Relaxing in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Many people will tell you that one of the secrets to an enjoyable ex-pat life in Dubai is to escape for a regular break – which is lucky, because in a country like the UAE with its plethora of five-star hotels and coastal hideaways, it’s very easy to escape the pressures of city life.
Just an hour away is Ras Al Khaimah – a sleepy emirate that has, over the last few years, woken to a litany of luxury hotels including the Waldorf Astoria and the Banyan Tree. Looking for a complete break, the private villas of Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach, appealed enormously. Set in a newly developed area called Al Hamra, arrival to the resort is via boat. With Bob Marley playing in the background, the smooth two-minute cruise gets you in the holiday mood before you even arrived.
32 spacious villas dot the horse-shaped coastline giving each guest beautiful beach side views from the moment they wake up, and a pre-breakfast stroll along the shore was the perfect way to start the day. For some, you may not even want to leave your villa; two private cabanas, a private plunge pool, a spacious indoor living area including complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee and tea facilities, and the option to have your butler barbeque your meal on your own terrace can keep you more than occupied for a weekend break. However, that would mean missing out a variety of activities that can be enjoyed during the stay:
Island Barbeque Dinner
With just ten tables available, this exclusive dinner on a private island is as romantic as it gets. Arrive by boat and stroll the sands to your table for two before savouring a barbeque buffet of several courses, all of which are brought to the table at your leisure. The twinkling lights of the boat harbour compete with the stars to create an ambiance that simply can’t be bought.
No weekend break is really complete without a visit to the spa and while Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach does have a selection of treatments on site, guests can also visit the nearby Banyan Tree Al Wadi. With the spa therapists specially trained at the Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Indonesia, you will leave feeling completely rejuvinated.
For some, nothing is more relaxing than exploring the local area and with the resort surrounded by the ocean, what better way to do that than on water. From the more dynamic activities, such as kayaking and snorkelling to the less intensive, such as a sunset cruise and beach yoga, there’s more than enough to keep even the most energetic person satisfied.
Cross the sandy dunes from your villa to the main bar and restaurant for pre-dinner drinks at the resort’s al fresco terrace. Choose from comfy couch seating or perch yourself at the bar; whichever you choose, the views overlooking the infinity pool and beyond to the blue waters of the sea are spectacular. Sample your favourite cocktail or order a pot of perfectly-prepared Moroccan tea and as the sun sets, enjoy the most relaxing past-time of all – the art of doing nothing.
For more information, visit:http://www.banyantree.com/en/ras_al_khaimah_beach/experience_the_resort