Due to my busy schedule last year, I never had the chance to blog about my August holiday so I am sitting here writing a very long overdue post about one of the highlights of my 2016. So as a lover of Dubai, me and my family decided to book a trip to an Emirate, slightly further out of Dubai called Ras Al Khaimah. It was an interesting choice, as I had never heard of this place before but after reading reviews about an island in RAK being predicted to be the next big destination for tourists, we decided to see for ourselves and book a stay at Marjan Island.
So my aunt found a fab deal for a 5* resort in Marjan Island which was The DoubleTree by Hilton Resort and Spa. We chose an all-inclusive package also, which was definitely worth doing, and if you choose to stay on this island in a resort, the unlimited food and drink luxury is definitely made use of and saves you a lot of money. So the hotel itself had many facilities including its own private beach, 5 swimming pools, a gym, a spa and a great selection of restaurants and bars. There’s also a lot of stuff for kids to enjoy, like a play area and water sports, which I must say was super fun. But the best thing about the hotel is that you get a free cookie when you check in, or if you’re us, every day as the staff were lovely and always gave them to us. They were warm, chocolate chip, hazelnut cookies and they tasted amazing. The team at the hotel got on with my family so well that they gave us a gift jar of cookies to take home also, which was wonderful service and a lovely gesture.
The rooms were beautiful and spacious, and we were all given villa rooms situated right by the pool area, which was really nice and within great walking distance of all the great spots within the resort. They also had balconies, and due to our villa being on the ground floor, we had a small garden area outside of our room which was really nice. The rooms were also bigger than the ones located inside the hotel so we got quite lucky there (tip: if you stay there, book a villa room). A minor downfall of the resort is that they initially told us that we had to pay extra for wifi, but after my Uncle sweet talked the concierge, they did give us the password which allowed us to use it for free. It wasn’t the best wifi and did cut out a lot, but it was fine, as it’s nice to have a break from phones when on vacation and it doesn’t affect the fact that my review of the resort is very positive.
The restaurants were all very nice. The buffet restaurant featured all kinds of international cuisine, where there would be different themes each day to provide some versatility. The chefs and restaurant staff were so friendly and provided the best service ever, they even allowed us to personally request food that wasn’t on the menu and made dishes especially for us. All of the other restaurants and bars were also great and there is definitely variation within the resort to cater for different appetites, preferences and ages.
Travelling to Dubai
The vacation was obviously not complete without taking a trip to Dubai, my favourite place in the world and from my hotel we hired a personal chauffeur for the day. It was my Uncle’s birthday during our trip so we all went for brunch at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel which was about an hours drive from our resort, which wasn’t too bad. I have stayed at the magnificent Jumeirah Beach hotel twice before, and it is the best hotel with an 100% recommendation from me. It overlooks the Burj Al Arab (7* hotel), and is just the most amazing place with the best facilities. Of course, it’s pricey, but if you’re saving up for a holiday of a lifetime, this hotel is the one. So anyway, we brunched at the Dhow and Anchor which was pricey but has fantastic quality food, in the style of British cuisine with premium gastropub inspiration. Not to mention, the views from this spot were insane!
Would I return to Marjan Island?
Absolutely! I would recommend this resort to families and anybody visiting in a large group, as you make use of the resort environment. Although Dubai is always my number one pick, I would definitely visit this resort or another resort on Marjan Island again with a large group. The rates are cheaper than Dubai, but the luxury and service quality is still five-star. I predict that Ras Al Khaimah will become a much more populated place in the forthcoming years due to ongoing construction within the area and more people becoming aware of it, and of course, it’s not too far from Dubai or other Emirates either so you can always travel and take day trips.
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Double Tree by Hilton Resort and Spa Marjan Island: Click
Jumeirah Beach Hotel: Click
Dhow and Anchor: Click
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