Al Hamra Village Golf Village and beach resort
When we booked our cruise through a company called Iglu Cruises they offered us three nights before the cruise for an amazing 100 pounds each so we accepted and began planning what we wanted to do in Dubai. However we soon discovered that this resort is in the UAE but three emirates away from Dubai, about 85 kilometers away or 1.5 hours drive or a 300 dirham taxi ride. This somewhat scuppered our plans. We looked on the website and we were informed that there was a free hotel shuttle into Dubai and so we thought that maybe all was not lost but as we had booked and paid for the holiday we were stuck with what we had.
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 wanted to get to this meeting in order to find out about the ‘free shuttle bus’ to Dubai and also what other possibilities there were for us in the three days we had. We were in for a big disappointment as apparently the shuttle bus was fully booked on the days we were there and anyway it only went to Deira Mall just near the airport and not to Dubai city at all. This is when we discovered the cost of a taxi was about AED300 each way so we decided to go with the Dubai city tour that was being offered at AED 250 each.
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.
Back to our hotel. We had a standard room with a view of the golf course. The view was certainly very pleasant and we had a small balcony with a wooden table and two chairs to sit on to enjoy this view as well as watch the golfers making their way around the course. The room was furnished in dark heavy wooden furniture, a wardrobe (with a coded safe), a desk with cupboard hiding the fridge and mini bar, two bedside tables with two small drawers and a wooden unit to hold the TV which didn’t open at all. The TV we had only played in black and white so everything had a rather old fashioned retro look about it. The bed was a large double with quite a hard mattress and very firm pillows but comfortable enough.
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.