A trip to the northern emirate of Fujairah is always a rejuvenating experience and a reminder of the wonderfully varied terrain of the UAE. As the landscape transforms from sandy desert plains to a dramatic backdrop of beautifully stark mountains, the InterContinental Fujairah Resort reflects the heritage of this emirate and its uniquely spectacular setting amid the Hajjar Mountains. Enchanting interiors that represents the natural materials and colour palette of the area, as well as intricate Arabic designs, many of which are unique to this property, depict the cultural history and make the hotel an authentic escape.
Among the beachfront retreat’s many delightful features, its 190 guest rooms and suites are all sea-facing and each has an expansive balcony – a prime vantage point from which to admire the uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Oman, as well as the surrounding mountain panorama.
While inspiration was largely drawn from the local landscape and Bedouin-style architecture, such as the wind towers, fire pits and water features, the architecture has a modern, open feel. The external palette of materials is simple – textured walls, glass reinforced concrete panels and screens, regional stone, and pergolas of steel and timber. The timber cladding and the stone detailing continue in the interior, where the warm tones create a light-filled, refreshing space. Marble in the interior is used to create a sense of luxury, while furnishing textiles range from carefully-sourced upholstery to leather, timber and marble. Dark bronze metal accents are placed throughout the interior to contrast with the pale woods used in the majority of the joinery pieces.
Traditional Arabic mashrabiya patterns are abstracted into more contemporary geometric compositions and used to play with the sun, sometimes as open-air screens to create shaded areas animated by shadows from the patterns, sometimes as textured concrete screens applied to flat walls for adornment, the shadows creating depth and texture.
Modern and Arabian classic artworks are displayed throughout the property, mostly in keeping with the restful, earthy palette of the regional landscape. The décor primarily features gold and cream hues that have a subtle and calming opulence about them alongside the waters of the Gulf. A tone-on-tone colour palette continues across the property with feature colour accents to highlight different spaces.
Nama, the international dining venue, embraces some colour and texture, and opens up on to the green manicured lawns with a line-up of ceremonial fire pits leading to the sea.
On the edge of the property, dining destination DRiFT Seafood Kitchen and Bar, allows guests to dine with a view of the otherworldly horizon. An evening ritual of lighting the lamps takes guests on a cultural journey, that livens the senses and creates an indelible impression.
With rolling lawns surrounding the main structure cut into perfect geometric shapes, there is an order that is calming and meticulously designed, so as not to outshine the landscape, but instead sit harmoniously within it.
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