Al Raha Beach Hotel

In a world of chains and conglomerates, the art of the boutique – meaning individual, without a chain – hotel is being lost somewhat. After all, some tourists worry about stepping away from names they are comfortable with, while some boutique hotels simply do not having the marketing and publicity budget of the worldwide hotel chains. However, a boutique hotel stay need not be a risky shot in the dark; in some cases, it may actually be the best thing you’ve ever done.

One of the most stunning beach hotels in the world is arguably Al Raha Beach Hotel. Located in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, it is also conveniently within touching distance of other gems of the United Arab Emirates and Middle East in general; including Dubai. It is located some 20 minutes from the very centre of Abu Dhabi, meaning it is enjoyably away from the main bustle and hustle of the city centre while still retaining spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf and its crisp, clear waters.

Unusually for the Western design dominated Abu Dhabi, the Al Raha Beach Hotel fuses both standard contemporary design with that belonging to Arabian culture. The rooms and suites are richly decorated in sumptuous, lush colours of maroons and reds, and delicate and intricate artwork decorates this entire {Abu Dhabi hotel}. Essentially, the Al Raha Beach Hotel is a little touch of Arabian mystique in an otherwise recognisable shell.

There is a vast array of accommodation available at the Al Raha Beach Hotel, some of which takes perfect advantage of the beach nearby from which the hotel takes part of its name. All offer the usual fare for a five star hotel; air conditioning, mini bar, television and an in room safe. The vast majority of rooms outlook onto the beach, and the rest focus on the stunning location within the grounds of hotel.

When mentioning the grounds of the Al Raha Beach Hotel, it is impossible not to touch on the wonderful amenities available within said grounds. There are two swimming pools – one indoor and one outdoor – as well as the ever fashionable swim up pool bar. There is also a health club, fitness equipment and a newstand. For relaxation, the hotel can also provide, as it features an on site sauna and spa tub, as well as a hair salon if a little self pampering is required. Room service runs for 24 hours, and there are also several bar, lounge and restaurant areas located within the complex itself.

The rooms themselves come in various shapes and sizes. There are 99 spacious double rooms, all decorated in that plush Arabian style, as well as 11 exclusive suites and 24 private waterfront villas. Prices vary depending on season; and be warned, booking this hotel is extremely difficult due to the demand for its wonderful accommodation However, this knowledge should be the final relaxer for those worried about staying in boutique hotels; after all, if it wasn’t good, rooms would be easy to find. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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