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Ras al Khaimah: perfect for a romantic holiday

Ras al Khaimah for couples

Ras al Khaimah is an idyllic place to nurture romance, where you can be woven into a colourful tapestry of bewitching, star-spangled Arabian nights and sultry sunny days spent exploring desert landscapes, relaxing at the beach and trying a range of tempting activities. From sunset cruises along the coast and camel caravans through twisting ravines to chopping across the waves on a jetski or discovering the ruins of an Arabian fortress, couples holidays to Ras al Khaimah are full of variety and adventure. In short, on Ras al Khaimah holidays you can combine deep relaxation and romance with picturesque scenery and cultural experiences.

Couples can choose from a clutch of modern, purpose-built hotels – exclusive beach retreats, luxury spa hotels and spectacular desert enclaves – with excellent facilities. A range of attractive dining venues set the scene for Arabian romance. You can enjoy intimate meals in rooftop restaurants with panoramic views, aboard graceful yachts at sunset, amid tranquil desert dunes or by candlelight at the beach. High-quality dining options tend to be hotel based, serving a wide range of international and regional foods. Ras al Khaimah also has a good reputation for its delicious Arabian cuisine and meze, which can be lacking in the neighbouring emirates.

Relaxation and romance

Couples searching for beachside bliss will find it in spades in Ras al Khaimah, which boasts a 65km-long shoreline indented with golden bays and long ribbons of sand. A range of tranquil resorts hug the shoreline from the ultra glamorous Waldorf Astoria hotel to the laid-back, chic Banyan Tree Ras al Khaimah Beach. Styled to resemble an opulent Arabian palace, the Waldorf offers the last word in luxury, while the Banyan Tree has a range of deluxe Arabian-style beach cabanas each with their own plunge pool. Each is custom-designed for relaxation and romance and wellness-enhancing on-site facilities include signature spas. If luxuriating with your loved one in an indulgent spa is high on your agenda, the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa is another good option, with eight treatment rooms and a Turkish hammam to pamper you to perfection.

For the ultimate spa experience, couples can head to the Golden Tulip Khatt Springs Resort and Spa in a serene desert location at the foot of the Hajar Mountains to enjoy the natural hot springs that feed into the Ayurvedic wellness centre. Bubbling up from deep underground, the mineralised waters are said to have health-enhancing properties and a range of accompanying spa treatments will leave you feeling totally revitalised.

One of the most romantic settings for a couples holiday is the five-star Banyan Tree Al Wadi, with streamlined architecture melting into the dunes and the trees of the surrounding valley and turning red, orange and purple as the sun dips beneath the horizon. To make the most of the magical sundowns, the hotel runs a sunset drinks camel caravan into the neighbouring nature reserve that offers the chance to spot wildlife such as gazelles and Arabian oryx while you sip a sundowner atop a sandy dune. The resort also has a hydrotherapy spa and organises a wide range of exciting activities for guests.

Couples activities in RAK

You and your partner can enjoy some truly magical and enriching experiences on holidays to Ras al Khaimah. Just a few highlights include diving into the underwater world together on a scuba trip, channelling Lawrence of Arabia on a camel-back adventure through glittering dunes and valleys, spending a romantic night camping beneath the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp or taking a sunset catamaran cruise with dinner and champagne.

Famous for its pearl diving industry, Ras al Khaimah is the ideal place to shop for pretty pearls. Visit one of the upmarket stores in the emirate's malls or in RAK City's corniche area, or hunt for a prize pearl yourself at the Pearl Farm, which produces more than 100,000 pearls per year. Here, visitors have the chance to open an oyster searching for the ultimate aphrodisiac – a glittering pearl to take home as a souvenir.

For a magical night under a sea of stars, couples can stay in one of several desert camps located in the dunes and valleys of Ras al Khaimah. The Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp is the perfect place to experience traditional Arabia with goat hair tents in a camp atmospherically lit by antique gaslights and a roaring fire. For a more entertainment-focused experience, visit the Bassata Desert Village, which features Arabian belly dancing, camel rides, dune bashing and a sunset barbecue.

Owing to its position overlooking the warm, aquamarine waters of the Arabian Gulf, watersports are a popular pastime in Ras al Khaimah. Couples can take advantage of excellent beach-side facilities at Banyan Tree Ras al Khaimah Beach, for instance, where you can master a range of activities with your partner, from snorkelling and sailing to wake-boarding and jetskiing. Similarly, the five-star Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa has its own watersports centre set beside a wide crescent of white sand.

Thrill-seeking couples can try any number of aquatic adrenalin-inducing activities offered by Adventure Sports or scuba dive into the clear Arabian Gulf with the expert instructors at Al Jazeera Diving and Swimming Centre. Romantic boat trips are also easily arranged from the resorts with sunset catamaran cruises that include dinner and champagne and private yacht charters where you can choose your own itinerary.

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Intercontinental Mina Al Arab Resort to open in Ras Al Khaimah in 2019

Intercontinental will open a new resort in Ras AL Khaimah, following the signing of an agreement between Rak Properties and the Al Nuaimi Group. Intercontinental Mina Al Arab Resort will have 350 guest rooms and suites, and is scheduled to open in 2019. The property will have facilities including a health club, spa, two swimming pools, a fitness centre, and a selection of restaurants.

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah appoints new British General Manager

The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah has announced the appointment of a new General Manager. Alan Stocker has taken the role, and will bring years of experience and management expertise with him, including extensive knowledge of Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria brand, after he managed the brand’s island resort in the Maldives and a hotel in Beijing.

Al Wadi Desert resort in Ras Al Khaimah introduces The Experience Concierge

The Al Wadi Desert resort in Ral Al Khaimah has launched The Experience Concierge which will help engage its guests in traditional activities of Bedouin culture. Based on the four pillars that highlight the desert and Bedouin lifestyle, the activities will include nature and Environment activities, the Art of Falconry, the Ritz Rangers programme for children and Equestrian and Camel rides.