What a weekend 😀
So, G picked me up from work on Thursday, and off we went up north, driving along the west-coast of the UAE towards Ras Al Khaimah 🙂
We’ve only been up to RAK once since moving here , and honestly never had any reason to go back up since. Good thing the RAKBankRide came along (yes, we actually did it! :D) , as spending time there had made us realize how much is has grown since three years back.
Most of Dubai’s residents, or least those we know, usually pick one of the many resorts in Dubai, Fujairah, Saadiyat or Yas Island for a staycation. RAK seems to be somewhat forgotten. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s so new, but I’m glad we headed out there and chose the Waldorf Astoria 🙂
We arrived at Waldorf around 6pm on Thursday. As we passed Marjan Island on the left, we saw Waldorf afar – its sandy-beige exterior, mirroring the beach around it. From what we had learnt, Waldorf is one of the many properties within Al Hamra Village. The Rixos Bab al Bahr which many have been (all-inclusive), as well as the famous Banyan Tree sits within Al Hamra’s development. Definitely on our “to-go” list now 😀
We were both in awe as we drove under the sky-high arch. Walked-in, and the lobby is grand – Peacock Alley to our right with its own water feature (above), Camelia straight ahead (2 for 1 in the Entertainer for its high tea 😉 ).
Got our cards for our king classic room on the 8th floor, and upon entering, we spent the next twenty minutes…. taking photos, social media-ing, doing silly poses (of which won’t make it to my blog)… haha. It was fab.
There on the table, was a little personalised note from Waldorf, welcoming us to the hotel, wishing us good luck for the race. Aww, love little tokens like these 😉
We sat by the balcony and watched as the sun set over Al Marjan Island. So many resorts on this man-made wonder, and what’s this I hear about them wanting to turn it to Ibiza of the Middle East ? 😉
Around 7pm, we made our way down to Umi on the 1st floor for some good japanese food. Blog post to come 😉
As we had to wake up at 5am the next morning, we retired early. Many thanks to Waldorf for the super early breakfast room delivery.
Friday morning, after the race…… we came back, with our limbs and backsides all sore. It was perfect to wander around, chill out by the pool, and to go for a good dip under the sun.
We had to head back to Dubai early – so didn’t get the chance to eat, drink, and experience everything Waldorf and Al Hamra Village had to offer, aww.
Cheers Waldorf, for being a wee bit flexible with us, due to us being away for the big race. Much appreciated. We’ll come back again soon 😉