms,  for men and women areas. The Spa therapist discussed the wide range of treatments, and showed me the quality product they use in the treatments. There is also a Nail Salon which I didn't have time to use.


The Rotana brand has developed into a leading hospitality company in the UAE and it is a great national success that has forged its way into the international markets as well.


Their bars and restaurants around the UAE should be a great source of pride for originality and value. 


Overall the trip was really good value and family friendly and considering its short distance from Fujairah City it’s a convenient getaway.


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