We were two families who stayed for a night in one room with three kids in total and a nanny. The room was massive with two queen-sized beds, sitting area, walk-in closet, toilet and bath where you can hear the sounds from the TV and a gorgeous balcony overlooking the pool and beach. There were two TVs in the room (one facing the beds and another in the sitting room) with speakers connected to the bathroom as well. They gave us complimentary big bottles of water and more coffee capsules and milk for the Nespresso machine.
It gave us positive vibes the moment we stepped in the vicinity of Waldorf because everyone was so friendly and welcoming starting with the guys at the lobby, who took our bags. I have made a special arrangement as we were celebrating my friend's birthday. So when we arrived at the hotel, we went straight to the reception and asked for our room. A personal assistant also greeted us and gave us a warm welcome. Another lady then came with glasses of refreshing iced tea. When we entered the room, we found a small nice cake with a Happy Birthday message, towel art with rose petals and a few balloons, which I specifically requested.
At lunch time, we went out to get some booze in a nearby store. This is the secret to a perfect stay in posh hotels like this. We didn't have to pay for expensive drinks because we got it cheap outside. In the afternoon, we took the kids to the pool to swim. The pool closes at sunset.
The Arab world is also celebrating Eid when we stayed at Waldorf. So, to mark the celebration, we went to have dinner at an Arabic restaurant called 'Marjan.' It was a bit expensive but it's worth the price. The only downside that you'll find in my review is probably the complimentary bread that is usually served in restaurants all over the UAE. We were five adults with three kids and every time we ask for the bread, the waiter would give us six pieces. We had to wait for a few minutes again before we were given another round...again, we were given six pieces. We just find it strange for an expensive Arabic restaurant because they are normally generous. Anyway, the food that we ordered came eventually so we didn't have to ask for another bread.
My husband ordered shish taouk (12 pcs), my older kid and I ordered lamb with rice and my smaller kid ordered spaghetti, which we had to bring to our room because he was already full by the time it arrived. I ordered it late but it took them ages to prepare the bolognese spaghetti. After dinner, we just chilled inside the room, We also brought a portable karaoke that both adults and kids enjoyed throughout the evening.
Not all hotels are appreciative like Waldorf in RAK. After uploading photos of the hotel on Instagram, Waldof sent us a thank you note with sweets. We loved the gesture, which we haven't experienced this in any other hotels.
The next morning, we started the day swimming in the pool before having breakfast, which ends at 11 am. The food was amazing! It had the normal stuff that all b-fast buffet has like omelet, salad, bread, etc....what I didn't expect in the buffet were the add-ons like pandesal (a popular Filipino bread), fried rice, dimsum, pork section, etc. Their salad bar was so full it had smoked mackerel, mussels and a lot more, which we usually see in lunch buffet but not breakfast! They also had smoothies and fresh juices. They do give you a pot of coffee, hot chocolate and a bottle of water on your table so you don't have to ask for it anymore.
Overall, I loved our stay. The hotel is not crowded especially the pool, given that it's a holiday. This is perfect for families and couples who want peace and quiet. You will feel the sincerity of the staff even with a simple 'Good Morning' and 'Hope you have a lovely day' greetings. They never got tired of our requests and served us with smiles. We will definitely come back and recommend to our friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the palaces of the Arabian Peninsula, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, ideally located 50 minutes from Dubai International Airport, will bring the legendary true Waldorf service to one of the most alluring beach front locations in the Middle East. An 18 hole championship golf course and a 350 metre private beach are set against the blue water of the Arabian Sea. The Waldorf Astoria Ras al Khaimah, will be a true luxury resort. The setting of this magnificent hotel will be matched by the unparalleled facilities with its stylish dining and entertainment venues, sophisticated conference and event facilities and its luxurious spa experiences available to guests. The 346 deluxe rooms and suites reflect the palatial surroundings and offer the luxuries of space and tranquillity. Each room extends over at least 72 square metres and offers panoramic views of the Arabian Sea, championship golf course and the impressive Al Hajjar Mountains on the horizon.Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is home to ten bespoke restaurants and bars, offering an exclusive range of dining and entertainment experiences to suit every mood and flavour. From signature restaurants with succulent steaks and grills at the US steakhouse Lexington Grill, Japanese cuisine with sushi and teppanyaki at UMI, Middle Eastern flavours at Marjan and international dining experiences at Qasr Al Bahar to open air pool and beach side restaurants, elegant tea and coffee lounges serving light meals and traditional high tea and the vibrant night club, 17squared, on the 17th floor. A place of relaxation and restoration; the hotel's spa will offer signature treatments combined with exceptional care to create a place where guests can surrender and restore personal well-being. The gymnasium will feature an extensive range of Technogym equipment as well as a whirlpool and a sauna. Guests can relax in the two outdoor chilled pools and one the 350 meter white sandy beach. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah offers a unique and timeless setting for gatherings and events of all descriptions. With the personalized service by dedicated event team this luxury property is the perfect location to host spectacular private celebrations, corporate conferences, team building activities, intimate beach weddings, cocktail parties, product launches and executive meetings. The hotel features a VIP arrival hall and multiple pre-function spaces, making it a spectacular venue for weddings, galas and high end corporate events. ... more less
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