I booked Barracuda Beach Resort (BBR) for a weekend get away for me and my family (3adult and 1 infant). First impression - Where is the beach?? Honestly the picture on the website is a rendering of what would have been a beach once upon a time. If you are looking for a beach then look for some other property, having said that BBR boasts a huge variety of liquor store (and believe me its big). So you can purchase alcohol without a license and consume the same. Or if you are brave then purchase and bring it to your emirate and use the Emirates road. The reception and check in was quick, and we drove to our rooms. We had booked for a Deluxe suite (Two bedroom) for our stay. All the rooms over look the pool and that's a big drawback. There is no timing on the usage of pool neither is any life guard on duty. So you will have people having drinks and making noise throughout the night.
The rooms were decent and bathroom amenities very basic. They could do with getting better bathroom fixtures than whats available now. House keeping is very slow. So better check your room as soon as you check in and call for what every you require (maintenance, hair dryer, etc). TV channels are limited and there is a Ethernet cable dangling along side the wall. I did not use it so not sure if it works.
The property has only one restaurant (Aquarius), with limited selection on the menu or the buffet. The whole restaurant is a smoking area. Room service is available upon request and the menu is pretty much similar to the one in the restaurant.
The swimming pool is basic and has 2 baby pools, which I later figured out were the Jacuzzi (which did not function). And yes the swimming pool is not temperature controlled. There are enough pool/deck chairs so you don't have to fight for one. Do remember to bring your own towels from the room as same not provided in the pool area. There is no pool bar, so take a walk to the BBR liquor shop and get your self some drinks to enjoy by the pool.
The Dreamland aqua park is adjacent to the property and you can purchase the tickets from the reception well in advance (100dhs. pp) to beat the queue at the entrance.
Having said that the hotel staff are courteous and attentive.
Question: Will I go back to BBR or choose them again for a getaway.
Answer: I might but would like to try some place else.
But overall I would recommend it to people who like to be by themselves.
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- Also Known As:
- Barracuda Beach Hotel Umm Al Quwain