Surrounded by the desert and sea, the Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah is a hidden haven and an ideal destination for an unforgettable daycation. Located just over an hour from its neighbouring city Dubai, this five-star resort is the perfect place to kick back and relax, with members getting access to all its leisure facilities and kids’ club, plus discounts at its restaurant and spa.
Here’s why you need to check it out:
There are two awesome pools
The resort has both a family and adults pool, providing the best of both worlds for those who like to Privilee with or without the family. The adults-only pool doubles up as a trendy beach and pool lounge by Siddhartha, offering cabanas, beats from a resident DJ and a Mediterranean menu for a perfect chilled afternoon. The family pool, on the other hand, is huge with shallow and shaded areas and lots of sun-beds dotted around. We particularly love the temperature-controlled swim-up bar so you can watch the kids whilst enjoying yourself too.
The white-sand beach is huge
Soak up the sunshine on the white sands of a 350m private beach, set against the blue water of the Arabian Sea. With plenty of sun loungers that are spaced well apart (meaning no need to bump elbows with a neighbour), it's perfect to catch some rays. We love the complimentary detox water too, the resort is eco-friendly so they’ll provide you with reusable cups.
The kids will go crazy for the kids activities
Children can escape into their own world at the fully stocked kids club, featuring a nursery and an outside play area. Ideal for kids aged 4–12, there are plenty of activities from slides, climbing frames and indoor art and craft fun. Failing that, kids can make the most of the beach games, such as playing football on the sand with dad!
The gym has everything you need
If views of the sea isn’t a motivator for a workout, the bright, airy and range of equipment will be. We love this gym for its complimentary towels, water and fruit, and easy access to and from the pool.
The Spa is super nice
Designed with an ‘under the sea’ theme, you will fall in love with the overall vibe. The award-winning spa offers 12 large treatment rooms (Privilee members get 20% off), as well as one VIP couples' suite, a floatation bed for females and a hydrobath. The spa facilities also include male and female steam rooms and Waldorf Astoria's signature herbal sauna. We can’t get enough of Voya, a totally organic, sustainable seaweed product that is used in their signature treatments.
There are two tennis courts
Fancy a game or two? Split up your pool and beach day with a visit to its two tennis courts. Balls and rackets are provided, plus they are floodlit if you are keen to escape the heat and play during sunset.
You definitely won’t go hungry
With 10 restaurants and bars (yes, 10!), there is plenty to choose from and to suit whatever you are craving. We particularly love the US steakhouse Lexington Grill, Arabic fare at Marjan and the Japanese cuisine at UMI. Privilee members receive 20% discount on the total bill up to 3 people, so there is no better excuse to get dessert!
The members’ benefits:
- Complimentary access to Pool & Beach
- Complimentary access to Gym
- Complimentary classes
- Complimentary access for two children aged 5 – 17 years
- Complimentary access to Splash kids' club
- 20% discount on spa treatments
- 20% discount on all restaurants and bars
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