For a start, there’s a personalized picture greeting on the screen behind the reception desk. It’s a big gesture, not least as it indicates someone has been tasked with doing some research.
Thankfully the appearance of my mugshot doesn’t seem to frighten other guests and the sight is mitigated by a colourful lobby area and sassy cafe that mixes comfortable seating and breakout areas with subtle background music and a collection of vintage cars, including a brace of Mini Coopers.
So far, so slightly surreal.
One other thing the view reveals is extensive greenery and on closer investigation, Coral Beach Resort Sharjah yields lush, well-maintained gardens that buffer the hotel and the shoreline.
Beyond the bright, Mediterranean-themed all day dining restaurant is a shaded terrace – and beyond that the first of two pools.
This is the quieter of the two swimming and lounging opportunities, which includes a jacuzzi and is a conventional shape more suitable for exercise lengths.
Head left and there are two tennis courts, an aviary and a family pool area, complete with two stone-faced water slides and a food and drinks booth, Waves.
With being a Sharjah resort, Coral Beach doesn’t serve alcohol, but it dishes up a highly recommended lamb kofta wrap to solve lunch-time hankerings.
The former no doubt boosts the resort’s appeal as a popular destination with families, of several nationalities, many of which make a beeline for this elevated spot.
Loungers line one side and can be taken onto a lawned area, should you wish to put a bit of distance between yourself and the fun-filled soundtrack unfolding in the pool.
Although a scorcher on the days we visited, the rival of otherwise slightly cooler weather means the sea is a bit more refreshing than it was a month ago.
Come dinnertime, Coral Beach has several options, including the ones mentioned. Cote Jardin was majoring on Arabic food the night we stayed, but we chose to sample Al Dente.
The hotel’s refurbished Italian restaurant isn't short on colour either and wears its theme firmly in its vibrant décor, backed up by a menu that ably reflects the country it represents.
Alongside homemade pasta and pizzas was a pleasingly presented duck breast, and a generous hammour fillet; flavourful with its Italian makeover, both dishes sporting well-cooked veg.
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