I arrived at the hotel at 8am, shattered after a long overnight flight from the UK. But I was greeted with warm smiles, friendly faces and of course a warm chocolate chip cookie. I instantly relaxed and felt just at home.
I was staying at the Double Tree in Ras Al-Khaimah as part of my DTour so they had planned a very hectic itinerary for me, but I was assured straight away that it was all up to me what I do and the first thing on the list was some time to relax and settle in to my gorgeous suite.
I wasn’t asked to write a view of the hotel and it isn’t part of my contract with Double Tree but I had such a fun time there and found all the staff so friendly I wanted to share this hotel with you all and hope you consider it when visiting the UAE.
My room was modern, clean and had everything I could possibly need. Including a blissful walk in shower, two wide screen TVs and plenty of storage space.
Each day my bed was left covered in new petals and towel art. I love towel art! It is a sure way to put a smile on my face when I come back to my room and shows extra care and attention to detail. My bed was so comfy, with 5 pillows it made the early starts all the harder not wanting to get out of the heavenly bed.
All the staff I met were so so friendly. Always smiling, willing to help and very well informed. They seemed to be enjoying their job, which is always a good sign.
While I was visiting, the sister Hilton hotel down the road was celebrating World Recycling Day, with a competition to make the best useful piece of art out of recycled materials from the hotel. They had made some brilliant creations, including lamps, light shades, chairs and tables made from recycled bottles, tins and cans. I was really impressed and the prizes for the winning team were amazing, including a trip to Dubai and dinner on the beach. Definitely good for staff moral!
You HAVE to try Double Tree Cookie Banana Foster. The hotels speciality and it is delicious! A DoubleTree cookie base, with fried bananas topped with vanilla ice cream. YUM!
That was definitely my highlight of my stay. I also tried out room service, the buffet breakfast and dinner and a la carte lunch. Everything was tasty and there was plenty of choice on the buffet. You are also able to eat at the Hilton Resort and Spa when all inclusive so there is loads of options, I ate in a different restaurant almost every day.
The DoubleTree hotel has a beautiful pool on the roof, with the ocean in front of you and mountains behind you. It is open all day and they occasionally have pool parties at the pool bar. They also have a shisha room, a gym (accessible 24 hours as all Hilton gyms are) and a spa with a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. I had a chocolate massage while I was there, which was unbelievably heavenly. It was the perfect mixture of strength, soothing and delicious scent of freshly melted chocolate. It took all my will power to not eat myself by the end of it.
Again you get to use the facilities at the Hilton Resort and Spa, which has several pools and 1.5km of private beach to laze by. They also have a bigger spa, kids area and of course a huge choice of watersports to get involved in.
I received free wifi while I was there, though unless you are a Gold Hilton member you have to pay for wifi in your rooms. The wifi was good and reliable and I didn’t have any problems uploading photos, however it didn’t cope so well with Skype or Facetime when calling home. I still just about managed a couple of conversations but they weren’t quite perfect. Otherwise though I couldn’t complain, it never seemed to cut out like some places do. It is also free in the lobby area.
My stay at Double Tree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah went without a single problem. Every member of staff did everything to perfection and I applaud them all on a very well run hotel. I made some new friends and hope I get to return one day to try out all those things I didn’t get time to.
Thank you. 🙂 x
My #DTour is sponsored by Double Tree by Hilton. Though I have been asked to write blogs about my trip it is 100% my decision what I write about and I will be writing my personal opinions on the hotels, excursions and restaurants. Promise!