The ultimate guide to the best Umm Al Quwain beach hotels and resorts. Located along one of the quietest and least touristy areas in the UAE, Umm Al Quwain boasts a small selection of good beach hotels and resorts, particularly popular with families and travelers on a budget.
Unlike the sleek hotels in Dubai and other major cities in the UAE, Umm Al Quwain beach hotels offer a more authentic, relaxed and modest atmosphere. They are also notoriously more affordable, easily accessible from Dubai and conveniently located midway between the popular cities of Ajman and Ras al-Khaimah. Discover our curated selection of the best Umm Al Quwain beach hotels and resorts!
What you’ll find in this guide to the best Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotels & Resorts:
- Best Umm Al Quwain Hotels and Resorts
- Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotels and Resorts: What to Expect
- FAQs on Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotels and Resorts
Best Umm Al Quwain Hotels and Resorts
Vida Beach Resort Umm Al Quwain
By far the best beach hotel in Umm Al Quwain, the Vida Beach Resort Umm Al Quwain is a modern 5-star hotel located in the city center of Umm Al Quwain, a short walk from the old town and overlooking the lagoon, famous for its calm crystal-clear waters.
This hotel boasts modern and spacious rooms, some with beautiful sea views. Each room has a private bathroom with shower and complimentary toiletries, the suites also have a kitchenette, a living room with free coffee and tea maker and a large sun terrace.
The hotel also has some fabulous sea view beach chalets, which have a wonderful terrace overlooking the sea, right on the beach, with direct access to the private beach. Each sea view beach chalet has 2 bedrooms and a large living room with a sofa bed, kitchenette, dining area and areas with sofas for relaxing. It would be perfect for a family!
The interior of the hotel is modern and clean, guests have access to the private beach, a fitness center and the beautiful swimming pool located one step away from the sea. There are terraces for relaxing, a small spa, and a restaurant serving international cuisine.
Breakfast in the morning is good and plentiful and is included in the price for the suites and beach chalets. For the other rooms it must be requested at the time of booking. Vida Beach Resort Umm Al Quwain also features tennis courts, a business center and a large free private car park.
Pearl Hotel & Spa Umm Al Quwain
Located in the city center and one step away from a nice private beach, the Pearl Hotel & Spa is another good beach hotel in Umm Al Quwain. This hotel has some inexpensive basic double rooms, as well as beautiful, modernly furnished and spacious suites, some with sea views.
The rooms and suites are clean, comfortable and feature a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a kettle with complimentary tea and coffee. The hotel also boasts a couple of beautiful pools and a spa offering massages and treatments.
The hotel boasts some of the most popular restaurants in town, such as Backwaters Restaurant, which serves Indian cuisine. Also, you will find a Filipino cuisine restaurant and a nice brewery-restaurant serving German and European cuisine. There are also a couple of bars, one of which overlooks the beach. The hotel also has a 24-hour reception and free private parking.
Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotel
While other hotels in Umm Al Quwain overlook the lagoon, the Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotel overlooks beautiful Umm Al Quwain Beach, also known as Umm Al Quwain Kite Beach. This beach directly overlooks the Arabian Gulf and is popular with lovers of surfing and water activities. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Umm Al Quwain, and in my opinion, it is more beautiful than those on the lagoon.
The 4-star Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotel boasts spacious rooms and suites with balconies, private bathrooms and complimentary toiletries, a nice garden, several sun terraces and a beautiful temperature-controlled swimming pool. The hotel also has a good Middle Eastern restaurant as well as a shisha lounge. Guests will also benefit from ample free parking.
Barracuda Beach Resort
Barracuda Beach Resort is conveniently located along the E11 road, the long road that connects all the emirates from Abu Dhabi to Ras al-Khaima, passing through Dubai and ending at the border with the Khasab peninsula, Oman. It is located about 20 km from Umm Al Quwain city center, in the quiet village of Khor Al Baida, right along the coast. It is also located just halfway between Ajman and Ras al-Khaima.
The Barracuda Beach Resort is within walking distance of the famous Dreamland Aqua Park, one of the most popular in the UAE, and the old Umm Al Quwain Airport, now disused, which for a long time housed an old and mysterious Soviet-era plane, which had become one of the unofficial landmarks of Umm Al Quwain. At the beginning of 2022 the plane was dismantled and is no longer visible.
Another reason Barracuda Beach Resort is so popular is its liquor store, The Original Barracuda, which is arguably the most famous in the UAE. Expats come here to party and get cheap booze. Not that cheap, but still much more affordable than in Dubai.
Barracuda Beach Resort has spacious, modern rooms, suites and family beach chalets, each with a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel is clean and comfortable, has a large garden with sun terraces, a nice bar and a couple of good restaurants serving international cuisine. Overall the atmosphere is casual and relaxed, the restaurants and bars aren’t expensive, and the beach is nice and quiet.
Palma Beach Resort Umm Al Quwain
Located in the city center and overlooking the lagoon beaches, Palma Beach Resort and Spa is a modern Umm Al Quwain beach hotel boasting three large swimming pools, a garden, several sun terraces, children’s play areas and a private beach.
The hotel has modern and spacious rooms and suites, some with sea views, others with pool views. Each room has a private bathroom, a sitting area, complimentary toiletries, free access to the private beach and free private parking.
The small spa offers massages and professional treatments, plus you can use the sauna and well-equipped fitness center. The restaurant serves good international cuisine, while the beach bar serves decent drinks and snacks.
