The reason why this whole trip was booked … well, 2nd reason because the anniversary was the 1st reason. Yes, lets go with that.
Hired a private car service to pick us up for 12pm.
Around 40 minutes later on the highway, we saw the sign. From there the road changed from asphalt to a rocky/sandy road.
10 minutes later and we pulled up to the security gate where the guard checked our names off the list before letting us through.
Driving through the dunes.
We pulled up to the main entrance where the staff were waiting for us. We were warmly welcomed by Mansour and he wished us both a happy anniversary. We were then escorted inside into the main lobby where we were asked to sit while they would process the check in formalities. While that was happening, we were provided a welcome date smoothie drink.
While the check in formalities were being done, Karlich came by to introduce himself and explain about the daily activities offered on the resort and we could do two activities per day.
Once check in was completed, we were driven on a golf cart to our suite.
Living room and Bed.
Outdoor pool and deck.
A friend came to say hello.
We were hungry and ordered room service lunch. Tom Yum soup, Green curry prawns, mashed potato, some healthy salad and salmon for the Mrs.
That evening, we went for the camel ride activity.
We went through the spa area to get to the gathering point where the camels were waiting.
The staff explained how to get on and off the camels and also do’s and dont’s. It was an interesting experience as it was the first time for the both of us travelling on camel back but fun nonetheless. After 25-ish minutes, we arrived at an area where refreshments were set up for everyone to partake in. We were offered sparkling wine and walked to a quiet spot on the dunes to take some sunset pictures.
After an hour, we rode the camel back to the resort and then went to Al Diwaan restaurant for dinner. The staff welcomed us and asked us if we wanted to sit inside or outside. Since it was still warm even at 7pm, we chose to sit inside.
Breads to start.
Lime sorbet palate cleanser.
For our mains, chorizo risotto for her and lamb shank for me. The lamb was absolutely delicious and was fall off the bone tender.
We had to skip dessert as we were so full from the large dinner portions. As we were leaving, one of the staff gave us a take away box with a cake to celebrate our anniversary. Phenomenal service from the staff.
When we came back to our room, it was cleaned again and turned down for the night.