Need to know
Eighty-nine, including 18 suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $224.61 (AED825), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
The hotel is surrounded by over a million mangroves.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, 24-hour gym, butler service, valet parking, library, 400-metre beach, watersports, table tennis, shuttle to Dubai Mall. In rooms: free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Forest Essential bath products.
Our favourite rooms
We loved the two-bedroom villas that line the shore at the lowest level of the property – they’re perfect for families, huge and the bathrooms have alfresco ablution opportunities courtesy of the outdoor showers. The hotel has an 80-metre pool, but if you’re concerned that’s not enough water, book a room with a private pool.
There’s a heated, family-friendly, 80-metre infinity pool overlooking the beach, with a lifeguard on duty between 8am and 7pm.
The spa has a steam room, sauna and treatment rooms with open-air showers and their own hammam. The therapists use Alqvimia products. There’s a yoga and meditation room next to the herb garden – free 45-minute sessions take place daily.
Sensible shoes for navigating this staggered resort and modesty-preserving pashminas and T-shirts.
Two of the bedrooms are suitable for wheelchair access and there are ramps throughout the resort, as well as buggies on request.
All ages welcome. Extra beds can be added to rooms, but the spacious villas are the best bet for families. The kids’ club is free and there are baby and toddler pools near the main pool. Babysitting can be arranged with a day’s notice.
Babies and up.
The two-bedroom villas line the beach and have plenty of space for families.
The kids’ club is free and includes a sandpit and gardens.
Table tennis, bicycle riding, beach, swimming.
There are two additional pools by the main pool, one for babies and one for toddlers. Arm bands, inflatables and floats can be borrowed, and a lifeguard is on duty all day.
Highchairs are available on request. Children are welcome in all dining venues at all times; there are no special menus, but dishes can be adapted and baby food and milk can be heated up.
Can be arranged with a day’s notice for 50 dirhams an hour (two-hour minimum), plus a surcharge and taxi fare after 11pm.
No need to pack
Bedlinen, changing mats, bottle-sterilising facilities, black-out blinds, books, DVDs, board games, puzzles, bicycle helmets.