Flamingo Beach Resort
Located in the heart of the old town, overlooking a nice beach, the Flamingo Beach Resort is one of the most popular Umm Al Quwain beach resorts. Surrounded by a lush garden, with a nice swimming pool, a private beach and beautiful views of the lagoon and mangrove-covered islands, this hotel boasts fabulous private beachfront villas, as well as nice rooms and suites, some with sea views.
The villas are perfect for families and can accommodate up to 6 adults. They boast a huge living room, terrace and direct access to the beach. The spacious suites and rooms are quite comfortable and each have a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries. When booking, opt for the best rooms, i.e. a villa or a suite with a beautiful sea view. You could also opt for the very affordable full board rate, which also includes a good buffet dinner on the beach, as well as a hearty breakfast.
The beach resort’s restaurant serves regional and international cuisine. They also have vegetarian options. Also, there are several bars serving drinks and snacks. The reception is open 24 hours a day and guests can benefit from free private parking.
Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotels and Resorts: What to Expect
Unlike the other UAE emirates, Umm Al Quwain is less glamorous and glossy, it has a quieter and more authentic atmosphere, much less touristy. While there isn’t much to see and do, it does have some nice beaches, as well as a lagoon famous for its seabirds, mangroves and beautiful natural landscapes.
Umm Al Quwain is very different from other major UAE cities: it is a small town, without huge skyscrapers and shopping malls and without huge luxury resorts. So, the offer of beach resorts and beach hotels in Umm Al Quwain isn’t as extensive as elsewhere in the UAE, but there are still some good options.
In this guide we have selected and reviewed only the best Umm Al Quwain beach hotels and resorts. But you shouldn’t expect luxury hotels, signature restaurants and dream beaches – the quality standards of Umm Al Quwain hotels are lower when compared to luxury hotels in Dubai or other well-known coastal destinations. If you are looking for something more luxurious, you might want to check out the fabulous resorts and hotels in Ajman or Ras al-Khaima.
While if you are just looking for a beach hotel with good value for money, with a decent private beach and located in a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle, then Umm Al Quwain hotels will be perfect!
Hotel rates in Umm Al Quwain are generally more affordable than in Dubai and other major cities. The beaches are quiet, uncrowded, not very touristy. A true paradise for those who want to discover the most authentic side of the UAE. This is why Umm Al Quwain has become a very popular holiday destination for expats and locals alike.
FAQs on Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotels and Resorts
Why stay in a hotel or resort in Umm Al Quwain?
Because Umm Al Quwain is conveniently located along the coast between Ajman and Ras al-Khaimah and is easily accessible from Dubai. Here you won’t find the hustle and bustle of Dubai and you can enjoy a pleasantly quiet and relaxed atmosphere, more affordable prices, more authentic food and culture, and nice beaches.
Hotel prices in Umm Al Quwain are generally more affordable than in Dubai and other major cities, making the town a popular destination for expats and locals who come here to relax by the sea. It is also a popular spot for bird watching and nature walks.
What’s the best Umm Al Quwain beach hotel?
The best beach hotel in Umm Al Quwain is the Vida Beach Resort Umm Al Quwain, which is a lovely 5-star hotel with a private beach, pools, and large, spacious rooms with views.
What are the best hotels and resorts near Umm Al Quwain?
If you are looking for something more luxurious, with trendy private beaches, fine dining restaurants and fabulous spas, then you might want to check out some of the best beach hotels and resorts in Ajman or Ras al Khaimah, which are just 12 miles away.
In Ajman (less than 20 minutes drive from Umm Al Quwain) you could check out the fabulous The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah, the famous Fairmont Ajman, the Ajman Hotel, the Ajman Saray and the Zoya Health & Wellbeing Resort. Also within easy reach of the beaches is the elegant Radisson Blu Hotel Ajman. These are all luxury resort and 5-star hotels with excellent value for money and high quality standards.
In Ras al Khaimah (about 15 minutes drive from Umm Al Quwain) you might want to check out the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah and The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra Beach, which are excellent 5-star beach hotels. You could also check out the Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island and the Radisson Resort Ras Al Khaimah Marjan Island, set on scenic Marjan Island, a man-made luxury archipelago connected to the mainland, just like Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
What are the Umm Al Quwain hotels prices?
The price per night of a double room in a good beach hotel in Umm Al Quwain ranges from AED 290 (or $ 80) to AED 440 (or $ 120). In the high season (November to March) they can fluctuate between AED 365 (or $ 100) and AED 735 (or $ 200) per night.
For a suite or a villa the prices per night start from AED 550 (or $ 150) in low season and AED 735 (or $ 200) in high season. Suites, villas and beach chalets, especially at Vida Beach Resort Umm Al Quwain, Pearl Hotel & Spa, Umm Al Quwain Beach Hotel, and Barracuda Resort are in high demand between November and March and rates can soar, so book in advance.
How far is Umm Al Quwain from Dubai?
Umm Al Quwain is about 70 km from Dubai and is easily accessible by the E11 and E311 roads.
How to get to Umm Al Quwain from Dubai?
The best way to get to Umm Al Quwain from Dubai is to rent a car and drive there (approximately 1 hour). Here you will find our Dubai car rental guide with all the tips on how to choose the best car rental: reliable suppliers, best rates, driving license & requirements and so on. Car is by far the best way to get around the UAE: fares can be very affordable and gasoline is very cheap!
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