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Wellness & Massage – Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana + 60 Min Massage #Giveaway

Wellness & Massage – Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana + 60 Min Massage #Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS:

Winner is Zainub Naeem . Please send email with your full name and contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com to claim your voucher within 2 days, incase of failure another winner will be chosen.

Are you ready to experience the new Wellness and Massage facility at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana ?

Ladies and gentlemen, this newly opened spa at the hotel goes above and beyond our expectations! Since we thoroughly loved our aromatherapy session, hence (courtesy to our client) giving one reader a chance to experience the same at Wellness and MassageKhalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana. Please find details at the end of this review.

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Massage Treatment:

We experienced serenity in a wonderful Couple Massage session. It was an exclusive pampering and unforgettable time we had in their haven of tranquil. We were also impressed to know about the extensive range of restorative and invigorating treatments they offer.

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Located on the 2nd floor at the Beach Club, the new Wellness and Massage facility features 6 treatment suites and 2 luxurious relaxation rooms the area is quite spacious. I loved the long alley where you make your way into the Wellness and Massage facility. They kept the lights effect dimmer and the ambiance with wall hangings so serene that you will start getting into the mood of relaxation.  You will indulge in revitalizing treatment thanks to their dedicated team of specialists who will encourage a hale and hearty well-being for both your body and mind, using only premium quality natural products by Aromatherapy Associates London (the leading experts within aromatherapy for over 30 years of experience).

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Staff & Therapist:

The staff was so welcoming and supportive and will make you feel immediately comfortable. Upon arrival we were seated in a relaxing area and get to have refreshment and detox juices, plus a warm smile by all the staff!

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The masseuses gave the impression that they have a good knowledge and know what they are doing. We have been handed over an information form along with consent where all the required info by therapist has been generated via questionnaire and has been reconcile with us where ever it’s been not clear by our therapist as we conclude and handed over the form.

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Then we had been asked to choose the therapy Oil which later used in your treatment and as per them basically you body and mind works together in deciding the aroma connected to the kind of relaxation is required, deep tissue, revive, rejuvenate, anti-stress etc.

Our therapist has guided us to the changing room, well fitted with lockers to keep your essentials while you will change and be prepared for the massage. Changing area is also fitted with the shower and a mirror to dress up after you leave the area. Bath robe and slippers were provided. Afterwards we went to a couple’s therapy treatment room which has been beautifully lit with dimmed yellow soothing effect and is smelling amazing. Beds were cleanly lined and it’s a comfortable head resting you get there.

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Throughout the massage time at different intervals, therapist had a check on the level of pressure been applied on different areas. The massage was so relaxing that I even snooze out for some good plenty minutes. This treatment surely altered my mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being.

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Use of Aromatic Oil in Massage:

The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to a number of ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs along with beliefs of the time regarding their healing properties. For massage they are been infused creating blends that enhance its inherent properties, turning them into rich beautifully scented products that deliver fantastic results.

WOW Factor:

  • DSC_0178Soothing Skin Cooler package that soothe and re-hydrate over-exposed treatment skin with this cooling and refreshing treatment, it is one of the unique treatments we had discovered.
  • Personalized programs for the benefit of esteemed guests.
  • De-Stress sports Massage which is deep restorative treatment specially designed for key muscles.
  • Nurturing therapy for mothers to be is a full body treatment will leave you feeling lifting and at peace.
  • Try Balinese Massage & reach the ultimate state of relaxation or go for Thai Massage in case you need the most energizing and rigorous rub.

 

All in all we have experienced the perfect Wellness and Massage experience that suits our individual needs and make our visit at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Abu Dhabi even more treasured. With a range of signature invigorating massage treatments, cleansing scrubs, renewing wraps and facials with customized aromatherapy experiences, it offers a relaxing environment. My aromatherapy massage was firm and relaxing and the oil made skin soft and smell so good. I went back home with serenity and tranquility.

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Opened daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

For more information please call 02 657 0188, Email: wellness.khalidiya@rotana.com

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Faten Hammad Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Tel: 00971 2 6570220 E-mail: faten.hammad@rotana.com

For More information on Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana click these pages here: Facebook, Twitter, IG.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: (1 WINNER)

Mahi Blog and Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana have teamed up to offer one lucky Mahi Blog reader “60 minutes massage session

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

21- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the treatments /service at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana? (Hint here)

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on September 22nd, 2015.  Only UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Marketing Team & Management & our ever smiling and humble host Faten & staff/therapists at Wellness & Massage. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in hotels, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Retreat, Spa, STAYCATIONS, TRIPS

 

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Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Hotel Review & Win ‘Wok with Me’ Friday Brunch for 2 at Urban Kitchen.

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Hotel Review & Win ‘Wok with Me’ Friday Brunch for 2 at Urban Kitchen.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

Congratulations “link2reema” you are a winner for Friday Brunch for 2 at DUSIT THANI ABUDHABI – Urban Kitchen themed brunch “Wok with Me”. Send an email with your full name & contact details at mahiblog.ae@gmail.com within 2 days to claim you prize.

Enjoy the Brunch and lovely Friday !! 🙂

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Location:

Centrally located close to the city’s Eastern Mangroves habitat and a short drive from the Corniche, near to new business and government district, adjacent to the CERT Technology Park. The hotel is also an ideal choice for business and leisure travelers. It had perfect location from where you can explore the graceful capital of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is close-by while Abu Dhabi International Airport is a mere 20 minutes drive from here. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle bus service to key points of interest / entertainment and shopping malls in Abu Dhabi.

Theme and Decor Inspiration:

Blending the best of both cultures, the hotel exudes Arabian opulence instill with strokes of Thai warmth with a well-known stature and unique architecture design. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Hotel has 402 rooms and suites combined. Each room has a wonderful mix of Thai influences and modern lifestyle and has been beautifully designed with the savvy traveller in mind, hotel is daunting with Skydome spanning extensive pre-function areas that can host up to 1,000 guests and is already a preferred location and home for many educational and Industrial seminars and Company hosted Events.

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Arrival and Check-in:

23773844You will reach the venue easily via markings of Muroor Street (4th Street), opposite the Mohammed Bin Zayed football stadium. The area is nested with business and government buildings, and there’s a convenient footbridge from infront of the stadium. If by car and coming from Bus Station toward stadium you will take a U-turn from signal and then 2nd exit will go on Ramp to arrive right infront of the Hotel’s main lobby entrance. The valet staff (I must mention very humble and greet you with smile) will take your car and luggage as you arrive in the beautiful lobby (which is impressive and by some means homely) from glass-fronted hotel tower, you can’t miss the soaring atrium which is indeed one of the best elevations (Art Structure) in UAE . To the left is the reception desk and to the right is Orchid lounge with a grand piano and a coffee bar.

F&B:

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi offers an array of exquisite restaurants including Benjarong – award-wining Thai cuisine, The Capital Grill – offering steaks and Mediterranean specialties and Urban Kitchen – international all-day dining. The hotel’s signature restaurant is the Thai Benjarong.

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During our stay, we enjoyed our breakfast in Urban Kitchen and had attended “Wok With Me” theme based Friday brunch at the same venue. Aside from the all-day dining restaurant, the hotel also has The Capital Grill, a sophisticated New York-style steakhouse and bar.

Wok with Me Brunch :

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I totally love the idea and concept of this food extravaganza. No need to book a flight ticket to indulge in Asia’s unsurpassed gastronomy. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi has got his guest at Urban Kitchen covered with an exclusive Asian Wok with Me Brunch in Capital! Guests can create their own favourite Thai curry made-to-order, which we thoroughly loved, Mahi Blog Instagram Fans can enjoy the video HERE.

