United Arab Emirates today are considered one of the most luxurious countries in the world. It is difficult to imagine that even 40 years ago on the site of giant modern megacities was the desert and tent cities. Today the most fashionable hotels with fine service, fine shopping and entertainment complexes, magnificent beaches, etc. are concentrated here. Rest in the Emirates is a dream of many Russians. After all, everyone wants to see with their own eyes the highest building in the world or the biggest "singing" fountain, relax in one of the seven-star hotels, etc. However, not everyone is in a hurry to realize their dream and go to one of the seven Arab Emirates, because they think that It will take too much money. However, this is not entirely true, and if you want, you can find a tour at quite democratic prices. Of course, in this case, the hotel will not be seven-, but 5- or 4-star, but quite decent, with a developed infrastructure and excellent service. For example, if you go to Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA 4 * (Fujairah), which is also on the Indian Ocean coast, you can relax in comfort and luxury for only 5000-10 000 rubles per day (per room).
Which resort to choose?
The best resorts in the United Arab Emirates are Dubai, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Sharjah. However, if you do not spend a large amount or want to save, then you should not go to the first three of the above, as the prices for accommodation and services there are quite high. But in Sharjah or Fujairah one can find budget accommodation. The hotel Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA Fujairah immediately comes to mind. From its name it follows that it is located in the Fujairah area, but this is not true, as the beach "Korfakkan" is part of the emirate of Sharjah. Why does this confusion arise? Perhaps because the closest city to the hotel, also with the international airport, is Fujairah. From it to the hotel only 20 km, while to Sharjah - more than 100 km. But there is another reason. Sharjah is an emirate, in which the strictest morals prevail and a complete ban on the use of alcoholic beverages, even beer. Apparently, it is because of this travel agency does not advertise the location of this hotel in the territory of Sharjah. Indeed, the use of alcoholic beverages and wearing of open swimsuits in public places (except for private beaches and the zone of hotel pools) is prohibited in the emirate. The hotel Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA has its own beach area 50 meters from the building, so there is practically no problem with the dress code. However, the issue of booze remains open. In short, choosing Oceanic Resort & SPA Khorfakkan, you get a wonderful holiday on one of the secluded beaches of the Indian Ocean for a very reasonable price, but you do not have the opportunity to spend the evenings with a glass of whiskey and even a glass of beer, sitting comfortably in a bar or pub.
What is Sharjah?
This emirate is officially recognized by UNESCO as the cultural center of Arabia. Here you can find a lot of museums and carefully protected monuments of architecture. Lovers of antiquity and history should always visit Sharjah. In addition, this emirate has access to the white shores of the Indian Ocean, and this is certainly the biggest plus when choosing Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA 4 * (Khorfakkan / Sharjah). Another advantage of the hotel, and the whole resort as a whole, is the seclusion from the city bustle and noise. It is almost always quiet and cozy here. And the beach "Korfakkan", on which the hotel is located, is perfectly equipped for a family holiday. As you can see, Sharjah is the antipode of Dubai. There is no boiling night life, and as already noted above, it is forbidden to drink alcohol, there are no hookahs, public outdoor beaches are not allowed on public beaches, etc. Therefore, our advice to tourists who do not represent their vacation without all this - or not to buy Tour to Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA 4 *, or in the evenings to go for fun in nearby Fujaira. Here, morals are freer, and the attitude of alcohol is more tolerant.
How to get to the hotel "Oceanic"?
As you have already understood, the nearest to the beach "Korfakkan", on which the hotel Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA 4 * is located, is the international airport of Fujairah. However, most of the flights from Russia to this city are irregular, so before you buy the tour, make inquiries, is there a necessary flight for this period? Otherwise, you have to go to Dubai. Between the two Russian capitals and this Arab metropolis, daily flights of the main air carrier of the UAE - Emirates Airlines. But residents of Yekaterinburg, Samara, Kazan, Ufa, Minvod, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar can use the services of the airline Flydubai. If you bought a tour to the hotel Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA (UAE) and previously agreed on the transfer, then upon arrival you will be met at the airport and on a comfortable car will be delivered to the very doors of the hotel. If you did not take care of this before arriving in the UAE, you can take a taxi (for $ 10-20 from Fujairah airport and about $ 100 from Dubai). In addition, you can book a car ($ 30 / day) in advance, and it will be waiting for you at the airport. To drive a car on the territory of the emirates, you will need an international driving license. Do not forget to take them with you.
Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA 4 * (Khorfakkan): general description
This hotel consists of one seven-storey building and several villas. The complex was founded at the end of the last millennium, but since 2009 the reconstruction began there, which ended in 2013. The hotel covers an area of five thousand square meters. Most rooms look towards the ocean, the other part to the mountains and the garden. On the top floor of the hotel is the SPA center. It occupies a vast bright room with many huge windows overlooking the ocean and mountains. By the way, the glass elevator in the hotel also provides the guests with the opportunity to admire the sea at descents and ascents and experience the rapture and reverence for the might of the boundless Indian Ocean. Near the hotel there is an embankment, where, of course, it is pleasant to walk in the evenings, as well as many playgrounds.
