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Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

The Arrival By Boat

Artificial Islands

After a great stay at the Ritz Carlton Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, we arrive at the very recent Ritz Carlton Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach, open in the spring 2018. First nice surprise: to go to our villa from the reception, we take a small boat. Very nice view of artificial islets, under a early afternoon blinding light.

The luxurious resort has only 32 villas. From the reception desk, you are welcomed in a very personalized way. It feels more intimate than in hotels with larger capacities. Everything is on human scale, which gives the Ritz Carlton Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach, a very exclusive character. Second excellent surprise when arriving at our villa: the transparent infinity pool with sea view (second photo below).

Our Tent

Less is more

Now, you know now how much I love the moment when I discover a hotel room. Where I make my pictures before unpacking my suitcases. The interior of the villa as well as the exterior are inspired by the Bedouin traditional architecture. You are elsewhere.

Canopy bed, bathroom with a large walk-in shower (and separate toilet) and lounge area: the villa is bright and very comfortable. Our cameras in hand, we cross the pleasant garden to reach the large deserted beach and sea of the Arabian Gulf.

    

The Beach

A Late Afternoon

I like this feeling of emptiness. In contrast to the effervescent Dubai, the coastline of Ras Al Khaimah is not crowded with multiple towers yet, which is very relaxing. Facing the sea, on my left: the impressive silhouette of the Waldorf Astoria (photo above) and to my right, the villas of the Ritz Carlton Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach.

The Shore House

  

The Breakfast

As our activities program in Ras Al Khaimah is very busy (including the famous zipline …), we didn’t have time to explore all the possibilities offered by the resort, such as the spa. Except for The Shore House restaurant, where we had breakfast (the first two pictures below) and dinner in a beautiful setting. 

Undoubtedly, one of the best breakfast buffets, exciting! I fell for the delicious fresh fruit juices (lovely mocktails)! With a wide choice of quality products, very neat presentation and efficient smiling team. Besides, we had a hard time leaving the terrace, rocked by the sound of waves.

The Dinner

In the evening, the ambiance of the Shore House is different, still chic and casual but more lively. Part of the terrace is also a bar, where you can have a drink with friends. 

Fish is the speciality of the restaurant and it is delicious (photo below). The dishes are simple and tasty. As a starter, I chose these colorful sushi. Bon apetite!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés

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Many thanks to Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and all the team of the Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach for this beautiful invitation. As always, these are my opinions.

Le Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

L’arrivée en bateau

Des îles artificielles

Après un superbe séjour au Ritz Carlton Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, nous arrivons au très récent Ritz Carlton Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach, ouvert au printemps 2018. Première belle surprise : pour gagner notre villa depuis la réception, nous prenons un petit bateau. Très agréable vue sur des îlots artificielles, sous la luminosité aveuglante de ce début d’après-midi.

Le luxueux resort ne comprend que 32 villas. Dès l’acceuil à la réception, très personnalisé, l’atmosphère est plus intimiste que dans des hôtels aux capacités plus importantes. On se sent dans un écrin à taille humaine. Ce qui donne au Ritz Carlton Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach, un caractère très exclusif. Seconde excellente surprise en arrivant à notre villa : la piscine à débordement vue mer (deuxième photo ci-dessous).

Notre tente

Less is more

Vous savez maintenant combien j’aime l’instant où je découvre une chambre d’hôtel. Cet instant précis où je fais mes photos avant de déballer mes valises. L’intérieur de la villa tout comme l’extérieur sont inspirés par l’architecture traditionnelle bédouine. Et l’on se sent vraiment dépaysé.

Lit à baldaquin, salle de bain ouverte (comprenant une large douche à l’italienne et wc séparés) et un espace salon : la villa est claire et très confortable. Nos appareils photos en main, nous traversons l’agréable jardin ouvert sur la large plage déserte et la mer émeraude du golf arabique.

    

La plage

Une fin d’après-midi

J’apprécie beaucoup cette impression de vide. A l’inverse de l’effervescent Dubaï, le littoral de Ras Al Khaimah n’est pas encore encombré de multiple tours, ce qui est très reposant. Face à la mer, sur ma gauche : l’impressionnante silhouette du Waldorf Astoria (photo ci-dessous) et à ma droite, les villas du Ritz Carlton Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach.

