Resort Redefined

Resort Redefined

Why Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah should be your next vacation destination
04 April 24

Just a short flight away from Riyadh lies what many call the Maldives of the UAE – Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah. Visit-worthy is not enough to describe this destination, known for its blend of world-class service, 174 stylish rooms and suites, private peninsula, natural mangroves, and overwater villas. And that’s not all; Ras Al Khaimah is a charming emirate that is perfect for those seeking adventure, relaxation, and unmatched experiences. With so many reasons to visit, here are seven that are sure to get you booking right now.

1. A less than two-hour flight from Riyadh

Board a plane from Saudi’s capital to Dubai, then drive an hour to Ras Al Khaimah, and you'll arrive at the picturesque Anantara Mina Al Arab. The newly opened resort brings eco-luxury to the country’s northernmost emirate, and its setting – on a private peninsula – offers stunning views of the beach, golden sands, an infinity pool, lush greenery, and mangroves. If you’re looking for an exclusive sanctuary that offers serenity and luxurious experiences all in one, this is it.

2. The first overwater villas in Ras Al Khaimah

Who can resist a touch of novelty paired with luxury? The resort’s overwater villas mark a standout debut in the emirate. I can personally attest to how stunning they truly are – as soon as I stepped into the resort, I felt I was whisked away to Thailand; this is how well its design seamlessly blends Maldivian opulence with Ras Al Khaimah charm. The view from my villa’s terrace, the living room and bedroom overlooking the mangrove, the private infinity pool, the expansive and contemporary space, the stunning bathtub, shower, dressing room, and even a guest bathroom – it was all magical. There’s no better way to describe it.

3. An award-winning spa and signature treatments

After getting settled, I was led to my massage appointment at the acclaimed Anantara Spa, renowned for its blend of traditional Thai healing rituals and innovative treatments. The excellent welcome – a refreshing ginger drink served in a serene reception area – set the tone for the entire experience. From its ample selection of rituals, I opted for the Anantara Signature massage, a 60-minute fusion of Eastern and Western techniques that left me both relaxed and invigorated. The spa features seven treatment rooms, and offers massages, body treatments, facials, traditional therapies, and even spa services for children – and all products used are ethically sourced and packaged.

4. Its natural setting and striking mangroves

As a part of its commitment to preserving its surroundings, Anantara has made significant investments in mangrove restoration. Visit the discovery centre at the resort to learn about the area's flora, animals, and protected species like dugongs, flamingos, and turtles. To immerse myself in this surrounding nature, I chose to go kayaking (a challenging yet beautiful experience for a first timer like myself), with a memorable reward at the end – the sight of beautiful flamingos. Guests can also choose to go paddle boarding and still enjoy the experience and views of the mangroves.

5. An array of diverse dining options

Featuring six dining venues, the opening party took place at Beach House, which draws inspiration from Mediterranean cuisine. For lunch, though, I chose Waves Café, known for its light bites and a delightful gelato. For a gourmet deli experience, Sea Breeze is a great choice, with a breakfast buffet that offers a decent range of options – my personal favourites were the eggs benedict, avocado toast, and the refreshing smoothies. For dinner, I went for Mekong. This Anantara's signature restaurant takes guests on a gastronomic journey through China, Vietnam, and Thailand. I highly recommend the ginger lotus seabass. There’s also a pool bar and lobby lounge, and for a unique dining experience like romantic dinners on the beach or on a private boat, you can hire a personal chef.

6. A world of thrilling activities

There’s the usual seaside experiences to enjoy, from tanning to swimming, or you can take part in one of the over 20 water sports at the picturesque beach that overlooks the UAE’s Hajar mountains. If you want a proper workout, there’s a fully equipped fitness centre with a trainer, and a padel court. For a more relaxing stay, there are morning yoga classes by the beach. Visiting with your little ones? The resort has a kids club, for children between 4-12 years old, with activities like colouring, solving puzzles, yoga, movie nights, and arts and crafts.

7. The longest zipline in the world

Just a 35-minute drive from the resort, you’ll reach Jebel Jais, the highest peak of the UAE’s Hajar mountains, which extend throughout Oman. At 1,934 metres above sea level, you will have an unforgettable experience that’s not for the fainthearted – Jais Flight zipline, offering striking views of Ras Al Khaimah’s landscape. Other activities include the Jais sledder, a thrilling adventure where you slide down the mountain with lots of screams and laughter.