While being only a mere 25 minute drive from Dubai, the emirate of Sharjah beckons you in the midst of an exciting cultural renaissance, largely due to the ambitious historical preservation project at its nexus. The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah - a GHM hotel - is ever ready to welcome you home by revelling in its unique traditional Arabic aesthetic and history. mylifestylenews writes.
With all the traffic and hustle and bustle of Sharjah, The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah is an absolute private haven of tranquility that transports you to another world. This understated and luxuriously hidden gem is centrally located in the heart of Sharjah behind the old forte citadel where the history began and is ever ready for you to explore and to discover the past and present of this mesmerizing fabled hospitality in this ancient region.
From the exterior, nothing is given away, in terms of what to expect and you do wonder where the entrance is as you park your car. You are quickly greeted and then directed down a narrow alleyway and at that moment you feel that you have left normal civilization behind and entered an oasis of quiet reflection. Once you are fully immersed into The Chedi world, you have a sense of having entered a kingdom of world class elegance!
The architecture design and interior style of The Chedi never seems to fail to impress and rather to surprise you at all of their properties and always in relation to its exotic locale, history, culture and heritage with the intention of wanting you to step into the luxury of escape beyond compare. This ambitious restoration and conversion project of these historic manor houses was undertaken with the vision of embodying the cultural renaissance that has swept the Emirate.
The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah is housed in a collection of historic manor houses that were once occupied by a well known local family in their distinct cultural setting. These preserved historic structures have been expanded to be paired with new building compounds to create The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah, a 53-key collection of luxury guestrooms and suites that will hold you spellbound.
This luxury boutique hotel encompasses luxury bedrooms and suites in traditional Arabic architecture with so many details and elements structured in a subtle and elegant manner to admire. Simply mesmerizing!
Each building is separated on the ground level by narrow alleyways, letting you explore the unknown and unveil the layers of surprises at every corner you turn.
The Arabic architecture is very clever at hiding so many amenities, so it is fun to explore every nook and cranny and surprise yourself with all these little discoveries. The discovery begins as you are escorted to your room, as you begin to wonder how you will remember to get from point A to point B, but our host Rabi was clever at highlighting some details that are our cue to remembering how we could get around without much hassle.
Leading up on to the upper level, each individual house and building is connected by mini bridges, so that you can walk to each amenity in different ways, you will immediately immerse yourself by finding your way through by discovering its sophisticated charm from a different perspective.
Staying in The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah, you will want to spend your entire stay cocooned in this haven of tranquility, whereby you can also spend time in the guest dedicated museum or library with its unique setting of the Al Midfa family’s residence in the past, relax in the semi-shaded swimming pool, enjoy a coffee or cake in The Café which was the heritage house of Bait Majlis Ibrahim Al Midfa, have breakfast or lunch at the inner courtyard of The Restaurant and dinner in the enchanting The Arabic Restaurant, or just enjoy the different aspects of each courtyard and marvel at the architectural detail and read about the history of the local family that first created part of this boutique hotel structure.
The property is not large yet big enough to wander around to discover its mythical charm, but then again, one of the main reasons you may decide to come is to have a break from the madness of Sharjah or Dubai and take a moment to chill, contemplate and feel pampered without worrying about sightseeing or shopping expeditions that take you away from this oasis.
We were lucky enough to score a Chedi Grand Room. The walk into the building courtyard had already captivated us, but as we climbed up some stairs and our door was opened, we realized that the rooms are an integral part of the luxury and we were already smitten with its interior and comfort, no matter what came next.
With only 9 units of The Chedi Grand Room, the luxurious room size ranges from 45-55sqm exudes in a rich wealth of Arab residential details from the heritage conveying the hospitable warmth and cultural heritage of Sharjah and indulgent modern comforts with echoes of the old world for which GHM is reknown for.
Given that the weather was still hot and the sun very bright, the design of the rooms is to mitigate bright light and create an atmosphere of coolness and calm with subdued shades of colour as well and they have judged this perfectly.
There is a living area – better known in the local vernacular as a majlis (meeting or sitting place), spread with a generous number of cushions together with bowls of dates, walnuts and dried apricots immaculately arranged on the copper top coffee table as a welcome amenity, from which you segue into the bedroom area which houses a huge four poster bed with a super luxurious Duxiana mattress from Sweden that is separated from the walk-in dressing area and then lastly, the bathroom with a large walk-in shower, double vanity and toilet room.
The room design overall bridges the Arabic influences with Asian minimalist design and it is beautifully done. Not to mention the luxurious Acqua di Parma bathroom amenities which are an extra added value to pamper for a well deserved staycation as everything was at our fingertips and we could just lock the door and have a magical stay in our room and embrace what was prepared and arranged to enjoy.
Once you venture out into the mini maze complex of interlinked buildings, several little alcoves strewn with cushions can be found in almost every corner, so you can find your own perfect quiet spot and just enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, or read a book per se. Utterly captivating!
Escape the bustling lifestyle for a moment of contemplation
Mesmerize the charm of the Majlis Ibrahim Mohammed Al Madfa
Dinner at The Arabic Restaurant was an unexpectedly elevated experience and we thought the food was spot on and such a well-executed range of dishes using the Arabic spices to advantage, which we loved. No wonder, there are even diners willing to drive hundreds of kilometers from Abu Dhabi just to come here for the experience.
Breakfast obviously is the meal time so many of us look forward to start the day and this was a delight and served at the serene atmosphere of the outdoor inner courtyard at The Restaurant.
You may also choose to sit inside which is set in a classic and chic Emirati design adorned with chic wooden screens and subdued lighting.
There is an abundance of international, oriental and far east breakfast dishes selection, from the choice of beverages, the quality of the pastries, to the wonderful choices of big breakfasts a la American, English, healthy and so forth, it was all done a-la-minute, tasty, fresh and perfectly cooked and presented.
The eggs benedict was faultless and the yoghurt with granola and fruits was equally delicious. Don’t miss out on the 1001 nights of Arabic tea and do take time to savour the atmosphere and food with decadent flavours and lasting memories at your own pace.
The Chedi always strives to offer a completely different charm and outlook from each of their properties, so no two are alike.
The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah is a destination that should not be missed off anyone’s itinerary when visiting the UAE.
Hence, this is the secret getaway you must at least step your foot in so you can secrete yourselves away in privacy and be looked after without leaving the environs of this enigmatic historical establishment with a discreet hospitality whilst being mesmerized with the one of a kind traditional Arabic aesthetic and history, The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah is timeless and always has its door wide open to welcome you home.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 5/5
Design & Decor: 5/5
Room Amenities: 5/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
Heart of Sharjah
79 Corniche Street,
Al Shiokh, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 6 502 5555
*The Chedi Al Bait, Sharjah is a GHM Hotels and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World
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