Head here to enjoy the beach and soak up some sun | Staycation @Bin Majid Beach Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah

Sometimes you get tired of the hustle bustle of city life and need a quick break. We recently headed to Ras Al Khaimah for a weekend getaway and stayed at the Bin Majid Beach Hotel. It’s the perfect vacation spot to soak up some sun and unwind.

Getting there | The drive from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah is very comfortable and we were there in just over an hour. That’s pretty quick!

Staying there | They have rooms with a good view and comfortable beds to make sure your stay is a good one. They have standard and deluxe rooms with city or sea view and a deluxe suite. The best part here is that you can go for a Full Board package so then everything is on the house from food to drinks. It’s a great way to enjoy your stay stress free and, eat and drink to your heart’s content.

IMG_9860As the name suggests, they’ve got a perfect beach side location. Imagine a beautiful and clean sandy beach with miles of blue water, now that’s bliss. It’s a great place to chill and enjoy a nice book. While here you can also enjoy free wifi, pool, gym and parking.

The service is pleasant and the staff is generally courteous and smiling. Just what you need for a peaceful stay.

Dining there | They have various restaurants inside the resort so you won’t feel the need to step out. We suggest lunch at Al Rahala with an International buffet spread. Also, they have a seriously good Indian Chef who whipped up delicious dal and chicken curry at our request. Load up on some carbs in the evening after a dip in the pool at Oasis. We recommend you try the fried chicken and chilli chicken dry stir fry. For dinner head over to Pebbles the Irish Bar for some cold brew, darts and good grub. Grab your breakfast at Al Rahala before proceeding to checkout in the morning.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head on over.


Pebbles, The Irish Pub

The Irish Bar located on the Lobby level is a great dining venue for dinner. They have a beautiful bar that serves up beer on tap or classic cocktails at really good prices. If you hit them on a Monday night you can watch some great sportsmanship as they host a Dart competition. Be a little adventurous and walk up to one of the players and pick up some dart throwing tips for yourself!

The menu is fairly simple with some good options like the Irish Pub Bangers and Mash served on a bed of mashed potatoes with an onion gravy or the Irish Boxty which is a potato pancake with sauteed mushrooms and a creamy whisky sauce. We really loved the latter complemented by a few cold brews.

Where: Lobby Level, Beach Hotel by Bin Majid, Al Dhait South, Ras al-Khaimah
Meal for two: AED 250 approx with alcohol
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Al Rahala Restaurant

IMG_9859This is the main restaurant located on the Lobby level that serves up the buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner should you choose to go for the full board package during your stay here at the Bin Majid Beach Hotel. The restaurant is spacious to accommodate the guests staying at the hotel and the service is pleasant.

For lunch they have a mix of continental, Indian and Lebanese dishes like the Chicken tikka, Fish and chips, Chicken biryani, Spaghetti bolognese with a variety of grilled vegetables, salad, soup and desserts. You can also opt to dine from the al a carte menu like we did and order up some good Indian dal, chicken curry and rice. It’s perfect to load up on you meal here and head to the room for a little afternoon siesta.

If you are stopping by here for breakfast before checking out, they offer a good buffet with choices of fresh fruits, desserts, Indian idli, eggs made to order, salads and more. Grab a filling meal before you drive back to Dubai.

Where: Lobby Level, Beach Hotel by Bin Majid, Al Dhait South, Ras al-Khaimah
Meal for two: AED 150 approx

Aqua Poolside Bar

IMG_9864The poolside restaurant is perfect to grab a bite after a dip in the pool or having spent some time at the beach as it will be on your way when getting back to the room. The open air seating  area with a bar in the centre and the pool on one side is perfect to wind down with some drinks. While here you can chose to load up on carbs as you’re surely going to be craving some after getting out of the water. Try the fried chicken that is delicious or the Chilli chicken dry that the Chef cooked up for us on special request which was made exactly the way we like it.

Where: Poolside, Bin Majid Beach Resort, Al Marjan Island, Ras al-Khaimah
Meal for two: AED 250 approx

Grandeur of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Abu dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and is the second mot populous city after Dubai. We planned a quick getaway to the city and here’s what our visit looked like. There are a lot of iconic landmarks in the city but none is greater than the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It is an enchanting structure made in pristine white, embellished with hints of gold and glittering pools of blue.

Getting there:

We started the journey around 3.30 in the afternoon and dressed right for the weather. We downed a heavy lunch so we would make it to the city with satisfied tummies. We switched on our maps and headed in the direction it pointed. The drive is fairly easy as the road moves smoothly in nearly a straight line. Hit cruise control on your car and you are set for the trip. It gets hot so pack enough liquids for the drive. There was ample parking space available once we arrived. There are no admission charges.IMG_6488

What to wear:

They have a warm weather during the month of August and temperature was about 40 deg C during my visit. When visiting the mosque, make sure you are dressed as per the norms. Avoid wearing clothes which are short in length, arms are not fully covered (for women only), torn jeans, tight or transparent clothing, uncovered head or any tattoos showing. Don’t stress, if you are not dressed appropriately the guards at the entry will direct you to the basement where you can borrow an abaya (loose black robe for women) or kandura (loose white robe for men). You need to give them an ID for deposit; passports and Emirates ID is not accepted; you can show your driving license from any country. The garments are arranged in a neat fashion having different lengths and sizes. Upon return we were handed back our ID and the garments were sent for cleaning before being handed over to the next person. IMG_6491