Advantages Nice resort, good facilities, good food, great view from our room
Disadvantages Miles away from anywhere else like Dubai
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Al Hamra Village Golf Village and beach resortPlanning:
We arrived in Dubai Airport at about 7.00 am local time and finally got on our way to Ras Al Khaimah where our hotel was by about 9.20 am. We arrived at the hotel tired and a bit fed up just before 11.00 am. The reception only had one member of staff on duty and so checking in was very slow but finally another lady turned up and things moved a bit quicker. However we had only just got into our room with time for a quick toilet visit before we had to get back to Reception for an ‘Information Meeting’.
We have since discovered that another company Sinaa Tours offer a private car for four people for 8 hours for AED550 so had we known that we would have gone with that as we could have asked to go where we wanted for the times we needed and not have to be dragged around the Dubai hotels at the end but you always make a few mistakes on holiday and this was ours.The room:
The floors were tiled and there was a very nice Persian rug on the floor. The room was standard, not big but it served the purpose of being somewhere to sleep but was in no way a luxury room but at the price we paid we really couldn’t complain. The lighting was provided by three standard lights which really didn’t give enough light at night to read with unless you were right under them. During the day the large window onto the balcony did give a good light as we opened the curtains and the net ones right back.The Bathroom
The sheets were lovely fresh cotton ironed sheets and there was a blanket and cover on the bed too. There were four towels two large and two small and these were replaced with clean ones daily despite the fact we hung them on the racks.Extras:
Breakfast was included in our room rate and very nice it was too. The dining room was beside the pool and you could choose to eat beside the pool outside or in the room. As it was quite cool early in the morning we ate inside on the first morning. There was a buffet breakfast with quite a decent range of stuff on offer. Three fruit juices and water, several fresh fruits cut up as well as tinned and a fruit salad, there was the fresh muesli mix, yoghurts, cereals in small packets, cold meats, cheese and salads, pastries, toast and a huge array of tiny pots of jams etc. The hot stuff was also excellent, beef bacon, chicken sausages, hash browns, samosas, beans and a bean mix called ‘foul memsallah’! There were also pancakes with syrup and French toast and a chef cooking fresh omelets too. We certainly had nothing to complain about here and the coffee was good too, offered as soon as we were seated and a second one was quickly provided when we asked for it. All the staff were lovely, smiled, were polite and helpful, efficient but not in your face which was just perfect.
We could have eaten at one of the restaurants at the Al Hamra Fort Hotel but we decided that we would try the same restaurant as we ate breakfast as they were offering an ‘International cuisine’ buffet. This was AED 125 which is about 21 pounds but the drinks were about a fiver each for a glass of wine and a beer.
The buffet was excellent and you would have to be an extremely fussy person not to enjoy it. There was a tomato soup with croutons and fresh bread, followed by around 20 different salads including calamari and sun dried tomato, Thai beef salad, smoked fish, melt in your mouth slices of smoked chicken, seafood and all the usual olives, cheese, sweet corn lettuce etc .
My husband had something called ‘oum ali’ which looked pretty awful but was a kind of bread and butter pudding Arabic style. I tested, in the interest of research naturally, a few of the others on offer. There was a chocolate and coconut pudding, only an inch cube honestly, a Turkish delight milk pudding, crème caramel (not so great), a coconut milk pudding, a carrot cake and they were all delicious. I did look at the others but felt so full that I had to pass but everything was beautifully presented and they kept the dishes looking good and filled throughout the time we were there.Shops:
Golf and other entertainment:
I have no idea what it costs to play on the course but it looked very well manicured and the Golf club house was impressive. This is apparently a ‘links style ‘course designed by Peter Harradine that meanders around the sea water lagoon with four sub lagoons. A wide range of Water sports were on offer at the Al Hamra Fort hotel but as we were not interested we didn’t pursue the options or prices.
Would I recommend?
Yes the hotel cannot really be faulted for its service and facilities but the problem is that it is miles from Dubai. If you want a reasonably priced beach holiday with golf and water sports then this is fine. If you are coming to the UAE to see Dubai then stay in Dubai and don’t stay in Ras Al Khaimah as it is a long way from Dubai.
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