Escape | Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah: Arabian Palatial Opulence With A New York Twist

BY Sonia Sultan / Jul 25 2020 / 15:00 PM

Inspired by regal Arabian palaces, the resort offers a decadent staycation retreat, just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai

Escape | Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah: Arabian Palatial Opulence With A New York Twist

A quick 50-minute drive from Downtown Dubai brings you to the reposeful Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, home to one of the most luxurious resorts the UAE has to offer.

As one approaches the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah the extravagant façade of Arabesque domes and rich golden hues envelopes its guests before they ever step inside the lush property.

The majestic entrance - featuring Arab calligraphy and a signature Waldorf Astoria clock, displaying the five daily prayer times, immediately sets the tone for the levels of luxury and refinement synonymous with the Waldorf brand. Homogenous with the brand’s lavishness, at check-in each guest is assigned a personal concierge who will offer their assistance throughout the stay.

Wooden key cards are also presented upon check-in, delivering on the company’s sustainability promise to its guests.

The interior aesthetic of the entire property is inspired by the region’s centuries-old pearl diving practice. Calming neutral tones with pops of turquoise throughout the common areas and bedrooms create the perfect setting for a beachside oasis. Well reputed for their grandiose and luxurious rooms, the Waldorf brand certainly does not disappoint.

Each palatial room boasts a lounge, a large walk-in closet, and a spacious black marble bathroom stocked high with Ferragamo toiletries. The rich gold mosaics, equine art, and Arabian lattice patterns add a sense of place while the high-pile carpet underscores the luxury within each suite. The Signature Waldorf bedding gives guests an incomparable night’s sleep; its huge wraparound terraces highlight stunning unobstructed views of the Arabian Sea, championship golf courses, the majestic Hajjar Mountains, or long stretches of white sand beaches.

The two large family-friendly hotel pools are chilled an ideal temperature, providing a bit of respite from the blazing summer sun. Couples or adults who are looking for a quieter spot will appreciate the privacy of the resort’s second infinity pool. Overlooking the azure blue sea, it is the perfect spot to take in a picturesque sunset. Ras Al Khaimah is on average a few degrees cooler than Dubai year-round, making the property’s pristine private beach a great option for a romantic sunset walk.

For those who prefer to be more active during their stay, the resort is bordered by two 18-hole championship Golf courses, which both offer lessons for beginners and the option to play at night. In line with the hotel’s eco-friendly stance, ‘eco golf balls’ made of biodegradable ingredients, which dissolve into fish food, are available helping to support and promote local wildlife. Additionally, tennis enthusiasts will find that the properties two flood-lit tennis courts are the perfect place for some friendly competition.

Zen seekers will be delighted by the underwater-themed Spa offering flotation beds, herbal baths, and blissful treatments aplenty.

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah prices start at Dhs716+ per night. For more information, visit (07 203 5555)

Lead Image courtesy of  Instagram/waldorfastoriarak

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