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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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Ras Al Khaimah launches free shuttle transfers from Dubai International Airport

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has revealed that it is offering complimentary airport transfers between Dubai Airport and Ras Al Khaimah over the coming summer months. The RAK Shuttle service will provide free wireless internet, bottles of water, and maps, so passengers can enjoy a stress-free start to their holiday in the emirate.

One to One Mughal Suites Hotel Opens in Ras Al Khaimah

One to One Hotels and Resorts has rebranded a hotel in Ras Al Khaimah and added it to its collection. The Abu Dhabi-based hotel company has taken over a hotel in the city centre and rebranded it as One to One Mughal Suites. The boutique property has 45 suites, plus restaurants, cafes, and an outdoor swimming pool, and guests are within walking distance to the beach.

Ecological Camp in Jebel Jais new tourist development in Ras Al Khaimah

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has announced it is planning to develop a new luxury sustainable camp on the highest mountain in the United Arab Emirates, Jebel Jais. The mountain retreat will use state-of-the-art technology to conserve water and energy and minimise waste. The tourism authority is in final talks with hotel operators.