Nestled in the northernmost area of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a little-known emirate steeped in 7,000 years of fascinating history and culture – Ras Al Khaimah. If Dubai is known for its impressive skyline of skyscrapers and Abu Dhabi for progression and tradition, then Ras Al Khaimah, known to locals as RAK, boasts the most diverse scenery you can find in the UAE.
Located a mere 45-minute journey from Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah is the ideal reprieve from the bustling city, one that both outdoor enthusiasts and thrill seekers alike will fall in love with.
Fancy a drive across the incredible desert sands of Ras Al Khaimah? Jump on a luxury SUV for a ride along the slithering dunes. Do not let the barren-looking desert land fool you, for there are lush, leafy oases and authentic tented desert camps tucked away, waiting to be discovered by the curious traveler.
One such gem is the Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp which offers all the trimmings of a traditional magical experience of the Arabian desert. From speedily sandboarding down the golden, rolling dunes to surveying the orange peaks and valleys of the desert from atop a camel, to watching fire breathers and belly dancers perform under a blanket of twinkling stars, the camp is a one-stop shop to truly immerse yourself in the authentic Arabian spirit.
But that is not the only way to get powdery sand in between your toes.
Sun lounger-lovers will be pleased to find that Ras Al Khaimah is blessed with year-long sunshine, 64 kilometers of white sandy beaches, and sprawling lagoons just begging to be explored. So sit back, relax, and soak in the blissful Arabian sunshine as you take a breather and marvel at the clear and calm Arabian Gulf in the distance, stretching as far as your eyes can see. And while you are at it, keep your eyes peeled for a wild baby sea turtle scurrying away on the sand, as many of Ras Al Khaimah’s beaches are prime sea turtle nesting sites.
For a more immersive wildlife viewing, sign up for a trip out on the Arabian Gulf, home to colorful corals and beautiful marine life such as blacktip reef sharks and if you are lucky, the occasional playful dolphin or two. Then, cap off your exciting day with a beach barbecue feast as the sun sets and the sky is illuminated with pink and purple pastels.
Ras Al Khaimah boasts a diverse collection of hotels and resorts ranging from boutique joints to luxurious five-star establishments. But perhaps none are as impressive as Hilton’s portfolio of Ras Al Khaimah hotels, which prides itself on delivering the utmost in service, accommodation, and amenities.
Located on 1.5 kilometers of private sandy beach, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa’s proximity to unique experiences in the emirate means an adrenaline-packed Arabian adventure is never too far away.
All of its stylish 475 rooms, suites, and villas come with a private balcony or patio, so you can watch the sun set over the spectacular bay from the comfort of your very own space. Alternatively, you could spoil yourself in the vibrant Royal Suite, which offers a private steam room, sauna, and Turkish Hammam.
For those who want to stay connected always, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa offers complimentary high-speed internet access for all of its guests.
Hilton’s multiple award-winning Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort in the heart of Al Hamra is nothing short of impressive.
Its beautifully landscaped gardens, coupled with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and the majestic Hajjar Mountains, makes for a scenic tee off on the 18-hole championship golf course.
Each elegant guestroom comes with floor-to-ceiling windows, satellite TV, as well as private balconies or terraces. Best of all, Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort’s 24-hour room service means you have all the time in the world to stay in and unwind.
Since its opening in 2013, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah has bagged over 100 awards and accolades, the most recent being Ras Al Khaimah’s Leading Resort title at the World Travel Awards 2018.
A hidden haven surrounded by deserts, mountains, and sea in the emirate, the resort offers Waldorf Astoria’s signature attentive service so you will not need to forego your creature comforts.
Each of its 346 spacious rooms come equipped with a 42-inch HDTV and WiFi access for your entertainment needs, and indulgent amenities to ensure you have the relaxing getaway of your dreams.
Located in the Al Nakheel area by the creek, Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah is just a stone’s throw away from major shopping malls, souks, and historical sites of the emirate’s old city.
Unwind and relax in Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah’s comfortable guestrooms, which are all equipped with complimentary WiFi so you can browse the web to your heart’s content, a 43-inch LCD TV with premium channels, and a mini refrigerator filled with treats.
If you are feeling peckish in the middle of the night, ring up a delectable snack of your choice via the hotel’s 24-hour room service.
There is no place more comforting than DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, where guests are greeted with a warm welcome and the signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in.
Take in the gorgeous sea views from any one of its 723 contemporary rooms or suites, each with either a balcony or terrace and direct access to the private beach. Then, invigorate your body and soul at the Jouri Rose Spa with a therapeutic treatment or massage.
For adventurers, the charming beachfront resort offers easy access to a wealth of sporting and leisure options, including golfing, sailing, aviation, and desert camping.
Dive right into the cosmopolitan vibe at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in the center of Ras Al Khaimah’s business district, conveniently situated just around the corner from shopping malls and the Free Trade Zone.
City slickers, especially, will love the views of the city from the hotel’s rooftop, which features a sparkling swimming pool and live music at the TreeTop Bar.
Experience the trademark Doubletree by Hilton style in one of its many modern guestrooms or suites where you can watch your favorite movie on the 42-inch LCD TV or curl up with a good book in the easy chair.
From rocky terrains in the Hajar Mountains to soul-warming hot springs and even sun-baked desert, the beauty found in Ras Al Khaimah is truly one of a kind. There’s no better way to enjoy the UAE’s northernmost Emirate than from the comfort of a Hilton Hotel – a brand that comprises the pinnacle offering in service, accommodation and luxury. Book your stay now.