Situated just 30 minutes from Dubai International airport, The Oberoi Al Zorah is part of a grander scale project led by Lebanon’s Solidere International in joint venture with the Government of Ajman. Nestled within 247 acres (one million square metres) of rich ecological wetland, Al Zorah boasts exceptional biodiversity and is home to almost sixty species of birds and marine life.
Crafted and conceived by famed Italian architect and interior designer Piero Lissoni, The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah boasts an overall sleek and understated design with a sophisticated twist, to ensure the best possible views, whether the large pool of the resort or its natural fine sandy beach and the sea.
The resort is predominantly white, most of the rooms, suites and villas featuring floor to ceiling glass windows – at any given time of the day, whether in your bed or in a living room gazing at the sea, on sunrise or sunset, but also overlooking the majestic large shallow water pools or the sea (clearly visible regardless of the distance), there is a unique sense of privacy and serenity, in a way, ‘stealing’ your, so that you find yourself wind down and calm down, which is the biggest achievement of the resort.
No expense has been spared in constructing the entire resort, with the finest materials and furnishings, exquisite detailed Art elements adorning the entire complex, while constantly achieving sophistication through simplicity. From the impeccable sound-proofing to the heavenly comfortable beds, each accommodation unit features oversized bathrooms, with huge walk-in showers and free-standing bathtubs. Indian Ayurveda based amenities by Forest Essentials is also featured in this property too.
Simple details such as a most silent AC system which adjusts in seconds to one’s desired temperature to UHD 4K Smart Tvs enclosed in an elegant custom made black glass case, ultra high speed internet, a high water pressure in the shower that warms in seconds – are all sublime! Rooms and suites are impeccably maintained and serviced by a most personalised housekeeping service, one of Oberoi’s legendary services.
With probably the finest natural sand beach in the entire U.A.E., I have found some of Oberoi’s approach most sensible – for instance, the left hand-side half of the beach is left pristine, being dedicated to the villa guest who already have their own swimming pools – while the other half of the beach is fully set up for the rooms and suites guests. Obviously, there is only an invisible separation. A similar approach which I also admired is that Oberoi does not organise buffets, not even under the pressure of the Ramadan.
Despite its size, the resort boasts impeccably manicured gardens as well sea-views from all types of accommodations, with the resort being constructed in a hill type height. The abundant natural features also recreate a sense of residential – I am sure that guests staying for longer periods would find the resort as their home away from home.
The Oberoi Beach Resort has been designed by the famous Italian architect Piero Lissoni and the resort’s luxury accommodation includes rooms, suites and villas with private terraces and swimming pools. Guests can choose secluded accommodation offering privacy and tranquillity or two and three bedroom villas for family holidays. The resort’s timeless aesthetic design and abundance of natural light and ocean views are unique to the resort.
Although it may seem remote, even slightly far from Ajman’s central area, Oberoi Al Zorah offers a wide range of activities within 5-10 minutes from the resort such as the Nicklaus designed 18-hole golf course or taking a water-raft on the nearby lake. For those wishing to experience the bustle of Dubai, whether for dining or shopping, or even the cultural sights of Abu Dhabi, the hotel has a comprehensive chauffeur driven fleet of the ultimate Audi range cars.
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah’s dining offerings provide a wide range, not only depending on the food and ambiance but also in terms of sensibly attracting certain types of guests such as families with children at a certain venue so the interference is minimal. In a most effortless way, families with children would have their daily meals earlier than singles or couples. This is also thanks to the ongoing sales and marketing efforts of the resort to attract an ideal mix of guests, both in terms of age and nationalities.
The main all-day dining restaurant of the resort is Vinesse which features international cuisine (I loved the Indian breakfast! – a choice among other more ‘standard’ ones) and the responsibly locally sourced seafood cooked using traditional, nutrient-conserving methods at the Aquario, the sea grill by the beach. At the Poolside Lounge, guests can enjoy light and healthy food.
Sensio Spa by Oberoi is a tranquil oasis with private therapy suites. It offers Eastern, Western and signature massage therapies, Turkish hammams and Ayurvedic treatments. The resort also has a fully equipped, 24-hour gymnasium and a temperature controlled 80-metre long swimming pool. I was impressed with the wide range of organic based beauty products of the highest quality, especially Spanish Alqvimia, not to mention the highly skilled therapists of the Spa.
Unparalleled luxury, exquisite design and Oberoi Hotels & Resorts legendary service position The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah as one of the finest luxury beach resorts in the Middle East. Thanks to Oberoi’s DNA which has service as its centrepiece, all the guests I have met were overwhelmed in the most positive way. The fact that key staff from other Oberoi properties have been integrated into the team has helped not only achieve the highest personalised service standards but also maintain them with a constant aim to improve them.
Oliver Petcu in Ajman (UAE)
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