Christian Stan, at 20 Jul. 17, in Hotels, News, Sea View Hotels

Set on the shoreline of a pristine beach and under an hour from Dubai, The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah is the cherry on top of an impressive new residential and lifestyle development, with stylish design and villas offering plenty of room for the family

Al Zorah is a unique, luxury destination in Ajman, with long, white sand beaches, azure lagoons and lush, green mangroves. Nestled within 247 acres (one million square metres) of protected forest, Al Zorah boasts exceptional biodiversity, and is home to almost sixty species of bird. Al Zorah also offers a championship golf course, kayaking and much more. The newest of luxury resorts in Ajman, Al Zorah is situated just 25 minutes from Dubai International airport and is entered on private roads.

Designed to make the most of the long stretch of near-deserted beachfront, The Oberoi Al  Zorah has a modern aesthetic. Seaview suites face the ocean on the elevated portion, while one-, two- and three-bedroom villas line the beachfront, some with temperature-controlled swimming pools and direct beach access. There’s a 24-hour gym and a separate yoga shala for complimentary classes in the morning, but the resort’s pièce de résistance is the pool. At 80 metres, it’s more than decent to do laps in, with plenty of sun loungers for read-by-the-pool afternoons.


For meals, beachfront grill restaurant Acquario serves fresh seafood from a menu laden with items like ceviche, Canadian lobster, sesame-crusted tuna or black tiger prawns with the option of marinades, from gremolata to ginger basil, and nutrient-rich salads. Breakfast is served at Vinesse, both a buffet and à la carte, from waffle lollipops and pancakes with fruit compote to bircher muesli and cold meats. When the weather is cooler, the plum seating is outside on the terrace, with a view of the Gulf alongside the rippled infinity pool. At lunch and in the evening, Vinesse offers decadent, seven-course tasting menus curated by chef Vishal Khulbe (who was an apprentice at El Bulli before rising to the top role at Oberoi Dubai). Or, diners can order western classics like Angus beef sliders served with slaw and salad, beef brisket and range of pastas.

The Oberoi Spa in Al Zorah offers Western, Eastern and signature Oberoi massage therapies, hammams and Ayurveda. We also have a children’s activity area, a sand box and shallow swimming pools for toddlers and young children.The spa-treatment suites are calming spaces with high ceilings and private bathrooms with patterned Oberoi robes and amenities, and tranquil courtyards.

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