We spent the weekend at Rixos Bab Al Baher last weekend. We were introduced to the concept of all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and realized that although the concept is easier (you never have to carry cash around and worry about ordering too much food or drinks!) it just was not for us. However, once we heard that the first all inclusive resort has launched its first in the UAE and in Ras Al Khaimah, we had to venture out and test it! Especially that we heard they had one of the biggest kid’s club. It was all about her this weekend. Plus the rain that weekend made it exciting! The project signifies the second property of Rixos Hotels in the UAE and in the region, falling under Turkish hospitality, with 627 rooms and suites.
It took us 50 minutes from Dubai to Rixos Hotel Bab Al Baher. The road there is always pleasant, a good background music and your set to just enjoy the views for a little while. Getting there was easy. Located on the beaches of man-made Al Marjan Island, you wont get lost, there were signs everywhere leading us to the hotel.
All inclusive includes limitless food and selected beverage offerings from 14 distinct dining options, recreational and leisure activities and live entertainment The resort also has in-house gaming zone and souks, as well as water sports activities within its property.
Location: 50 minutes away from Dubai Airport. We took Emirates road (now known as Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road road 311). Keep alert on the signs that leads to the hotel, it is on the outskirts of RAK.
Room: Since we were traveling with family, we had booked in the family room and asked for a crib. A family room has 2 rooms with 2 en-suite bathrooms. It was simple, we were facing the pool view. If you are like me and you like to sleep early (Before 11pm) , it is recommended you try to avoid the pool side view. They tend to have entertainments with music till 11pm. Otherwise, having your morning tea outside the balcony is just so peaceful at 8am! Bring your own toothpaste!
Food: Our breakfast /Lunch and dinner was at the main buffet restaurant. It was mostly inspired by Turkish cuisine, however we did not manage to go through everything.
Property: It is recommended you ask for a room close to the pool area if you are not able to walk long distances. There is one pool and it is mostly for children and activities. The resort itself is focused only for families with kids. They have the Rixy club which is great for children from 4 years and above. My daughter is 2, but she still enjoyed the garden area, the fountain pool, face painting and watching the older kids play games. If you are looking for a romantic getaway or time out, this is not the resort for you. But, a place for children, families and lots of food and drinks.
*Photos taken by Kinan Jarjous