A mini break at Danat Al Ain Resort

It's always good to get away once in a while from the routine of daily life. I like Al Ain city because of it's greenery and slightly cooler weather. Recently, we took off for two days at Danat Al Ain Resort, located at the foot of Jebel Al Hafeet hills. It had rained a few days ago, but thankfully, when we arrived the sun was out.

Our room was on the sixth floor overlooking the front lawn of the resort. Isn't it lovely to see all that greenery? Al Ain is full of natural oases of date palms. It also has many sites of historical importance.

We stayed in a standard room with a small balcony. The size of the room was average, but it was good to have a king size bed. We would have liked a bigger bathroom, as even properly accommodating myself and my son in it was a problem.

The grounds of Danat Al Ain Resort are huge. There are three pools, a big garden, a play ground in a sandy area, and villas. All that greenery made for a very relaxing feeling. I loved walking on the grass, and running around with Little Dude.

Little Dude was happy to see a play ground that was of decent size for him to run around in. Apart from swings and slides, it had a sand bit and also a big trampoline. This area overlooks the kids' pool, and they have also set up hammocks on the grass so you can just relax and watch them play and swim.

The kids' pool was temperature controlled and not very deep. It's a covered pool, so that would be welcome in the summer months. There was a lifeguard stationed right there, which was good to see. The kids seemed to be loving the water slide. It was hard to convince Little Dude to come out!

There was a big family pool as well, with a waterfall. This one looked pretty inviting, and would be great for older kids too. After a quick dip, I just sat back and had a smoothie from their pool bar. It was a beautiful day!

We had our meals at Arabesque, their all day dining restaurants. Breakfast was a combination of warm and cold dishes, fresh fruits, pastries, and yogurt. They also served freshly made Zaatar and Cheese Manakish, which was pretty good.

For main meals, they offered a live cooking station with meat and fish, The main course dishes were Middle Eastern, Indian, and Continental. Two dishes that I really liked were the Achari Gosht (mutton curry), and Fish Tikka Biryani.

The resort looked lovely in the evenings as well. We were staying on a week day, so it was not too busy either.

If it's a relaxing family getaway you're looking for, Danat Al Ain Resort is a place you should consider. It's hardly a two-hour drive from Dubai and a welcome change of scenery.

For kids, Danat Al Ain offers gymnastics classes and other activities at reasonable cost. You can ask for details at their front desk when you check in. You can also rent their football pitch, basketball and volleyball courts.

If you stay on the weekend, be sure to check out their Friday Brunch which happens on the lawns, with lots of fun activities.

Check out the Danat Al Ain Resort website for more information on the resort, and to make a booking. 

We were invited guests at the resort, but all above views and opinions are my own.

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