Where the heck is Khorfakkan, you ask me? 🙂
Back in June when I first heard about Oceanic Khorfakkan I stuck it in google and realized that it’s on the east coast, just underneath where all the other Fujairah resorts are laid along the coastline. We have never been to the east coast, so I thought, what a good opportunity to check it out! It was a great time as well for bodyboarding – click here for my separate post on it 🙂
Here’s my honest take on the resort and our stay.
You’ll probably ask, there are so many other nice resorts in Al Aqah, why would you want to stay in Oceanic, and what makes it different to the other resorts?
According to booking.com, a standard room with mountain view (for November) is around 650AED. Fujairah Rotana, Iberotel and Le Meridien is about 800AED to 1000AED. Yes, for the higher price you do get a bigger resort with massive pools, so, it’s entirely up to you. If you’re going to the east coast with the purpose to relax and to explore the area, and you don’t mind a decent sized pool, stay here. Watch out for their Facebook page, Groupon, Triperna and various other one-day deals for deals on Oceanic.
b) Comfy, clean rooms
We were a little pampered as we had the opportunity to stay in the panoramic suite with part sea/part mountain view 🙂 It’s very spacious and great for couples or families even. Toilet amenities was complete with toothbrush and toothpaste (very uncommon!) which was super. I’m sure that the other rooms boast the same quality.
c) All-day dining restaurants, with live music
We had dinner buffet here on a Friday evening as well as for lunch on Saturday. There was a lot of food, cakes and dessert and it was okay – it wasn’t spectacular but it was enough 🙂 There was a guy on a keyboard singing, kind of felt like we were back in the 90s in a old school pub, haha. Word of warning though – if you need to drink, mind you, this is a completely dry hotel as it lies within the emirate of Sharjah. Not to fear, you can still use Oceanic as a base and head up to Al Aqah for a drink or two 🙂 If you and the family don’t drink and prefer that sorta atmosphere, I highly recommend you stay and dine here. That way you know for sure you don’t get a drunk people around 🙂
The staff was very friendly during our stay. From those at breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and dinner on Friday, as well as the staff working along the hotel floors 🙂 No issues at all.
e) Spa at the top floor
Feeling a bit sore or you just need more pampering, head up to 360 Spa at the top floor. Both G and I went for the Oceanic Spa 60-minute massage. Was it good? I’m super critical when it comes to spa’s as I’ve been to quite a few and I have a bad neck/back/shoulder haha. So, did she take care of me and did she meet up to my expectations? Yes 🙂 Unfortunately, G and I could not stay in the same room as again, it’s hotel policy it being in Sharjah so we had separate treatment rooms 🙂
Unfortunately they didn’t have any bodyboards for rent (I struggled to even explain to the sports centre there what it was 🙁 ), so I got fairly irritated as I had thought it was a very common sports equipment, boo hoo. Should’ve brought mine! Unfortunately for Oceanic, the beach was closed during our stay due to the high winds, and so we ventured up to Al Aqah to rent boards instead and use the beach there 🙂 Oceanic does have a lot of watersports though – like banana boats, para gliding etc – so if you’re keen to get a bit more active, you have the choice to do so 😀
So there you go, my short and sweet take on Oceanic. It’s a relatively small hotel in comparison with the rest, but it does what it does, well. Keep in mind that it’s a dry hotel, family-oriented, it takes care of you with good service, and if you don’t want to splash out so much for the bigger resorts in Al Aqah, pick Oceanic Khorfakkan as a base to explore the rest of Fujairah 🙂 Just check out the website and various other blogs to know what to expect, so you won’t be disappointed. For surfers, this place is a 15minute drive up to Tim’s Reef, so you could stay here next time there’s a swell 🙂
Many thanks to Jhandy, Eli, and Rahma for organising the stay 🙂