Hotel Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA 4 *, as already mentioned above, is located on the white beaches of the Indian Ocean, in the resort of Korfakkan. In this place to the beach a picturesque ridge approaches the Hajar mountains. From the airports of Dubai and Sharjah to the hotel can be reached in an hour and a half (including traffic jams), but from the center of Fujairah - in only half an hour.
Number of rooms
The hotel has 177 comfortable rooms of different categories. Among them are villas with a living room and one or two bedrooms, Delux rooms with partial ocean views, panoramic suites, standard rooms with mountain views, premium rooms with sea views, family rooms with partial sea and mountain views and t. E.
Description of rooms and service
All rooms of the Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA are furnished with modern furniture and are equipped with air conditioning, plasma TV with satellite channels, audio and video equipment, refrigerator, safe, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, a magnificent bathroom with all necessary toiletries and Bath accessories. Unfortunately, there are no balconies in the rooms, but there are huge panoramic windows. Nevertheless, many tourists in their reviews this feature of the hotel is ranked as its minuses. It's no secret that many vacationers like to sit on the balcony in the evenings and watch the sunset and the sea surf. But as a plus, they celebrate the daily thorough cleaning and changing of bed linen and towels. In addition, tourists can use the services of a concierge service and even hire a secretary. For a surcharge, you can ask to bring breakfast, lunch or dinner to your room, as well as order dessert or snacks at any time of the day. Since tap water is not advisable here, tourists are given 2 bottles of purified water a day. By placing in the room, tourists find a plate with exotic fruits, which pleasantly surprises them and creates a positive attitude. Almost all travelers mention this in their reviews. A trifle, but very pleasant.
Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA has five separate eating zones. Guests are offered a choice of two types of food: BB (breakfast only) and HB (half board: breakfast-dinner). The main restaurant is Al Murjan. Here in the mornings a buffet is served, and in the evenings - dinner - on pre-order from the menu, and to the sounds of "live" blues. At lunchtime, you can also make a paid order here. The second zone is Oceanic Cafe. It serves dessert as well as light snacks. Pool-bar "Amway" is the third zone of food. His menu is quite diverse. In the lounge bar in the lobby "Al Divan Tea Lounge" you can refresh yourself with a variety of drinks. On the territory of the hotel there is another restaurant in the open air, where all kinds of snacks, desserts and drinks are served. Tourists who have already visited this hotel do not advise guests who have chosen the type of BB food to dine in the hotel restaurant, since it costs a lot, for example, from 200-300 dirhams, while in restaurants located on the embankment you can have supper For only 80 dirhams.
Infrastructure and service in the hotel
Around the hotel there is a beautiful garden. In front of the original building of the Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA (photo in the article) is a huge swimming pool overlooking the ocean. Especially beautiful here at night, when the backlight turns on. The hotel is designed for conferences, seminars and forums. To the services of the participants is the perfectly equipped Al Dana Ballroom conference room for 1000 people, meeting rooms, a business center, free Internet both on site and on the beach. In the complex there are shops, including souvenir shops. In the lobby of incredibly large sizes (1000 m 2 ) free coffee with dates is served. For celebrations (anniversaries, weddings, etc.) there is a huge banquet hall, although hardly any Russian tourists dream of a "dry" celebration. For currency exchange, the hotel operates a exchange service, and there is an ATM. At guests' disposal there is also a dry cleaning, laundry, ironing services, as well as cleaning shoes. There is also a medical center, but if necessary, the doctor can be called in the room to the patient. The hotel can rent a car and book an excursion.
Recreation and Sports
For fans of sports entertainment in the complex there are two lit tennis courts, a pool, a heated pool. Three kilometers from the hotel there are magnificent golf courses. Animation program in the hotel "Oceanic" is not, even for children. For them, the hotel has a children's pool with slides, a children's playground and a games room. For a fee, you can hire a babysitter for the kids for the evening or, for example, for a while if the mom wants to visit the spa center. As already noted, it is located on the top floor of the hotel. Here is a health club. Here the tourists are waiting for the following services: saunas (dry and aromatic with steam), gym, Ayurvedic center, massage, etc.
The beach at the hotel "Oceanic" is simply gorgeous: snow-white sand, lots of comfortable chaise lounges with umbrellas, towels and mattresses - it's all free of charge. In addition, twice a day tourists are brought plastic boxes with ice, towels, a bottle of water, Coca-Cola and fruit. This is all also provided free of charge. That's the service! This is not the case even in 5-star hotels in Cyprus, Turkey or Egypt. It is no coincidence that vacationers in their reviews write only positive comments about the service in this Arab hotel. On the beach, vacationers are also waiting for numerous water activities, including diving and snorkeling.
Oceanic Khorfakkan Resort & SPA: reviews and guest reviews
As already mentioned above, there are practically no negative comments in the responses of the guests at the Oceanic Hotel, which were left in tourist forums. Tourists are satisfied with the cuisine, the level of service, and the internal arrangement of the hotel. Young people are unhappy that the hotel does not have animation and other entertainment. But do not forget that this is Sharjah - the most "closed" of the Arab emirates. In addition, some strains the lack of balconies and places for drying clothes. In principle, the hotel has a laundry, and the administration did not think that tourists can wash and dry their clothes on their own. In everything else, everything suits everyone here. So if you are not afraid of the dry law, then you can safely go to the ocean coast to the hotel Oceanic Resort & SPA (Khorfakkan).