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In this month’s promotion you will find delight in a wide spread of Asian specialties from Thailand, Japan, China and India.  Live cooking stations include French raclette with an Asian twist (what a fine concept), tandoori, seafood bar, wok noodles, Pandan and coconut flavored crepes.

While doing brunch during our stay we even enjoyed at the Cheese counter and our drooling Instagram video has been featured on #SimplyAbuDhabi page too.. Have a look here, it might make you hungry! You can make it a cheese platter the way you like on the display where fruits and dry fruits as well to be accompanied by melted cheese.

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Staff & Services :

Majority of the staff we noticed in Hotel are from Thailand, always meet you with warm gesture and smile and carry themselves in a delicate, heartening and distinguished manner and will greet you in their traditional thai style by greeting “Sawasdee”. Check-in and check-out were fuss-free and prompt.

Stay:

Though I notice this hotel has more business than leisure guests in weekdays however the trend is totally mix during weekends and especially holidays and vacation breaks season. This is one of the best Staycation and is liked immensely amongst the families. I found the lobby and lounge areas filled largely by very elegantly-dressed Emiratis conducting meetings, while there is Salon and Gym being very famous in locally & near-by areas residing people and hotel guests.

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Rooms

dtad_accommodation_deluxe-room_1088x648My room, a one-bedroom suite, has an excellent view while floor-to-ceiling windows offering beautiful views of the Capital, but don’t forget to close them at night else the flashing airline warning lights attached to corner of the building might bother you. The large marble bathroom was an extravagance. The rooms and hanging art pieces in them and on floors alley are theme co-ordinate with carpets and furniture.

Other facilities:

A host of facilities and services, including Namm Spa and DFiT Fitness Centre, allow guests to cultivate their minds and bodies, they can enjoy a workout at the fully equipped state-of-the art gym, enjoy swimming in the outdoor swimming pool, relax in the Jacuzzi or indulge in a signature massage treatment in spa, where we had enjoyed our amazing treatment, see complete review of Namm Spa HERE.

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi is an exciting and exclusive addition to a sophisticated global group where we had a complete Thai experience with luxury and astonishing eye-soothing designs. Standing at 37 storey’s, boasting the third highest hotel atrium in the world, it is well on its way to achieving landmark status. In short it is one of the best locations we stayed and reviewed. Mahi Blog will rate this stay 4.7 over 5 on likeness & comfort.

Find more info on there FB page here or go to their Website.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: 

Mahi Blog and Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Wok with Me – Friday Brunch for 2 at Urban Kitchen”

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     How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following: DSC_0143

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurants at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on September 4th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi Management, Gehan & Rami and our host staff at restaurant. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. Pictures are owned by Mahi Blog except few which are provided by the Hotel itself. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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Iftar Review: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi plus #Contest teaser

Iftar Review: Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi plus #Contest teaser

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Guests are invited to enjoy their Iftar in Dusit style! Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, the iconic Thai hotel in the city, is really famous for organizing such themes events evolving from the Social, Educational, Seasonal, Commercial to Traditional festival events like Street Food exhibitions from Thailand where everyone gets involved.

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This year they have arranged the same in Exclusive preview to embrace the spirit of the holy month where the guests enjoyed the magical Ramadan delights under their iconic sky dome in lobby. In addition, Urban Kitchen, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant is preparing special delicacies and items for Ramadan Iftar buffet.

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We sampled an array of Traditional Arabic and Turkish Favourites that are very native to their regions and been widely consumed and liked by the diners during Fatoor and Sahour. All in all it was a great evening with lots of prizes and draw and of course amazing food to satisfy a foodie’s taste buds.

Please click HERE to view about our Ramadan Promotion coverage for the property and also keep an eye on the page as we will soon be publishing the Hotel Stay review and chance for you to win some voucher 😉 Share to increase your chances to win !

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For more information or reservations, please email reservation.table@dusit.com; call +971 2 698 8888 or visit http://www.dusit.com/dtad

 

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Iftar Review: Fairways – The Westin AUH Golf Resort & Spa + WIN Iftar Buffet for 2

Iftar Review: Fairways – The Westin AUH Golf Resort & Spa + WIN Iftar Buffet for 2

Marsha you are the winner. Please send your contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com asap. As the voucher is just valid till end of ramadan. If you won’t send email within today another winner will be chosen tomorrow.

CONGRATULATIONS.

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Make this Ramadan memorable over Iftar buffet at The Westin Abu Dhabi takes place on Fairways , from sunset till 20:30 pm . You may take advantage of their delicious Iftar and Sohour in this award-winning restaurant.  As far as buffets go I always find Fairways fairly decent and in the Ramadan buffet it features live cooking stations with authentic Arabic delicacies with delicious Asian & International flavors

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The atmosphere in Ramadan get extra nice and rather homely, as we believe that in this location much-needed time can be spent in edifying great vibes, sharing your meal and embracing that spiritual feeling and taking them from strength to strength. Fairways puts on a delicate and delicious offering in form of delicacies from around the world reflecting all the delicious cuisines offered in the hotel.

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The staff is chiefly polite and attentive, though they have a fairly extensive spread, We have been warmly greeted by Leon & Vineeta from outlet Management. I must need t mention “Jose” here, one of the staff who has been so courteous and attended us through out. He was very alert and prompt in his services.

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 The quality of the food varies though, so you really must pick wisely, as they have selected Chinese counter, Indian cuisine as well as Arabic cuisine. Salad variety is amazing. While you’re the buffet selection you’re sure to be tempted by the delectable dishes on offer at Fairways. My kids loved their baked cheesy pasta and

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Dry fruits counter is presented close to the entrance, in the centre of the buffet so that you can take a small plate of dates and dried fruit and a glass of laban or my ever favorite Jallab/Gellab and kamareldin in drinks to your table as you are being seated.

WOW FACTOR:

What amuses us most (adult and kids) is their traditional Dondurma ice cream, and next to it the attractive counter for so many flavors of ice cream to choose from along with over 10 toppings. It’s the finest treat for the mini creatures that went along with me to fairways.

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Our Favorites:

In Cold Mezzeh our favourites were Tabouleh, Fatouch, Shanklish, Mohamara. You must try their Baby Cucumber Pickles, Labneh Ball & Marinated Feta Cheese in the JAR! We like Cheese cigar roll & Meat Fatayer in Hot Mezzeh. Karouf Mahshi (Ouzi Lamb) at the Carving station was scrumptious. I was so full while munching on mezzeh that by the time I reached main course I was feeling so full however I did taste Lamb Stew, Green Beans,  Samak Harra and vegetable biryani which is not and either. I must say I love the variety of seafood in their dishes and so well blended as per Iftar items.

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Desserts section has everything varying from Arabic sweets to Turkish icecream, French pastries to mousses, Indian Sweets to flourless cheese cakes.

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All in all it was a very well genus Iftar buffet loaded with items where most of the dishes are tasteful and has variety too. I hope I dint miss out of Arabic coffee and dates as well which is one of the highlight of the Iftar.

