Hideaway in Ajman
Ajman, the smallest of the seven emirates, has sandy beaches and amazing wildlife and is less than an hour’s drive from Dubai. Head down the E311 where it’s worth making a pitstop at Ajman Museum, in the charming chaos of the city centre. This former ruler’s residence and 18th-century fort was constructed from fossilised coral, mud brick and stone, and is a good spot to learn more about Ajman’s seafaring history. Culture fix sorted, make for the sprawling development of Al Zorah (www.alzorah.ae), set in 5.4 million square metres of coastal land and lagoons. Escape big city life as you venture in to Al Zorah Nature Reserve, home to up to 60 species of birds and a variety of marine life. The best way to explore is by renting a kayak and navigating through the mangrove forests and lagoons; you may even get close to the resident flamboyant pink flamingoes. Recently opened, The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah (below; www. oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-al-zorah-ajman/) is set on Ajman’s first five-star private beach and boasts sleek architecture, Scandi-style interiors and a pared-back aesthetic that’s a world away from the country’s often-grandiose hotel offerings. Book a private villa where you’ll have plenty of space to unwind and your own infinity pool that’s just steps from the beach. Ideal for those looking to de-stress, the hotel spa, yoga and meditation classes complement the tranquil surrounds. If you want to get active, swim in the 80-metre, temperature-controlled, lap pool, go for a run on the beach jogging track or make use of the resort’s bicycles. Nearby, an 18-hole golf course designed by 18-time Major Champion Jack Nicklaus is bound to impress anyone with even a passing interest in the sport.
Room rates start from Dh1,430 per room per night, including taxes and breakfast. The rate is valid over the National Day holidays