#NoMoreFomo – Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort is apt for a family or couple’s getaway
Fairmont Fujairah Beach ResortFujairah was once, and still is, to the spot to escape to for sandy beaches, sea adventures and mountain hiking. Our eyes met the coast and this five-star resort tucked in between the Al Hajjar Mountains, when we first arrived. We must admit, it looked a bit dated outdoors, but indoors the décor stunned with splashes of colour from lanterns, statement furnishings such as a briefcase-decked front desk and, a monochrome scheme in the lobby, quickly redeeming itself from the peachy outdoors which we learnt later mimic the landscape in Marrakech. The art-inspired resort has a Moroccan vibe that flows seamlessly throughout, with all guest rooms facing the ocean or marina. It’s the type of spot you can leave the children to be, hit the beach for a dip or water sports activities – they offer everything from kayaking to jetpacks – and read a book in a cafe.
Check-in: The Royal suite, sprawls across 360 square metres, offering a living room, three bedrooms, kitchen, dining space and ample of room for children to play around. Natural sunlight floods the master bedroom, offering unrivalled views of the coast. The bathroom steals the limelight here, with a bathtub that looks out to the room and coast. Open the wooden dividers for the big reveal.
Relax and rejuvenate: We highly suggest the five-element aroma massage which begins with a personality survey to detect your element. Once the results are in, you’re asked to inhale a concoction of oils to balance your body and mind and bring you back to healthy being. I marked the areas that require the most attention – back, neck and shoulders – and had every knot removed. The tropical showers here are quite refreshing, and cold! But it’s great for your skin, helping to close the pores soon after. Don’t forget to quick snooze on the heated lounge beds.
For lunch, we tucked into the Kale salad, freshly prepared baguette and seafood risotto at the European bistro-style Café Pronto.
For dinner, most guests head to Copper Lobster, the resort’s gastro-bar restaurant. We chose to begin with an impressive red pepper and rose-infused cocktails at the bar – the mixologist Alex Khvastunov once served Vladimir Putin – before taking a seat at our table and singing along to hits from the jazz singer as she went across ivory keys. If you’re in the mood for comfort food, you will sate all cravings here. The appetiser menu features a delectable lobster mac and cheese – a thermidor and large pasta hybrid and the star of the meal – and fresh burrata and artichoke salad. Follow this with a harra lobster with gravy, cooked in a French clay pot the chef sourced from the market himself. And end with, sticky toffee pudding – our favourite dessert.
Breakfast takes place at Canvas every morning, offering a wide selection of pastries, and cuisines ranging from Middle Eastern to Indian. The pool bar serves a wide selection of snacks and bites including a fresh and crisp fish and chips, if you do need to indulge a little while basking in the sun.
Need to know: The Royal Suite rates start from Dhs7,200 per night. Visit fairmont.com/Fujairah.