Leave the bright city lights behind and head for a mountain retreat
Leave behind the flashing neon lights and congested city streets and embrace fresh mountain air, lush greenery, and cooler climes: the JA Hatta Fort Hotel Dubai is the perfect hotel for a weekend escape.
Opening in 1981, the JA Hatta Fort Hotel Dubai is one of the oldest in the UAE and having undergone a recent makeover; it’s now one of the most stylish as well.
Set in the shadows of the dramatic Al Hajar Mountains, the JA Hatta Fort Hotel Dubai is a charming four-star resort, offering 52 quaint, deluxe mountain view rooms and villas, plus great leisure and dining facilities the whole family can enjoy.
Boasting slate flooring with ash wood décor throughout, the Hatta Fort is as natural and fresh as its sweet-smelling Jasmine garden surroundings.
All of the chalet-style rooms offer mountain or garden views – and if you’re lucky you’ll see one of the hotel’s pride of peacocks proudly strutting through the gardens on an evening.
Ticking all of the boxes when it comes to comfort, all rooms come with balconies and are spacious and airy, with stone walls, white wooden ceilings and crisp white bed linen on an uber comfortable king-size bed.
The adjoining bathroom comes with bath and shower, and Elemis toiletries.
The poached salmon was perfection.
There are two restaurants and one bar on site.
Roumoul Bar’s outside terrace provides excellent views of the mountains at sunset.
Jeema Restaurant offers both a la carte and buffet options, offering fresh fish, Indian curries, steaks and deliciously naughty deserts.
The buffet options, while limited, offer some of the freshest and highest-quality ingredients that are to be found on any buffet table.
To find a whole salmon as the centerpiece of a buffet is a catch of the day indeed.
The buffet breakfast at Café Gazebo offers the usual selection of fresh fruits, cereals, pastries and English breakfast items, plus lunch and light bites throughout the day.
There are two pools – one adult-only pool by the main hotel building and one family pool with waterfall and a poolside bar.
There are also tennis courts, a mini-golf course, air rifle and archery ranges, plus table-tennis and air hockey tables.
There is also a lovely little spa housed in one of the upper-level chalets that offer a range of massage and beauty treatments.
But if there’s one thing that you need to make time for during your stay, it’s a visit to the old farming town itself:
The hotel can arrange for a local guide to show you around Hatta – and we certainly recommend you do – as it’s a gem that deserves to be uncovered. Expect to visit a local honey farm, explore an open-air heritage village, pedalo or kayak across a natural, rain-water dam and get up-close-and-personal to the ships of the desert themselves: camels.
With the Dubai government investing more than $365 million in tourism and infrastructure projects in Hatta over the next decade, you’ll also see some exciting hotels and attractions taking shape in the surrounding area; the eco-hotel with pod-like rooms built into the rock face will no doubt prove a big draw to the more adventurous explorer.
But these projects will have to pull out all the stops if they are to compete. For now, at least, there’s only one hotel that’s putting the ‘great’ into the great escape to this farming town. And that’s the JA Hatta Fort Hotel Dubai.
Guests can now save up to 30% on the best available rate when booked online directly with JA Hatta Fort Hotel.