The approach road in, next to the spacious Al Hamra Mall, passes homes and tributaries sparkling in the light, before the lush fairways and greens of the golf course with its satisfying views over inlets leading from the Arabian Gulf.
Manicured gardens are also a strong selling point of this established RAK staycation favourite. Tidy lawns, neat bushes and palm trees are a visually rewarding buffer between the main hotel buildings and that expansive beach.
A winding path connects each to the main hotel building and also the hotel’s Lebanese restaurant, Al Jazeera.
Our bed for the night was in a King Guest Room, as spacious as that suggests, with a bathroom to match. In fact, the bathroom alone is the almost size of some standard London hotel rooms, sporting a decent sized tub and a shower cubicle stocked with Crabtree & Evelyn hair and body products.
When you’ve done with soaking up the rays, the resort has a spa tendering a range of treatments, tennis courts, table tennis situated on lush lawns, and a secure kids play area for guests with restless little ones. For “older ones”, the 18-hole golf course offers a picturesque landscape against which to practice your swing. Designed by Peter Harradine, it is a par 72 course that works around four inter-connected lagoons with five varying tee options on each hole.
Live music and a belly dancer accompany the authentic Lebanese cuisine at Al Jazeera.
Also away from the main building, Le Chalet is a prime spot for sundowners, as well as pool and beach refreshments during the day.
And Scirocco – a bar that curiously claims to resemble a village pub in Cornwall, UK - is ideal for watching sports, but also hosts a singer.
There’s more live music at Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge, a branch of the Polynesian-themed restaurant and bar chain. Seating is outdoors and in with an inventive menu that mixes up some enticing flavours with exotic results; try the beef cho cho skewers, on accompanying flames, and sweet and spicy volcano prawns.
Like Al Jazeera, the venue seems to be something of a local hub and fills up as the night, and the band set-list, moves on.
For a broader food choice, Al Shamal is a street market-inspired international dining restaurant that will suit families with younger kids.
It is here that breakfast is served; a busy affair that runs until 11am on the weekend, allowing for that lie-in or shepherding the family downstairs.
All in all, Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort is an established resort that is in touch with its surroundings and local culture while blending modern creature comforts and facilities without being flashy.
HILTON Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, is at Vienna St, Al Jazirah, Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah
A GARDEN view family room, with breakfast, costs AED612 (plus 10 per service charge) per night based on advance purchase, checking in October 19.
CONTACT 07-244-666 or browse https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/uae/hilton-al-hamra-beach-and-golf-resort-RKTAHHI/index.html for more.