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Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort - A hidden Paradise

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From the onset we had prepared ourselves for the long drive, as we had a first-hand experience while travelling to Tilal Liwa. However, no matter how prepared you are – you definitely tend to get tired of the long drive. We started at 7:00 p.m and needless to say we were only enveloped by the darkness and stillness of the night on either sides.

Those persistent enough to endure the two and a half hour journey from the capital, will discover that the Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort is well worth the journey. A place of luxury, seclusion and relaxation and the ultimate UAE beach destination.

We arrived at Jebel Dhanna to discover a large hotel that appears to be brand new, despite that fact that it opened over a decade ago. Passing a large set of wooden double doors, guests arrive in the impressive lobby, an area flanked by large glass windows that during the day time, look out across the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.

As you walk in, you realize that the hotel has a distinct ocean theme. From the blue tiled mosaics upon the floor, to the images of turtles and jellyfish above the elevators. The highlight undeniably was the central light fitting that looked like a beautiful blue coral that has made its home on the hotel’s ceiling. Fresh flowers willingly invite you to the comforts of the lobby. The ambiance is light and breezy and the design of the lobby draws the gaze out across to the immaculately tended gardens and the beckoning ocean.

We arrived close to 11:00 p.m. and were really tired with the long drive. No sooner did we walk in than we were greeted by warm smiling faces, which eased away some of my tiredness. The staff was so warm and extremely helpful. This feeling was exemplified by the check-in staff, who provided cold towels– a much needed relief after all that time on the road. Our check in process was very easy and swift, and we were informed that dinner has been arranged for in the hall, since Tides only runs till 10:30 p.m.

We were then taken to our Beach Chalet, which has recently been added to the 13 year old resort. The best part of our room was its accessibility to the beach. You could easily hear the waves, if you were to sit outside in the patio.

We were pleasantly surprised to walk in to gifts from the Danat team. A plate of sweet treats like chocolates, Arabic sweets, a brownie and some delightful colored macaroons along with a welcome letter with our Itinerary listed out.

The Chalet was spacious with a large double bed, fluffy pillows and plenty of natural lighting from the large window if you were to draw the heavy curtains that did make the room super cozy and dark. It had a small comfortable seating area, writer’s desk and wardrobe and al the modcons like nespresso machine, iron board etc. I liked the classic décor and the use of a soft, warm color palette of beiges and browns, and wood furniture.

Post dinner we headed to the L’attitude to unwind over some drinks and music. L’aatitude has a vibrant ambience and coupled with their resident Dj, it’s an ideal place to spend time with your friends and family over a wide selection of tropical cocktails, house beverages and Champagne to sip on. The bar also offers an array of freshly prepared light bites, mains and delightful desserts to satisfy all.

I woke up early the next day and headed to the beach to soak in the beauty of the ocean and calming waves. The hotel is set slightly aback from the staggeringly beautiful stretch of beach, with beautifully tended gardens soaked in the sweet smell of white frangipani. Small paths crisscross through the gardens leading towards a shisha gazebo, complete with Arabic lanterns and majlis style cushioned seating.

Post breakfast at Tides, we went over to the beach. The main reason that people will visit Jebel Dhanna is for the beach. It’s a natural beach with pristine white sands and water with different shades of blue. Its s such a picturesque beach – you can literally lose track of time and place in its beauty.

Apart from being naturally beautiful – the beach area is understandably romantic. Couple sun loungers are evenly placed along the vast sweep of sand. Seclusion and privacy is an added advantage. During late afternoons, the tide goes out really far, making the beach even more appealing. The white sands are littered with beautiful white shells and the water becomes shallow enough for you to walk through and see the bottom of the sea

Feeling inexplicably drawn to the hypnotic pull of the ocean waves, the outside area was obviously our first stop and we indulged in a few water sports that were specially arranged for. Post signing a declaration and getting our life vests on, we were all set to enjoy the water sports. I tried paddle board, and since it was my first time and also being hydrophobic (lol), I decided to sit than stand as is the norm. We then went on the banana boat on my insistence, husband enjoyed his time on the banana boat. Check HERE for what happened to me (rofl)

We would have stayed back for more, however since I was too frightened (you would know if you clicked above), we decided to head to the room and change for the pool barbecue. Post a sumptuous meal we decided to retire to the shaded canopies by the pool and laze around.

The pool is temperature controlled – a relief during the colder months. Poolside offers a swim up bar and sun beds with shaded canopies and loungers. The pool itself is large and has a separate children’s pool as well.

Post relaxing at the pool, we headed back to our Chalet for some quiet time before heading to dinner at Zaitoun.

This hotel may be a bit of a drive from Dubai, but after you will reach here, you will forget everything and want to live here! This is one of the most perfect places for a getaway especially if you wish to have some peaceful time with your family or friends or even by yourself. The staff will not only make you feel at home, they will make you wish you were not going back home!

If there is one reason of the many you should stay at this hotel, it is because of how the staff make you feel right at home. From the servers to the receptionists to the managers at the bar or restaurants to the room service staff, everyone has a big smile on their face and welcome you with an open heart.

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 paradise!

Click to read my review of TIDES and ZAITOUN

We were invited to Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort and all views and images are © Urbanmodish, unless stated otherwise.

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