We wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to visit Ras al Khaimah because that’s where the longest zip line in the world is located. However, when you’re not busy soaring through the skies or enjoying one of the many other outdoor adventures, there’s a world of intriguing heritage and culture that certainly deserves your time of day. And the ideal base for this Arab adventure? Rixos Bab al Bahr, a stunning resort perched along the coast of Marjan Island that promises a luxurious and unforgettable escape.
Whether your vacation plans involve high-octane experiences or something more beach-and-lounger-based, the perfect break comes with peace of mind from the moment you book through the trip home. So to help you achieve your #holidaygoals without a hitch, British Airways Holidays comes with a number of practical and thoughtful benefits that will help you along the journey. Each break is reassuringly ATOL protected and comes with 24/7 assistance available throughout your journey, as well as enhanced hotel, car rental and travel arrangements. They’re also available on a book now, pay later basis, with deposits from just £60 per person and the option to pay the balance in as many installments as you like*. Make the experience as enjoyable as your break itself.
With that in mind, we explore some of the many reasons to make Rixos Bab al Bahr your holiday base – and the many experiences and activities you can enjoy during your stay.
A retreat by the sea
Rixos Bab Al Bahr is a five-star resort located in Ras al Khaimah, an hour and a half from bustling Dubai. It offers complete and utter bliss by the sea, built on the breathtaking Al Marjan Island, which stretches 4.5 kilometers into the sea.
The hotel has 715 spacious rooms, ranging from classic twin rooms with garden views to three-bedroom king suites with stunning views of Ras Al Khaimah and the endless ocean. The rooms are decorated in golden tones and shades of blue as a gentle reminder of the sea at your doorstep, and all are equipped with luxurious rain showers and stunning views of the pool, garden or sea.
For those who like to stay in shape while away, there is a sports club with a fully equipped gym and Ras Al Khaimah’s largest outdoor training area. You can also enjoy a range of fitness classes led by professional instructors, from yoga and paddle boarding to HIIT and aqua boxing.
If you opt for the all-inclusive package, you’ll have access to all the bars and restaurants, including the a la carte options, and you can also enjoy the Avitane Spa, a wellness sanctuary, for free. being and tranquility. Indulge in the Turkish hammam, sauna, steam room and pool, or book a range of relaxing treatments by expert therapists, from hammam massages to full-body clay masks – ideal for a bit of relaxation. rest after the mojito.
Restaurants and entertainment
When it comes to food and drink at Rixos Bab Al Bahr, you are sure to be spoiled for choice. The resort offers all-inclusive options with its 14 restaurants and bars, ranging from a seafood restaurant and a South American grill to Italian and Asian. There’s even a dedicated mojito bar.
The entertainment is unparalleled, with world-class artists on hand to keep you entertained 24 hours a day. Expect musical performances from professional violinists, saxophonists, pianists and cellists scattered throughout the resort to create the perfect and relaxing atmosphere in dedicated places throughout the hotel. In the evenings, you can expect dance performances by professional dancers, a live band to dance to and a DJ spinning the freshest tunes late into the night.
There is also a Rixy Kids Club on site, so parents can relax and reset with peace of mind that their children are safe and happily entertained. They offer a variety of educational, arts and crafts activities, games, shows, fitness classes, cooking classes, and even a disco.
When you’re not soaking up the sun around the hotel pool, there’s plenty to see and do on Al Marjan Island. Start by touring the four breathtaking islands of Al Marjan, best explored by bike; just follow the specially designed cycle path along the race track. If you want to hit the sand, try a 4X4 desert safari, it’s a great way to experience the vast Arabian Desert.
If you’re looking for something a little lower octane, then treat yourself to a trip to the nearby Al Hamra Mall, located in the award-winning Al Hamra community. From international brands to local boutiques, fashionistas will be in their element, while foodies can explore everything from Western and gourmet fare to Indian, Chinese and authentic Middle Eastern restaurants.
Book your Arabian adventure at ba.com/rixosbabalbahr
Why book with British Airways Holidays
For the best holiday experience, British Airways holidays are protected by ATOL (5985) and come with a host of useful benefits. A dedicated 24-hour holiday helpline can help with any issues while you’re away, and if your plans change or something unexpected happens, they’ll prioritize getting you home as soon as possible. If your holiday is affected by a major travel restriction you can cancel for a full and prompt refund, while if British Airways cannot complete your journey for any reason they will ensure that you receive a full refund within 14 days. You can secure your holiday with a deposit from just £60 per person and pay the balance in as many installments as you wish (*deposit balance due seven weeks in advance for long haul and 28 days to advance for short stays). While enhanced travel, hotel and car rental security measures allow you to enjoy your holiday with complete peace of mind.
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