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Doubletree by Hilton Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah

Doubletree by Hilton Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah

We recently visited and explored a Doubletree by Hilton Marjan Island hotel that we had heard so many great reviews about and now it was time, to see what all the fuss was about!

The United Arab Emirates is a travel hub for tourists from all over the globe and is gradually becoming the World’s Number #1 Travel Destination!

With the UAE, becoming ever more popular day by day, due to Dubai breaking every record in the books or Abu Dhabi linking new flight paths to countries weekly, this has led the rest of the UAE to start increasing its tourism. Ras Al Khaimah is the 6th largest city in the United Arab Emirates.

With over 7,000 years of history running through RAK, it is the perfect escape from the city life in the other emirates. Ras Al Khaimah has magnificent mountain landscapes, a breath-taking 64 kilometres of coastline and year-long sunshine, more and more people are starting to stay here. 

This emirate also has ‘The World’s Longest Zipline’ nestled in the Jebel Jais Mountain range. Who said that only Dubai could have the best of the best!

A little breakdown of the Doubletree by Hilton Marjan Island hotel

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Drone view of Doubletree by Hilton Marjan Island Hotel

The resort is located just off the mainland, nothing that a short drive wouldn’t sort. With its beachfront location, it is a favoured stay for staycationers from all around the UAE.

The hotel has an incredible 723 rooms, a 650-meter private beach, 8 pools, 14 restaurants and bars and has plenty of things to do around the hotel e.g. Watersports, Aqua Zone, Gym and is a short 8km away from the local mall and golf club.

The rooms have a few different offerings; but that is when you choose through the website.

We had a King Bay Club Room, that was perched overlooking the beach, the sunrise and the pools. The rooms that overlook the sea on the other side of the buildings get to enjoy the sunsets.

Rooms feature balconies or terraces, Wi-Fi, flat screens, minibars, tea and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas; some have kitchenettes. Villas are also offered. Room service is also available to allow you to fully enjoy your room.

This upscale, beachfront resort along the Gulf is 6 km from the Al Hamra Mall and 36 km from the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, which makes it a great place to stay.

Other amenities consist of a nightclub, a rooftop bar and multiple restaurants, including a brasserie and Italian cuisine, along with a kids’ club.

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Our stay at the Doubletree by Hilton, Marjan Island Resort

We were invited to stay at the ‘UAE’s Leading Family Resort’ 2019 & 2020. These awards just show you exactly what you are dealing with in regards to quality of hotel, especially with the sort of resorts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Our room was the ‘King Bay Club Room’ with Beach views. The room was based on the second floor of the external Bay Club area of the hotel. 

Arrival

We drove to the hotel and utilised the extremely friendly valet staff at the entrance to help us valet our car to taking our luggage to our room. From our meeting with the valet staff to checking in with the helpful staff on the front desk, we both felt very welcomed and this was a great start to our stay.

We were also welcomed by the management team which was an extremely nice touch by them to make us feel welcome.

With a short journey to our room, we were blown away upon our entrance to the room!

The Hilton Clean & Sanitised sticker was on the door and as we opened the door, the room was ENORMOUS! We were extremely impressed by the layout and also the incredible views from our room, which took us a while to enjoy as our phones were taking all kinds of photos.

We have stayed in quite a few hotels in the UAE and around the world, but this hotel had thought of every detail to make the guests feel welcomed and comfortable.

One big detail that we can’t miss out, was the afternoon tea snacks that were placed on our table. They had even personalised the desserts with our logo, now that is special treatment!

We had never had this before, so it was such a beautiful addition for our welcoming.

Our King Bay Club Beach Facing Room

From our conversations with friends and fellow travellers, we had been told a number of rooms to stay in because of the quality, but no one had told us just how fantastic, the King Bay Club rooms are!

Inside King Bay Club Beach Room
King Bay Club Beach Bedroom
King Bay Club Beach Room View
King Bay Club Beach Bathroom
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The views out of our room were incredible and even had me getting up early one morning and just sitting in the chair with a coffee, admiring the views.

If we were ever to stay again, which hopefully won’t be too long, we will be staying in this part of the hotel again.

Local area to the hotel

The Doubletree by Hilton, Marjan Island Resort is based in the perfect location for that chilled, beach vibes and to escape the madness of the city life. Ras Al Khaimah is progressing as a top travel destination with direct flights from countries into its own airport.