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We love visiting Westin Abu Dhabi golf Resort and Spa, we have earlier dine in at another food outlet “Sacci” (REVIEW HERE) and now at “Fairways” which is again a wonderful experience. Hotels maintain high standards in F&B and the great team adds value to it.For More information on Fairways & The Westin AbuDhabi click there pages here: Facebook, Twitter, IG.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION:

Mahi Blog and The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Iftar Buffet Voucher for 2 at Fairways

How to win: 20150704_193532_HDR

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the restaurant at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on July 7th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

The details

Price – Iftar Buffet AED 180++ per person

Suhoor Set Menu AED 150++ per person

A la Carte available

Contact – To Book a table call +971 (2) 6169999

Email – FBadmin.Auh@westin.com

Website – http://www.westinabudhabigolfresort.com/

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to The Westin Abu Dhabi Management, STAVROULA and our host staff at Fairways. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

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Posted by on July 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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“Short break in Paradise – Hilton Ras-al Khaimah Resort”/ WIN 2nights stay+breakfast for 2 – Featured Staycation

“Short break in Paradise – Hilton Ras-al Khaimah Resort”/ WIN 2nights stay+breakfast for 2 – Featured Staycation

WINNER

And the luckiest winner is “Amariah Andrews” send in your details (full name, address & contact no.) in email to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com to claim the prize before June 21st, 2015. Incase of delay another winner will be contacted.

 

“Short break in paradise resort – Hilton Ras-al Khaimah

Roof_Shots0866 (1)RAS – AL- KHAIMAH BEAUTY We have decided to visit for a family Staycation to some distant spot this time, hence after careful scrutiny we chose an emirate which names after it’s meanings “Top of the tent” or alternatively “headland of the small hut, RAS-AL-KHAIMAH, The city was historically known as Julfar, is in the northern part of the UAE, bordering Oman’s exclave of Musandam.

We chose to be at some resort this time! “Any time spent at the beach is time well spent”. Our search for the same indicated “Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort & Spa. Being state-of-art property in the region huddled in a dazzling private bay on the northern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and overlooking the sea, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & spa offers an tranquil getaway for business or leisure. Combining tasteful Chalets with trendy modern rooms, having a balcony or private patio with open way in to the striking pallid sandy seashore.

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City Walk We dint even feel the time while we were at the property, as it has literally a world of activities to keep yourself indulge in, however if you’re a keen traveler and have a longer stay there are many activities to enjoy and places to discover around the resort like horse riding, golf or quad biking in nearby areas.  Souks and RAK Museum and main tourist attractions. Fly the aviation Club or join a sky tour by seaplane. Trips are also available inland to see the desert, go on a mountain safari or sail in a traditional dhow in the beautiful Musandam.

On our previous trips to Ras-al-Khaimah we have been to Iceland Waterpark and Dreamland and it was indeed an unforgettable day out, they are not too far away, so if while staying at Hilton Resorts pools and beach is not enough give a try for that thrilling experience at these places.

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DSC_0085Hilton RAK Arrival & Check-in:

If you are driving along your GPS, it will bring you to exact location without much confusion, do not go for alternate route options though L After reaching hotel our check-in was prompt and smooth, with ever –smiling faces at the front desk staff. We were been given the directions for elevator area to reach our floor. The property is immaculately kept and the eminence of service is incredible. DSC_0086

DSC_0265Room & Amenities:

We stayed at one of their Hilton Family Suite without balcony, but it had pool & beach view from full glass wall in the living room; There is enough space for our family in this spacious 90 sq. m. /967 sq. ft. suite with separate living room and two king beds, that plush bed made my sleep truly peaceful. Some similar suites also have a balcony (subject to availability).

We experienced the oh-so-comfy room feeling, my kids just relaxed on the sofa, surf the web with WiFi and enjoyed kid’s movie on the LCD TV. The suite also features a large bathroom with walk-in shower & the surprise treat built-in jacuzi, as I was so tired in travelling that same day we couldn’t go down to the pool but kids had their due share of enjoyment in our mini in-house Jacuzi. We will definitely go back to this great resort and recommend it to everyone we know. Make sure to do a spa treatment while you are there! we missed it but it is a must as mentioned by a friend!

Double King Deluxe Plus Suite

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Pools & Water Sports:

 The resort’s pools are indeed a great feature, you may dip into one of six different swimming pools and enjoy a great range of water sports, including snorkeling, waterskiing, sailing, jet skiing and diving. We loved the fact that beach location was the best in the area, had everything our party of 4 could want and best of all, the staff at this resort was so kind and went out of their way to anticipate our every need. We had fun doing several activities in the day ranging from Swimming fun to pool aerobics, Jumping castle to Park rides and Kid’s Paradise activities.

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At night we roll again as the sensational beach walk is 1 minute away and it was fun for all of us. On the next day we enjoyed benches yes you may lay on the beach or pool side and it was like a trance!

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We love the Kids Club with indoor and outdoor playground, pools and slide, my kids have spent most time there. A world of fun awaits even when you go outside in the front area of Kids Paradise from water slides, kids pool and playground, to gardens and indoor playrooms with supervised activities with humbled, kind and moreover professional staff.

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I love the level of cleanliness and well kept tools at kids paradise with special care to kids hygiene.  There is something for Kids of all ages there, the upstairs section feature many educational toys and learning objects and the fun cradles for kids from 0-5 age, we love the “Groovy kids” statement. Professional babysitting services are also available and trust me the staff mingled and had their bonding with my kids in no time.

WOW FACTOR:
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  • A very family-friendly spot and an ultimate Spot for Staycation (Stay in Vacations) covering over all activities for all ages.
  • If you love calm ocean water – this is the place! Because of the location/direction of the beach the resort has a rare stretch of very calm water. This made for excellent swimming, if also a less exciting time in the water 🙂 DSC_0534
  • The resort is just a 25-minute drive from
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  • 14 restaurants including 4 specialty restaurants

Other Features:

Spa Facilities You may choose from different treatment rooms, two hammam Turkish baths, as well as a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The professional spa team soothe your senses with pampering body treatments, rejuvenating facials and blissful massages.

Fitness Resort’s fitness centre features the latest generation of cardio and strength training equipment, If you are health conscious you can simply stay fit with yoga and aerobics room.

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Mahi Blog Recommends:

Highly recommended!! We rate it 4.5 out of 5 (as we couldn’t review the Spa in this trip but will head their soon) ! Overall, we loved it and would definitely recommend it. Definitely going back to this resort again. It was much nicer than we expected, from the front of the hotel to the incredible ocean-front view directly in front of our room, which was located up on the high floor.

We stayed their with our kids who are aged 5, 6 and we all agreed this was the best resort in the area. The staff was incredible and every single person on staff acknowledged and greeted us with a friendly hello and a genuine smile.The rooms were amazing (clean, airy, beautiful views).

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It has a wealth of fine dining and outstanding amenities and we will never forget the magical moment when we witnessed a magnificent sunset from the Garden area, infront of Shallots.

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It’s Grand, Services are very functional and pleasant.  a tad expensive per head, but one could forgive it for the quality and variety they serve. Courteous and attentive staff are very alert and you will see them moving around you to assist all the t ime. Breakfast & dinner both were perfect and what I loved the most was lassi they serve on the buffet! I was so thrilled and impressed with their live counters especially at the breakfast, swift and very well organized, it won’t make you stand in long queue as they mastered their trick and provide you with your order in no time. Suuny side up! Omellete with capsicum or mushroom anyone !

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It offers diners not just the finest selection of authentic dishes from around the world, but an elegant, luxurious setting in which it’s lovely to enjoy the pool outdoor views as well as peaceful in-house dining. I loved the fact how the table and seats setting is compatible suiting the needs of  diners and their family mix, encounter this group of 6 young kids sitting in high chairs with table slab setting spot near fruit/salad/Yogurt area having their own fun chat and giggles while the elders of the family are enjoying their breakfast in cozy sofas nearby.  Live cooking stations located at 2 places at the venue combined with a sumptuous buffet provide for a truly unique dining experience.

