Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Dibba Road, PO Box 3070, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

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  • dave.richards's Profile Photo

    An oasis of luxury in a desert of nothingness

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    We have stayed here 3 times and enjoyed every visit. From the friendly greeting of the consierge to the receptionists, room attendants and restaurant staff, this hotel is a must stay if only for a night.
    Our first stay was marred by the ignorance of the wine waiters in the 'Views' restaurant who paid more attention to the young single females than to anyone else.
    We complained to the management and received a deep apology, 2 room service trolleys full of various foods and 2 bottles of wine, compliments of the Sales Manager.
    Our 2nd visit was a stay in a room with a balcony which was well worth the xtra few £'s a night as to sit out there in the evening watching the sun set whilst drinking an ice cold beer was heavenly.
    In February 2006 we again stayed here but this time in one of the Club Class rooms. After a private check-in we were escorted to our room on the 18th floor. Better decor, free canapes and snacks every day from 5 till 7 and from 7 till 8 we were served free drinks in the business lounge on the 15th floor.
    The Meridian, and the Hilton in Fujairah have both kept prices as low as they can. The Hilton is offering a suite with breakfast for 2 for only £119 a night. Thats only £59 a night per person in a 5 star hotel. A club class room at the Meridian is similarly priced.
    One word of warning though. To both sides of the Meridian, hotels are being built. Both will be 5 star when finished and a 'Palms' resort similar to the one at Jumeirah is being built nearby. These will surely send prices upwards.
    The road from Masafi should be avoided like the plague at night and a detour via Fujairah even though it means another 60 miles onto the journey is highly recommended if you value your life as the drivers are maniacs for racing and taking risks. Even been tail-gated at a distance of 2 feet while doing over 140kph?
    That said, who would want to leave the confines of the Meridian at night anyway when there is so much to see and do there.

    Unique Quality: Friendliness of all staff, cleanliness, quality of food, the views from the bedrooms, value for money.

    Directions: From Masafi, take the 2nd exit off the roundabout for Dibba and follow the signs or at night, turn right for Fujairah. Follow the coast road to Khor Fakkan. After this beautiful resort carry on straight until you see the hotel on your right.

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    An ECOMONSTER!!!!!!!!

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    I stayed only at the beach bar, I'm sure the services are perfect but when you arrive in this area from Dibba you say: "What is this!!!!!"
    In the middle of the desert this enormouse glassed building...only this building, there's nothing else....in this area u have a lot of space and u can have to build not more than 3 floors....I haven't words!!!!

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    The ultimate hotel

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    Having travelled working I have a lot of experience with hotels in different countries. But this my favourite besides Copenhagen Airport Hilton Hotel - ofcourse I havnt been to Al Maha Desert Resort (UAE) which is supposedly a dream itself....

    The service is the most welcomming and friendly Ive ever experienced! Especially my first visit being greeted personally by one of the staff who explained us about all the facilities and restaurants.

    The place has it all - you dont even need to leave it during your stay. Great breakfast and restaurants, huge rooms all with balconies viewing the pool area, beach and snoopy island - a great spot to snorkel or dive unless occupied by floating jellyfish - or are they octopus? Equipment is available at the hotel by the beach.
    Arabian Adventure, a tour operating company is to find in the lobby. They also have shuttles to go shopping/sightseing in Dubai. There are hidden waddies (unfortunately I havnt seen any yet as you need a 4WD to do so) and beautiful canyons and mountains on the route between Masafi and Dhaid.

    Just love it!

    (Ive heard that you can get a discount showing an Emirates Airline boarding card....might want to book in advance.
    And if not a big spender - bring some supplies for the room)

    Unique Quality: The list things you can occupy yourself with is long.
    Table tennis, outdoor tennis, squah, gym, beauty and treatment salon, diving, pool table, various trips sailing/scuba diving/safari/heritage trips etc

    Directions: The resort is located on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates, approximately 15 kilometres from Dibba Village, 49 kilometres from Fujairah town and 90 minutes from cosmopolitan Dubai if you manage to get on the right track.

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Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort Fujairah

by amna_alshamsi

Nestled between the Hajar Mountains and the Indian Ocean on a superb stretch of Al Aqah Beach in the picturesque emirate of Fujairah. The resort is located on the East Coast of the United Arab Emirates, approximately 15 kms from Dibba Village, 49 kms from Fujairah town and 90 minutes the cosmopolitan Dubai OUTDOOR
» Professional Diving Centre with easy access to many East Coast dive sites
» Watersports Centre [windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing]
» Free-form swimming pool with waterfall feature
» Three tennis courts
» Beach volleyball and football
» Penguin Village - children's recreation area with pool
» 230 metre white sand beach

© 2002 South East Asia Tours

Great get away!!!!!!!

by metha about Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort!

First of all this hotel is located in Fuijairah, 90 mins far from dubai.

