Anyone who’s ever told you that you can’t find fine food in the desert has never been to Jumeriah Al Wathba Resort. It’s less than an hour away, so Yalla will provide some encouragement to make the trip!
Bait Al Hanine
All day dining call be ho-hum but not at Bait Al Hanine. Guests can delight in a taste of Arabia and look on as desert flavours are brought to life. Prepared before your very eyes in the open-style kitchen, diners should dive right into the charcoal kebab grills and a traditional saj oven all while chilling to the sound of live oud music.
Hayaakom is the lobby lounge at Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa. ‘Welcome’ in Arabic, the lounge greets guests warmly as one might be welcomed into an intimate yet luxurious family desert house. Hayaakom is serene and private, and Yalla suggests that you don’t leave without trying a British afternoon tea prepared with an Emirati spirit as you look out on the sun setting behind the majestic dunes.
The true centre of the resort, the 1000 square meters pool, expands into intimate inlets and coves, and a dreamy pool bar. The clear waters shimmer under the glow of the sun and beg one to dive in. Meals at Panache are truly in keeping with the name, offering a combination of Arabic comfort food and well-balanced dishes by Jumeirah’s Chef Gabi, an expert in nutrition and health. The à la carte menu also features a selection cold-press juices for guests to refresh and refuel as they take in the sun.
POOL DAY WITH LUNCH
The true center of the resort, the 1000 square metres pool, expands into intimate inlets and coves, and a dreamy pool bar. The clear water shimmers under the glow of the sun, alluring, and inviting. Get full-day access to the pool for only AED 350, which includes AED 150 credit for restaurants and bars.
The magic of the desert comes to life at Al Mesayan Bar, a rooftop bar on the first floor overlooking the infinite Arabian Desert, where sunsets are simply breathtaking. Yalla suggests that you toast the end of a fine day withfamily and friends at the resort’s breathtaking rooftop terrace lounge, Al Mesayan Bar. With its mesmerising views over the Arabian Desert and its 50% discount on refreshing beverages, you will feel the magic of the desert, that comes to life with a sunset that’s simply breathtaking.
Terra Secca is an upscale Trattoria set in the midst of a boutique desert resort. Full of Italian charm and warmth, the design blends rustic finishes with contemporary accents, resulting in an atmosphere that is beautiful and sophisticated. Comforting Italian food and a well-selected glass of wine mark the start to the evening. Serving traditional Italian food, at Terra Secca, delicate fresh pasta is made in house and delicious thin crisp pizza is baked in the wood-fired oven.
Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort and Spa, Zawaya (Village) Square, Ground Floor, 02 204 4444