DSC_0142 The beauty of Maarid is not only the huge array of buffet style cuisine, but also being able to watch the chefs cook up something special of your choice at one of the live cooking stations, in a open-theatre-style setting having buffet at both sides of it. We enjoyed the buffet inside once and were seated at a table outside the other, overlooking the pools.The buffet is well thought out and includes a wide range of options including seafood consisting of fresh lobster, prawns, crab and fresh fish, steak that is cooked to your liking, curries, an array of Arabic style meat and lots of fresh sides to choose from. Desserts have many choices too. DSC_0146

MAARID overall has stylish interior and as soon as you enter the place you feel the  flavors and tempting aromas from live cooking areas. Their kid’s menu area is separate incase they want to get busy with some arts and activities while eating their food from the counters nearby.

Pura Vida – A little bit of Brazil shine on Ras-al-Khaimah 

It is a place where you can simply coddle your sanity with a taste of Brazilian Churrasco all-you-can-eat-meat, served rodizio style. Although Maarid Restaurant in same hotel truly is an all-day dining destination however this is a specialty restaurant.

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We were humbly invited to have a special dine-out in a concealed and tranquil spot, I would say perfect spot for lovers! beach front restaurant, amazing atmosphere, delightful food, very romantic ambience, and yes definitely need to mention the Brazil strong impact of churascos.

We simply loved the place, you can find our detailed review of Pura Vida HERE !

RAMADAN OFFERS:

Here is more to savor during Holy month of Ramada. Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa launches a huge feast to be held at its Ramadan Tent. It’s something new for everyone who would like to experience Islamic traditions, local culture, atmosphere of spiritual wellness and happiness.

Marc Guenther, General Manager, explains: “This month marks the most important month in the Muslim world. We are excited Sales_Flyerto offer our guests and citizen the largest Ramadan Tent in Ras Al Khaimah this year, combining our experience in hospitality and great chef’s talents”.

Let the flavors of your Arabic favorites dazzle you, from luscious appetizers, main course to desserts at the wide Iftar buffet. The guests will be happy to enjoy special offers of Sohour tray, selection of shisha, coffee, tea and many more.

Experience the variety of Iftar buffet at AED 129*

Enjoy all the best of the Arabic selection from Sohur tray at AED 95*

Have an excellent after-dinner experience and enjoy your favorite flavours of shisha at AED 35*

*Prices are per person and subject to 10% service charge. Discounts are applicable for reservations made minimum of 10 persons. Offer is valid during the month of Ramadan 2015 (17 June until 18 July).

For more information, please call 07 22 888 44

Facebook page for Ramadan Tent:

You can find more details regarding the property via following:

HILTON RAS AL KHAIMAH RESORT & SPA | Al Maareedh Street | Ras Al Khaimah | PO Box 12298 | UAE T: +971 (0)7 228 8844 F: +971 (0)7 226 0020 ras-al-khaimah-resort@hilton.com rasalkhaimahresort.hilton.com
Facebook page for the hotel:
Website page:

MEGA GIVEAWAY / COMPETITION:

Mahi Blog and HILTON RAS AL KHAIMAH RESORT & SPA have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Voucher for 2 Nights Hotel Stay on BB for 2

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Scrumptiously yours,

Mahi.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to those who made this trip extra special: Hilton RAK & Staff , Our lovely host Alona, Management and F&B team at the property and of course Kaby Klick.

We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Featured Buffet – Rosewater Style!  Grand Spread, Outstanding Quality in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers + Competition for readers!

Featured Buffet – Rosewater Style!  Grand Spread, Outstanding Quality in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers + Competition for readers!

WINNER:

Congrats “Jennalyn Calibara”

Please claim your prize before Monday 22 June, 2015.

We have recently attended what we wish to feature as one of the best Buffet in town. It is at “Rosewater” restaurant in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. Here is our break down of the most amazing areas we review it for. truly a worth buffet for it’s cost !

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Impression & Entry: Neat, Stylish and Impressive! you can’t miss those breathtaking vistas of Hotel Lobby while making your way to Rosewater Restaurant which stands out for its stunning setting. Once we are in front of the restaurant at Podium Level the hostess greet us immediately upon entry and bring us to our table in main dining area, we were been given a short tour of whole restaurant, live stations as well as their stunning terrace (balcony open areas) which has pool view on one side and western coastline of Abu Dhabi sea on the front side.

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While we were comfortably seated, the server soon approach for taking order for our hot or cold beverages.

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Wide – Spread Buffet: The brilliant array of cuisines at Rosewater restaurant’s buffet will make you marvel since it’s not that effortless to maintain the standards so far above the ground from corner to corner especially with such an ample wide –spread buffet. We were been invited over their dinner buffet offering an extensive range of delicious options including canapés, sushi, salads, a variety of dishes from all around the world and live cooking stations serving pasta, noodles, steaks and even yummy crepes.

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Modern Traces &  Intelligent draftsman: The architecture is striking and well set up, decor of the restaurant is eye-catching and contemporary. The restaurant is so spacious and has excellent interior boasting an elegant yet trendy seating arrangement which is so well distributed making it ideal either for couples or large families or any business meeting . I was seated along with family on the most Royal spot, festooned with sparkling chandeliers and interesting wall treatments.

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Ambiance & Environment: It has a tranquil peaceful amazing atmosphere. we loved the terrace too and stood their for a while and enjoyed the amazing views. Rosewater provides a tranquil setting with ceiling to floor windows creating a sense of space over all and you won’t  feel it crammed or heaving even if it’s full house. The set-up of the buffet area on one side on the floor spread even give enough space to walk in and forth while you are choosing upon your dishes as well as the walking passage in between the cooking stations and counters is so wide.

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Staff: The restaurant’s best features however are their delectable concoctions, but they are made even pleasant with the staff considerate service. They were so attentive without being intrusive; and it was very timely service with attention to detail. We even noticed one of the waiter always clearing our dining area and fixed  napkins for kids every time we visit the buffet. I could say it’s fine dining feature of the service which is so rare in a buffet restaurant to this level.

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Food: The excellent quality of food is absolutely satisfying. We like the very fine diversity of food! Whether it’s seafood or steak, Indian curry or Arabian salad, Salad or desserts every item on buffet is prepared with keenness and aptness. I can suggest this restaurant to everybody to make this fantastic experience of Abu Dhabi´s Best International Restaurant!

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Although the selection of food is so wide, even then you will be surprised by the quality, they give complete attention to breads, salads and desserts too.  I love their Classic Caesar Salad, Crispy Croutons, Quality Parmesan, marinated Chicken appetizers and the Prawn delicacies so juicy and infused with aroma. Kids love pasta so we custom ordered  from the live station and Chef prepared it to perfection, I wished for a Grilled Portobello Mushroom and it was been fulfilled.

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There were some specials mini platters at of glazed BBQ Sauced shrimps with spring onions they taste so amazing ; The Chef at live counter made sure that Chicken and meat is perfectly grilled and seasoned it involves communication but believe me from  a lamb fillet to a tuna steak everything is available and the expert chefs will prepare it for you just the way you like it.

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Soup was nicely seasoned with an abundance of sautéed ingredients. If only there is a choice od creamy one too;  Asian sauce is some dishes were a wee bit salty for me, but then always you have asian food live stations for ordering the noodles and curries in the way you want, you can add any items been dried out earlier like sprouts, mushrooms, tomatoes etc. They look so visually remarkable, I have asked for sauce on the side and crisp fried vegetables.

