Sheraton Sharjah: City Oasis

This past week, I was invited by Sharjah’s signature beach resort – the Sheraton Sharjah for a staycation.

First Impressions: Located at the Sharjah-Ajman border, the resort is a bit of a challenge to get to because of construction around the area and snaky Sharjah traffic but once you get closer you begin to see the absolute majesty of the hotel. It’s meant to resemble an Arabian fort and it’s the same story inside the lobby as the hotel is peppered with various nods to Islamic architecture throughout with arches, Islamic patterns and luxurious marble flooring.

 

 

 

Room: Step inside the room and the same nods to Islamic architecture and Emirati heritage continue with a bed laid behind a massive Islamic arch, images of pearl diving and historic forts and a supremely comfortable bed. The fixtures and fittings are A-grade and worthy of their 5-star status while a flat-screen TV, easy-to-connect WiFi come as standard too. I loved the view of the infinity pool and Arabian Gulf from my room but do wish the windows were clean from the outside for a clearer view. What I liked the most about the room was that it was optimized for family use with ample seating courtesy a big couch and chair and separate cubicles within the bathroom. The dry property, keeping in line with Sharjah’s regulations, serves no alcohol which makes it ideal for family vacations too.

Amenities: A gorgeous infinity pool, crisp-clean private beach, 5-star spa, a games room (with Play Station 4s and a pool table at your disposal) and a dedicated kid’s play area are one of the many amenities that the family-focused resort offers.

My favourite spot was Al Mahatta Lounge, a cigar lounge inspired by vintage gentlemen’s den that served some decadent carrot cake and has to be one of the nicest spots in town. I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at their signature sea-side restaurant, Al Qubtan, as well. Rated one of the best in Sharjah, their Prawn and Avocado Risotto was an enticing fusion of flavors that I thought would never work and one I’d definitely recommend people to try.

 

 

 

The key highlight from my experience was how everyone in the team from the Executive Chef to the lifeguard was so passionate about the hotel like it was their own venture – great service is the key ingredient to a five-star experience and Sheraton Sharjah sure nailed that bit! Other guests staying in the hotel who’d come to visit from as far as Russia shared my opinion and genuinely loved the hotel – the fact that they provided a free shuttle service to main attractions in Dubai was a big bonus too!

My stay came inclusive with a hearty breakfast buffet as well which included the usual 5-star selection of fresh waffles, pancakes, Arabian beans (foul) and much more – the only bit that was a bit disappointing was the latte that was served.

Highs: Impeccable service, stunning architecture, great value for money

Lows: Not the most convenient location

Verdict: With hotels that try hard to look futuristic and modern, the resort is a refreshing touch and experience. With single room rates starting at just 380 AED (approximately a 110 USD), its affordable luxury that gives any 5-star resort in Dubai a run for its money without any given compromise.

Details: Visit sheratonsharjah.com/ or call +97165630000 for more details 

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