Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah Reopens After Facelift

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah has reopened its doors following an extensive refurbishment. In addition to the hotel's 149 guestrooms and 54 suites, the project encompassed nine restaurants and lounges, the spa and wellness center, outdoor space for private events and weddings, and the 19-foot Waldorf Astoria clock in the center of the lobby. This clock sports a pearlized domed glass dial with an aquamarine center, complemented by gold-plated Whitehurst seven-day mechanical movement. Paying homage to its Arabic roots, it has rotating prayer rings for precise prayer times. Crafted by Smith of Derby over eight months with three tones of metal, steel and champagne gold, it bears an inscription from ancient Bedouin songs for added historical significance.

One of the most notable changes to the resort’s footprint is the new look of the guestrooms and suites, which have notes of greens and blues inspired by the waters of the Arabian Gulf.

For families, the resort offers a junior check-in, special amenities and a children’s club with a varied, fun-filled program. Additionally, the resort’s unique concierge program, Little Hotelier, allows children to step into the world of hospitality for a day and learn new skills.

Guests can also explore interactive culinary journeys in nine enhanced restaurants, lounges and bars. This includes the signature Japanese restaurant UMI, as well as the American-style steak house Lexington Grill & Bar.

The resort’s dining scene saw the introduction a new concept of Ras Al Khaimah’s first cigar bar, Sijar Lounge. Additionally, guests and residents alike can explore the newly revamped Sunset Beach Lounge where evenings come alive with DJ sets. Executive Chef Michael Kreiling has created menus tailored to each venue, ensuring a refreshed dining experience.

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