Hilton Is Adding A New Property With Over-Water Villas

a bird's eye view of a resort
St Regis Bora Bora - Image courtesy of Marriott

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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.

a map of the united arab emirates

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….

a bathroom with a tub and sinks
Image courtesy of Marriott

….and the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach…..

a pool with a gazebo and a gazebo in the background
Image courtesy of Marriott

Hilton also has its own existing portfolio of properties in Ras Al Khaimah including the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah….

a balcony with a view of the ocean
Image courtesy of Hilton

…and the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa:

a pool with a white dome and palm trees
Image courtesy of Hilton

Bottom Line

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)….

a hammock between two trees in a beach

….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)


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