All rooms have a balcony with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, Hajar Mountains, Snoopy Island, beach, pool and landscaping. Spacious rooms of 45 square metres. The bathrooms are large and have a separate bath, walk-in shower and area for bidet/water closet. Rooms have floor to ceiling windows, with d?cor in pastel shades and comprise two lounge chairs, coffee table work/dining table, telephone, dataport and table lamp. Satellite TV, in house movies, in room safes, mini bar and walk- in wardrobes. What makes it a speacial...first of all its far a way from down-town. Weather is great and the white sandy beaches.

And what i like most that they have a kids club with play ground area, kids swimming pool and indoor play room and T.V Room.

Open from 9-6 evening.

2 large swimmimg pools for adults.

Spa

Best place for diving and all sport activities.

Accomodation in Fujairah region

by katkins81 about Al Aqah Beach Resort

A really nice secluded beach front hotel. Pretty pricey (I was stayin with the 'rents) but close to 'Sandy Beach Motel' a cheaper alternative-or of course you could always camp on the beach! Pool, views, beach and watersport activities.

Far better than Dubai

by A TripAdvisor Member

My wife and I have just returned from a 6 night stay at Le Meridien Al Aqah and wish we could go back immediately. The hotel was very comfortable and the service was stunningly good. We really could not fault anything - we enjoyed our time there so much we never actually went outside the hotel or its grounds. Although it was completely full, we never had problems with service - the only tip is to book for dinner if wanting to eat anywhere other than "Views" restauarant.
If there is a weak point, it is the quality of the food in "Views" restaurant - always good, and varied, but rarely "stunning" but I do feel that I am definitely trying to find fault where thre is no fault to be found.
The hotel is on the Indian Ocean coast, right on the beach, with the Hakkar Mountains behind. There is a low rise hotel being constructed next door, but this did not impinge. It is quiet and very relaxing - completely different from Dubai which is just one huge building site surrounded by a traffic jam.
I can recomend Le Meridien Al Aqah without hesitation for anyone who is looking for rest and relaxation in luxurious surroundings.

Wonderful ! Well travelled Londoner!

by TripAdvisor Member Bond03

We have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing week at the Le Meridien Al Aqah. It would appear that some of the contributors to this site do not research neither destination nor hotel before committing themselves and I have very little sympathy for the negative comments that have been raised with regards to distance from Dubai, absence of other amenities etc. These gripes bring to mind travellers who, for whatever reason, opt for three star accommodation but then complain because they expect 5 star accommodation and service!

Now back to the matter in hand! Having sampled the delights of Dubai - before the construction craze got underway - we deliberately selected Le Meridien Al Aqah for some well deserved R&R and the fact that there are no other (or very little!) distractions. We have previously stayed at Le Meridien hotels in many other countries throughout the world and were well aware of the standards to be expected. Le Meridien Al Aqah did not disappoint. It would seem that this is the hotel of choice for the indigenous population looking to escape from the chaos of Dubai, Sharjah etc. and hence accustomed to high standards of service etc. That being said, it is a truly international hotel patronised by all nationalities!

The hotel itself is beautifully designed and provides an interesting feature to an otherwise dreary and starck environment. The hotel has been designed so that all the rooms are sea facing - but note that standard rooms do not have a balcony. Unless you intend to make full use of your balcony - don't bother with the upgrade from standard to superior.

All of the rooms are spacious, very clean and equipped with all the usual amenities, as one would expect of a 5 star hotel, to make your stay enjoyable. The staff, without exception, are extremely polite and helpful at all times. We dined in all four of the hotel's restaurants. "Views" is the principle restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (on a buffet basis) - the latter changes on a daily basis - but in each case the choice is extensive and the quality exceptional. Our only complaint during the holiday was in relation to the "Swaad" restaurant serving Indian cuisine. The food was somewhat on the bland side and after making polite enquiries, we were informed by the staff that they had had to "Europeanise" the dishes having received complaints about the food being "too spicy" and/or "too hot"!!??? Faux pas!

A plate of "fruits of the day" is placed in rooms between 4.00pm and 5.00pm daily. If you miss this, for whatever reason, ring Guest Services and they will happily make sure that you get it.

The hotel is large enough to provide a feeling of privacy even when operating at full capacity. Sunbeds (complete with towels and parasols) are in abundance around the pool and beach area. Complimentary cold flannels and pieces of fruit are given out at regular times during the day. Complimentary water is provided in the rooms on a daily basis so don't waste your money buying water at the pool! The pool and beach is manned at all times by lifeguards who take their role seriously and do not hesitate to politely reprimand overly boisterous young children!

The hotel organises a host of daytime and evening activities ie watersports, boat trips, scuba diving etc (weather permitting), live entertainment ie themed shows (there was a rendition of the musical "Cats" one evening!), cabaret singers (nothing to write home about I'm afraid!). Unfortunately, for most of our stay, the water based activities had to be cancelled due to adverse sea conditions.

The hotel also has excellent spa facilities and reasonably priced packages. The Ayuverdic treatments are a must and a bargain compared to London.