Vegetables were finely chopped up in dishes and risottos tasted amazing too. I should say that the price is definitely worth it.  Too bad that I am really not good on buffets as I get full easily. The choices were endless! I will definitely give my thumbs up to Rosewater for their dinner buffet due to added factors of ambiance and services along with great food.

Desserts : Finally for dessert it’s a long list , I had creme brulee, raspberry sauce, chocolate cake and that macron mini sweet burger over there, which again I forgot what it is called.  Creme brulee was creamy and the top was crystallized to perfection!  Rosewater have the largest variety in desserts ranging from Arabic to Indian Sweets, Crème Brulee to fruits tarts, flavored Mousse that incorporates air bubbles so well to give it a light and airy texture, Chocolate fondue and the Crepes counter was my kids’ favorite and it’s so difficult to move them away from it’s sight, honestly it attracts grown-ups equally.

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Our Take: Personally, I couldn’t taste completely even 50 % of the items on menu as I get full so easily! All in all, it is a really elegant founding to have a special meal with friends, family or for a special occasion. Service along with visually beautiful menu items make this a place must to go back. we were blown away by the quality of their preparation.

Surely after this scrumptious buffet and indulgence in delicacies, you will kick off your day perfectly, you will return back there in no time. I guess our quarter tradition (visiting best food spots in town quarterly) continues strong as they won’t  fail to make each visit a bit more special. We are returning to Rosewater soon !

  • Location – Podium Level 2, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
  • Cuisine – International
  • Dress Code – Smart casual
  • Breakfast – 06:30 to 11:00 daily
  • Lunch – 12:30 to 15:30 daily
  • Dinner – 19:00 to 23:00 daily
  • Telephone +971 2 811 5666
  • Email – JADrestaurants@jumeirah.com
  • Website – https://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/abu-dhabi/jumeirah-etihad-towers/restaurants-and-bars-at-jumeirah-at-etihad-towers/rosewater/

“May the spirit of the Holy Month shine upon children in need and bless them with peace and great fortune.”

Here’s a sneak peak into their Ramadan offers at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. This Year, for every person attending their Iftar, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers will be donating AED 2 to the Emirates Red Crescent.

IFTAR AT ROSEWATER

Located on Podium Level 2, Rosewater offers guests authentic Arabian traditions. Start the Holy season after sunset with a mouth-watering display of Arabian classics. Dine on sumptuous grills, freshly prepared oceanic fare, refreshing Ramadan beverages and savour each precious moment with family.

As per Iftar timings

Price: AED 185* per person

*Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 6% tourism fee

GIVEAWAY / COMPETITION:

Mahi Blog and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers  voucher for dinner for 2 (incl. soft drinks)at Rosewater the award winning restaurant.

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Scrumptiously yours,

Mahi.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to those who made this trip extra special: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers & Staff , Maria, Kaby Klick. We were invited but it did not influence our thoughts and reviews,  all opinions are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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Featured Ramadan promotions – Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Featured Ramadan promotions – Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

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EMBRACE THE SPIRIT OF RAMADAN WITH DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI

In celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi unveils authentic Iftar offerings, Sohour experiences and a soothing spa treatment.

In this serene time of tranquillity and reflection, Namm Spa offers a haven for relaxation and an opportunity to hydrate the skin from the heat this summer with a 30-minute Arabian Honey and Milk Bath for only AED300. The treatment combines fresh milk, geranium rose oil and natural honey. While the fresh milk gently exfoliates and moistures the skin, the natural honey will ease one’s worries away, hydrate and clean the skin making it soft and smooth.

For more information, please call +971 (2) 698 8300 or e-mail dtadspa@dusit.com.

Ramadan Special Arrangement & Decor I shot last year at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Ramadan Special Arrangement & Decor I shot last year at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Urban Kitchen invites guests to break their fast with a selection of Iftar buffet offerings from around the world, including Middle Eastern favourites such as traditional Ouzi lamb, live shawarma and falafel stations and mixed grill. Turkish Executive Sous Chef Bulent Canbolat is also introducing traditional specialties from his home country including Imam Bayildi (stuffed eggplants), Begendili Kuzu Sarma (stuffed lamb chops with eggplant puree), Borek (baked filled pastries) and Testi Kabab (braised lamb shank dish).

Mahi Blog highly recommend their ramadan buffet for awsome kibbeh and falafel live stations.

Mahi Blog highly recommend their ramadan buffet for awsome kibbeh and falafel live stations.

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Iftar buffet is available daily at Urban Kitchen during the holy month of Ramadan from sunset until 21:00hrs, and is priced at AED 185 (excluding municipality fees and service charge) per person including Ramadan juices, AED 75 (excluding municipality fees and service charge) for children between six and 12 and complimentary for children of five years of age and below. Guests who book groups between 10 and 25 persons will receive a 20% discount on their total bill.

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Guests who wish to extend their Iftar experience with flavourful shishas can head to the Orchid Terrace equipped with air-coolers to keep guests feeling refreshed. An à la carte Sohour is offered daily from 19:30hrs till 1:00hrs.

Their wide-spread Salad counter is my fav of all-time

Their wide-spread Salad counter is my fav of all-time

For groups larger than 100 persons, tailor-made packages are available for memorable Iftar and Sohour evenings under the majestic Skydome, the perfect location to celebrate Ramadan together with colleagues and friends. Menu prices starting from AED 235 include a lavish Iftar or Sohour buffet, complimentary Arabic coffee service, Ramadan theme and unlimited flow of Ramadan beverages. Guests who book their Ramadan event before June 15th 2015 can avail a 10% discount for groups of 100 – 199 guests, 15% discount for groups of 200 – 299 guests and 20% discount for groups of 300+ guests.

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You can read about my earlier experiences at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi in Ramadan here &

“Iftar Dine Out at Dusit”.

Mahi Blog will be attending their Exclusive Ramadan Preview next week hence will bring you more details soon. !

For more information or reservations, please email reservation.table@dusit.com; call +971 2 698 8888 or visit http://www.dusit.com/dtad

“Ramadan Kareem”

Here are more links for the reviews regarding the restaurant and F&B at tsame same property.

Bangkok Street Food Week & Celebration at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

“Capital Grill Review and meeting with Sous Chef ”

 

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WINNERS Announced: Holiday Inn AlBarsha Review & Giveaway, Indeed ‘’The 4Star Hotel with a 5Star Look’’

WINNERS Announced: Holiday Inn AlBarsha Review & Giveaway, Indeed ‘’The 4Star Hotel with a 5Star Look’’

CONGRATULATIONS – And the 2 lucky Winners are

1- Karen Ajka

2- Mehwish Fatima

Please email your full name, contact details from the email ID by which you are subscribed on the Blog to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com to collect your voucher latest by Saturday June 6th, 2015.

*Incase you fail to provide same id / not registered via that email id you will be disqualified and another winner will be chosen.

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I was so enthused with the weekend stay at Holiday Inn AlBarsha that I have decided to blog to highlight my experience.

After I tell you about my familiarity of the recent stay, I would like to test my readership with a quiz, that will enable the readers / followers to win a meal voucher from HIAB at The Royal Budha (Dim Sum for 2) & Gharana (Street Food Night for 2).

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Located in the pivot of Dubai, Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha is a perfect fuse of fashionable design and archetypal grace. Hotel is equipped with the latest facilities, discerningly festooned to congregate each guest’s requests and ease, it has 309 rooms including 54 suites. It is also 5-minute walk from the Ski Dubai Resort. Dubai Media & Internet City, the Jebel Ali Free Zone and Knowledge Village are also nearby. Al Barsha is a great choice for travelers interested in Shopping, Clothes Shopping and Luxury Brand Shopping.

