Eight reasons that Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort should top your staycation destination list
Living in the UAE we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to staycation options. But when you’ve got kids in tow you want to be sure you’re making the most family-friendly choice before booking. Enter Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort. Located in Fujairah, this Indian Ocean beach resort is a veritable institute for those in the know, and for good reason(s) – 8 to be precise. If you’re looking around for your family’s next UAE stay-cay, here’s why we think you should consider heading down to Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort for a long weekend:
Needless to say, situated on the east coast, in Fujairah, the location of this resort means you’re guaranteed a relaxing stay. Far away from the city, perched right on the Indian Ocean, and with a mountainous backdrop, to stay here is to almost to feel as if you’ve left the UAE. The ideal base for a hiking trip, Le Méridien’s proximity to the Hajar mountains mean getting a refreshing dose of fresh air and nature is just a short drive away.
Boasting five restaurants and bars, each with different cuisines, there is something to suit all palettes and cravings. Plus, taking the stress off, each venue has a specific kids’ menu to cater for fussy mouths. Our favourite, Taste is a high-end take on Indo-Thai fusion food, specialising in Thai and Indian style curries, starters and desserts. While beach-side restaurant, Gonu Bar and Grill overlooks the Indian Ocean and serves a broad range of dishes, from steaks to shucked oysters – fresh is the name of the game here.
If you’re into water sports, diving, or fishing, then you already know that Fujairah is the place to be. So, it’s exciting that a stay here gives you access to the Al Boom water sports centre which is well-equipped for all your water-based whims. The 5* rated PADI Certified school operates on-site, where beginners can take their certification among the wildlife of the Indian Ocean, and those certified can explore a shipwreck a short way from the hotel’s beach. There’s also parasailing, boat trips, and fly fishing to fill your days here.
With one of the biggest kid’s clubs in the region, Le Méridien Family Club promises high octane fun under expert supervision. Qualified animators will keep your little ones entertained all day with planned activities and games in the dedicated clubhouse. While the indoor and outdoor play areas, a fun swimming pool, and a large playground will keep them occupied for even longer, leaving you with precious time to unwind.
Direct ocean views are a drawcard of this hotel, with all the rooms guaranteeing breathtaking scenes to wake up to – complete with a ‘good morning’ message drawn in the sand by the coast guard. Spacious and comfortable, they’re ideal for families who need room to move. Each room is fully equipped with a mini-fridge and 24-hour room service so your (or ankle biter’s) stomach rumbles need never go unanswered.
Spa Al Aqah
Making relaxation for busy parents a priority, a visit to the Spa Al Aqah is an immersive experience, one that leaves you feeling refreshed. Each of the staff members has gone through Clarins training and offer signature treatments – of which they can advise you on. They also offer various ‘stopover’ treatments named ‘anti-sun’ and ‘anti-sport’ which work perfectly after a long day at the beach or out in the mountains.
As we’re often caught up in the day-to-day family life, romance often takes a back seat, but a stay at Le Meriden has all the ingredients to reignite your passions! Whether that’s a swanky dinner for two at Gonu – complete with bubbles and fresh seafood – or, a candle-lit dinner at Italian restaurant Sapore, rejuvenating quality time is a given. If you’re celebrating something particularly special, or simply want to go all out, a private beach dining experience is certain to be one for the books.
We couldn’t write a list without mentioning the scenery as one of our reasons. The yellow sand beach, sparkling blue ocean and crisp fresh air that comes by virtue of sitting beside the mountains are unparalleled in the UAE. Serving as an invitation to enjoy the remaining temperate weather of the season, this Indian Ocean beach is the perfect backdrop to long family days spent unwinding in nature.
Inspired to go? Book a fun-filled family stay now