Shopaholics need not despair - the hotel provides a regular complimentary shuttle to Fujairah city (approximately one hour away) which has a range of hypermarkets but note does not compare with Dubai! If you really want the shopping malls of Dubai and can stomach the four hour round trip journey, the hotel also provides a twice weekly complimentary shuttle to Dubai and Sharjah. Taxis are relatively cheap, quicker than the shuttle and a good means of getting around but ask the hotel to organise this for you.
Wine, as one would expect, is relatively expensive in hotels in Islamic countries and unless you don't mind paying the equivalent of 20 pounds for a bottle of wine that would cost 4 pounds in the UK, I would steer away from this tipple. Beer and spirits, on the other hand, are reasonably priced.

All in all we had a wonderful time and would thoroughly recommend this hotel. If you want the ostentatious glitz and glamour of Dubai - then please, go to Dubai! The moral of the story - do your research!

Perfect for Rest & Relaxation

by A TripAdvisor Member

We have just returned from 10 days at this lovely hotel, following a hectic 4 days in Dubai and it proved to be the perfect oasis for R&R. An imaginatively designed hotel with a backdrop of mountains and the beach lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

The hotel offers every amenity for a beach holiday from a diving centre (which also offers snorkelling trips), the relaxing spa, to organised activities around the pool for those who wish to be a little more active, such as water volleyball or aqua aerobics. This hotel would suit couples or families providing they did not want entertainment outside the hotel complex. I would add however that there is a courtesy shuttle bus into Dubai twice a week and a regular courtesy bus into Fujairah.

There are a wide variety of restaurants available, although our particular favourite was the award winning “Taste” Thai restaurant.

There is high staff to guest ratio and they were all extremely courteous and helpful, able to converse with the guests in several languages. The rooms are spacious and kept scrupulously clean and the sea view balconies are an added bonus in all but the standard rooms.

Even at weekends when the hotel becomes busier there are still plenty of sun beds available around the pool and more than sufficient staff to cope with the additional guests.

We have been regular visitors to the U.A.E for the last 20 years, staying in a number of excellent hotels, but this ranks amongst the very best and are now counting the days until we return to the Al Aqah.

Luxurious hotel and interesting diving

by TripAdvisor Member Annaka

We stayed in the Meridien over Easter for 6 days

The Emirates flight was great and the transfer arranged by the hotel was prompt. When we arrived we were greeted at once with a cocktail and towel and shown to a really nice room on the 4th floor. The hotel is realy nicely designed in a sort of modern art deco style and the spaces inside it are very pleasant.

The views restaurant is excellent and the choice of food was amazing at all meals. We had one night at the Indian restaurant opposite and found the service very slow and the food unexciting, so we stuck with Views and were delighted with it. There was always a range of continental and middle eastern and eastern food. The middle eastern deserts were particularly nice, particuarly the hot deserts. We never had to wait to be seated, but maybe its becasue we got up and dined quite early

We spent the late evening in Astros bar, on the 20th floor with a super view of the hotel grounds at night. There was a very good guitarist and pleasant singer all nights we were there. You also get two drinks for the price of one there from 10-11 at night.

The gardens were also beautiful, full of exotic flowers and butterfiles, and they were beautifully lit at night with lights on all the palmn trees.

We also went diving every day, but the diving was a bit disappointing. My husband and I have about 200 dives between us and had heard that diving in the Musandam was particuarly good. However, we only had one day diving in the Musandam which was wonderful - the coral is exquisite and the shoreline dramatic and beautiful. It appears you have to book this and although we had booked 5 days diving we were only able to get on one trip. The team take you by car 30 mins to Dibba harbour where you get on a boat and head up the coast to Oman. It is a really lovely trip. But there are only 5 other main dive sites near the hotel, and at some of them e.g. Sharm Rocks, which we went to twice, the visibility was appalling. The first time we dived there visibility was literally one metre, there was so much plankton in the water. We could not even find the rocks about 6 metres in front of us. It was the worst dive I'd ever been on. Martini Rock and the two Inchcape wrecks were better. In fact we saw a huge amount of life on Martini Rock and the giant Moray on the wreck Inchcape 1 was brilliant, but by the time we went to Martini Rock for the third time it was less interesting, and the visibility was always around 4-8 metres. To see the pitcures that we took you can look at

http://homepage.mac.com/bobwalding/PhotoAlbum9.html

I think if we go back we will try Oman to ensure that the diving is better. However, if you are not just there for the diving, you will love it, the hotel is really superb.

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Le Meridien - Al Aqah Beach Resort

by aymank

Anyone has an idea how to get good price in that hotel for end of february?
thx

RE: Le Meridien - Al Aqah Beach Resort

by 37SingleMaleInDubai1

Well a good price is the lowest that you can get :-) for that you can try to call the hotel yourself and find out about their rates. You can reach them in many countries, check the following URL:

http://www.lemeridien.com/reservation_numbers.shtml

After knowing their rate then you can check with some of the travel agents in your area and if they can book you for the same and how much is their rate.
Making a decision afetr knowing the above would be easy.
Good luck.

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Address: Dibba Road, PO Box 3070, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates