“Are you sure we’re in Ajman?” I told my travel buddy as the hotel chauffer pulled up at the entrance of the recently opened The Oberoi Beach Resort.
We’ve been invited for a 48-hour stay, and we’re glad we came!
In front of us was a modernist, five-star destination; a hidden escape within the oasis called Al Zorah. A far cry from the sleepy, provincial emirate I remembered Ajman to be.
The property is expansive two hotel buildings with sea-facing rooms and suites. But our home for the weekend was a stunning two-bedroom beachside villa with a kitchenette, a terrace and its own private pool!
The space is perfect to host a party, with two bedrooms with their own bathroom and walk-in closet that can easily be sectioned off. The master bedroom has an inviting view of the terrace, the pool and sea, while the twin bedroom has its own patio with lounge chairs. A big feature in the villa is the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offered uninterrupted views of the garden and the beachfront.
Here’s a peek:
There are only two restaurants at this property, but you don’t really need more: The all-day dining Vinesse and the beachside seafood restaurant Aquario. Both offer good food with great views and ambiance. Aquario is a good place for a relaxed lunch, while Vinesse is good for those who would like a more intimate, fine dining setting. Both restaurants also have a good bar section.
Beach lovers will love the long stretch of beach here, complete with sun beds and four-poster day beds. Since we were staying in a villa with our own pool, there was no need to use the Olympic-sized pool at the hotel, and even that was already a popular hangout among guests.
The beautiful library near Vinesse was deserted, but really deserved a visit—if not for the handpicked titles, for its tranquil ambiance next to an expansive water feature. Those looking for more action can check out the yoga and meditation room, or the 24-hour gym. To relax, drop by Sensio Spa for much needed TLC.
What we liked
We loved the exclusivity and privacy of the villa. The private infinity pool was definitely a hit, along with the twin set of sunbeds and day beds. In-room dining was also a nice treat, and we loved having breakfast out on the terrace. It’s like finding paradise away from the bustle of Dubai without really travelling too far.
A premium two-bedroom villa costs Dh4,460 and the stay includes breakfast for four adults. The rate is subject to a 10 percent service charge and 10 percent tourism fee.
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