Engulfed on the Cove in Ras Al Khaimah

The UAE’s emirate holds a handsome hotel on its shores replete with relaxing activities, from spa days to beach volleyball, in the comfort of a sprawling and sleek souk-like atmosphere.

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The beach at The Cove Rotana, Ras Al Khaimah. Photo courtesy: The Cove Rotana

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If it weren’t for the busy shuttling of golf carts hailed by guests, you’d feel as if you were in the enthralling sprawl of an ancient walled city. For the Cove Rotana Hotel is not built upward, but outward, scores of domed structures with Nubian accents making up a sea of accommodation, 349 rooms to be exact, the tranquil lagoon lapping at the theoretical toes of its additional 43 lavish villas.

From the top of a seaside bluff, shaded lanes wind down through the souk-like maze of structures, eventually circling a charming man-made lagoon, and lead out to a stunning 600-metre stretch of private beach. Whether you are after water sports, fishing trips, satisfying swims, or refreshing beverages on the seashore at Breakers Beach Bar & Lounge, this is the place for you on the palatial premises. Swims are not exclusive to the beachfront, there’s the Laguna Infinity Pool for adults next to the Laguna Bay Bar, near a swathe of the beachside villas, and at the top of the hillside lies the infinity pool for families (Sunset Pool), hosts live entertainment right by the Sunset Pool Bar.

 

Engulfed On The Cove In Ras Al Khaimah

The living room at the two-bedroom villa; The Beach massage set-up. Photos courtesy: The Cove Rotana

 

Neither is relaxation here exclusive to an array of water-based activities. The Avatine Spa holds a great deal of massage rooms along with jacuzzi, steam, and sauna facilities. If your ideal vacation calls for some fitness activities, opt for aqua aerobics, kickboxing training or other boot camps, and beach volleyball–not to mention the modern gym equipped with cardio and weight-training machines. They even have good ol’ table tennis for family-fun showdowns, and the Flippers Kids Club if folks need an afternoon to sunbathe or crack open a book without keeping a constant eye on the kiddos.

While all the aforementioned bars offer tempting café-style fare, start your day by gorging yourself at Cinnamon, an all-day dining restaurant that puts on a show for breakfast. Picture multiple omelette stations, immense fruit platters, continental comfort food along with Indian, Middle Eastern, and Chinese specialties. Beat the afternoon heat with a trip to Sunset Ice Café for soothing sorbets and delicious iced coffee, and book a table at Basilico Mediterranean Restaurant for Italian dinners to remember. The sleek design and open kitchen set expectations high, and the cooking hits the lofty mark through a selection of winning favourites such as pastas, risottos, and hand-stretched pizzas, alongside seafood specialties from sea bass to snapper. The wine list is applaudable and the desserts, like the ever-classic tiramisu and balsamic crème brûlée, are delectable.

 

Engulfed On The Cove In Ras Al Khaimah

The Ramadan iftar spread at Basilico. Photo courtesy: The Cove Rotana

 

Breeze Bar and Lounge, located in the foreground lobby complex, offers stunning views of the property from its sizable terraces along with a decent shisha selection. It is great for late night snacks, be it sushi bar specialities, Middle-Eastern fusion, or BBQ chicken wings and fish and chips, though with 24/7 in-room dining your hankering will always be taken care of. And that’s Cove Rotana in a nutshell, a pleasant property determined to please everyone, from beach and sports facilities and activities that can be tailored from family time recreation to corporate team-building exercises, the sizeable hotel accommodating three meeting rooms for the business-minded retreat or ample facilities accustomed to putting of memorable beachside weddings.

 

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