If you fancy being treated like royalty, there are few better places than the palatial Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah, which brings the legendary Waldorf service to one of the Middle East's most bewitching beachfront locations. The setting of this magnificent resort, modelled on the Arabian palaces of old, is fully matched by its unrivalled amenities, which guarantee you a myriad of unforgettable experiences throughout your stay. This is no ordinary beach resort - everything at the Waldorf Astoria has a touch of Arabian class, evident in its stylish accommodation and its sophisticated entertainment and dining venues.
The palatial splendour is initially seen in the intricate and majestic sand-tinted exterior, which at sunset takes on a golden glow, and illuminates the city at night. The regal entrance leads to a vast lobby, dominated by the huge 7-metre-high central clock, modelled on that in the original New York hotel, but with a pearlised domed glass dial set, and five rotating prayer rings round the base in tribute to its Arab setting. Beyond the lobby, the interiors are full of domed ceilings, marble floors and grand staircases. To the right of the lobby is the luxurious lounge area called Peacock Alley, a feature of every Waldorf Astoria hotel. Here the original tradition is blended with a tribute to the Arabian surroundings, with a colour scheme echoing the hues of the sea and the desert, and stylised feather symbols representing the peacock tail. There is a grand piano for live performances, and a towering marble fountain.
Cuisine for Every Taste
There are no fewer than 10 restaurants and bars, encompassing a range of cuisines and flavours to suit every mood and taste, from traditional Arab and Middle Eastern cuisine at Marjan, to irresistible steaks, grills and fresh Irish oysters at the hotel's own New York-style steakhouse, the Lexington Grill. Then there are international meals served buffet-style at Qasr al Bahr, or sushi and teppenyaki in the elegant and intimate Japanese garden at Umi. After dinner you can dance the night away at 17Squared, while enjoying panoramic 360-degree views from the 17th floor.
There is also ample provision for adventure, including the two enormous pools with temperature control, and the 350-metre private beach. Guests can enjoy a range of water activities including sailing and fishing, or try their skill on the 18-hole championship golf course. The really unique activity is the 4x4 desert safari, coasting through the vast dunes, with camel rides and dinner under the stars.
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