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Arrival:

We arrived at this hotel at 6.00 pm, after a long drive from Abu Dhabi. On arrival, we were warmly greeted by every one of the hotel staff and when we checked in, we were been asked to sit and rest in lobby which was much appreciated. My family and I stayed in this wonderful hotel for 2 nights in a 2 Bed Room Suite. Check in was prompt. The suite was spacious for our family of 2 adults and 2 kids. The bathrooms were also clean and also prepared with all essential toiletries.

Hotel Staff & Management:

The most laudable factor during our stay was the staff of the hotel. From the moment we entered the hotel until we leave, staff are very convivial. They always genuinely greet you with your name and carry a smile. I must praise them for particular attention to the kids especially at concierge being so courteous and bell boy being so attentive and telling us bits about the direction and quick access to the lift area and other amenities.

This is the first time we stayed in any IHG hotel and we’ve started to love it from here, stay which offers you great comfort in reasonable price, it is not so cheap yet not very expensive. Shopping can be done close to the hotel with Mall of the Emirates within few kilometers only, I personally loved the accessibility of the Metro Stations.

Room & Hotel Amenities:

Our room (Suite) was at the rear and was very spacious and calm, the view was not of Sheikh Zayed Road, but it’s still very bright. In-room amenities include Iron and Stand, Hair dryer making your life even more at ease. Bathrooms were small but well fitted with bathtub and shower for your convenience. Bed furnishings, curtains and carpeting is well sanitized and were smelling great adding to the room’s placate. The lobby and floor passages in the Hotel always smell so great and this is one thing I loved about the hotel (they must be having efficient House-keeping staff).

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We were even happier to see a Writing desk, and a small in wall rack giving a counter kitchenette look-alike area next to the mini bar compartments. It was much convenient for kids to finish their coloring and assembling book activity from the “KIDs Welcome Pack” which they were joyfully offered at our check-in and was actually been topped-up by rewards in form on cookies when they showed finish version to concierge desk! What a lovely surprise for kids I must say and really kept them busy and give us some time to freshen up while they were busy finishing it up while we got ready for the dinner at The Gem Garden . Internet access is available for guests’ convenience. Internet connectivity comes with each guestroom as an additional convenience. Room service was swift, they supplied bottled water each day and room cleaning staffs were excellent.

The most interesting part is although the hotel is located on a very busy street, and also during the Stay some mega hosted event was going-on at the venue however we were not affected by any noise or interruption and distracted services.

Parking is available at this hotel for guests arriving in cars. Sharaf DG Station is the closest metro station to the hotel for easy access around the area. Dubai International Airport is also not far away. You can certainly stay fit at the hotel’s fitness centre well stocked with all the required equipments. If you want to use their beauty salon and massages, you should book them in advance and they cost extra. Although it has 4 stars, but can expect all kind of extravagant overhaul offered.

Pool & Terrace:

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Kids have enjoyed in their pool.

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Night view of the Rooftop Pool.

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We used the impressive pool area on the roof  having two pools (adult/kids pool), though it’s small though but enough sun beds, and also gives you splendid views over Burj Al Arab. If it’s not dusty weather you can even see Burj Khalifa and hotel Atlantis from hotel’s rooftop terrace while enjoying shisha.

Food:

Completing the Holiday Inn experience are award winning outlets The Royal Budha (Thai), Gharana (Indian), The Gem Garden (All Day Dining) , The Q (Sports Bar), Lounge@Barsha (Coffee Shop) , The Q Underground (Retro Venue), Dolphin Bar (Rooftop Bar) and Xennya Terrace as well as banquet facilities and immaculate service.

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Live Entertainment at their famous Gharana Restaurant

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The breakfast was included in package & Dinner buffet we had at The Gem Garden it was indeed above average with a wide selection of dishes to choose having a combination of generous buffets and classic a la carte dishes including a live station for eggs and omelettes in buffet, must to appraise in such set-up. It is basically all-day dining with a difference, I adore their minimalist Zen styling making it ideal place any time of day or night.

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I really enjoyed my Ala carte menu orders there too, Jumbo Prawns and sea-chowder soup being my favorite. Kids had enjoyed their custom ordered pasta and shakes and fresh juices.

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The Dim-Sum Fridays at the “Royal Budha” is very scrumptious Thai variation and I must say indeed a different and great experience as well. Award winning creative cuisine is delivered in a stylish setting under the watchful eye of a towering Buddha makes this a royal treat. Situated on the ground floor, this contemporary Thai restaurant is the perfect blend of tradition and innovation.

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We enjoyed a mix-platter starter with various items and variety of dim-sum in their homemade sauces. Their flavored and Chamomile tea is also an interesting factor to finish off the meal but the highlight of  the menu was desert Fried Banana with Ice-cream.

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Another Plus:

The hotel offers a free shuttle twice a day to Kite beach, including pickup., and guess what you can carry along with you Picnic pack (Inform them before in time and they shall keep it ready for you in minimal rates).

We also take a quick tour to The Club Lounge, dedicated exclusively for Club Floor guests with private check-in and check-out services will be opening soon. Business houses have access to a wide variety of conference venues equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

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All in all it was a great experience in a Stylish Hotel which is well-equipped with the most up-to-date amenities and is decked in good taste. The room rates are good and I would recommend. Completing the full experience are 3 fabulous dining outlets and buzzing bars, outstanding banqueting facilities and impeccable 5-Star service accorded at 4-Star prices.

Ideally Located on Sheikh Zayed Road next to Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai, the hotel is in close proximity to Dubai’s most prominent Business Districts and other leisure venues. I will definitely come back at the Holiday Inn Albarsha as its ideal #staycation spot and would also recommend this hotel to anyone going to Dubai for business or Leisure I am heading back there very soon.

Check their Stay Together Package, it’s ideal for Summer Holidays !!

Stay Together Package

Awards and Decorations:

  • Best Waste Management Practices – 4 Star Category – Dubai Green Tourism Awards  2014, Winner:HIAB
  • Favourite Thai Restaurant below Dhs400 category – What’s On Awards, 2014 : Winner The Royal Budha
  • Best 4Star Business/Corporate, Silver Award: MENA Travel Awards 2012,  2013 and 2014
  • Silver Best Fine Dining Restaurant– MENA Awards, 2013 : The Royal Budha
  • Time- Out Top Ten Restaurant, 2012, South Asian Category: The Royal Budha
  • Top three nominated Best Asian Restaurant – Masala Awards , 2012: Gharana
  • Best Decorated 4Star Hotel in the UAE: “Spirit of the Nation”, 2011
  • Quality Excellence Award:IHG EMEA 2010

Ramadan June Offers  2015

Ramadan DL 2015 (2)The Gem Garden

Daily: Iftar Buffet

  • Event : Iftar Buffet
  • Brief Description : An extensive Oriental & Continental Buffet with live cooking station
  • Time : Sunset  to  10pm
  • Price : AED 109/- per person with special Ramadan beverages

Daily: Sohour set menu

  • Event                 : Sohour Set Menu
  • Brief description : Oriental set menu
  • Time : 12 midnight to 4am
  • Price : AED 75/- per person
  • Venue              : The Gem Garden & Room service,  Lobby level

The Royal Budha

Daily: Dish of the week prepared by Chef Sanya who will be very pleased to prepare your favorites dishes too or you can simply take his recommendations from the A la carte menu.

Every Friday

  • Event : Dim Sum on Friday’s
  • Brief Description : Homemade Dim Sum served fresh from the trolley
  • Time : 12pm to 12midnight
  • Price : AED 78/- per person (all you can eat Dim Sum with                                                                                       unlimited specialty tea.)                           

