There’s no doubt about it, RAK offers a very specific type of holiday.
A holiday in RAK is more about indulging in a 5-Star resort alongside a few spa treatments and maybe a mountain or desert excursion thrown in there too.
It’s not the type of place (like for example Split, Croatia) that you’d turn up having just booked a B&B, and head out of the hotel to explore the town and find cute coffee shops and restaurants for dinner.
But that’s the beauty of having so many countries in the world – there’s something for everyone.
Being located just a 45 minute drive from Dubai International Airport, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect stopover or option for an extended holiday.
Alongside RAK’s world class resorts, it hosts 64km of gorgeous white sanded coastline with watersports galore, mountain adventure, red sandy deserts, golf courses and a heritage dating back over 5,000 years.
Ras Al Khaimah boasts year round sunshine and little rainfall, falling mainly in the Winter (November to March).
Between the 8 months of October and May, temperatures are cool, refreshing and pleasant around 15-25deg.
During May and October (summer months) temperatures soar up to mid 40’s (degrees) and can become quite uncomfortable.
(Particularly for us Brits)
The best time to visit RAK is considered to be in the Winter or mid season months.
Once you’ve booked your hotel it is worth browsing the experiences RAK has to offer as there are some pretty unique ones for great add-ons to your trip.
Here are the best ones I heard about and came across during my time in RAK:
– The Falconry Show at Al Wadi, Banyan Tree
If you’re interested in the show but aren’t staying at the resort you can email [email protected] to arrange your visit! (135 Dirham)
– Mountain fun at Challenging Adventure
Are you keen for adventure? Head out into the Mountains to this British founded camp where you can partake in activities such as:
– Rock climbing
– Wilderness Survival
– Camping / Glamping
We took to the rocks for and hour and a half of Rock Climbing which was physically challenging but a lot of fun and great for a group activity!
– Walking up to discover the remains of Sheba’s Palace
– Bassata Desert Camp experience
Located not too far in distance from RAK Interaction airport but out in the depths of the golden desert, Bassata Desert experience offers an Arabic escape for all the family. From Arabic barbecues, Belly dancers, henna tattoos, fire eaters and Tanoura dancers to quad biking through the dunes, camel riding and the option to camp overnight – there’s plenty to choose from.
I would have absolutely LOVED to quad bike through the dunes but I didn’t have the time on this trip unfortunately!
Another amazing thing to do is head out to the desert for sunset. Having been on my bucket list for several months before this trip I utilised my geographical location and headed out to the desert before everyone else to enjoy the cloudless sky and the sun melting behind the dunes… INCREDIBLE.
– The Rainforest Experience at Al Wadi Banyon Tree Spa
Developed and conceptualised by The Banyon Tree themselves, this unique hydrotherapy experience takes you through 16 state-of-the-art hydrothermal therapies and facilities targeting different parts of your body.
From Ice rooms and herbal steams to rainfall and fresh water jacuzzis this experience will leave you fully rejuvenated and totally relaxed.
Best bit? You don’t have to stay at the resort to book in!
– National museum of Ras Al Khaimah
A visit to this stone walled museum in Old Town Rak (formally a fort which held residence to the RAK rulers until 1964) will get you up to speed on how and why RAK is the way it is today.
Food In Ras Al Khaimah
Whether you’re looking for a traditional Arabic eating experience or something international, RAK’s range of resorts together offer a vast range of cuisines.
Whenever i visit a new country I love to indulge in a traditional eating experience and we did so at Maraheb Yemeni Cuisine
Between us we shared a range of the chef’s favourite dishes and all sat in a carpeted floor area surrounded by the most gorgeous wooden carved furnishings.
Traditional Arabic dishes, I found, tend to start with variations of houmous and vegetable ‘dippers’ and then go on to include a lot of different meats and fish with salad and rice sides.
I LOVED the Fatoush side dish, the Tabbouleh and the mashed date and banana pudding!
The Arabic dining I encountered was light and extremely tasty but very moreish (dangerous). Seal of approval from me!
As we visited RAK with guidance from the Tourist Board, so we were welcomed into restaurants hosted by other resorts – something any visitor can benefit from, but may not think to.
– the AMAZING Brazilian restaurant Pura Vida,
located on the water front at the Hilton Resort RAK.
– The Al Hamra Marina Yacht Club (as photographed below) is SO gorgeous. A 2 minute drive from our hotel The Waldorf Astoria, this indoor and outdoor accommodating dining experience reminded me a lot of Marbella in Spain. Classy, gorgeous food, exquisite cocktails and a gorgeous view over the marina.