REVIEW: Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
Dubai is hardly short of fabulous spas, but the temple of head-to-toe pampering at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, the beachfront resort of 346 refined and generously proportioned rooms, is worth packing your overnight bag for. With an under-the-sea theme, the spa features calming blue and cream hues with mother of pearl detailing, floor-to-ceiling windows allowing lots of natural light and a soundtrack reminiscent of the sea (minus the whale songs).
There are 12 treatment rooms, along with an ultra-luxurious private spa suite and thermal area with aroma steam, sauna and a herbal bath. With nearly 50 treatments to choose from, the most taxing part of your mini-break will be deciding which treatment to plump for. The spa uses organic seaweed products from the Irish brand Voya, and powerful, science-based formulations from QMS Medicosmetics. Try the signature Precious Pearl treatment, a 90-minute facial incorporating “the power of the pearl” that promises to plump and revive tired looking skin. We can vouch for it.
The spa also offers pre- and post-natal treatments, making it a great place for a babymoon or an indulgent treat for frazzled mums. If you can’t be bothered leaving your room, there are in-room treatments and a fragrance master who can recreate the Zen-like atmosphere of the spa with the signature rose, mint and jasmine scent, or a bespoke fragrance to spray over your pillow to ensure you sleep like a baby.
And if you’re still having trouble de-stressing, the bath master will draw your bath at the end of the day, or any time of day for that matter, with a bath infusion of your choice, such as the luxurious milk and honey bath that will leave your skin as soft as Cleopatra’s.
Aside from the spa, of course, the Waldorf has ten restaurants and lounges including excellent Japanese cuisine at Umi, a 350-metre stretch of private beach and two tennis courts. It’s a place you might never want to leave.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
Tel: +9717 203 5555
Price: Doubles from AED1,890