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16 Apr

The Oberoi Al Zorah

I’ve been to Fujeirah and Ras Al Khaimah a handful of times, but didn’t know much about Ajman – only a half hour drive  from Dubai with a cleaner beach, I’m told. A lot of major five star hotel chains have opened here recently, including Fairmont, Saray Luxury Collection and Kempinski, so I was curious about what the hype was all about. We decided to try the recently opened, sleek Oberoi Al Zorah as a staycation and were blown away by its aesthetic – so modern and serene. It’s like a Japanese zen garden on the beach… with fantastic food at restaurants. Just look at the walkway to the main building:

The Welcome

The road leading up to the hotel goes from Sharjah highway (noisy traffic) to dry desert (too quiet) to green golf courses (random, but interesting) and finally to gates that open onto an eden of olive trees and shallow water pools. We were escorted to a lounge area to wait until our room was ready. The lounge was very modern and artsy, with pops of color. I had the best tiramisu ever at this little cafe. How funny is that painting?

Sweet Suite

What do you expect from a basic five star hotel room? Whatever it is, double it. Walking in to our room, I asked if we had been given an upgrade, but no, the basic room is more like a suite at this spacious resort. It’s all about space, space and more sprawling space.

Tip: ask for a ground floor room because it comes with a grassy terrace and private lounge chairs facing a view of the sea.

(Our room didn’t have the infinity room, but I snuck a photo of the one next door *cheeky*)

Fine Dining

This resort is very calm – it’s so spacious that you will wonder if there are any other guests at the hotel, but come meal times, restaurants will be packed.

This is the seafood restaurant Aquario that overlooks the lovely beach. Despite the pleasant views, I won’t lie, I was in the mood for something more casual than lobster and sea bass, so we headed back to the pool and ordered off the bar menu. Nothing says ‘holiday’ more than a poolside burger/sandwich with fries, am I right?

Dinner was a lovely affair – we were lucky with pleasant weather so it was all about dining al fresco. The Oberoi is a luxury Indian hotel chain, so I went for Indian dishes. The butter chicken and naan was velvety and delicious without being too heavy.

Spa & Pool

We spent most of our time lounging poolside at what the hotel boasts is the longest pool in the UAE. Those endless blue views were really calming.

I didn’t take my phone with me to the spa area, but the facilities were simple and the therapists top notch. It was a great way to take a break from the sun and relax.

Final Verdict

This is a perfect getaway for people coming from Dubai for a mini-break. The resort is spacious, food is excellent and the pool/beach areas will keep you happy for hours. I did feel it was very quiet – some live music or entertainment would have been welcome in the evenings – but the serenity was wonderful for a short break. I would come back!

#WhatToPack

For a day spend lounging in the sun, I love Elena Makri‘s airy designs that are functional and trendy. Turn heads in this gorgeous swimsuit and let this bright kaftan take you from day to night by pairing with metallic sandals. Great way to show off your tan 🙂 Both can be found at Harvey Nichols Dubai!

Sara Hamdan