HILTON AL AIN
A peaceful retreat at the heart of the Garden City, Hilton Al Ain is the perfect venue for leisure and business travelers alike. A pioneer in the hospitality industry in the Emirate, Hilton Al Ain offers today a collection of acclaimed restaurants, wide banqueting spaces and enviable recreation facilities.Set in exotic landscaped gardens, Hilton Al Ain offers a peaceful location in the heart of a vibrant city. From swimming pools and tennis courts, tothe stylish rooms and selection of dining venues, you’ll feel worlds away from everything.Explore Al Ain’s magnificent sand dunes with a desert safari, work out in the hotel’s fitnes s center or unwind in the sauna and Jacuzzi. Lunch alfresco at Flavours restaurant, sample tradition Arabic fare in Makani Café or indulge in a Tex-Mex feast at Paco’s. Have fun in the playground, enjoy the squash courts and table tennis, or relax with a massage while the kids have fun in the Kids’ Room.
The beautiful decors of the hotel will take your eyes to a standstill.
I was invited for a Media Trip to Hilton Al Ain by The Idea Agency which has established itself amongst local market leaders in advertising, publishing, and public relations, with activities branching out to serve international clients in the Middle East and Europe. The group has been awarded contracts for several government and semi-government agencies such as DEWA, FEWA, DEPE, Air Arabia and University of Dubai (established by the Dubai Chamber). The group also handles the accounts of private companies in the Hospitality, Tourism, Fashion, Lifestyle, Real Estate and Education sectors. A big thank you to Flor B. Pamintuan the Public Relations Manager who has arranged a memorable trip to Hilton Al Ain by providing us with the utmost facilities and information. It was a group of 20 people from the Media like newspaper,magazine,TV and i represented as a blogger to it.
Our Media Trip objective was to highlight Hilton Al Ain as a perfect weekend getaway with different varieties of F&B offers and outside activities. It was a 2 night stay from 25th February to 28th February and the activities were scheduled and confirmed by us 1 week ago. There was a check in for a plus 1 so my husband accompanied me and we arrived at around 9 pm on a Thursday night from Dubai. We were welcomed with Cocktail drinks and were directly proceeded to Dinner at Flavours Restaurant (Please refer to my detailed blog about the food and ambiance at Flavours). I got introduced to Alona Kushnarenko the Marketing Manager of the hotel and she explained me the opening of the restaurant and the different theme cuisine night in it. Had a delicious dinner and as it was Thursday the cuisine was Arabic. After the dinner we headed towards our room.
Our room was Deluxe king and it had a marble bathroom and views of the Hafeet Mountains from its outdoor balcony. It offers wired/wireless Internet connection, a sofa bed and a media hub. The view was terrific during the night as the city lights were like some glittering stars above the magnificent Jebel Hafeet. There was in house fresh fruits and sweets for us to relax and enjoy the stay.
We had our breakfast at Flavours Restaurant (Please refer to my detailed blog about the food and ambiance at Flavours). Got some beautiful shots from my room, the view was just breathtaking and the magnificent Jebel Hafeet was standing proud and divine.
I had a massage booking by the hotel and after the breakfast went for it. It was a Swedish Massage which uses long smooth strokes kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion and oil. It was very gentle and relaxing. My massage therapist was Natasha from Thailand and she so professional yet so humble.
The Friday Brunch at Flavours Restaurant was one of a kind and all the world cuisine can be found under one roof. The food was so delicious yet so presentable, (Please refer to my detailed blog about the food and ambiance at Flavours). It was a group brunch and all the other invitees were gathered on one table along with Alona the Marketing Lady of Hilton Al AIn. We had a beautiful get together with some delicious food on and networking was the main agenda of the brunch.