With the resort being on the trunk of the island, there are great spots along the rest of the island to visit such as hotels, run path and food outlets. Over the next few years, this area will really become a hub for holidays, even more than it already is.

We went for a walk to watch the sunset on our first night, it really was beautiful and was a great end to our first day.

Rooms

Room rates are much more value for money than the jaw-dropping prices of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Room prices are from the official website https://www.hilton.com/book/reservation/rooms;

  • King Guest Room – 320 AED
  • Twin Guest Room – 340 AED
  • King Deluxe Garden View – 380 AED
  • One-bedroom Suite with Sea View – 720 AED

These prices are based on two adults.

Facilities

With the resorthaving to stand out from the crowd and already doing a great job with the awards, it has some of the very best facilities that a resort can provide, such as:

  • Free WiFi
  • On-site restaurants
  • Free parking& Valet Service
  • Indoor pools
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness center
  • Business center
  • Digital Keys
  • Concierge
  • Spa
  • Room service
  • Meeting rooms

Restaurants

During our stay, we managed to try a large majority of the restaurants that were on offer before we ate too much to move. Here is a debrief on how we got on with the incredible food that is on offer at the resort.

Sanchaya Restaurant – #1 voted restaurant in Ras Al Khamiah

On Thursday evening, we went to the Asian restaurant and Tripadvisor #1 voted restaurant in Ras Al Khamiah – Sanchaya!

We had the best in the business of waiters Chetan, he could answer all of our questions and made us feel very welcome. With us having the full board booking for our stay, we quiet literally tried more than our stomachs could handle. 

Here are a few of the recommended dishes that Chetan told us that we must try:

  • Dynamite Shrimp
  • Soft Shell Crab Tempura
  • Pan Seared Scallops
  • Indonesian Satay.
  • Spider Maki &Sanchaya Special Volcano Maki
  • Miso Glazed Black Cod
  • Pad Thai
  • Passion fruit Cheesecake

As you could imagine from reading all of that list, we were extremely full and completely satisfied with the quality of the food and drinks. We can completely understand why this is the top-rated restaurant locally.

Follow them on Instagram @sanchaya_rak – No. 1 restaurant in RAK 🥇

Brasserierak Restaurant

Friday morning, we visited the Brasserie for breakfast, this was a suggestion by the management at the resort, due to resort being marked at capacity and the majority of the resort guests went to the main two breakfasts spots.

This recommendation was great but the other guests missed a trick, as the Brasserie was extremely quiet and we had exactly the same food as the busy restaurants.

Our waitress Berna was on top form and provided the very best service for us.

Vespa Ristorante – Italian Restaurant

For lunch, we visited Vespa, the Italian restaurant. This was the restaurant that our friends had told us to visit due to its incredible fish dishes and the out of this world pizzas!

We were very happy to report back to our friends that they were right … the food was incredible J and yet again, a big thank you to Vanessa for sorting us out with the best dishes for any Italian restaurant.

Follow them on Instagram @vespa.ristorante_rak

Here are just a few of the impressive restaurants that we visited on site and their social media handles:

The Anchor Restaurant – Great bar food

Follow them on Instagram @vespa.ristorante_rak

Meze Restaurant – Turkish/Lebanese restaurant

Follow them on Instagram @meze_rak

You can take your pick of whichever one you like but a booking HAS to be made prior due to the overwhelming amount of bookings!

Time to get to places (Minutes to drive)

  • Ras Al Khaimah Airport – 28 minutes
  • Dubai (DXB) Airport – 50 minutes
  • Sharjah Airport – 43 minutes
  • Downtown Dubai – 1 hour
  • Al Maktoum International– 1 hour 23 minutes
  • EXPO site – 1 hour 13 minutes

The Doubletree by Hilton, Marjan Island is placed on direct roads into Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Dubai and Fujairah. Taxis are plentiful but if you are going to be making longer trips on multiple occasions, then maybe a hire car would be best.

If you are really looking for a great stay, with world-class facilities and amenities, then we highly recommend booking a stay at The Doubletree by Hilton, Marjan Island Resort.

Follow them on Instagram @doubletreemarjanisland #doubletreemarjanisland

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