Another jampacked weekend with a lot of first time activities. Our weekend getaway with one of the prominent beach resorts in Fujairah, Sandy Beach Hotel and Resort was one for the books. Surely had a great time staying here.
Since check in time was at 3.00pm, we left Dubai at around 10.30am (enough for us to prepare our stuff). Dubai to Fujairah, another of the 7 emirates, takes 2 hours to drive. We arrived at the hotel at 12.30pm and fortunate enough to have our rooms ready.
We had 2 studio type rooms (Aed900/rm) for a group of 6 adults and a baby. Originally, we opted for the 2 bedroom chalet but the hotel was already fully booked. We were advised that if we wanted to book our preferred rooms, we should book 3 weeks ahead.
But nonetheless, we had a spectacular view.
I love the concept of the hotel. It is not your typical high rise hotel. The hotel resort’s area is huge and divided into several types: studio, 1BR, 2Br and chalets. It is a nice place to stay for families and also if you’re in for adventure.
After resting from the long drive, we decided to try the parasailing.
Parasailing… such an exciting experience
Should you wish to take advantage of this, you must proceed to the nearby hotel, Miramar Beach Hotel and Resort.
lobby of miramar hotel
Fee: AED250 for 30minutes (with boatride)
If you want to take your photos taken, you have to pay an extra (hear me out!) another AED250. Too much, if you’re going to ask me.
But the experience was worth the record. 🙂
We were taken on a speedboat and rode a few meters away from the shore. There were 3 groups, us and another 2 couples. When asked by the boat staff who wants to go first, we got all giddy and raised our hands, me and my other 2 friends. They placed us on a saddle and hooked us up at the sail and were instructed to just sit tight and hold the ropes that attached us to the sail. We followed like kids and up, up we went, high at the sky.
It was tranquil above with breathtaking views of the mountains and oceans. Loved the breeze (it was almost sunset). After 10minutes and photos taken, we were pulled down. The operator even had a playful descent so were splashed with water.
Overall, it was a smooth ride. 🙂 And once on the boat, we were applauded by the entire group. Haha! Came next were the couple who were afraid at first but when they saw us having a great time up there, they relaxed and looked forward to their turn.
All through out the trip, Bob Marley was our background music. Brought me back to Boracay days that I sorely miss.
Going back to the hotel after that fun adventure, we grilled some porkchops and sausages beside the hotel, a campsite (and it is for free) where there were a lot of campers who enjoyed the same view that we have. Since we weren’t booked in a chalet that has its own grilling station, we had no choice but to proceed to the campsite which was just a 10minute walk from the hotel. Didn’t matter though. Still had fun.
After dinner, we strolled within the hotel’s vicinity. There’s an outdoor pool, a mini park, sprawling greeneries. The place too has its own bar where a live band plays at night. If you have nothing else to do, you can unwind and listen to contemporary music. They also have buy 1 take 1 promo every 10.00pm till 11.00pm.
There’s a lounge area as well which I found so cozy and nice for gazing stars.
We ended the night having a few drinks.
The next day we woke up early to hit the beach. Once again there’s so much beauty. Snoopy Island, as what they call it, is a famous spot for diving and snorkeling. And it is just across our hotel.
We rented our gears (AED70) at the hotel’s own Diving Center and swam towards the Snoopy Island. If you opt for a guide, the Center has an extensive menu of its services.
No photos though were taken because we were too excited to start another adventure. The snorkeling took a good one hour (back and forth). Just a reminder before you snorkel, better eat something because it is a very tiring activity.
Left the hotel with a smile on my face. We all had a wonderful stay.
And went back to Dubai with this beautiful sunset snap.
Price: quite costly
Will we go back? Most definitely.