Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort– Hotel Review

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We spent a lovely 3 days and 2 nights at this incredible 5-star resort located out in the Western Region, about 2 hours away from Abu Dhabi (and 3 hours from Dubai). Since I haven’t had any friends stay at the hotel nor have I been there before, I didn’t know what to expect, but I must say– it really impressed me!

We arrived in the afternoon, around 3pm after a bit of a drive. The staff were so welcoming, and they already knew who we were since they kindly made the effort to call us earlier in the day to ask when our expected arrival would be. They had everything ready for our check-in. I spotted the beautiful gardens and beach area through the large glass windows while we were waiting for our room key, and couldn’t wait to enjoy a weekend filled with lounging out on the beach.

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The decor of the whole resort is done in a tropical beach theme. There’s flowers, seashells, and water decorations all over. It’s very tasteful, yet colorful. We were swiftly taken to our room on the Executive Floor. This special floor has its own seating area and snacks and goodies in this lounge are changed several times daily.

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The first thing we did once in our room was go straight to the balcony– it was stunning! I absolutely loved the view, it’s breathtaking and so serene. One look at this will wash all your stress away. It doesn’t feel like your in the UAE at all. The waters are shallow and a perfect turquoise blue. Next to the beach, we spotted lounging chairs and closer to the hotel side, there is a pool that looks very lively and family-friendly. There is also a vast garden/walkway area and a large gazebo as well as outdoor seating. We later learned that they even serve shisha outdoors in this gazebo.

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Kushal, who would be our go-to person for the weekend showed us the room and told us about all of the different activities at the hotel. He really knows the hotel like the back of his hand, and if you visit the hotel and need any assistance on figuring out what activities you should get into during your stay, he’s the man! He told us about the different water activities, the dining venues, the spa treatments, and all of the wonderful things that the hotel has to offer. After explaining, Kushal left us so we could freshen up before we went downstairs for lunch.

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We checked out all of the things in the room, and realized just how much thought they put into their guests! The coffee table was filled with beautiful prepared snacks by the pastry chef including chocolate covered dates and strawberries, an array of mini cakes, chocolates, and even (swoon) macaroons in all different flavors! On the other side of the table was a fresh fruit basket filled with wonderful tropical fruits including bananas, mangoes, different types of apples, mangosteen, strawberries and rambutan. I don’t know how they knew that my husband and I had such different tastes, but it was great that they made a healthy fruit basket (which my husband, Mohamed, mostly ate from) and a not-so-healthy but super decadent sweets platter, which I enjoyed.

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The room is laid out in one large area. The bed, the coffee table/couch area, and a work desk. The closet is small but spacious enough for a family of 3 to fit their clothes inside during a weekend getaway. There is a small refrigerator, kettle, and thankfully a Nespresso machine fully loaded with several different kinds of complimentary coffee pods.

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The bed is incredibly comfortable and very large. Even the pillows are super comfy. The staff knew that our little Khalifa would be coming as well, and they so thoughtfully put together a little towel-made snuggle buddy for him. Super cute!

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The bathroom has a large tub, a separate shower and the bath products are all from the prestigious L’Occitane brand. The scent that they chose, verbena, is so relaxing.

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There was also another unexpected guest seated near the TV– a little fighter fish!

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After seeing all of the things in the room and freshening up, we went down to the hotel lobby level to have lunch. We got there a little bit after the lunch buffet finished, at 3.30pm, so we were able to enjoy the a la carte menu at Tides. Take a look here to see what we thought of the a la carte dishes: A La Carte Menu at Tides, Danat Jebel Dhanna.

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After our meal, we went outside and explored the different things that we saw from our balcony. There were so much more than I expected. Along with the pool and the beach area, there is also a jungle gym with soft outdoor floor padding for kids to play on. It’s a gated area so you don’t have to worry about them running outside as long as the gate is closed. There’s a see-saw, swings, slides and many other playground/park activities for your little ones. Khalifa experienced the swings for the first time in his life here!

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We spotted a few private villas which we later learned were 1 and 2 bedroom villas, perfect for larger families. There also several bedroom-ed suites inside the main hotel.

We walked through the gardens, and came across a lovely gazebo, where you can smoke shisha. There are also outside tables and chairs closer to the water. We went back upstairs and rested for a bit while Khalifa had his nap. Around 8pm we got ready again and went down to the beautiful Italian restaurant, Zaitoun. It was spectacular and highly recommended if you visit the hotel or even if you live near by. You can check out our experience of it here: Zaitoun, Danat Jebel Dhanna.

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After dinner, we took another light stroll around the garden, and went back upstairs because we were quite tired from the day’s drive. Surprisingly though, the evenings get quite busy at the hotel, and there were many people enjoying dinner and shisha outdoors.

