Worlds and cultures collide on the Arabian Gulf making it one of the most fascinating and diverse destinations to visit.
Dubai is great for a short blast of glitz, but still one of the Gulf’s best kept secrets is the nearby Ajman, a place where us Brits seem to be staying for longer breaks and some serious R&R.
It's located on a natural stretch of coast where the crystal-clear turquoise waters meet some of the most pristine and spectacular white beaches in the United Arab Emirates.
It may be the smallest emirate of all and generally regarded as far less conservative than others but it's a city steeped in Arabian charm and cultural history embracing modern architecture, facilities and brimming with top quality new hotels such as one of my favourites the Fairmont Ajman.
Ideally located on the Corniche shoreline, only 25km from Dubai’s International Airport, the beachfront five star hotel is very close to the 18th century Ajman National Museum which represents one of the main tourist attractions in the city, as well as the myriad of traditional souks for jewellery, elegant abayas, traditional lamps and carpets.
Combining the expected hospitality and elegance with impeccable service, Fairmont Ajman will provide a memorable experience.
Your journey starts with the welcoming palatial lobby and a vertical tunnel of light from the glass ceiling bringing the azure accents of the furniture and the intricate geometric wall patterns to life.
The property features 252 guest rooms and suites with magnificent panoramic views, including two story penthouses, a fitness centre and independent spa, outdoor leisure facilities with a long stretch of stunning beachfront and a host of water sports. The expansive infinity pool has a relaxed vibe with a swim up pool bar: Salt & Sea.
Gastronomic delights come courtesy of an innovative and eclectic dining portfolio of eight superb restaurants and lounges including Badr which overlooks the sea and takes you on a sunset journey with the finest tastes of gourmet Shisha flavours.
The Gulf at its hospitable and charming best.