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A great value beachside Hampton by Hilton hotel opens in Ras Al-Khaimah

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Ras Al-Khaimah, if you are not familiar with it, is a sister Emirate to Dubai in the UAE.

There isn’t a lot going on in Ras outside of its hotels. There are three indisputable truths, however:

  • it is a quick and cheap one hour taxi ride from Dubai
  • the beach resorts are high quality
  • it is substantially cheaper than Dubai

The key hotel is the Waldorf Astoria, which is a better hotel – at a fraction of the price – than its Dubai sibling. We reviewed the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al-Khaimah here and I’ve been back since.

There are also two high quality resorts run under Marriott’s The Ritz Carlton brand. The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach, reviewed here, is an all-villa Maldives-style resort, whilst The Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Desert – where I returned last Christmas – is an all-villa desert resort. Al Wadi is not quite as good as Marriott’s Al Maha desert resort in Dubai (review here) but, if you have children under 10, you can’t go to Al Maha.

Hilton has now launched Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island to complement the Waldorf Astoria and the adjacent Hilton.

It is advertised as the largest Hampton in the world, with 515 rooms. This is not exactly a selling point. However, it is also very good value for money – good luck getting a Dubai beach resort for £65 per night in October, yet alone one with 750 metres of beach. The rooms look pretty smart too – see above.

As it is a Hampton, all rooms come with free breakfast which is another benefit for families. It also takes part in Hilton’s new ‘guaranteed connecting rooms’ programme which we covered recently.

Points rooms are capped at 30,000 Hilton Honors points per night which means that they will become good value if cash rates go above £100 per night. For now, cash looks like the better deal.

You can find out more on the Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island website here.


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There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

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The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.

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Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

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Comments (20)

  • Vincent Teo says:

    Nearly £4 per minute to watch Arsenal vs Spurs?! Wrong on so many levels (and that’s coming from an Arsenal season ticket holder!)

    • Number9 says:

      Agreed, and that’s coming from ex Spurs ST holder.

    • Rob says:

      I’m keen to see the new Spurs stadium …. may be tempted to jump on one of these.

      Frankly, they are also better value at these prices than the Emirates Box at Arsenal using Skywards miles / Amex points.

  • @alastairtravel says:

    Be careful with the hospitality deals – some are more inclusive than others. Access to bar / lounge means just access not anything included.

  • The Streets says:

    For Arsenal these are the regular Club Level seat prices which includes the customary free pints but no food

    • Red Flyer says:

      I thought they served you a dogs dinner of a performance???

  • Number9 says:

    Not so sure the Waldorf at Ras is a “ fraction of the price” I have ended up booking Waldorf on the Palm in one of BA sales as much cheaper than Ras.

    • Andrew says:

      “Fraction of the price” is a fantastic phrase.

      2/1 is just as much of a fraction as 1/2.

      • Number9 says:

        I always like the phrase 1 in 4 tested positive not 3 out of 4 tested negative.

  • Andrew says:

    Of course all quite irrelevant as the UAE isn’t moving from the red list any time soon.

    • Rob says:

      Except that Ireland has just removed all restrictions from the UAE, so you are free to fly in and out of Dublin quite happily ….

      • Number9 says:

        Oh now I’ll bookmark that comment!

      • Venturelog says:

        But if someone has been in a red country 10 days prior Hotel quarantine is still applicable

        • Andrew says:

          Indeed. Or face a £10,000 fine for evading the rules.

        • Rob says:

          Once you ring them up and let them know, yes.

          • Andrew says:

            Not sure I’d like to be sitting there worrying that they might find out. But everyone has a different risk threshold, so each to their own.

          • John says:

            Judging by recent court cases, information sharing between Garda/Irish Immigration and UKBF/Police is now working smoothly.

            You might get away with it, but probably not.

          • Save East Coast Rewards says:

            A bit like when my direct BA flight to Bologna was cancelled I came back via Madrid. As it’s Schengen you go through immigration in Spain so no checks on arrival in Italy meaning nobody to tell you to quarantine (UK arrivals supposed to quarantine for 5 days).

  • Russ says:

    65 quid’s a good deal and always interesting to see new Hampton’s crop up. They seem to be one of the few brands which are clearly distinguishable from its siblings.

    For those who are new to Hilton and so unaware how bright the rooms are, that picture was probably taken at night 😉

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