The wedding season is upon us and thousands of couples are planning their celebration in the exotic Thailand or the Maldives, and across beautiful villas and medieval castles in Europe. But for a truly high-end, exclusive and opulent experience, we suggest you seek for a romantic and not over-crowded venue, such as the hidden gem of the Arabian wilderness – Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, managed by Hilton. [wpsr_pinterest]
The new hotel with iconic name, which opened in August 2013, was created as the majestic centerpiece of the peaceful and somewhat boring for tourists emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Majestic, because it was literally designed for royalties – originally commissioned by the royal family as an apartment showpiece, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah has become a magnet for tourists who love grandeur. Open now to the public, the luxury hotel presents couples with the unique opportunity to celebrate their wedding and spend their honeymoon amidst imperial settings. Romance and privacy, unique and memorable sitting is everything a fairytale wedding should possess.
So, who wouldn’t love to get married and celebrate with their closest people in a palace? There is even an impressive staircase over a white piano in the lobby that can complement to the atmosphere of a fairytale wedding ceremony inspired by MGM films.
Surprisingly, the hotel stuns upon entry with stylish, domed entrance and a glass covered tall clock. The palace-like feeling continues in the lobby with the luxury interior design in turquoise and pearly white by the Gallery HBA London, inspired by a traditional pearl diving theme. The Peacock Alley, a signature lounge for Waldorf Astoria is even more impressive and magnificent, decorated with a marble fountain, a spectacular chandelier, and of course, the legendary grand lobby clock designed and built by Smith of Derby.
The hotel also has several lounges, a cigar bar where you can relax enjoying a cocktail, a Japanese and a traditional Arabian cuisine restaurants, and several outlets serving international delicacies. Two huge outdoor pools with pool-side bars, as well as a signature spa with exclusive treatments also cater to the most prestigious echelon of romance travelers. You don’t need to fly to the Maldives for a fairytale wedding, Ras Al Khaima is just an hour and half drive from Dubai.
Normally, those kind of ultra luxurious hotels are extremely expensive and believe it or not, often overcrowded. Most global hotel brands that offer 5-star luxury, are very popular among rich travelers, and you can hardly book a room, even during a low seasons. Logically, you can’t expect them to offer full, 24/7, impeccable customer service, because their attention can’t be focused on the individual. However, there are exceptions to this rule and Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is one of them. With all the details of your fairytale wedding you need to take care of, you can be overwhelmed with the wedding planning. You will need to handle the celebration, the travel to the hotel, the reservations, the hotel stay, the catering, music, photographers, the wedding gown and the makeup, flowers and so on, and so on. And it’s not only about you and your family – you need to make sure that all guests arrive and check-in safely and smoothly. Well, at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaima you can relax, as the hotel staff will take care of everything, or at least most of the things. They will help you plan everything months before the Big Day, so nothing goes wrong.
Of course, most guests will be interested in the accommodations and that’s where this complex really exceeds all expectations, at least on the first look. Unlike in Europe where in such signature hotels wall panels are crafted from really high quality and even rare materials, at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaima the wall panels in the elevators and even the room doors are made of veneer. Nevertless, to people who can’t make the difference, they look expensive. The rooms are surprisingly large and designed in calming crème, beige and white colours. Although decorated with designer furniture and works of art, the suites and guest rooms are comfortable. You may enjoy the standard extras of five star hotels, including mini bars, HDTVs and MP3 players, high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi. The luxurious bathrooms in black marble and gold (can you just imagine that?) as well as private butler service give and edge to the experience. Indeed, you will feel like in a place built for royalties!
Besides all these indulgent amenities, the hotel has one unique feature that differentiate it greatly from many similar-level properties. It offers extremely peaceful and private experience, relaxed atmosphere where the staff is always where you need them. Moreover, they will provide you with anything for your fairytale wedding to come true, from the planning expertise to the guest list and the wedding cake.