Sponsored: There are so many brilliant restaurants at this beachfront resort…

Now January is over, it’s time to treat yourself to a foodie staycation, and we know of just the spot for you. Escape the city and book a mini-break to Le Meridien Al Aqah. The Fujairah-based resort is surrounded by fresh Hajar Mountain air, dreamy blue Indian Ocean waters and has an array of delicious culinary treats for you to try.

Whether it’s food to fuel your mountain hike or deep-sea dive, or simply a ‘must’ for an indulgent getaway, there is something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Here are just some of the ‘must-try’ dishes from each of the resorts’ six restaurants.

Gonu Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort

1. Dibba Oysters and bubbly at Gonu

For that big celebration, or simply because ‘when on holiday’ try the fresh Dibba Oysters and bubbly at Gonu. Oysters and bubbly go together like cheese and wine, and if you’re a big fan, settle yourself beachside at Gonu. Watch the waves roll in as you tuck into local oysters from dibba bay paired with sparkling bubbly priced from Dhs85

2. Homemade pastas made to perfection at Sapore

In the mood for Italian? Check out fine Italian restaurant, Sapore, to indulge in a feast of homemade pasta. It’s tailored and cooked to perfection for you, with your choice of sauce and protein.

3. Moonlit dinner at Gonu

Spend a romantic dinner with your special someone under the moonlight at beachfront restaurant, Gonu. Enjoy a delightful four-course menu and talk the night away.

4. Appetizer combo for two at Taste

If you love to snack, you’ll love the Indian and Thai snacks served at lobby floor restaurant, Taste. Snacks include authentic spring rolls and traditional kebabs.

5. Tea and pistachio eclairs

For those who love something sweet, treat yourself to a pistachio eclair at the lobby floor lounge. There are many savoury and sweet treats available so dig in.

6. BBQ and seafood themed Dinner buffet at Views

All-day dining restaurant, Views serves buffet breakfast and dinner and with an array of dishes, so you don’t have to decide between your favourite dishes. Definitely visit for the Arabian Sea Night on Thursdays to enjoy a selection of locally-sourced seafood for Dhs185.

7. Oriental mix grill at Layali by Swaad

You’ll feel like you’re dining somewhere exclusive at Layali by Swaad, which is tucked in the corner next to Views. It serves up a levant menu with signature dishes such as the oriental mix grill featuring kebab, chicken skewers and other favourites.

8. Burger at Baywatch

Bask in those holiday vibes at poolside venue Baywatch. Try the chicken tikka Frankie paired with a crisp, cold beer to set your vacation mood right.

9. Catch of the Day and the seafood platter at Gonu

Visit beachside restaurant Gonu to enjoy the freshest catches of seafood, cooked to order, including oyster, calamari and local fresh fish.

10. Eggs benedict with salmon at breakfast

There’s no staycation complete without a lavish breakfast. A definite one to try is the eggs benedict with salmon – a creamy texture of egg balanced with the saltiness of the salmon. What a way to start the day.

Aside from the diverse restaurants on offer, the resort’s amenities also include the opportunity to chase birdies on a crazy golf course, beach games such as volleyball or table tennis, the largest pool on the East Coast, a kids’ club with a load of fun activities, as well as a Dive Centre on site for all your adrenaline-fuelled water sports.

So why not book your next staycation to Le Meridien Al Aqah and enjoy a guaranteed sea-facing room and endless dining options from just Dhs600? Alternatively, you could book an all-inclusive staycation, inclusive of house and soft beverages, priced from Dhs1,300.

Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Anajaimat, Dibba Road, Fujairah. Tel: (09) 244 9000, lemeridien-alaqah.com

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