Travelling to Ras Al Khaimah is like a mini adventure; a long, sandy route through the desert, heading for a fertile, mountainous horizon. Very Lawrence of Arabia. Arriving into town might be a little disappointing - Ras Al Khaimah is dusty, and a bit run down, hardly up to the UAE's slightly glamorous reputation. But that lack of over-development pays off when you see the unspoiled beaches and views of the Hajar Mountains. It does make finding the best places to stay in Ras Al Khaimah a little bit tricker though, but there are a couple of very nice resorts nearby.
Many people travel to Ras Al Khaimah on the way to Oman's Musandam Peninsula, a particularly spectacular coastline of deep, rocky inlets, dotted with small villages. But it might be worth spending a couple of days here before or afterwards to relax and maybe do a spot of birdwatching, some diving, or try out a new watersport or two.
Ras Al Khaimah might look a bit battered, but it is a capital city, and it does have infrastructure. There's a waterpark and several golf courses for example. And the old city, with its souk and elegant mosque has plenty of charm.
Once you've unwound on the beach and marvelled at the dramatic desert dunes you might care for a day trip or two?
Ras Al Khaimah (Al Jazirah Al Hamra)
A Bedouin fishing village style luxury beach retreat in a remote setting. Rooms and suites filled with contemporary elegance and seaside romance. Excellent restaurant and spa, huge pools, and water sports galore. Luxury on a smaller scale than usual for UAE.
Ras Al Khaimah (Wadi Khadeja)
A veritable Bedouin oasis of luxurious exoticism. No expense is spared in this haven of bare-foot luxury in the middle of the desert. Honeymooners will be attracted by the private villas (the only accommodation type) with their own pools, and the private bbqs or sand dune evenings available.