The Shore House

  

Le petit déjeuner

Notre programme des activités à Ras Al Khaimah étant très chargé (dont le fameux zipline… ), nous n’avons pas eu le temps d’explorer toutes les possibilités offertes par le resort, comme par exemple le spa. Excepté pour le restaurant The Shore House, où nous avons pris le petit déjeuner (les deux premières photos ci-dessous) et dîner dans un superbe cadre.

Incontestablement un des meilleurs buffets pour le petit déjeuner, enthousiasmant : j’ai craqué pour les délicieux jus de fruits frais (comprenant des associations de fruits inédites et très réussies)! Avec un large choix de produits de qualité, une présentation très soignée et une équipe souriante et efficace. Nous avons eu un mal fou à quitter la terrasse, bercés par le relent des vagues!

Le dîner

Le soir, l’atmosphère du Shore House est différente, plus animée, à la fois un peu chic et décontractée. Une partie de la terrasse est aussi un bar, où l’on vient prendre un verre entre amis.

La spécialité du restaurant est le poisson qui est excellent (photo ci-dessous). Les plats sont simples et goûteux. En entrée, j’ai choisi ces sushis plein de couleurs et saveurs. Bon appétit!

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Un grand merci à Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority et à toute l’équipe du Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach pour cette superbe invitation. Comme toujours ce sont mes opinions.

Japan: The Hiramatsu Hotels & Resorts Sengokuhara

A View To Fuji San

Our Second Stop in Hakone

We arrive at the very exclusive Hiramatsu Hotels & Resorts Sengokuhara, near Hakone, in the middle of the day, after many adventures on the road (we lost ourselves several times! Lol). This small establishment of 11 gestrooms with a modern architecture, is a real art museum.

In a refine decoration with many elements from Italy, I discover paintings, draws and serigraphs numbered of Japanese and Western masters (Kataoka Tamako, Chagal, Buffet, Miro …). The owner of Hiramatsu Hotels & Resorts, a fine art collector wanted this hotel to be dedicated to gastronomy and farniente.

Here, no long list of activities: our private onsen with water from either Ubako spring or Owakudani spring (both having beneficial effects on the skin) is in the center of our large bathroom / terrace overlooking Fuji San. Early morning, the view is stunning (photo above taken from our room). A feeling of euphoria floats in the air …

  

Beauty is Everywhere

The elegant suite-sized room is a haven of “luxury, calm and pleasure” (Beaudelaire). For a better soundproofing, in front of each room, a private glass corridor and carpet insulate noise (7th picture below).

And if like us, you are fond of beauty and space, this bathroom is a dream! I don’t leave my onsen anymore, staring at the top of the trees, Fuji San and the horizon (photo above). 

I also liked the sliding panels that allow you to modulate the space and hide things like TV. The wide and leather sofa design is a monster of comfort. I don’t even talk about bedding! Everything, every detail is perfect!

     

The Gourmet Restaurant

  

The Dinner

On the two photos above: the view from our room of the garden at night and in the background, the silhouette of Fuji San. Picture below: the stretch of water seen from the main hall of the restaurant. The cuisine of chef Kenjiro Yoshikoshi is as captivating to see as to taste. 

At dinner, the plates looks like paintings. The pleasure of sight associated with that of taste, with an exciting experience of flavors and textures, colors and shapes. Rarely, I have seen such beautiful and good dishes. For example: on the second and third picture photo below, the “Spaghetti puttanesca with marinated abalone“. In fact, the chef specialized in Italian cuisine, recommends mixing spaghetti with the whipped white sauce. It’s divine, so inexpected, top!

I will be able to list all dishes served, with my lean culinary vocabulary (I am not a food critic). But I just want to add that Chef Kenjiro Yoshikoshi’s cooking is art. His cuisine is hedonistic, generous and cheerful. 

Like the chef, his cuisine excels without pretension. As just as all the people who work in this hotel. The service is amazing and very warm. Domo arigato gosaimasu to all the (last picture)!

    

The Breakfast

  

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Many thanks to Exclusif Voyages, Ryokan Collection and all the team of The Hiramatsu Hotels & Resorts Sengokuhara, for this beautiful and warm invitation. As always theses are my opnions.