Here in the UAE, apart from shortened work timings during the whole month of Ramadan, we also get additional 2 days to a week holidays for Eid al-Fitr (depends if you are working for government/private company).
According to Huffingtonpost.com,
Eid al-Fitr, also known as Eid ul-Fitr or Eid, is a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan (a holy month of fasting observed by Muslims). It is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Eid al-Fitr is a day of great merriment and thanksgiving. Muslims celebrate by gathering with friends and family, preparing sweet delicacies, wearing new clothes, giving each other gifts and putting up lights and other decorations in their homes. A common greeting during this holiday is Eid Mubarak, which means, “Have a blessed Eid!”
Since we are under a private company, we were only given 2 days off for Eid (28th-29th July). Some of my colleagues opted to take a leave on Sunday as well so they can enjoy a long weekend.
At first, we didn’t have any Eid plans as I know how parks, beaches, & malls can get crowded during this time. And for sure, all the hotels and resorts were already fully booked. Or if not, very expensive.
However, one of my colleagues persuaded me to check booking.com as he found a really good rate for Iberotel Miramar Resort. For AED400+, you can book a room and avail of their breakfast for free. Before signing up for the deal, I decided to check one last time if there are better deals available and guess what? I got lucky! 🙂
My heart started to beat faster when I saw that a Classic King Room in Cove Rotana was being offered for only AED350! Wow! I’ve been wanting to visit the place since I read about it in one of the blogs here in Dubai. Also, some of my friends have been there and they were consistent on their feedbacks–“Cove Rotana is AMAZING!”
According to the site, there was only one room left with that rate so I booked it right away. I was glad I did because when another colleague booked for her family, she paid AED700+ for the same room. What a steal! 🙂
Fast forward to Sunday…
We arrived at the hotel and check-in was a breeze. Shout out to the efficient front desk team who assisted us and went out of their way to make us all comfortable even if there were a lot of guests checking in at the same time.
Since the property was huuugggeee, we had to take a buggy ride on the way to our room. As per my booking preferences, we were assigned to a Classic King, non-smoking room.
By 5 pm, we decided to go out and enjoy the remaining daylight before sunset. FYI, during summers here in the middle east, the sun doesn’t set before 7 pm. Hence, we still had a lot of time to take pictures & videos.
First, we walked around the higher part of the resort where the restaurants, spa, and main pool are located. Then we took a buggy ride to the beach. Have I told you how huge the property is? In my humble opinion, the best way to tour around the resort is by taking a buggy. All you have to do is just sit back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking view of Cove Rotana. 🙂
When we reached the beach, this is what greeted us…
After dipping our feet on the salty seawater and making sure we have enjoyed the beach enough, we started our trek uphill.
Our next destination? Laguna pool! I was surprised that there were only 2 small groups lounging there. Actually, for a time we even had the whole pool for ourselves. hehe
We only had a limited time in the resort so we headed to the main pool afterwards. It was closer to most of the facilities and regular rooms so there were more guests compared to the other pool. BTW, I have to commend the resort for maintaining crystal clear water in their pools.
Since all the pools are only available until sunset, we just decided to have dinner early. We chose their main restaurant Cinnamon as they offer more food and drink choices.
By 10 pm, we called it a night and slept like babies. Our day 2 in Cove Rotana on my next post…