After the brunch and little relaxation we were invited to AESGC, Al Ain Shooting & Golf Club to see some horse races. I must say it was a worth seeing. The AESGC Equestrian Club was opened for riders in September 2007 with the vision to provide excellent horsemanship and equestrian skills in a safe and fun environment with quality instruction.From the beginner to the expert, horse riding at the AESGC offers a new level of instruction, experience and enjoyment. Since 2010, the AESGC Equestrian Club has hosted many Local and International show jumping competitions; the biggest event the club has held was the prestigious President of the UAE Show Jumping Cup 2013.By January 2014, the AESGC became the fifth racecourse in the UAE to hold race meetings with their team.
For more details visit AESGC, Al Ain Equestrian & Golf Club.
Some Facts on The Equestrian Club:
- 168 air conditioned stables
- 260 temporary stables
- 75 m horse pool
- 65 x 30 m indoor arena with 236 seats available for the spectators
- 7 equestrian wax sand arenas
- 2 International arenas with new 520 grandstand seats
- Tabita fiber stand arenas
- 6 sand paddocks
- 3 walker machines
- Main grandstand with 1500 seats
- 2500 m International standard race track
We were offered Juices, Sweets, Fresh Fruits and Arabic Sweets as guests. The view from the club was terrific and we got to enjoy more than 2 races on a interval on half an hour. The crowd was huge as people from all over UAE has gathered to spend their time with friends and family and watch the Horse Races.
We had our group dinner at Makani Cafe, Hilton Al Ain. ‘Makani’, which means ‘my place’ in Arabic. This lovely open-air restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet evening under the stars and relish the best in traditional Arabic food. Chef prepares a traditional Falafel, Manakeesh or Mixed Grilled while you sit back and relax with warm tea and shisha with some live music on.
The Breakfast on Saturday morning was again at Flavours Restaurant , (Please refer to my detailed blog about the food and ambiance at Flavours).
We just strolled around the hotel to get some real good snapshots and see the hotel in detail view with the areas and facilities available.
The Facilities are :
- Pool and wellness : Water slide, Laps Pool, Family Pool, Jacuzzi,
- Outdoors : Outdoor pool (all year), Garden, Terrace
- Activities : Tennis court, Table tennis, Squash, Sauna, Fitness center, Massage, Hottub, Children’s playground, Golf Course, Evening entertainment.
The Dining Options :
- Casa Romana Restaurant : Italian Specialities
- Flavours Restaurant : International Cuisine
- Makani Cafe : Lebanese, Cafe
- Hiltonia Club House : Sports Bar
- Paco’s : Live Entertainment
- Palm Court Cafe : Starbuck Coffee House
- Toki Restaurant : Japanese
The Rooms Available are :
- King Hilton Guest Room
- Deluxe King Room
- King garden Room
- Twin Hilton Deluxe Room
- Junior Suite
- Executive Suite
- Studio with Garden View
- Twin Hilton Guest Room
After a good strolling i got some real good shots of the hotel. Our final activity was trip to Wadi Adventure where the hotel has booked a lot of activities and adventures for us. Wadi Adventure , the Middle East’s first man made whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing facility. With world class facilities and a variety of activities, Wadi Adventure has become a regular weekend getaway for friends and families looking for adventure.Located at the base of Jebel Hafeet near the grassy fields of the Green Mubazzarah, Wadi Adventure offers its guests a fun day out, and an experience of a lifetime! Please refer to my blog on Wadi Adventure for more details.
Hilton Al Ain at a Glance
- 202 Guest Room
- 6 Restaurants & Bars
- 24 Hour in Room Dining
- 3 Swimming Pools
- Hilton Fitness, Squash Court & Tennis Court
- Grand Ballroom for up to 650 people
- State of the art Meeting Rooms and Business Center
I am thankful to The Idea Agency and Hilton Al Ain for giving us a beautiful weekend for a lifetime with some talented and adventurous people o board. If you are planning to spend your vacation relaxing and with some real good food and activities then Hilton Al Ain is the right place for you.
For more Information refer to hotel website