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Barracuda Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Umm Al Quwain
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Very tired...”
Reviewed April 11, 2011

Pity I only read the reviews above a few days before we went to Barracuda - most of which I agree with. The place is very tired, 27 years old and looked like nothing has been replaced since.
The setting could be nice but if you want food you have to sit in an icy cold air conditioned building with smokers when the temperature was perfect for al fresco dining.
Seems to be the place for arabs to drink in the evening/all night? while their wives and children play in the pool.
We had a 2 bedroom apartment which I wrongly presumed would have a kitchen. Only had a fridge and a kettle which said 'not working' on it, although it did work.
Breakfast was brought to your room which was cold by then. Coffee was sachets of nescafe powder with rainbow milk - gross.
The bonuses are Dreamland next door and the Barracuda bottle shop which has the best and cheapest range we've seen in the UAE.
All in all a bizarre place, would not recommend for a family holiday, maybe if you just wanted to use it as a base for a few days. We made the best of it though and spent our days in resorts in Ras al Khaimah (cost AED 200 for day) and Dreamland, Iceworld Aquapark.
We asked for internet as their website said our rooms would have it so they did move us to a room and had a technician set up a connection (don't think they'd had it in awhile)

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 27, 2009

This place looks like at one time it was a good little resort but now it is falling apart. For example - it is called a "beach resort" and yet it has no beach! The beach that is shown in the website's photos was never a natural beach and without maintenance it has long since washed away. What is left is a smelly green swamp with concrete walls and the sea is fenced off. The music and nightclub scene has long gone due to new laws in the Umm al Quwain Emirate and this leaves very little to do in this place. The only upside is it has a bar that sells cheap drinks. Food is a rip-off though, very expensive and usually involves frozen food heated up. And yet its quite busy with local people who perhaps still like the fact you can drink alcohol here. We could not understand why the bar was busy except for this reason. Maybe some people remember the place being good. For us its looks destined to die. Oh and the security guard that wanders around is one weird guy. We found him one morning standing on our ground floor balcony and instead of walking away when we caught him, he started peering in to watch what we were doing. Staring at women is wrong in any country but especially in Arab countries! To us that was outrageous! If the owners do not spend some cash on this place soon, it will self destruct. You have been warned...

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 4, 2009

the website of this hotel is a far cry from reality..
in place of the lovely azure beaches in the website photos, we were absolutely shocked to find a browny green smelly swamp that is cordoned off about a meter's width for the whole length of the beach!! no one is allowed near it as its unsafe..
the rooms are spacious but that's because they have nothing in them! we had to ask for a TV and a water heater among other things.. we also found a nice fat lizard crawling up the wall from where we had our bags :S
we felt very unsafe staying for the night, as its like a ground-floor cabin style chalet, with both balcony door and front door not closing properly, and stray dogs roaming about outside, scratching at the doors..
all this is nothing compared to the misrable breakfast we had the next day. no open buffet and the options on th ala carte menu are waaaaayyyy below average,, the food leaves you unable to swallow, so it worked fine in keeping us "full" till lunch which we sure as hell had outside the hotel!
the only good thing about barracuda is that it's close to the dreamland aquapark,, and even then ppl shouldn't bother to go there coz the aquapark has its own accomodation that's far superior to the 4 stars that barracuda so unabashedly claims! what a farce!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 11, 2009

Barracuda Beach Resort is about 30 kilometers from Ras Al Khaimah, towards the North and about 28 kilometers from Ajman towards the South. Lagoon Side but no beach facilities. lagoon-side pool, Jacuzzi and paddle pool are available. Indian and Arabic nightclubs, Offerings traditional live music - open until the early hours of the morning. Beachside cabanas with barbecue area are worth of trying

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with friends
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Property: Barracuda Beach Resort
Address: Khor Al Baida, Umm Al Quwain 1311, United Arab Emirates
Location: United Arab Emirates > Emirate of Umm Al Quwain > Umm Al Quwain
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Umm Al Quwain
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Barracuda Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome To Barracuda Beach Resort When the heart, body and mind longs for some real fun-filled moments in a cozy confine, close to nature's bounds, 'Barracuda' is the best bet to treat yourself and your family to a whole new experience at leisure. 'Barracuda', is where one can have a rendezvous with nature by the Arabian Sea. Go ahead to party, or enjoy a game of pool or volleyball, not to mention a cool splash while seeing the sun disappear and also enjoy the kids have loads of fun at the toddler's pool. The 'Dreamland Aqua Park', the 'Al Hamra Mall' and the 'Emirates Motorplex' tracks are all at very close proximity too. So, get, set, started to a large serving of wholesome family fun at the 'Barracuda Beach Resort'. Barracuda Resort is situated on the edge of the lagoon that borders Umm Al Quwain, is about 30 Kms from Ras Al Khaimah, towards the North and about 28 Kms from Ajman, towards the South. ... more   less 
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