Need to know
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $931.09 (AED3,420), excluding tax at 21 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of AED15.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates exclude breakfast (available for AED150 a person).
The hotel has its own private patch of white-sand beach.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, beach onsite, gym, outdoor cinema, tennis court, free valet parking. In rooms: Bose media system, Nespresso coffee machine, Molton Brown bath products, air-conditioning, flatscreen TV, free bottled water and minibar with free snacks.
Our favourite rooms
The villas are all pleasingly huge with windows for walls (ergo lots of natural light), private pools and king-size beds. We love the Beach Villas, which line the hotel’s main strip of sand and enjoy direct access to it. Families or groups of friends should book the two-bedroom options, but it’s worth noting that some of these are pretty close to the Smoking Pineapple bar and aren’t as quiet as other villas.
Each villa has its own pool, but there are two outdoor heated infinity ones to dip into as well.
The spa has six treatment rooms, each built on the rocks right at the water’s edge for a natural soundtrack that beats any whale music. Everything from aromatherapy to Ayurveda is available, as well as personal trainers and Pilates and yoga tuition.
Temperatures in the Emirates can regularly reach scorchio: fill that luggage with sunhats, breezy linens and cooling cotton.
There is a Beach Villa adapted for wheelchair access.
All ages welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to most rooms. Babysitting is available for 50 dirhams an hour, with a day’s notice.
Babies and up.
Each room category is big enough for extra beds; otherwise, opt for a two-bedroom villa.
The kids’ club will give adults serious envy: it includes a treehouse, zipline, swings, kitchen, sandpit, cinema and climbing wall, as well as your average playground.
Arts and crafts, watersports, cycling, pool table, table tennis, face painting, nail art, board games, shell painting...
Lifeguards are on duty and there are various floats and inflatables to use.
Each of the three restaurants has a child-friendly section on its menu, as well as baby-changing facilities. Staff can heat up meals and milk. Highchairs and booster seats are available.
Babysitting can be arranged with a day’s notice; the service costs 50 dirhams an hour plus tax.
No need to pack
No need to pack Swim nappies, black-out blinds, bottle-sterilising facilities, changing mats, socket covers, stairgates.
Baby monitors can be borrowed on request.
The hotel uses locally sourced, organic ingredients that have been grown on-site where possible; local building materials were used in the construction and design.