Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort
Set on a pristine natural beach surrounded by mangroves – and just a 45-minute drive from Dubai – this luxurious new Anantara resort offers 174 rooms, suites and pool villas, an Anantara spa offering traditional Thai healing rituals, a great choice of watersports and adventurous activities, plus restaurants ranging from Asian to Mediterranean.
The Maldives-style overwater villas are the first of their kind in the UAE and are particularly appealing, offering private pools, outdoor terraces, intoxicating sea views and dedicated villa hosts. The spa boasts seven treatments rooms, including two couples’ suites, a sauna, steam room and separate whirlpools for men and women. While additional facilities include kids’ and teens’ clubs, a large main pool, plus a fitness centre, padel court, yoga pavilion and running track.
Yet it’s the impressive range of more adventurous activities that really catch the eye here. Join conservationists on an educational kayak tour through the mangroves, home to turtles, flamingos and manatees. Ride the world’s longest zipline, Jais Flight, across a 2.8-kilometre canyon, reaching speeds of up to 160kmph. Soar above the desert on a hot-air balloon flight. Or hop on a solar-powered toboggan for an exhilarating ride, set against the backdrop of the region’s tallest peaks.