Who goes to the beach in December?
Early this month, we headed to what is said to be the most pristine among the seven emirates, Ras Al Khaimah, which means “Top of the Tent”. It was just a two hour drive but seemed like a world away. This emirate had a relaxed, laid-back feel to it in contrast to contemporary, cosmopolitan Dubai.
We chose to have our mini-vacation at the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa. This private beach resort has both chalets and hotel rooms adorned in familiar Arabian design. I felt right at home (not because I am an Arab, because I am not, obviously) because this reminded me of our place, the Old Town.
We booked a regular accommodation BUT because we are Hilton Honors Diamond members, we got upgraded to… Royal Beach Villa Suite!! How amazing is that??
Our chalet was huge. Just look at it!
Our gated accommodation had a front yard which proved the perfect area for Lil T to run around on. Inside our villa you’ll find a separate spacious living area with complete amenities and a separate bathroom. The master’s bedroom has a massive bed (I swear it can fit 10), a TV, his and hers wardrobes, a bathroom with his and hers sinks and a jacuzzi.
The master’s and living areas open up to a backyard complete with lounge chairs and our very own private pool overlooking the shimmering waves of the Arabian sea.
While I thought this month would be low beach season, both hotel accommodation and chalet beach areas were pretty busy, with the latter being quieter as it had an exclusive beach area.
I was surprised to see hundreds of bikini-clad tourists on the beach, others sunbathing, others on the sand, not in the water. I did expect this part of the world to be warm at this time of year, but I was mistaken. The water was frigid, unfriendly to us all that wanted to swim in the sea. All the nearby communal pools were the same. So at this particular moment we headed back to our villa and dipped in our very own temperature-controlled private pool 🙂 I have never appreciated an (upgraded) accommodation this much. There are many chalets but only a handful had their own pools. Our little family had a fabulous time swimming and playing games in our very own water abode. Little T, as he usually is on water, was squealing with delight!
With 13 restaurants in the area, you won’t run out of dining options. I specifically enjoyed our buffet dinner at Maarid over the others though.
This resort has a great location, the food was impressive, and the service, excellent. The staff actually seemed much friendlier than those in Dubai-based hotels.
The resort is also very kid-friendly having indoor and outdoor play areas and kid pools, plus if you need one, a day care center. We were very relaxed and pleased with our stay here that my husband is considering going back to this beautiful place soon..this month! I think otherwise, because it’s December. And while I understand that others would rather go to a chilly beach than spend time experiencing zero degrees Celsius back home (I’d do the same), that wasn’t not our case. We could always go back in the summer. For now our memories here will suffice.