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Family Time in Ras Al Khaimah
With bountiful adventures, inviting hotels, temperate shallow seas, long uncrowded beaches, and plenty of activities to keep children entertained, the northernmost Emirate could be your next family holiday destination.
Where to Stay
For Desert Adventure: The Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert
The Ritz Carlton is at the very heart of the protected Al Wadi Nature Reserve. Deep in the desert, the extraordinary location affords visitors endless opportunities to experience authentic Bedouin living in the lap of luxury.
Breathtaking firey-red desert-scapes surround the extensive resort and the unspoilt environment allows you and your family to learn ancient traditions, find peace and possibly see the rare oryx, a cantankerous camel or two, wary desert foxes, and if you are fortunate, the elusive desert cat.
The desert has a range of activities, including the Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre, archery, cycling, star gazing, bird watching, and nature drives within the protected parklands. Kids can become a Ritz Ranger and explore the nature reserve and learn some survival skills along the way.
For a Beach Break: Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra
The multi-award-winning (over 160 since its opening) Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is synonymous with refined luxury and has become as iconic to the RAK skyline as the Burj Khalifa is to Dubai's. The hotel proudly showcases the ancient history, tradition and culture of the UAE.
There are various options for accommodation for families with children, from the family rooms to the expansive 422 square metre multi-level Imperial Suite, which sits atop the tower and commands spectacular birds-eye views of the grounds, across the Arabian Gulf and Al Hamra’s golf course
For Island Living: Rixos Bab Al Bahr
Rixos Bab Al Bahr is the embodiment of island living. The vast hotel spreads across three pyramid-shaped buildings interspersed with meandering waterways and a busy souq. The central entertainment square is lively and home to numerous delicious dining facilities included in the all-inclusive offerings.
Outside, the vast, beautifully manicured gardens contain four temperature-controlled swimming pools and a kids’ club with enough activities to keep them busy from dawn to dusk. Kids also have access to their own pool, waterslides, and outdoor playground. Many all-inclusive activities such as football, beach volleyball, basketball, fitness classes, and table tennis are along the beach together with an exciting range of water sports like kayaking, banana boating fun and parasailing
To Experience the City: Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort
The resort is child-friendly and offers many activities, including their own kids’ club and swimming pool with a fun slide. Teens can enjoy the eponymous club, with various activities throughout the day. There are well-equipped indoor and outdoor playgrounds and table tennis facilities.
Adventurous families can head out to the city to explore the national museum, bustling souqs, food markets and a traditional shipwright. The beach resort is the ideal destination for exploring the adrenaline-fuelled activities in the Jebel Jais mountains, the ancient village of Al Rams and the fascinating Suwaidi Pearl Farm.
Activities to Include
Adrenaline seekers will want to make a beeline for the recently launched Jais Sledder, offering a toboggan ride down through the spectacular Hajar mountains over nearly 2,000 metres of hairpin curves.
A visit to the Suwaidi Pearl Farm is an interactive experience that the whole family can enjoy as you’re guided through over seven millennia of history, leaning how pearl farming has played a vital part in the Emirate’s development.
To get under the Skin of Ras Al khaimah’s culture, pay a visit to Jazirat Al Hamra. Known as ‘The Ghost Town of Ras Al Khaimah’, this abandoned village is an eerie reminder of how locals used to live. Another great stop on your culture vulture tour is the National Museum where you’ll find an impressive collection of archaeological and ethnological artefacts that date back thousands of years. To get ahead of the crowds, pay a visit to Dhayah Fort before its place is cemented as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visitors flock to inspect its castle-like structure which stands tall amidst the arid mountain landscape.
To book your family stay in Ras Al Khaimah, get in touch today. You’ll benefit from full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.
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