As the inVOYAGE team check into the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah this week for a site visit to plan this year’s exciting event, we shine the spotlight on inVOYAGE 2018’s stunning host venue.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah has been granted over 100 awards and accolades since opening in 2013. Its 346 deluxe rooms and suites offer panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the majestic Al Hajar Mountains on the horizon. Here’s six reasons why the hotel is ideal for meetings and incentives:
1) Beautiful backdrop
This rising emirate boasts beautiful and dramatic mountains, azure blue sea with white beaches, red sandy deserts and lush green plains indented by a series of creeks and lagoons. If you’re looking for an authentic destination for your next event, Ras Al Khaimah has a rich heritage, dating back over 5000 years which manifests in numerous historical sites, forts and abandoned villages and renowned for exceptional pearls.
2) Stunning spaces
The hotel itself boasts an impressive array of first floor, multi-functional and state-of-the-art event spaces with lots of natural daylight and views over the Arabian Sea or the Al Hamra championship golf course. Rooms are named after precious stones, metals or the famous pearl fishing industry in the area and can accommodate groups from 16 to 150. A selection of break-out rooms make for easy coffee breaks and light lunches and a dedicated event team ensures smooth running for your events. There are also a range of outdoor spaces throughout the property that can be used for events.
3) Great golfing
Ras Al Khaimah offers a choice of two 18-hole championship golf courses, Al Hamra and Tower Links Golf Clubs, making it ideal for golf incentives. Both courses offer outstanding golfing and the opportunity to play golf under the stars and are famous for participating and hosting regional and ProAm golfing championships. Al Hamra Golf Club offers its guests the unique opportunity to play at night under the stars.
4) Exciting experiences
The warm blue waters of the Arabian Sea offers the perfect year round temperature for deep sea fishing, fly fishing, parasailing, jet skiing, SCUBA diving, banana and donut rides, wake boarding, snorkelling, sailing and water skiing. For nature lovers, kayaking in the mangroves of Ras Al Khaimah or at sea offers an unforgettable experience, or groups can explore the unique crimson terrain on camels, horseback or a 4×4 desert safari. Adrenaline junkies can test their nerves on the world’s longest zip line. This exhilarating adventure at Jebel Jais mountain sees participants fly face-down, in a superhero position, at speeds of up to 150km per hour (93 mph).
5) Memorable masterclasses
From cocktail making, Japanese cooking and traditional barbequing to fine dining and luxury spa days, special offerings make staying at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah even more memorable. Take the Umi Masterclass to discover the mysteries of making sushi, sashimi, tempura and teppanyaki before enjoying a traditional three course Omakase dinner, or enjoy creating delicious Middle Eastern fare with the finest hot and cold mezze, kofta and shish tawook dishes in advance to a spectacular three course dinner on the Marjan Masterclass.
6) Rest and relaxation
Whether visiting for a meeting or incentive, your group can relax and rejuvenate in Waldorf Astoria’s impressive spa. A place of refuge and restoration; the spa offers signature treatments combined with exceptional care to create a place where guests can surrender and restore personal wellbeing. With an undersea theme that runs through the tranquil area, the calming blues of the raw silk clad walls, clever lighting and floor to ceiling windows allow for a sense of utter peace. The spa’s location was carefully selected to be close to the sound, the sight and the smell of the sea and surrounded by fragrant gardens.