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Friday, 24 January 2020

UAE2020 Day 04: JA Hatta Fort Hotel (PM)

A couple of hours later and we arrived at JA Hatta Fort Hotel.

Nestled at the foothills of the famous Al Hajar Mountains lies JA Hatta Fort Hotel, an old but well-kept resort that offers splendid chalet styled rooms providing both comfort and soothing wood beam ceilings. Upon checking in an amazingly friendly and helpful Pakistani porter (who's name for the life of us we couldn't remember) took care us until we arrived at our rooms. 


we have arrived

a diminutive 'Majlis'

an indoors-outdoors experience

a doorway to its past

preserved for its future


Fun fact: this unassuming resort won the World's Leading Adventure Hotel 2019 award by the World Travel Awards.

We stayed in a room that the resort describes as “generous in size, open space with high ceilings, inspired by contemporary arabesque style and natural details of exposed stone, wood and linen. The soothing pastel palette is serene and complements the rich intensity of lush greenery, deep blue dam and umber horizon outside.”



our new favourite resting spot

sooo inviting

the view from our balcony

the observatory in the distance

the Face Gazebo, our breakfast spot tomorrow

aged but elegant resort


After checking into our rooms and quickly settling in we headed out again to explore all that this resort has to offer. Ginny and Sern decided to take in the lush greenery and perched themselves on a grassy knoll to lie back and gaze at the sky.


headed off to do some exploring

we only recognised the flag on the left

we were headed there

Ginny and Sern settled on the lush greenery

while we were headed up a pathway


We on the other hand were itching to climb up the resort's very own observatory hill where we were promised an excellent view of Hatta town and its surroundings.


made it to the top

a clear and unobstructed view

small quiet town of Hatta

that provided everything you could imagine

we trained our eyes back to the resort

a contrast of greenery against the barren mountains

Ginny and Sern are rolling in the grass somewhere 

our chalets in the distance

view of the Hajar Mountain range

framing Hatta town

one last look before heading down


The resort is also in close distance to the Hatta Dam and Heritage Village which we plan to visit tomorrow morning.


as the sun sets over Hatta


As a Chinese New Year eve treat Ginny and Sern took us to a most sumptuous dinner at the resort’s own coffee house, Jeema that invited us to "embark on a sensory journey, with panoramic views of the mountainous terrain complementing an impressive à la carte menu. Including a carefully curated selection of fine beverages, Jeema is an atmospheric and charming restaurant in which to while away the evening."


Jeema

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

succulent steak


After dinner we wandered around the grounds for a little bit, and then headed back to our chalets for a restful sleep. 


a night light to guide our way

bright lights of Hatta town in the distance

wandering around the grounds

cool refreshing night air

Cat was dressed for the occasion (in an abaya!)

goodnight!


Tomorrow promised to be a fun-filled day of adventure!

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