Fujairah’s coastline is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt in the Gulf; craggy mountains, sweeping beaches and an endless uninterrupted ocean. Once known as a sleepy landscape with little to do but hike, swim and dive, the emirate is undergoing a renaissance with the opening of two new stylish hotels. At just a two-hour drive from Dubai, Fujairah is the ultimate destination for a peaceful and nature-packed escape from the bustle of the UAE’s cities. Here are the best Fujairah hotels to check into for a stylish beachy getaway.
The best Fujairah hotels to book now
Palace Beach Resort Fujairah
The latest addition to Fujairah’s five-star hotel scene is Palace Beach Resort Fujairah, another property from Emaar Hospitality. Part of the opulent Palace brand – known for its Arabian palace in Downtown Dubai – the beachfront oasis backs onto the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and has a stretch of private beach. The property itself is an homage to Arabian heritage, but with its feet firmly planted in the present. Arabesque design touches (like jewel tones and mashrabiya) are found throughout, adding a touch of opulence to a stay in Fujairah, and there are three elegant dining outlets: Middle Eastern Ewaan, casual poolside and terrace Buhayra Lounge and Al Bayt – the setting for coffees and sweet treats. There’s a shiny new gym, along with a spa and wellness area, allowing you to enjoy a truly luxurious experience in the eastern emirate.
Doubles from AED455; Corniche Road, Al Faseel; addresshotels.com
Address Beach Resort Fujairah
One of the newest additions to Fujairah’s staycation scene, and one of the most luxurious Fujairah hotels, Address Beach Resort Fujairah is perfectly perched between the Hajar Mountains and golden beachfront. The property set a new standard for luxury in the emirate, bringing the brand’s classic modern Arabian hospitality and five-star brand standards to the eastern emirate for the first time – providing a failsafe place to stay for a long weekend or peaceful week. There are 196 guest rooms and suites, from deluxe king and twin rooms to one- and two-bedroom suites perfect for family-friendly stays. For those looking to explore Fujairah’s impressive underwater world, there’s an on-site diving centre, while adventurers can enjoy hiking tours during the cooler months that make the most of the beautiful mountain backdrop. For dining, a culinary array of four restaurants and bars includes Address’ signature all-day dining concept, The Restaurant, a cool pool bar and a relaxing lobby lounge, where an elegant afternoon tea is served daily (popular with the locals). Families are taken care of with a kids club and outdoor play area that will keep little travellers busy, while adults can enjoy five-star fitness and wellbeing facilities, including three cascading swimming pools, a modern spa and a gym with views onto the pools.
Doubles from AED 665; addresshotels.com
Royal M Al Aqah Beach Hotel and Resort
Directly opposite the famous Snoopy Island, Royal M Al Aqah Beach Hotel and Resort is one of the most loved Fujairah hotels. The resort sits on Al Aqah Beach, backed by the Hajar mountains, with its own dive school, spa and wellness centre, pools, watersports area, ballroom, private chalets, children’s club and more. The property has 218 upscale rooms and suites, but the real treat is the 15 private chalets – akin to hotel apartments with multiple bedrooms, kitchenettes and large private terraces with sea views. Because of this, the property is ideal for long stays in Fujairah, on top of being equidistant between vibey Khorfakkan and peaceful Dibba. An Asian restaurant, buffet and rooftop bar with those same ocean and beach views complete the elevated offering.
Doubles from AED540; Dibba Road Al Aqah Beach; royalmhotels.com
InterContinental Fujairah Resort
Set on Al Aqah Beach at the foot of the Hajar Mountains – with snorkelling spots within easy reach – is the InterContinental Fujairah Resort. The whitewashed façade is clean and contemporary yet Arabesque; neutral tones and local influences are understated, giving sweeping ocean and mountain views the spotlight. Each of the 190 guest rooms and suites boasts a balcony and Gulf views; rooms are modern and elegant, and bathrooms are stocked with luxe Amouage toiletries. Top-tier suites and rooms have Club InterContinental® perks, including private check in and check out, and complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails at designated signature locations across the property. For dining, all-day, modern Nama has floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive outdoor terrace, ensuring sea views throughout the year. Drift Seafood Kitchen & Bar has a seafood menu, indoor and outdoor seating – right next to the beach – and cosy fire pits, while a glamorous lounge bar serves coffees and cocktails. Four swimming pools offer options for family fun.
Doubles from AED 350; Al Aqah Beach, Dibba Road; ihg.com
Also located on the coast of Dibba is Fairmont Fujairah, offering uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Oman on one side and the dramatic Al Hajjar Mountains on the other. A modern-Arabian art hotel with a quirky vibe, the stark black-and-white lobby doubles as a ‘gallery’ for a mix of local artworks, typography and a Berber-rug-styled reception area. The 180 rooms continue the black-and-white Arabesque theme with Art Deco hints in the marble bathrooms, mirrors and velvet sofas. All-day Canvas serves modern international cuisine; find light bites and caffeine hits at Café Pronto and Arteasan; diners can look forward to Asian fare at Iammai, and sample the day’s fresh catch at The Copper Lobster. Staff are friendly and helpful; plenty of pools, beaches and activities keep even the most energetic entertained.
Doubles from AED 350; Mina Al Fajer, Suwayfah, Al Fqait; fairmont.com/fujairah
Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort
On Al Aqah Beach, well-positioned to reach numerous Gulf of Oman diving sites, is Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort. This modern, bright hotel features beachy touches like oversized shorefront artwork, and frequently draws in mini breakers from Dubai, who favour it as one of the best Fujairah hotels. The 218 rooms were revamped a few years ago and feature floor-to-ceiling windows and white-marble bathrooms; the 48sqm standard tooms are the largest entry-level room on Fujairah’s coast and are all complete with walk-in wardrobes. There’s a vast array of dining options – nine in total – offering global cuisines from Indian to Italian.
Doubles from AED 400; Dibba Road, Al Aqah Beach; lemeridien-alaqah.com