11 brilliant weekends in RAK you don't want to miss
Get back to RAK for foot or regular golf, Bedouin camping, spas and more
Summer brings many an opportunity for relaxation. Hotels get a bit cheaper, restaurateurs entice folks out with a bargain, and the cost of spending a day lazing in the pool becomes much more attractive.
While Dubai has plenty, plenty, of offers of its own, further afield you’re going to find absolutely diamond deals if you fancy getting away from it all. Take Ras Al Khaimah for example, the northernmost emirate in the UAE.
This year, RAK has got a mountain of offers for you to explore, and in some cases literal mountains to explore. From a round of footgolf, to a drive up the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais, a chilled day in the pool or adrenaline-fuelled watersports, there is something for everyone, and a dream holiday in store for the whole family.
Here are the top ten things for you to do in Ras Al Khaimah this summer.
1) Walk on the wild side at the Al Wadi Desert resort
Explore the great outdoors at this 1,235-acre reserve. Gather survival skills, learn about rare species out in the desert, go on a camel caravan or just chill out in your private pool. From Dhs2,000 per villa. Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/uae/al-wadi-desert/offers.
2) Hit the beach at Cova Rotana
Chill out on a 600-metre, pristine white beach at the Cove Rotana Resort. Located on the a water inlet of the Ras Al Khaimah beachfront, stare endlessly at the Arabian Gulf, play some watersports, dip in one of the two infinity pools, or just hang out in your villa. From Dhs600 per room, per night. Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, www.rotana.com.
3) Eat your way around the Waldorf Astoria
Eating your way through the summer isn’t a bad idea. The Waldorf Astoria has nine cracking restaurants and lounges to explore, temperature-controlled pools, kids’ club and a spa featuring floatation beds. From Dhs825 per room, per night. Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com.
4) Play a round at Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
Make full use of the kids’ club, grab your clubs and go play a round at the 18-hole championship course. There are also six different food and beverage outlets to explore after the round, and watersports facilities on-site to help you unwind. From Dhs489 per room, per night. Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, Ras Al Khaimah, www.hilton.com.
One of the UAE’s most popular pastimes is Bedouin-style desert camping. Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp is offering a desert dinner, with a dune bashing safari for an extra Dhs300. From Dhs120 per person. The Bedouin Oasis, Ras Al Khaimah, arabianincentive.com/Bedouin-Oasis.aspx.
7) Go pirate at Marjan Island Resort & Spa
The Pirates Club at Marjan Island Resort & Spa offers a chance to really treat the kids to a fun-filled, action-packed programme involving cookery classes, boat races, water football and other pool-based watersports at this five-star resort. Crash out in front of a movie at the kids’ cinema at the end of the day. Dhs395 per room per night. Marjan Island Resort & Spa, www.marjanislandresort.com.
8) Treat the teenagers at Rixos
Teens Republic will keep the teenagers happy all weekend, with ten- to 17-year-olds able to join in with tournaments on X-Box or PlayStation consoles, pool tables, dart boards, table football or Jenga. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy any of the eight restaurants on offer, swimming pools, spas and more at this luxury resort. Dhs1,200 per room, per night. Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.babalbahr.rixos.com.
9) Hit the spa at DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
There are lots of treatments available for a chilled weekend away, but start off by relaxing on the 450-metre private beach, before taking a dip in any of the seven outdoor heated pools, or an indoor ladies-only pool. Have a quick workout, or head straight to one of the two spas that feature nine treatment rooms, sauna, steam and whirlpool options. There are also 13 food and beverage outlets to explore. From Dhs599 per room, per night. DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.doubletree3.hilton.com.
10) Get cool up on Jebel Jais
The UAE’s highest mountain peak rises to near 2km above sea level in the Hajar Mountain range. It’s also about ten degrees cooler than sea level, so it’s a great place to cool down a little. Free. Jebel Jais, Hajar Mountain Range, en.rasalkhaimah.ae/things-to-do/jebel-jais-p675781.