Gharana (No Live Entertainment during Ramadan)

Daily    :  talented Chef will be very pleased to prepare your favorite dishes.

Every Saturday

  • Event : Street Food Night
  • Brief Description : The finest pick of Indian street eats
  • Time : From sunset
  • Price : AED 95/- per person

Outdoor Catering

Specialized Catering

They undertake catering on any scale, corporate clients, high-end house parties, get togethers, weddings and concerts etc, An experienced team who carries valid occupational health cards, basic food hygiene certificate and trained on HACCP standards.Offer multi cuisines to suit all requirements be it Indian, Thai, Arabic, Italian, Mexican, Spanish etc and the option of a customized menu

Functions & Events Catering

You need a buffet for your monthly meeting, get together, product launch? Require catering services for an educational institution? Daily meal/meals to your staff at the office? Require a hassle free birthday party at your house? Invited friends and families and need to offer them their favorite dishes? Holiday Inn AlBarsha’s Outdoor Catering will take care of your catering requirements

  • Price: As per menu selected
  • Time: 24 hours

Overall Rating by Mahi Blog to HIAB : 4 out of 5

For more Information regarding Holiday Inn AlBarsha: www.hialbarshadubai.com

Tel: +971 4 3234333 www.facebook.com/hidubai

GIVEAWAY / COMPETITION:

Mahi Blog and Holiday Inn – Al Barsha have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers 2 vouchers for Dine-In at Hotel in the award winning restaurants The Royal Budha (Dim Sum for 2) & Gharana (Street Food Night for 2).

How to win: 20150526_233806_HDR

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; What is the tagline of Holiday Inn AlBarsha Hotel?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on this Blog, Share this post on as many social widgets AND tag along ur friends. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on MAY 31st, 2015. The more you share this post & Mahi Blog on social widgets, better the chance to win! All UAE fans can take part.

Scrumptiously yours,

Mahi.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to those who made this trip extra special: HIAB &Staff , very elegant Roxana Jaffer, CEO of Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha, Ever smiling & humble Kezia Da Rocha, Director of Marketing & Quality Assurance, F&B team at the property and of course Kaby Klick.

We were guests at HIAB but it did not influence our thoughts and reviews,  all opinions are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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Californian Review+WIN ‘Dusit Thani Dxb’ Dine-in Voucher for 2!

Californian Review+WIN ‘Dusit Thani Dxb’ Dine-in Voucher for 2!

And the Winner is “Arti Bhatia”

Please email your full name, contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com to clolletc your voucher.

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Recently we Dine in style and enjoy sensational views of Burj Khalifa over an international buffet restaurant, It’s in Dusit Thani Dubai, the hotel is an exciting and exclusive addition to a sophisticated global group. For over 25 years, Dusit Thani hotels have offered travelers exceptional luxury and classic Thai elegance and refinement in a number of exotic locations around the world.

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We have been invited to enjoy Tandoori Night at “The Californian”, which is available every Sunday Night. The restaurant plays host to tantalising dishes from across the globe with its theme nights which change from day to day to offer diners an endless amount of choice, satisfying any taste. The relaxed space offers stunning views of the tallest structure of the world and downtown Dubai, making it the perfect place for a relaxed breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Some of the highlights of the themed night dinner were:

  1. Pani Puri & prawn curry
  2. Tandoori station with delicious kebabs
  3. Rasmalai (dessert)

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We loved the view on Sheikh Zayed Road but that won’t be enough alone to send us back to the place so let’s talk about the main thing i-e FOOD. The menu selection was not scarce & their BBQ items and Tandoori Chicken is unbeatable very tender and juicy at the same time rich in taste. They offer much oriental fare. I must commend on their kindliness & courtesy of the staff however they need some refit in ambiance and lighting through the restaurant.

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I was actually confused on what to eat all items look so tempting, with in the capacity of the same buffet I loved the selection of the salads, and my favourite was mushroom and potato cold salad. The waiter introduced himself and took the order for our drinks and special starters – yummy pani puri. While we were scanning the buffet area, the Executive Chef Tissa Kuragodage described to us some of the mains on the buffet. Californian has a simple menu but simultaneously caters to different tastes. Chef Tissa has indeed brought a lot of variety and fusion to the menu at the same time. We chat long about his expertise and journey in the region and the kitchen challenges of day-to-day allocation. He has been so gracious in his gestures and serving both, we heard some great stories of his kitchen pickets and guards, it was indeed a lovely afternoon very well hosted that we dint feel our 3 hours there.

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Each of the mains and desserts were tasty and delicious, and also replenished swiftly by the chef at live counters. The only thing I wasn’t satisfies was the light at night time, I am sure it must have been great natural light in the day time which might have been enough to brighten the area however there is nothing to complain about the food, we liked it alot.

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Astounding views of the surrounding area made our dinner even more interesting at this novel vantage point. I can’t wait to explore more if the other restaurant’s offerings are relatively this adventurous in Dusit Thani; this all in one buffet is a reasonably-priced desi menu with some interesting Chat/Pani Puri Trolley alongside the spreaded menu items. There Tandoori items are indeed much to stand out about the Californian.

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If you’re in the market for fuss-free, frill-free lunch/dinner and a reasonable buffet deal, you could give this a try and will not be disappointed. You may also enjoy their Mexican night on Monday (Being famous for Quesadilla) & New Orleans on Tuesdays. (Must try their Chicken Jambalaya)

Hours:

Buffet Breakfast: Daily; 6:30 – 10:30 except on Fridays until 11:00

Buffet Lunch: Saturdays to Thursdays; 12:00 – 15:00

Buffet Dinner: Sundays to Fridays; 19:00 – 22:30 except on Thursdays until 23:30 ; Closed on Saturdays

Friday Brunch: 12:30 – 16:00

To find more info about the restaurant you can go to Dusit Thani Dubai website here, or “The Californian” FB page.

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They offered Mahi Blog Readers more reason to enjoy, hence in collaboration we are having a #giveaway of #TheCalifornian Retsaurant dining voucher (valid for 2 persons) for Tandoori themed Buffet at Dusit Thani Dubai Hotel.

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Scrumptiously yours,

Mahi.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to those who made this trip extra special: Dusit Thani Dubai, Danelle Ruth, Chef Tissa, F&B team at the property & Kaby Klick. We were guests at the venue but it did not influence our thoughts and reviews and all opinions are our own.

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Winners Announced: Novotel Fujairah Hotel Reviewed – Mega Contest (Hotel Stay & Dine-in Vouchers worth upto 1100 dhs)

Winners Announced: Novotel Fujairah Hotel Reviewed – Mega Contest (Hotel Stay & Dine-in Vouchers worth upto 1100 dhs)

Congratulations:

And the winner for “Novotel Fujairah – HOTEL STAY” for One Night for 2 (Including Breakfast) Voucher is:

  1. SOBIA SAAD

And the 3 winners for Dine-In Vouchers for FRIDAY BRUNCH for 2 at “IL Centro – IBIS/Novotel Fujaira” are:

  1. LOIS VILLANUEVA
  2. NISHA SANGEETH
  3. ISMAIL YOUNUS VALLEYBHAI

Please send us your full name and contact details on mahiblog.ae@gmail.com within 2 days (latest by 19/5/2015) or else another winner will be selected.

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GEM IN FUJAIRAH:

It was actually a brilliant decision to go outside city for a small weekend break. I love Fujairah, it has its coastline at the Gulf of Oman, we travelled long way from Abu Dhabi for a long break overdue. We were not extremely happy about our last Hotel Stay in same emirate but this time we were not disappointed at all.

