The drive through the picturesque mountain town of Fujeirah in UAE, is sweet liberation. It was hard to believe such scenic beauty exists, enveloped in the middle of a terrain that is mostly a desert.The Hajjar Mountains stand ominous guarding the tiny Emirati township on its east coast, with a population of 130,000. And where the mountains recede, the crystal blue waters of the Arabian Sea take over, becalming every passerby that casts their glance over it.
So it was not surprising to find a treasured destination as the Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort, nestled in one such picturesque region of Al Aqah in Fujeirah. The drive towards the resort reminded one of the winding mountainous roads along the coastal waters of the French Riveira. The transition from the Desert Sand Dunes,Farms, Palm Trees, barren mountains ;and then voila to the beach and deep blue sea is truly diverse. With the winter breeze on your face and the taste of the desert and sea tingling your senses, there was no doubt, Miramar truly would live up to its name.
Miramar Al Aqah is a 5 Star Beach Resort, located in the Al Aqah region of Fujeirah. It occupies an envious position alongside the white sandy beaches overlooking the Arabian Sea surrounded by the breathtaking Hajjar Mountains. If one were to stand in one of the Resort’s balconies with brilliant views of the sea and the mountain, it would be an ordeal task to choose between the two. The resort boasts of a fusion East Meets West concept. It combines modern comforts with the Arabic tradition of hospitality.
The beautiful architecture is Arabesque with classic low rise cottages and rooms. The Interiors are both Modern and Moroccan,seamlessly blending in confluence. A walk down its narrow path,that has beautiful cottages on one side and on the other, vibrant bougainvillea gardens, with the distant Hajjar Mountains as a backdrop, makes you wonder if you could but for a moment, hide this place from the madding crowd, all for yourself. The path leads further down to the hotel’s Private Beach, like a well kept secret. In a distance you can see the horizon of the setting sun, the silence of the private beach broken by the occasional whizz of speed boats with paragliders in tow.
What strikes you when you arrive at the beautiful resort is the courteousness and hospitality of the staff. Though it was almost closing time at the multi-cuisine “Al Majllis” restaurant,it was alive and vibrant with guests who were in no hurry to leave, mesmerized by the heady aroma of both classic Arabic and European Cuisines. From Khabsa to grilled chicken in butter sauce and Russian Meat Pilaf, the sights and sounds of Food simply swept every visitor into a gastronomic wonderland. The sea food fare from Garlic Oysters to Grilled Crab had everyone waiting in queues.
My favourite however were the Dessert, which had an array of my favourite Arabic sweets and puddings like Omali, Bakhalava and Muhallebi. The Roz Bil Halib (Rice Pudding) needs a special mention for its perfection in consistency and taste,blending Vanilla and Rice into a symphony of gastronomical delight. Executive Chef Prasad, Chef Nishant and team, deserves full credit for creating such amazing piece de resistance and delighting their guests. The Al Majillis truly is the temple of Food. The Resort boasts of a dozen spectacular bars and restaurants, ready to entertain the hungry guests. The Sheesha Corner, Bahari Beach Bar,Mammone & Bliss, just to name a few.
What sets Miramar apart is its ability to indulge its guests through entertainment and activities. The Centerpiece is definitely the beautiful pool around which all activities are centered. From Cha cha dance Classes to sun tanners and pool lovers, the pool area is always abuzz with activities. From children to adults , there’s always excitement in the air. The Kids’ Club has both indoor and outdoor play activities along with the children’s pool . The Dart Game at the Bahari Beach Bar and the Cha Cha Dance lessons were the major attraction drawing crowds.
The Resort boasts of a full fledged Water Sports Center.Jet Skiing,Snorkelling, Paragliding, and some fabulous dive sites in the area for licensed divers.
After a hectic activity filled day, guests can soak themselves in the Resort’s Jacuzzi, or opt for Turkish Steam Bath and Massage. The fact remains, that Miramar Resort does not leave you bored for want of things to do.
Miramar Al Aqah is 45 kms from Fujeirah Town and 140kms from Dubai City. It takes about 2.5 hours to reach there. However the scenic journey from the barren deserts to the red mountains and deep blue sea is a panacea for the heart and soul.
A shuttle bus from Miramar Al Aqah travels frequently to Fujairah City and Dubai which is free of charge.
Months of October – March are considered the coolest in the UAE and the best time to visit the Miramar Resorts. Temperatures soar in the Summer Months to over 40 deg Cel ( 104 deg Farenheit) which makes it difficult to indulge in outdoor activities.
Check In & Check out Time:
3.00 pm – 12.00 pm
LEAVING MIRAMAR AL AQAH :
Leaving Miramar was not an option. At the end of it all it seemed like a beautiful mirage that just wouldn’t last longer than you’d want it to, and yet the memory of the red mountains, white sandy beaches, pristine blue waters and smiling faces, is something that will pervade ones senses, becalming the troubled waters that sometimes come unannounced. And during these times, memories serve as the perfect escape, of moments when time stood still and you could not tell where your heart beat ended and the sounds of the sea began.
Miramar: A true haven for City junkies looking for some quiet time away from the madding crowd.