We stayed in Ras Al Khaimah for 9 nights. There are three Hilton hotels in Ras. This one is located away from the beach next to a lagoon with a large swimming pool. The surroundings except the garden around the hotel are not nice and we did not walk around there. Doubletree is probably more modern inside but it is a tall building in middle of a sandy field. There are certain strong pluses and minuses of Ras Hilton: the price of the stay is rather cheap as half pension is included; you can go to the Ras Resort free of charge every day and use the amenities of the very nice beach; food in the hotel is great - above average in comparison to other chain hotels I stayed in; beds are large and comfy; spending can be charged on the room also in the other hotel/resort. What should be improved is the service and also the furnishings and bathrooms. Especially the bathrooms and unwashed windows are really downgrading the whole experience. It was loud at night for a couple of nights due to a bar on the lagoon. What is a given is that if you want to go to the beach, you need to take the shuttle bus or a taxi and go to the other resort. The taxi will cost peanuts if there is more of you going. This is fine for adults with no difficulties, less amusing with small kids. The resort is luxurious with several restaurants. The beach is great, sandy, spacious, clear water, the resort is very spacious, both pools are huge - salty and natural water. Fresh beach towels can be collected in the Beach club every day when you arrive. The bus can get crowded and there is a usual fight for sun beds and even more for umbrellas in the morning. The beach boys are extremely helpful though and they really try their best to collect the umbrellas and get it for you. The beach bars are not shaded enough to my taste. The staff is working extremely hard for long hours and the experience of the resort is great also thanks to them (Rohan, Tariku, Rony, Amit thank you). You can have a lunch in the beach restaurant, either is a buffet with good variety or salads/snacks from menu. It is not cheap but the service is great. Obviously alcohol is very expensive in Emirates, wine the most. The shopping in Ras is small and will not satisfy most people. The weather has been great except for two afternoons when it was clouded. It was 36 degrees the second week, so beware if you are not good with heat, go in winter months, use a high protection cream, lot of people get burnt there. The trip from the airport is about 1,5 hours, the motorway is on high level. We visited Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is definitely worth visiting. Be ware that it takes an hour to walk trough Dubai Mall and find it as the Mall is so huge and the entrance is not that easy to find. It smells devious inside once you enter, the lift is superbly fast, view stunning. Better to buy tickets in advance online. We tried a Chinese restaurant in the mall, you can sit outside and look on the lagoon below you, lovely but without alcohol. It is impossible to see all the shops in the mall in one day, it is really shop till you drop experience. There is also a fast food court downstairs. We went on Friday, which was probably not a good day as the locals were having weekend and the fountain surroundings and the foodcourt were extremely crowded. The metro in Dubai is vow! Overall Iam glad though that we picked Ras for a beach vacation as Dubai is too city life for me. I would rate Ras Hilton only good but thanks to Ras Resort (and hope for some basic improvements) it makes it to very good. If you are a demanding client though, definitely opt for Ras Resort.
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