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Ras Al Khaimah’s hospitality scene continues to evolve

SPONSORED: InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort & Spa is now welcoming guests.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts, Wynn Resorts – some of the world’s biggest hospitality brands have set their eyes on the country’s ultimate staycation spot, with IHG Hotels & Resorts joining the line-up. The group has just opened InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort & Spa, marking its debut in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah

Located on the sparkling shoreline of Hayat Island, a 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, the five-star hotel combines idyllic island style living with the warm hospitality of authentic Arabia. Elegant yet lively, the resort’s aesthetic draws inspiration from the three original tribes of the emirate – the desert, the mountains, the sea – translating to design elements ranging from patterned fabrics to artworks reflective of the region. The property boasts 351 sea-facing rooms, suites, and private pool villas (complete with discreet private balcony and terrace areas) alongside six dining outlets and an exclusive Club InterContinental offering.

InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah

The One-Bedroom Private Pool Villas are a luxurious sanctuary, equipped with their very own private pool. The 150-square-metre villas offer a sublime hospitality experience in a blissful ambience where the décor, furniture, and the latest technology collectively create a relaxing environment. The Presidential Suite, meanwhile, is the largest of all accommodations, providing immediate access to the lapping waters just outside the door. Where elegance meets style, the 200-square-metre suite perfectly captures the island aesthetic of the wider resort. Club InterContinental guests receive elevated privileges, and can therefore avail an end-to-end guest experience with a dedicated check-in area and access to the exclusive Club InterContinental Lounge with its own pool, as well as lavish à la carte breakfasts, afternoon teas and a range of evening cocktails crafted by the onsite mixologist.

InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah

A dining destination in itself, InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah is also home to six all-new culinary outlets, each with its own unique story. Levant & Nar delivers Levant-influenced delicacies with a modern twist, featuring an open kitchen that emanates aromatic seasonings and spices. The restaurant’s terrace is the perfect place to enjoy al fresco dining, a fire pit, 360-degree sea views, and themed Ottoman nights every weekend. NoHo, inspired by the artistic streets of North Houston in New York, makes for a trendy hangout where sharing platters, the latest in mixology, and late-night entertainment take centre stage. The poolside ShaSha serves quick bites, frozen cocktails and sweeping ocean views, each complementing the wide array of shisha on offer. It’s also the address of onsite sunrise yoga, salsa, and cinema under the stars.

InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah

Young ones are also catered to, courtesy of Planet Trekkers and Teens Club facilities that are equipped with indoor and outdoor spaces. Only available at select InterContinental resorts, Planet Trekkers provides a curated program to actively engage children and enhance their view of the world. Complete with state-of-the-art equipment, the resort’s light-flooded health club is the perfect place to get a workout in, complete with a separate fitness studio, outdoor tennis court, as well as segregated male and female saunas to relax in afterwards. 

Spa InterContinental, scheduled to open in April, is replete with a range of soothing anti-ageing and wellness treatments on the menu, along with modern remedies to melt away stress and enliven the senses. From the dazzling coastal sands to the far-reaching desert-cloaked topography, the resort’s Concierge Programme – a dedicated hallmark of the InterContinental brand – is on hand with a wealth of knowledge about Ras Al Khaimah’s unique treasures and how to best explore them, curating individual experiences for every guest.

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