Stay... Budget Bin Majid Beach Resort: Check into a basic, but cute, beach chalet. The dated ‘70s decor and vibe are actually part of its charm here and after a long swim, you can kick back at one of the bars on site. www.binmajid.com Expensive The Cove Rotana: The perfect place to turn up with kids and extended family in tow. Hire a big villa, some of which have their own pools, take advantage of the pedestrianised resort and let the little ones work off all their energy. If that’s all too much, book a massage on the beach. www.rotana.com
Eat... Budget The Phoenicien: Try the Phoenicien next to the Hilton in Ras Al Khaimah for delicious Lebanese food with a lively atmosphere.
Expensive Pura Vida: For succulent steaks from Brazil cooked and sliced right in front of you, try out Pura Vida at the Hilton Resort & Spa.
Must see... The supposedly haunted Al Qassimi Palace, which was abandoned 20-years-ago by Sheikh Abdulaziz al Qassimi, after furniture kept being moved around. The caretaker, Tarik, will take round interested souls but there are no formal viewing times. Take a right at the KFC roundabout, go past the Emirates petrol station on your right and the palace is up on the left.
Must do... Hit Ice Land! No not the country – RAK’s answer to Dubai’s waterparks is Ice Land, which features more model penguins than you can throw a flip flop at and the world’s tallest manmade waterfall! www.icelandwaterpark.com
Getting there To get to RAK, follow Emirates Road (E11) north out of Dubai, through Sharjah and follow the signs.