After a stressful couple weeks at school Scott and I decided that we needed a mini getaway to help us relax. We decided to spend a night at the Eastern Mangroves Resort and it did not disappoint! From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty. When checking in the woman took our reservation, invited us to sit in the lounge and drink various Arabian teas and eat dates while she printed our information:

The gorgeous lobby with this magnificent chandelier.

The gorgeous lobby with this magnificent chandelier.

dates and coffee

dates and coffee

Two Arabian teas for us to try : )

Two Arabian teas for us to try : )

Our lovely room

Our lovely room

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The balcony

The balcony

We were only on the first floor but we had pretty flower bushes outside and beyond that the mangroves. We saw many birds, cranes, and other wildlife. It was nice to be away from the city and surrounded by the sounds of birds.

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Here are some more pics of the hotel – it was luxurious.

A promenade that was right next to the mangroves. Perfect for viewing birds.

A promenade that was right next to the mangroves. Perfect for viewing birds.

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Infinity pool into the mangroves

Infinity pool into the mangroves

The main hallway that leads to the rooms and restaurants

The main hallway that leads to the rooms and restaurants

We were so impressed with the hotel that we decided to just stay in and eat at one of their restaurants. So we chose Thai . . .

 

and it was delicious!

and it was delicious!

DSCN4235After dinner we decided to head up to the rooftop bar to enjoy some dessert.

DSCN4236The next morning we continued to relax by ordering room service pancakes for breakfast out on our balcony!! If anyone knows me they know I love a nice, slow, enjoyable breakfast and I love pancakes!!

While waiting for the pancakes we decided to try out our in-room espresso machine!

While waiting for the pancakes we decided to try out our in-room espresso machine!

DSCN4249DSCN4253DSCN4251DSCN4258DSCN4261After a belly full of breakfast we read and checked out the pool area.

DSCN4263DSCN4273DSCN4275DSCN4282Unfortunately it was now time to check out – but our weekend did not end there. We booked a kayaking tour through the mangroves! We of course had to hit up one place before we started . . .

DSCN4285That’s right! Tim Hortons!! Okay – back to the beautiful mangroves now:

DSCN4286DSCN4288DSCN4290We ended up getting a tandem kayak : )

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That's my man!

That’s my man!

DSCN4317At one point the mangroves got more narrow and the water more shallow. Our tour guide Matt explained to us how the mangroves in the UAE work. The low laying trees bury their roots into the sand, but the sand provides no oxygen for the trees. So, the roots twist up and pop back out of the sand (you can sort of see the small roots in the water in the picture above). These roots then take in the saltwater and filter out the salt! The salt is released through the trees’ leaves giving them a white coloration – thus these mangroves are classified as white mangrove – how cool is nature?! We also saw many types of crabs and fish.

you can kind of see in the picture the salty residue on the leaf

you can kind of see in the picture the salty residue on the leaf (sorry the picture is not that great)

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Our tour guide

Our tour guide – I would love his job!

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We then took a brief break and docked on the shore for a while. We saw some hermit crabs and collected sea shells.

The sand flowers are supposedly good for upset stomachs

The sand flowers are supposedly good for upset stomachs

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A truly perfect weekend.