Things are hotting up in the Emirate of Fujairah with the launch of the 2,600 SQM Lava Beach Club looking to bring Ibiza-esque party vibes to the Northern Emirates. Marking the final stage in the development of the highly lauded Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort, the newest addition to the Emirates beach club scene has been thoughtfully designed. With the capacity for up to 400 guests, the name says it all and with Lava as the chosen theme, prepare to be taken aback by the free-form swimming pool tiled in fiery hues of red, orange and yellow to emphasise the feeling of being inside a volcanic crater. A feeling further accentuated by the backdrop of the craggy Hajar Mountains, sloping down towards to ocean.
The 840 SQM pool is Lava’s main draw, featuring six ‘in pool’ jacuzzi’s built directly into the water, which bubble away like molten magma and evoke the expectation of sulphurous smoke from a mountain geyser while offering a touch of light hydrotherapy in then process. It’s a disarming image and although the controversial colour scheme may be too much for some, we found it to be one of the most striking pools we’ve seen and a definite talking point.
Known for its ash fields and volcanic bombs, we were lucky enough to ascend the crater of a live volcano during a visit to Stromboli a few years ago and the Lava Beach Club manages to capture this essence quite nicely.
Access to the pool is made easy via the use of handrails and the multi-tiered flooring equates to plenty of shallow areas for children to enjoy. Despite being a large expanse of water, the pool is conveniently shaped like a figure of eight, offering selected points along the waters edge for seclusion.
A raised DJ booth becomes essential at night and during party weekends, while the far end of the pool is home to a large swim up bar with seating for twelve guests. Meaning there’s absolutely no need to leave the inviting waters to indulge in that mid-afternoon cocktail.
With an abundance of loungers both in and out of the waters, guests needs are well catered for and relaxation is the properties primary focus. When compared to the likes of popular beach clubs in Dubai (Nikki Beach, Zero Gravity, Cove Beach or Barasti) which are predominantly reserved for heavy drinking and raucous parties, Lava Beach Club has wisely kept things more family focused. The main pool is suitable for little ones (although on weekends access to under 21’s is prohibited after 8pm) but it’s more than likely kids will head to the adjacent Little Sailors’ Kids Club and splash pad. A fully shaded area containing fountains, spray guns and a whole host of inflatables overseen by a team of friendly lifeguards.
Poolside the sense of relaxation continues with an amphitheatre-style collection of loungers (containing inbuilt pillows for that extra level of comfort) situated on tiered sun-traps in a bid to ensure ultimate tanning.
Lava Beach Club offers five luxury day chalets for hire. Decked out in natural colours while retaining elements of the ocean via the use of tables made from driftwood. Each chalet is poignantly named after elements of volcanic geology (ours was Magma) and features a mini bar, television, sofas, shower, WC and outside seating area. Offering direct access to the pool and beach the chalets are something we would definitely recommend for those visiting for the day, or if you really want to splurge a penthouse suite with four bedrooms is also available!
The Beach is likely to be the reason many will visit and the set-up down on the sand is very appealing. The 1100 SQM stretch of private beach is reserved for hotel and beach club guests only, meaning it never feels too busy (even with the hotel running at 100% occupancy during our recent weekend stay). An abundance of sun loungers are evenly spaced along the shoreline and the crescent-shaped cove means shallow waters and few waves. Back on the sand, there are watersports, a dive centre and beach volleyball court.
Lava Beach club also brings us Aqua Bounce an inflatable waterpark moored offshore in the shallow waters. A hybrid of bouncy castle, obstacle course and fun-house all rolled into one! For the adventurous the course must be navigated and encompasses monkey bars, trapeze swings, steps, ropes, trampolines and slides. After much slipping and sliding the pinnacle of the course is an elevated section from which you must either slide or JUMP into the Indian ocean.
Aqua Bounce is undeniable family fun and brings something entirely new to the leisure landscape of the Northern Emirates. Prepare to laugh, fall and get extremely WET, but fear not because lifeguards are on hand and lifejackets are required to participate.
Lava Dining takes the fusion concept of MediterrAsian cuisine made popular in Dubai by Chef Reif Othman (formally of Zuma and Play) and presents it in a discreet waterfront setting bathed in natural light. The restaurant, much like the chalets, focuses on light wood, a fully-stocked central bar and pleasant outside shisha. Sensibly, the menu focuses on lighter food in relatively small portions, designed for the beach. Think Piri Piri Chicken (AED 125), Goan Shrimp Curry (AED 136), Crab Tian (AED 80) and a Three Way Bento Box (AED 90). Don’t pass on the aptly named Pav-Lava, Lava Dining‘s unique take on the traditional pavlova with its flame coloured crunchy meringue adorned with a mango and passionfruit coulis.
Children are again well catered for, with a special menu featuring the expected pizzas, pasta and chicken nuggets,
Lava Beach Club represents an escape from the busy metropolis of Dubai and something entirely new for the Northern Emirates. It’s a vibrant space and one that successfully manages to execute the fiery concept with gusto and fun. At the same traversing the expectations of the UAE beach club into something inclusive and family friendly. We’re sure residents of Fujairah are pleased with this new addition to the usually sleepy Emirate and it’s certainly worth the trip.
For a sense of volcanic fun, the Lava Beach Club is open daily from 7am – 11pm (midnight on weekends) and costs AED 200 for adults and AED 150 for children. Chalet hire comes at an additional AED 750 (weekdays) or AED 1,000 (weekends) inclusive of date juice or sparkling wine and a platter.
Location: Lava Beach Club, Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort, Dibba, Fujairah
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Hours: 7am – 7pm (Dining 11am – 11pm)
Phone: 09 204 1111
Out & About UAE were guests of Lava Beach Club. All views are our own and photographs are © Out & About UAE.