Monday, April 13, 2015

HOTEL REVIEW: Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa

Posted at  1:35 AM  |  in  Hotel

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa is a large hotel, with 475 rooms, suites and beach villasWhether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend break or a fun-filled family staycation, Ras Al Khaimah is packed with several different options! A personal favourite of the AroundTheUAE.com team is Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa, which we have wanted to re-visit for some time now, after last staying there around five years ago.

Following a two-and-a-half hour drive from Abu Dhabi, we arrived feeling a little tired on a Thursday night. Thankfully, the check-in desk was relatively quiet at the time, allowing staff to quickly process our details and hand over the keys. Fantastic!

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Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa is a large hotel, with 475 rooms, suites and beach villas. We booked one of the three room options (the difference in sizes is minimal, ranging from 48 to 51 square metres). If you’re looking for more space, or have extra cash to splash, there are three villa options (from the 66 square metre Junior Beach Villa to the 145 square metre two-bedroom Family Beach Villa) and five suites (from the 79 square metre King Deluxe Suite to the 227 square metre Royal Suite with its own sauna, steam room and Turkish hammam)… we wish!

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa offers 1.5km of private beach Having settled in our room, it was dinner time. We were initially tempted to order room service, but considering there are 14 restaurants and bars on offer at Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa, it would have been a shame to not venture out and try one. After much consideration, we opted for the quick and easy international buffet, although the Thai, Italian and Brazilian restaurants were very tempting. Luckily, our decision paid off. The buffet had a massive range of starters, mains and desserts, so there is something for everyone and we were very well looked after by the staff too.

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We booked one of the three room options (the difference in sizes is minimal, ranging from 48 to 51 square metre)
Feeling a little stuffed, we headed back to our rooms. As expected from a Hilton resort, the beds were extremely comfortable and following some much-needed sleep, we woke up feeling energised and ready for a full day of activities ahead.

It seems Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa is truly a haven for foodies, because the breakfast was fantastic and again offered a large variety of options, catering both to the health conscious and those looking for early morning indulgence. We were careful not to fall into the latter category on this occasion, as we wanted to try some of the hotel’s water sports activities and therefore needed to avoid full stomachs.

In addition to seven (that’s right, SEVEN!) swimming pools and 1.5km of private beach at the resort, guests can participate in diving, fishing, kayaking, jet skiing and sailing. They can even practice yoga, request an aerobics class at Hilton Fitness, or unwind in a spa equipped with Turkish baths, saunas, whirlpools and steam rooms.

There are 14 restaurants and bars on offer at Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa
What did we select? Our day started with a private boat ride into the Arabian Sea, where we tried, for the very first time in our lives, a fishing trip! The waters were very calm at the time, lending itself to perfect conditions… but alas we failed to catch anything (boohoo!). Still, it was a fantastic experience that we really enjoyed.

Back on land, we took our daughter to the 200 square metre kids club and swimming pool, which she absolutely loved, especially the fantastic water slide. And then it was time for the parents to enjoy a rejuvenating massage at the spa (which was surprisingly busy, considering there are nine treatment rooms, so book early to avoid disappointment). A blissful end to the day!

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa has seven (that’s right, SEVEN!) swimming pools And our final memory of the resort was an Arabian-themed dinner near the beach. This was a special night organised by the hotel, which proved so popular it was actually sold out… and we can understand why! The food was great and the entertainment even better, with live singers, belly dancers and even a whirling tanoura dance. It was the perfect end to one of our favourite staycations in a while.

All-in-all, we give the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa our thumbs up. Although it’s an older building and there are plenty of newer options in the emirate, Hilton has done well to keep it refreshed, and the activities and restaurants on offer are pretty hard to beat. No wonder it remains so popular with local residents and tourists alike.

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