Le Meridien | Fujairah

Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort is a rare sight to see and a majestic place to behold. Located in the emirate of Fujairah in the UAE, this wonderful family get-away hotel and resort is such a spectacular work of architecture with a panoramic view overlooking the Gulf of Oman and the rocky Al Hajar Mountains as its backdrop.

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Last February 2017, my husband and I decided to spend our precious vacation to discover the beauty of the northern emirates in the UAE. Through the help of other blogs and travel websites, we came across a discount voucher for a 2-night stay at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort. We were hesitant at first due to the location of the hotel as it is very far from the capital city of Abu Dhabi which I am currently residing. The hotel itself will take 4 hours to reach via public transportation although we, later on, discovered that they have a shuttle coming from Dubai.

But as the saying goes, the most beautiful places are the ones that are hardest to reach, we took a decision to try the resort. We took off from the RTA Buses located in Union Square bus station in Dubai. The ticket costs 25 dirhams for a one-way trip. The ride from Dubai to Fujairah’s city centre lasted for 2 hours, from that point, we took a taxi (which was colored in apple green 🙂 ) and paid around 80 dirhams for the one-hour trip going to Le Meridien. It was a good thing that the cab driver knew the way going there as some of the drivers, he said, were not very familiar with the place.

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As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted with warm welcomes from the friendly hotel staff plus a couple of free drinks and a hot towel. It was also a great blessing that one of the receptionists who assisted us was a Filipina and she upgraded our room so that we can experience one with a balcony. The amazing view of the pool and the beach in itself is worth the trouble of getting into the place. It was really fun to see the beauty of the resort’s pool and cottages near the beach. After we have unpacked our things and rested for a while, spent the rest of the day taking photos of the hotel and its surroundings.

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readers nook inside the hotel. Best for me time.

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For our first night, we ordered ala carte meals in the hotel’s restaurant. There are also other dining places inside the hotel. It was in this hotel that I have tasted the best lamb chops I’ve had in my entire life. Beer and other alcoholic drinks are also served in the restaurant. The morning breakfast buffet consisted of international cuisines, and for those who love pork, the resto serves fried bacon for your dining pleasure.

the best lamb chops
the best lamb chops

On our 2nd day in the resort, we tried swam in the beach and enjoyed the warm and cloudy weather while watching the seabirds dive into the ocean to catch their preys. The waves were also fun to slide with. Afterwards, we found ourselves swimming in the resort’s pool which was very clean and pristine. Swimming towels are free and there are lifeguards deployed near the pools and beach.

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The resort also boasts of different kinds of activities like table tennis and chess and others are children games like the snakes and ladders. The hotel is also surrounded by other resorts like Rotana.

snakes and ladders
snakes and ladders

 

who missed this childhood game?
who missed this childhood game?

On the day of our departure, the hotel allowed us to stay in the premises even after we have checked out so we can join the free shuttle going to Fujairah’s city centre (though they only have limited timings for this). The bus came around 4 pm in the afternoon and dropped us in the Fujairah City Centre mall. The RTA bus stop is near at the back of the mall just beside the police headquarters. At that time we did not find it; that’s why we took a cab again and brought us to the first bus stop which the RTA buses drop off and pick up passengers. It was another 2-hour ride going back to Dubai.

The Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort is a wonderful family-oriented place which captivates vacationers thru its perfect location away from the busy cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. It was a really a magical trip going here and I can’t wait to come back again.

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Views Restaurant | Le Meridien, Fujairah

So sorry for updating this blog just now. I have been busy with form signing for Burj Al Arab lately and include this busy schedule at work and kitchen training. Superwoman!

Le Meridien is far from the city of Fujairah but it will be all worth the travel hours. Located at ground floor of Le Meridien Al Aqah, views will give you wide array of choices from Western, Indian, Arabic and European. Views restaurant is not just your ordinary fine dining to-go place. It is a combination of fine dining and buffet rolled into one. You heard it correctly, you can do buffet or choose a la carte if you just wanted a simple and classy meal.

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So hubby and I decided to try their A la Carte menu on the first day and ditch the normal buffet which people going crazy about. The staff here is really friendly and have a nice service.

On the first-night hubby ordered Lamb Chops. This is a prime Australian lamb chops with roasted potatoes, spring vegetables and mint crumbs. This dish is to die for. For meat lovers like the both of us, we really preferred our meat “medium rare” because we wanted to preserve the juiciness and aroma of the meat. Back to business, their lamb is soft, perfect with a nice choice of red wine, and it is juicy. The potatoes and asparagus are the perfect combinations of the meat.

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You tell me that it’s really medium rare.

So I ordered salmon steak which includes wilted baby spinach, spring vegetables, and fennel safron nage. I don’t know what’s with salmon that it is my favourite till now. Their salmon steak is cooked to perfection and it compliments with the safron sauce and that asparagus is soft and chewy. Overall I love this the most.

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Who would not love this food?

We also tried other foods like this Oriental Mixed Grill which includes lamb chops, lamb kebab and kofta. It was okay, I like the lamb chops and lamb kebab. The combination of lamb chips and kebab is good but hope they will remove the kofta and replace a new one. Maybe I’m just a little bias with the lamb chops!

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Bucatini “Puttanesca” style with prawn is love. I love how they cook the pasta just the perfect way. Ingredients include roasted garlic prawns, olives, capers, chillies, anchovies, tomatoes, extra olive oil, white wine, and fresh herbs. The only thing I don’t like is that they put a lot of chillies. Overall it was excellent. They did not control the number of pawns (yes I counted it all and it is 8 in total).

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Sea Bass includes pan seared sea bass, wilted fennel, roasted potatoes, olives, and tomatoes. Imagine how they can turn a simple dish to elegant one?! Real food lovers will understand how plating will do its work when serving it to the guest.

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COD Fish and Chips is the normal fries and fish that you get from outside, but what makes it different from the other restaurants offering it is that they cooked it perfectly and you cannot taste oil too much in it.

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Before leaving you with this wonderful foods, we also tried their signature eclairs given by the Marketing Manager of Le Meridien themselves.

For more information and other food offerings, you may contact them with the details below:

Telephone Nos.: 09 2444514 / 09 244 9000
Website: http://www.lemeridien-alaqah.com/