Oberoi Al Zorah: The UAE’s best kept secret

Hidden away in Ajman, just 40 minutes from Dubai lies what I believe is one of the UAE’s best resorts. I’ve stayed at the Oberoi Al Zorah twice and this is my honest review.


As you drive along Al Zorah, the coastal suburb of Ajman, you instantly feel like you are away from it all. Enter the hotel grounds and it’s a further sense of calm – the serene surroundings signify you have most definitely left Dubai.

The grand doors to the sun-drenched lobby open for you and you are greeted by the cool tones and textures of the Scandinavian style interior.

The resort

After a quick check-in, the concierge assists you to your room. Once you step out of the lobby you’ll be in awe. The low-rise, white buildings are reminiscent of somewhere in the Mediterranean and the lush greenery and a striking water feature confirm that this a place to relax.

If you opt for a sea facing room as we did, the instant draw is the floor-to-ceiling doors that frame the ocean view so perfectly. The decor mirrors that of the lobby, with large jute rugs and a neutral pallette creating a modern feel. The spacious bathroom features a stunning egg-shaped tub, the perfect place to soak away any daily stresses. Check out my instagram for a full resort tour.

Dining and facilities

The resort has two restaurants. Vinesse, is the main restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. For all-day-dining it’s quite impressive, and features a lovely balcony to dine on. During the cooler months, there is a beach front restaurant, Aquario which specialises in seafood.

There’s a gym, an incredibly calming yoga pavilion, and a ping pong table for those who like to stay active. For the spa, the theme is privacy. Enjoy a private hammam or an outdoor shower in the collection of small spa buildings.

Most importantly, the prized infinity pool. At 85m in length, the resort is home to the longest pool in the UAE. When the hotel is busy you might struggle to stake your claim on a coveted poolside sunbed, but you can always head to the well maintained and staffed beach. Once you’ve settled in, the friendly staff will take care of you well with cold towels, ice lollies and fruit sticks in circulation!

My veridict

Oberoi Al Zorah is truly a hidden gem, however this comes at a cost with rooms starting from AED1,300 per night. If it’s relaxation you are seeking, you’ll find it here, I personally can’t wait to return.

If you’d like to book this resort, get in touch with me over at pause travel!

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