Ajman – Birthday Celebrations at Fairmont Ajman

Much to Peter’s dismay I’m going to say it again – He just turned THIRTY!!  I’m not quite there, and I’m sure it’s strange to reach a whole new age category – to have to check a new box when you fill out a survey – but I find the whole thing exciting!

To celebrate, we spent the night at the Fairmont Ajman.

First of all – OMG Ajman.  This Emirate is such an amazing escape and only 30 minutes from Dubai.  Does it get any better than that?!  The drive was easy and even after having to work that day, we were there before 17:00.

The Resort

Our first impression was a giant WOW.  Keeping in mind that both Peter and I work for a luxury hotel chain, that is hard to do.

Our check-in was quick and efficient.  We were very kindly upgraded to a Fairmont View Room, with great views of the pool and sea, a huge bathroom and a lovely balcony (if you can stand the July heat).  The Happy Birthday cake pre-set in the room was expected, but appreciated all the same.

Upon return to the room in the evening, we realized that the Resort doesn’t provide turn-down service, which seemed strange given the high level of service they were delivering.

The Pool

Three words – Swim. Up. Bar.  For a Canadian and a Brit, there’s nothing better.  The pool closes at sunset (about 19:00 in the summer), which meant that even after a long day we could enjoy it before dinner.  The following day, we also enjoyed the facilities before our late check-out.

My only comment is that there wasn’t any lounge-side service at the pool, which I would have expected from a Fairmont.  There were also a lot of children.

Word to the wise – don’t forget your sunscreen.  I did and when we went to get some from the shop in the Resort, they were selling it for AED130!  Needless to say, we enjoyed the day under the beach umbrellas and purchased our AED40 bottle when we went home.

The Dining

I’m not a huge fan of Arabic cuisine.  It’s not that I haven’t tried – I really have – it’s just not my cup of tea.  The Resort has, what I hear to be, a wonderful Turkish restaurant called Kiyi.  A really good friend loves it and it came highly recommended.

Knowing me as well as he does, however, Peter agreed to try the Italian Gioia.  The food was food was good and the staff were very lovely.  The food came out a little slowly, but we were happy enough to wait.  Too full for dessert, we happily signed the bill and went back to our room.  Moments later, the staff from Gioia came to our door with a Happy Birthday plate of assorted desserts and two champagne cocktails – amazing!!

Breakfast was happily ordered through In-Room Dining.  I’m not sure what it is about room service breakfasts, but I have never had one that hit the mark.  Our poached eggs were rock solid, but the coffee was a good start to the day.

Overall, a wonderful way to start a new decade.  I cannot recommend this Resort enough!


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