After check-in, you are welcomed by a chocolate chip cookie at the plush reception area of the Double Tree by Hilton Resort & Spa, Marjan Island. Why a cookie? ‘Well, why not?’ counters the friendly receptionist. Why not indeed? It is indeed a delicious beginning to a staycation, the kind that makes you long for a weekend after a hard and hectic week’s work in the city.
There is a reason why Ras Al Khaimah is gaining in popularity among weekend-ers seeking a day or two of pure bliss. While the drive to Fujairah might be more charming with its winding roads and mountain views, RAK is where the action is. And also where the peace is! Especially when you have destinations that offer family fun, fab food, good views and relaxing avenues – you can’t ask for more from a beachside address, can you?
So here are five reasons to back your bags and get away from the madness to the welcoming calm of the sea, sun and sand:
1) THE AMBIANCE
Double Tree by Hilton is massive – over 700 rooms that include the main building (frankly, quite average looking), a few low-rise Bay Club buildings and the villas housing deluxe rooms (swish). Choose to stay in one of these villas that are posh, luxurious and exclusive. The design gives you a feel of a gated community and the Arab-inspired accents like the embellished arches, lattice work, brass lanterns and wall to wall carpets emit a very luxe appeal. The rooms, dressed up in neutral tones, are comfortable, and the views of the calm sea, is soothing to the eye.
2) THE BRUNCH
Even if you don’t plan to spend a weekend but are in the mood to do something different, join the brunch here. We may have been spoilt by Dubai brunches but there is no hesitation to say that this is simply one of the best. Live music, a colourful holiday crowd and a menu that brought the best of the restaurants – Vespa (Italian), Meze (Turkish) and Brasserie (French). The sea-food is especially delicious, the grilled lobster being the prized catch! Lazy, fun, pampering, relaxing… think of any adjective you add to a brunch and this one has it.
3) THE FOOD
There are options galore but of particular recommendation are the aforementioned Vespa and Meze. The latter is especially gorgeous. Sit on the terrace and relish the fine meats, shisha and bubbly, enjoying the lapping waves of the sea afar…it lulls you into a supremely relaxed zone.
A dish from Meze
4) THE POOL, THE SPORT & THE SPA
The resort is closely located to tourist attractions such as the Al Hamra Mall and Al Hamra Golf Club and Ice Land Waterpark but you wouldn’t want to do anything except chill in the pool. There are plenty of them, a couple with pool side bars and cool cabanas – made just for whiling away your time. Of course, otherwise there is always the option of aqua jogging, beach volleyball, para sailing and the like to keep you occupied – what is a beach destination if these are not present! And then there is the ultimate go-to for complete rejuvenation – the spa (including a ladies’ only, more intimate spa!).
Spa and sauna
5) THE VIBE
A staycation works best if it offers everything that a full-fledged holiday does. Ras Al Khaimah has the laidback pace while the resort has the energy and fun that you need to find your mojo. Be it a large family or a quiet staycation for two, it’s one of those rare destinations that has something for every age. What a way to spend a weekend!
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