The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Review, Ras Al Khaimah

By Abi King | Asia

Apr 16
The coast at Ras Al Khaimah part of the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Review

The coast at Ras Al Khaimah

My work with the airline Royal Brunei highlighted an unusual travel destination to explore: the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the U.A.E. This Ritz Carlton Al Hamra review forms part of a project produced in partnership with Royal Brunei, RAKTDA and Ritz Carlton. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Now let’s begin with telling you about this gorgeous luxury hideaway, the Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach.

The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Review

Ras Al Khaimah

Perhaps it was the overnight flight. Maybe it was the desert heat. Then again, perhaps it was the truth.

As we travelled in to the inner sanctum of the Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach resort on the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, it really did seem as though we were heading into a mirage.

An island. Trees. Sunshine mingled with the stars.

Arriving as dawn breaks is disorienting anywhere but it was perfect for this coastal retreat.

The Arabian red foxes blinked on the sand dunes. The lights of the other hotels kept quiet.

And I fell, slipped, slid into the cool white sheets of this dreamlike villa and awoke to bright sunshine and a sparkling plunge pool.

Yes. It certainly says something when being awake is more dreamlike than a dream.

Inside a villa at the dreamy Ritz Carlton Al Hamra in Ras Al Khaimah

The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach: The Vibe

Secluded luxury with cool billowing white sheets and Bedouin-inspired interior design. 32 luxurious villas, each with private access to the beach and a private plunge pool.

 

View from the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Resort in Ras Al Khaimah

View from the Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach in Ras Al Khaimah

The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach: The Location

A 45 minute drive from Dubai Airport and 20-30 minutes from the sister property, the Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi resort. Although there is beach access, it’s the villas themselves rather than the beach that is the highlight. Several nearby hotels offer choice if you wish to escape from your bliss pod (but why would you?) or alternatively, you can head into the desert for a spot of dune bashing, with or without the company of camels. 

Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Resort Villa Room

Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Resort Villa Room

What are the rooms like at the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach?

Rooms are beautiful. Gorgeous. Lovely. I was a fan, in case you can’t tell.

A four poster bed sits beneath white drapes and overlooks a sofa and glass view into a private garden. The television lives hidden in a giant white suitcase, popping up and turning around to face bed or sofa at the touch of a remote control button.

A desk sits behind the bed, with charging points everywhere you’d hope for and a double sink and dressing area stands ahead of the indoor shower and toilet.

Facilities inside the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Room

Dressing facilities inside the poolside villa at the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach

An outside shower lives next to the plunge pool and sun loungers. It’s a short walk through the back of the garden onto the beach, a rather scratchy affair. There is lovely white sand but you do see a view of buildings on the horizon rather than just the ocean.

Food at the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach resort - floating, Shore restaurant and seafood platter

Food options at the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach: The Shore, Fresh Seafood, Floating Breakfast and More Seafood!

What is the food like at the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach?

The main restaurant, The Shore House, overlooks the Arabian Gulf with its own infinity pool and seafood-rich menu. Look out for the sea bass ceviche, pomegranate marinated lobster or simple seafood feast.

However, with a villa such as this, in-room dining comes into its own. We had a welcome breakfast after our overnight flight with Royal Brunei and the following day decided to try out an instagram trend… the floating breakfast.

So much fun, I even made a video about it…(it’s a live broadcast so skip past the first few seconds when we’re waiting for people to join.)

The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach: Other Facilities

A 24 hour fitness centre awaits. If that’s your kind of thing. Alternatively, there is also a spa…

Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Resort-oustide shower and sun loungers in private villa

Outside area at the beachside villas at the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra

The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach: Unusual Fact

Al Hamra means the red one and it’s thought that the area developed this name on account of the deep, orange-red sand.

What is it like for children at the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Hotel?

I travelled solo this time around but couldn’t help but notice the colouring books available at check-in for children. There is a Ritz Kids® program for children older than four and for babies this would be lovely, provided you could shelter in the day. For toddlers, the lack of closed gate in the garden could be an issue but apart from that, it looks like a great place for a family to stay. With your own pool, it’s easy to access changing facilities and lotion up and you don’t need to worry about other guests.

The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Review In Summary

Luxurious private villas on the edge of the coast, with a plunge pool so comfy you hardly need to leave. But if you do, you can find out more about Ras Al Khaimah here.

Who it’s for: sun seekers looking for a quiet life and a chance to recharge, with an easy access route back to London.

Who it’s not for: partygoers and city slickers. People who can’t sit still.

In short, you get to feel a little rock star:

Abi in Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Plunge Pool in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah: Building a Name for Luxury and Plunge Pools

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Flying to Ras Al Khaimah with Royal Brunei Airlines (into Dubai)

Royal Brunei Airlines, is the national flag carrier airline of Brunei Darussalam and operates one of the youngest long-haul fleets in the world based on 40 years of aviation service and winning the Luxury Travel Guide’s Airline of the Year Award Asia & Australasia in 2017.

It’s the only airline to guarantee a Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on all long-haul routes, to 18 different destinations. And it remains one of the few airlines to offer a Dreamliner service from London to Melbourne (via Dubai and Brunei).
They operate daily flights from London Dubai. From there, it’s only a 45 minute drive or 25 minute scenic trip by seaplane with Seawings to reach Ras Al Khaimah.

DisclosureThis article forms part of a project produced in partnership with Royal Brunei Airlines, Ras Al Khaimah Tourist Development Authority and Ritz Carlton. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Otherwise, I just can’t relax in a plunge pool.

Find part one over here: Where is Ras Al Khaimah and Why Should You Go There. Find the second instalment, What dune bashing tells us about life in the desert, here. And tune in for more on the sister property and jewel in the desert crown: the Ritz Carlton Al Wadi. And, you know, other cool travel destinations. 

So what do you think? Would you like to stay at the Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach hotel?

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