Aficionado heads to the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) to visit the Waldorf Astoria there and see what it has to offer.
Although Ras Al Khaimah may not be the first destination one might think of when it comes to a relaxing weekend getaway, given the fact that Ajman and Fujairah are increasing hospitality offerings, the Waldorf Astoria may have a part to play in tipping the touristic scale in RAK’s favour. Located 50 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, the hotel is a massive property that impresses visitors at first glance.
Staying true to its roots, the hotel harbours an impressive clock, like all the other hotels of the brand, in the lobby. The clock keeps and displays prayer times, as well as conventional time, resets itself to update prayer times every day at midnight and has become quite the attraction for the hotel guests.
Following the brand’s tradition, the hotel has its own Peacock Alley linking its two aisles. In RAK, this alley culminates with an Andalusian-style fountain, complete with alcoves to allow guests to sit and not be bothered by their neighbours thanks to the white noise created by the fountain.
The rooms are very spacious and well furnished with all the amenities expected from a property of this standing. It has a ’90s feel without being outdated; which echoes the will of the brand to stay true to its roots, in addition to offering the best to its guests who can enjoy treatments in the hotel spa ranging from the best and most adventurous, such as the Bee Venom 24 carat gold super essence, or, for the less adventurous, a relaxing time in the Jacuzzi.
The hotel can arrange a wide range of sports activities; guests can go extreme with hoverboards and flying boats, or, opting for a smaller adrenaline rush, hit the field and take a quiet golf lesson from a pro golfer and then relax at the clubhouse.
The hotel offers a large choice of dining outlets from the 17Squared, a lounge with a panoramic view on the bay and Marjan Island. Asian food lovers will love Umi and its selection of perfectly executed oriental dishes. Steak enthusiast can find their perfect dining spot in the Lexington Grill where ribs and tenderloins are treated and cooked like art pieces.
Overall, the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway; it offers the best of both worlds. The warmth of the Arab hospitality as well as the sophistication and attention that made the Waldorf Astoria famous.