Near+Far’s Airbnb of the Week spotlights unique and desirable private rentals across the Middle East, offering a private, stylish, and homely alternative to a hotel stay. This week’s is an Airbnb in Fujairah, a traditionally decorated lodge amidst rural farms, mountains and nature transporting guests to a simpler time with vintage memorabilia and earthy interiors
Nestled amidst the verdant embrace of the UAE’s Fujairah emirate – known for its rugged mountainous landscapes and tranquillity – AlQala Lodge invites guests to step back in time. Once a cherished family home, this Airbnb in Fujairah has been meticulously renovated, preserving the echoes of generations past while embracing the allure of contemporary comfort. Its warm, traditional-inspired interiors such as vintage items (think sewing machines, radios and gramophones) and arabesque touches, invite weary travellers and discerning individuals alike to escape the clamour of the modern world; plus it sleeps up to 12 guests and has ample outdoor space.
Encircled by sprawling farms, majestic mountains, and the refreshing embrace of nature, ALQalaa Lodge provides an idyllic retreat for hiking enthusiasts, artistic souls, and families seeking a harmonious connection with the environment. The hosts of the lodge have been welcoming guests since 2020 and is known for providing a seamless experience – and is the perfect group or family escape for an upcoming public holiday, the UAE long weekend or even just a road trip away.
AlQala Lodge is located in Fujairah, an emirate on the eastern shores of the United Arab Emirates. This rustic landscape feels a million miles away from the hustle of cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but is actually an approachable drive (1 hour 20 minutes from Dubai) – making it the perfect stay even for a weekend. The Airbnb in Fujairah lies inland near the sleepy town of Masafi, a quiet outdoor area with just the sounds of birds and wildlife. The town itself is famed for its natural springs and is home to the remains of a traditional Arabic fort, and guests will also find a Friday Market to the west of the town selling carpets, ceramics and produce. The seaside town of Khorfakkan is also a 30-minute drive away, with a thriving coffee culture, shops, a heritage village and the famous Khorfakkan waterfall and amphitheatre – which hosts regular gigs.
Al Qala Lodge is a large four-bedroom lodge that can accommodate up to twelve guests – perfect for groups and families. Step into the lodge’s air-conditioned interiors, where four tastefully appointed bedrooms provide ample space for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Equipped with a microwave, oven, refrigerator, and an array of cooking utensils, the kitchen allows guests to whip up delectable meals and share laughter-filled moments over plates of home-cooked meals. For those seeking an alfresco dining experience, the lodge’s barbecue area provides the perfect setting for grilling under the starlit sky. Unwind in the private backyard with breathtaking mountain views, making the most of the tranquillity of the surroundings. Al Qala Lodge ensures that every member of the family is entertained and engaged. Video games and board games provide hours of amusement for the little ones, while the shared garden and grounds offer ample space for outdoor games and exploration. Guests have access to a shared garden and grounds with a private outdoor pool that’s open 24 hours – plus there are beach towels, umbrellas, and beach blankets available.
This relaxing accommodation offers everything needed for a low-key escape along with family or groups with similar nature-inspired interests. The lodge’s four bedrooms, each featuring either king or single beds, provide ample space for restful slumber while room-darkening shades ensure a night of undisturbed peace. Each bedroom is thoughtfully adorned with traditional Emirati accents, blending seamlessly with modern comforts to create an atmosphere of both authenticity and luxury. Four well-equipped bathrooms ensure that guests can unwind in the utmost comfort. The lodge also has plenty of hideaways with cushioned areas perfect for moments of quiet reflection or communal dining. As the sun dips below the horizon, guests can gather around the outdoor campfire pits, where traditionally upholstered sofas invite intimate storytelling under a canopy of stars.
The lodge’s kitchen, while retaining a touch of traditional charm, is equipped with modern conveniences, including a concrete countertop, a well-stocked crockery and utensil cupboard, and a kettle for preparing warm beverages. Ensuite bathrooms provide invigorating showers, and guests are pampered with quality bath, hand, and pool towels. The wardrobe houses a hairdryer, torch, lamp, and ample hanging space, ensuring that even extended stays are comfortable and hassle-free. Shelves provide additional storage for personal belongings, making the lodge a true home away from home.
What To Do near your Airbnb in Fujairah
Explore the Neighborhood: Embark on a leisurely stroll through the tranquil neighbourhood surrounding AlQala Lodge, immersing yourself in the charm of the local community. Discover hidden gems and experience the authentic essence of Masafi.
Embark on a Hiking Adventure: Lace up your hiking boots and embark on an invigorating journey along the newly established hiking trail, accessible directly from AlQala Lodge. Traverse through breathtaking landscapes and connect with the region’s natural beauty.
Immerse Yourself in Local Culture: Venture into the heart of Masafi by visiting the renowned Friday Market and Masafi Market. Browse through an array of traditional handicrafts, local produce, and cultural treasures, capturing the essence of Emirati life.
Explore Al Taiba Village: Delve into the rich heritage of Al Taiba Village by embarking on a scenic walk along the Al Taiba Hiking Trail. Uncover the village’s hidden gems and immerse yourself in its unique cultural tapestry.
Step Back in Time at Al Taiba Museum: Embark on a journey through history at the Al Taiba Museum, where a collection of artefacts and monuments gathered from the local community awaits your exploration. Discover the fascinating stories that lie within these relics of the past.
Unwind in Floral Serenity: Immerse yourself in a vibrant display of colours at the nearby flowers farm and cactus farm. Capture breathtaking photographs amidst the blooming blossoms and discover the wonders of the natural world.