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The recent property we decided to visit and stayed for 2 days had surely changed all those cliché’s about standard differences in hotels in this part of region. It is very enduring and the most happening place where you get to have the best rooms & pool parties which can be any weekender’s ideal spot and is exactly what we needed for a break – Novotel Fujairah explored!

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Location:

Novotel Fujairah is located in the heart of Fujairah City minutes away from Fujairah city centre mall and within the business and commercial district of Fujairah. You simply can’t miss the sight of it’s state-of-art structured building standing tall alongside it’s other properties IBIS & Adagio, if arriving in late evening you can’t miss those Blue lines and Novotel logo on the hotel building. It is not at all far from the areas main attractions, like Malls, City sightings, Restaurants etc.

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Amenities & Décor:

The hotel offers 182 stylish rooms with free WiFi (Personal and password protected and I must say it was fast enough to cater our needs of tech-savvy family and travelling Gadgets clad) and satellite TV. The hotel has restaurants, bar, coffee & Sports lounge and free indoor parking. Guests also enjoy the use of the gym, swimming pool and pool bar. There are 6 fully equipped meeting rooms and Dibba ballroom which can host up to 1000 guest and is a very happening place over the weekend sporting no. of Fashion and Cultural events by royalties.

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Hotel décor for the rooms for simple yet beautiful with a theme of blue and grey. However the wall hangings were of different themes and each has it’s unique appeal; each room has basic facilities, Our suite room was so big with an extra guest room having sofa set, although there is a separate extra single bed in room but they provided extra bed for my kids, the space was not at all congested. Bathrooms were big enough and even had a separate shower and bathtub which we really liked as I have put both my kids in shower and it saves time in them getting ready for lunch. (As a matter of fact their long bubble shower session dint bother me at all while being out on travel too 😉

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Arrival & Liaison:

There was a lot of pre and post arrival communication involved and its fair to say both parties were as excited to meet. We were engage with them through social media and stay was meant to happen for a long time now. Hotel Check-in was prompt and efficient.

Hotel Staff Courtesy:

I can totally feel the positive sense of involvement and great hospitality display of the staff to us from the moment we arrived and entered the lobby for check-in till our departure, all the staff were much knowledgeable about each info and paying special attention to us and hotel’s other guests.

Family –Friendly & Interactive:

I must say the Hotel Staff were too sweet to remember you by names even of Kid’s while they will actually assist them in interactive giant game touch pad available in lobby. I love the kids corner situated in lobby just adjacent to the coffee shop with a connected chamber which is a part of coffee shop where parents can enjoy coffee evening while kids are enjoy playing games gadget and interactive toys in kids area.

Our welcome treat was well-presented however I like sweet over savory items more. Some mixed nuts were missing.

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WOW Factor:

Novotel offered us as a special guest a customized City Tour where we took away more moments from natural & Close-to-heart Emirate. It was indeed a great Trip to Beach and mesmerizing Al-Bidyah Mosque (Click here to see) and was even great to get the car stop so close to destinations then just Hop in and Out! After returning back to hotel we were too lazy and spent most of the time by drum roll please! The pool.

It’s 1 now !

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We very so privileged to be invited for the 1st Anniversary Bash / Pool Party and celebration for the Hotel, compare to how new it is we were indeed impressed by its warm and cordial services. There was a massive display cake of Novotel Fujairah Hotel replica floating on the pool, Cake-cutting ceremony was attended by the Exclusive Guests, Staff & Hotel Guests. We have spent late night in celebration activities, kids enjoyed with balloons and games hence late we went back to room to catch some sleep, and had to cut short our sleep as we had to be ready for tour by 10:00 am, which means a single digit sleep but it’s totally worth it as we have seen some great stunning natural views.

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Compare to other 4-star Hotels you will find Novotel Pool very BIG, enough so to accommodate its guest families staying, It is indeed a sudden surprise and plus point for NOVOTEL Fujairah. Their pool is temperature –controlled however don’t plan for pool access on a sandy day, as it won’t bring you much amusement due to strong winds and unmanageable big and open area.

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Food:

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Il Centro is dining spot at their sister restaurant where we had our Brunch and also enjoyed Mexican theme night, If Fujairah is your destination for any early plan or meeting and you are passing by this area brunch at this location totally worth it in this value as they even allocate Live counters and are serving in good capacity, however highlight was their restaurant

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Flavours We had taken our Breakfast in Flavours restaurant, which is full of variety and caters to the need of mixed guests, all the items are so fresh, ample amount light coming through giant glasses will actually make an amazing bright ambiance, we also enjoyed a theme night Taste of India dinner in same restaurant, which is yet so authentic with rich Indian flavored cuisine and not pricey a lot. Indian sweets counter was to drool for while Korma and butter chicken were also highlights, their BBQ items can be altered in spice level if you or children in family wish to have less spicy. Tender chicken tikka pieces were so delicious.

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Their brunch is at AED 90 only, while themed Mexican & Indian Night are priced at AED 100.

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My Take:

Fujairah has been very Kind for us (Except with few bad drivers) and we shall be coming back for more for sure!. The trip to Novotel was full of activities, fun and tranquility at the same time, we had a perfect gateway so did our kids in a spacious area, I would highly recommend this destination:

  • Spacious – Good for Small or large family
  • Economical-Don’t be daunted by the word “Suite” they offer budgeted occupancy, ensures same facilities of Big Cities Hotel.
  • Scenic Beauty: It will change your scenery view of City high rise building and brings you closer to nature.
  • Excellent Customer services and moderate food options. All in all best Family Friendly destination.

The only thing I miss over this trip was an open beach however it’s not too far and as we took kids to nearby City Mall, huge display of Live Animals really kept their interest, it’s quite happening place over the weekends I told ya.

Facts:

Tourism in Fujairah In total Fujairah has 18 hotels and 2671 hotel rooms. 870 379 guests have stayed in Fujairah in 2014, for over 2 million nights in total (2050093 hotel nights). The numbers are increasing in the Emirate of Fujairah every year and new international hotels are due to open in 2015-2017

Novotel, Ibis and Adagio Fujairah are the first Accor brand properties to open in the Emirate of Fujairah. The complex opened in the first quarter of 2014.

Novotel Fujairah has 182 rooms, Ibis Fujairah has 180 rooms, Adagio Fujairah has 72 rooms. In total, three properties have 432 rooms.

Guest can choose amongst 7 dining outlets, relax at the open-air swimming Pool or work out in the fully equipped gym. The prices are less than one could expect in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, offering the same standards and facilities of an international brand.

For more information go to their website www.novotel.com, Fb, INSTAGRAM

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MEGA GIVEAWAY / COMPETITION:

Guess what!!! they were so generous to offer Mahi Blog Readers more reason to smile, hence in collaboration we are having a #giveaway of #NovotelFujairah 1 Hotel Stay & 3 dining vouchers (each valid for 2 persons) total worth upto 1100 dhs.

How to win:

1- Subscribe (via email id) on wordpress.com

2- Must SHARE this post on as many social widgets AND tag along ur friends. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following: 20150505_175059_HDR

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on MAY 14th, 2015.The more you share this post & Mahi Blog on social widgets, better the chance to win! All UAE fans can take part.

Scrumptiously yours,

Mahi.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to those who made this trip extra special: Novotel Fujairah, Jurgita, F&B team at the property, Kaby & Mishwish. We were guests at Novotel Hotel Fujairah but it did not influence our thoughts and reviews and all opinions are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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