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I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t like the idea of an overwater villa so the news that Hilton will be opening a new resort offering exactly that should bring a smile to a few people’s faces.
Hilton has announced that it will open the Conrad Marjan Island Resort on “Treasure Island” which is one of the five man-made islands that you’ll find off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE.
The property isn’t slated to open until 2022 so details are a little thin on the ground but this is what we know so far:
The new Conrad will be located on its own beach and will include 120 guest rooms and over-water villas. The hotel will be home to a fitness center, salon, spa, outdoor pool, tennis courts and a kids club.
From a dining perspective the Conrad will offer “an extensive range of dining options” which will include two signature restaurants, a pool bar and beach bar.
Ras Al Khaimah may not be a location that springs to mind for many people but it’s a location that has been growing steadily as alternative to Dubai for a number of years.
The area is already home to a number of high-end properties like the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert….
….and the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach…..
Hilton also has its own existing portfolio of properties in Ras Al Khaimah including the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah….
…and the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa:
I don’t expect the new Conrad’s over-water villas to be quite as spectacular as those you’ll find in the Maldives or Bora Bora (for example)….
….but that’s because Ras Al Khaimah isn’t Bora Bora or the Maldives…it’s an Emirate on the Arabian peninsula and that brings with it some limitations.
Still, I fully expect the Conrad Marjan Island Resort to be a fantastic property to visit (Conrad properties tend to be pretty good) and a great place to relax. It will also be a lot cheaper for most readers to get to Ras Al Khaimah than it is to get to Bora Bora or the Maldives and there will be a lot more options to use miles and points too…and that’s the kind of trip I like.
Featured image is the St Regis Bora Bora and is for illustrative purposes only (image Marriott/Starwood)