Jumeirah Al Wathba [Hotel Review]

First Impressions:

Jumeirah Al Wathba is located in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba, which is a very secluded area of the Emirate. The resort is truly an oasis in the middle of the desert, as there is nothing else within a 30-minute radius aside from remote palaces (how Alladin-esque!). Its currently the newest desert resort in the UAE, so its very impressive compared to its competitors in terms of design and modernity. We were welcomed by the friendly staff and shown to our 2-bedroom suite.

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Our 2-bedroom Suite: 

Its spans across 2,500 square feet, so its very spacious and perfect for our family of four. The decor made it cosy, while the space made it comfortable for our little ones to run around.

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Along with the 2 bedrooms, it also has 3 large bathrooms, a living room, a dining room with a kitchenette area, and front and back patios.

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I’d really recommend it for families with 2-3 adults and 2-3 kids!

Restaurants:

We really enjoyed all of our dining experiences during our stay at Jumeirah Al Wathba. On our first night, we tried out their Italian restaurant. They have really nice authentic Italian dishes and delicacies like octopus, which my son Khalifa loves!

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Breakfast buffets were really good as well, the quality of the food was spectacular and the selections weren’t overwhelmingly large, so its nice for a change. Its also a beautiful set up!

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Our second dinner was at their buffet restaurant. I loved that they had all different kinds of cuisines, which makes it really easy when you’re with picky eaters. The staff were always so friendly and attentive as well.

During our stay, we also experienced their afternoon tea. We were meant to go to the terrace overlooking the sunset for this, but my 2 year old fell asleep in the room (and you just don’t mess with a 2 year old’s naptime), so we ended up ordering it to the room.

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What a gorgeous spread it was, and it was so nice of them to accommodate to our last minute request.

Activities:

The resort has so many activities that you can take part in and can keep you busy for a good 3 days or so. They have camel rides, fat biking across the desert, dune bashing in SUVs, falcon shows, horse-riding, archery and several other things. We decided to check out the falcon show as it seemed to be the most kid-friendly activity. My little ones got to hold falcons and watch how the hunt their prey. It was really wonderful experience for us and them!

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Along with those activities, there is also a very extensive pool, along with a kiddy pool next to it. This kept us busy most of the day!

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I also really enjoyed the spa. Its massive and they have cryotherapy rooms, steams, saunas, hot pools, cold pools and so many other unique amenities. Its really one of the best spas that I’ve been to recently. I had to convince the hubby to handle the kids at the pool for a few hours longer so I could really make the most of the spa!

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The kids also had a blast at the Kids Club. There’s a lot of free play toys and arts and crafts activities. If you’re little ones are a bit older, then they can even be watched by the trained staff at the play area while you go to the spa; doesn’t get better than that, does it?!

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In Conclusion:

This is the best desert resort I’ve been to so far! Its authentic, yet luxurious and modern. There are plenty activities for both kids and adults to enjoy. I would happily come back when I feel like I need a break from the city. Its only about an hour away from Jebel Ali and it really is quite the escape! The suites are so spacious and perfect for families. As you know, we stayed in the 2-bed suite but they also have private pool villas and many other types of suites that are suitable for couples or much larger families.

Price:

The 2-bedroom suite is priced at AED 4,100 per night (September 2019). To book, click here.

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