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Day 2

Our second day started quit early. We woke up for breakfast and went down to experience our first buffet at Tides. The breakfast is quite extensive and my husband, who is a picky eater, especially at breakfast buffets, really enjoyed the variety. We opted to sit outside, which is a must since the weather these days is just perfect. The staff really try to accommodate to your every need. When we asked for fries for the baby and freshly made juices for us, they quickly made them and brought it out.

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After breakfast, my husband Mohamed and his friend who lives nearby, Rashid, were scheduled to go out kayaking. I couldn’t part-take in it because our little ray of sunshine, Khalifa, sometimes likes to rain my parade by being too small to let me enjoy the more adventurous things. Find out how their kayaking went here: Kayaking at Danat Jebel Dhanna.

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We spent most of the day by the beach and pool, and really enjoyed it. The pool has two sections, one is the large area with the deep and shallow end. This main pool area also has a bar attached to it. There is a smaller pool which is great for kids because its shallow all around and has a waterfall/fountain by it. After the pool, we had lunch at Tides, and this time we made in time for the buffet! There was an incredible variety of foods, and even large prawns and lobsters ready to be grilled. Take a look at the Tides buffet here: Tides Buffet.

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Towards the afternoon, we were booked in for massages, and the experience was just divine! Lucky for me, Mohamed was too tired from the kayaking that he gave up his half hour massage to me, so in total, I got a full hour massage! You can see my thoughts on the massage here: Body & Soul, Danat Jebel Dhanna.

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We went back upstairs after a long day, and rested up. While Khalifa took his nap, I made myself a lovely bubble bath with the amazingly aromatic L’Occitane bath products. It was so relaxing and the perfect way to end the evening, before we went down again for dinner: Dinner Buffet at Tides.

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Now for dinner, we were set to try it out at the bar/lounge L’attitude, and they even set up a play date with a babysitter for Khalifa. This is when we learned that there is an indoor play area for kids from 2-10 years of age, fully equipped with physical activities, as well as video games for older children. Unfortunately Khalifa is still a teensy bit too small to be away from mommy, so we opted to have dinner at Tides, and the wonderful planner, Kushal, asked the Bar Manager to make us a few specialized mocktails and had it sent to our table at Tides. Check out our special drinks here: L’Attitude Bar, Danat Jebel Dhanna.

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After dinner, we went out for our evening walk again, and since Khalifa got a bit sleepy, I went back up. Mohamed called his friend over to the hotel and they enjoyed a shisha outdoors in the gazebo.

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Day 3

Our third and final day at Danat also started off quit early. We had breakfast at around 8.30am, and by 9, Mohamed’s friend Rashid was at the hotel ready to accompany him on the snorkeling trip. I would have loved to have gone with them but since my little Khalifa was with us, I couldn’t. I will definitely be returning with some more friends to do snorkeling out here because Mohamed was amazed by the beauty of the snorkeling trip. The waters are literally crystal clear! Kushal told us that the area they were going snorkeling was just discovered a few days before we arrived, so the waters were virtually untouched! Take a look at the snorkeling/kayaking adventures they had here: Snorkeling at Danat Jebel Dhanna.

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After snorkeling, Mohamed, Khalifa and I had some family time by the beach and pool. The ocean water even by the shore is so crystal clear and beautiful. You can feel the soft sand on your feet, and there’s very few rocks or shells. The beach really is my new favorite beach in the UAE, and I would happily drive out here from the city even if it only was for the day.

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We relaxed and tanned on the beach and then enjoyed the pool afterwards. Soon it was almost time to check out. We had a quick lunch at the Tides buffet before we headed out. Check out was just as smooth as the check-in. They even prepared a few bottles of water to be taken with us on our journey back home.

I cannot express just how wonderful the staff are at this hotel. The service is so personalized, and I must say, its one of the best services that we’ve experienced at any hotel. Kushal really made us feel like we were very special guests, and accommodated us so incredibly well. The service that the staff provided throughout our weekend stay here is the epitome of perfect guest relations!

We would gladly be back and recommend it to anyone who is looking for the perfectly secluded beach and resort in the UAE. Danat Jebel Dhanna truly is a hidden gem!

The price for one night is around 900 Dhs (November 2015). 

Ratings (0-5): 

  • Location: 5
  • Hotel Ambience: 5
  • Staff (Friendliness and Helpfulness): 5 
  • Rooms: 4
  • Amenities: 4.5
  • Housekeeping: 5
  • Value for money: 5

Overall Rating: 4.8

To book at Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, call +971 (0) 2 801 2222. 

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