This mountainous escape has your festive celebrations covered


Sponsored: JA Hatta Fort Hotel is taking the merry season to new heights this year, with a Santa’s Village and tree lighting ceremony, to delectable dining events including a Chef’s Table and festive buffet, plus a selection of unique New Year’s Eve parties to check out.  Located just over an hour’s drive from the centre of Dubai, the hotel is the perfect escape for both excitement and relaxation, ideal for the festive season.

Turkey Takeaway

Order not just a takeaway turkey but an entire meal for your family, so you can focus on the things that matter this Christmas. A range of festive favourites will be available to pre-order throughout December. Prices start at AED 400 for 5-8 people, and AED 800 for 9-10 people.

Christmas dining

Revel in all that’s nice with a hint of spice. Take part in a Christmas Eve celebration at Gazebo restaurant from 8pm until midnight, with prices starting at AED 299 per person with soft beverages. Or, enjoy an elegant VIP feast on the big day itself, with a festive brunch at Jeema Restaurant on Christmas Day from 12 noon until 4pm, with prices starting at AED 250 per person with soft beverages. Alternatively, leave your celebrations until the evening and head to Jeema for a five-course set menu, made personally by the head chef and served from 6:30pm until 10:30pm, with prices starting at AED 275 per person with soft drinks.

Chef’s Festive Table

Enjoy family style dining with whole roast turkey and a selection of other mains and desserts made with fresh ingredients from the resort’s bio-farm, alongside locally sourced seasonal fruits and vegetables at the Chef’s Festive Table. A minimum of 2 guests are required, and prices start from AED 499 per person for 2 to 4 guests, inclusive of soft drinks. For larger parties of 4 to 6 guests, prices start at AED 399 per person, inclusive of soft drinks. Bookings are required 48-hours in advance, and the Chef’s Table is available from 22 to 28 December.

New Year’s Eve

Prepare to be dazzled by sensational vibes and sparkling service, not just in one, but three locations throughout the resort. From the upgraded buffet at Margam Hall from 7pm until 2am, with prices starting at AED 425 per person with soft drinks, to the international buffet at Jeema Restaurant from 6:30pm until 12:30am, with prices starting from AED 200 per person, there’s something for everyone at the resort this year. If you’re after a relaxed, laid-back way to welcome in the new decade, how about enjoying an international snack platter and house beverages at Roumoul Bar from 7pm onwards, with prices starting from AED 300 per person? Then, why not mark the new year with an international brunch at Jeema Restaurant on January 1st from 12pm until 4pm, with prices starting from AED 165 per person with soft drinks?

Festive Spa Treatments

Treat yourself to some R&R and enjoy limited-time only festive treatments at Senses Beauty Centre for the same price as regular treatments. These include the “Merry and Bright” skin nourishment (60 minutes, AED 315) “Silent Night” deep tissue massage, (60 minutes, AED 260), “Jingle Bell Rock” hot stone massage with cinnamon spice (60 minutes, AED 380) and “Christmas Morning”, a 30-minute massage tension-relieving massage for AED 160. Available from 1-25 December.

Details: For more information, call +971 4 8099 333 or visit the website.