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Feel a sense of freedom at Rixos Bab Al Bahr with a premium all-inclusive getaway that thrives on non-stop fun, gourmet dining and dawn-to-dusk entertainm­ent


The UAE’s northern emirates have always been a magnet for jaded city dwellers looking for a change of scenery and space to unwind. Barely an hour’s drive from bustling Dubai, at Rixos Bab Al Bahr you can almost feel the weight magically lift from your shoulders as you step into the coolness of the resort’s Ottoman-inspired marble lobby, beyond which awaits pure escapism.

Occupying a prime site on Al Marjan Island, part of a manmade archipelag­o sitting off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, another worry is immediatel­y taken away with the resort’s all-inclusive offering your gateway to luxurious indulgence and unlimited fun.

A striking trio of pyramid-shaped buildings anchor the experience with thoughtful­ly designed rooms and spacious suites overlookin­g the eight swimming pools, landscaped gardens and Arabian Gulf waters.

Sun, sea and sand are the main attraction, but the resort amps up the leisure quotient with a raft of action and relaxation-based activities ranging from tennis, beach volleyball, basketball and indoor billiards through to adrenaline-inducing parasailin­g and jet skis, plus a full menu of water sports and child-friendly Aqua Pool.

Leave younger family members in safe hands at Rixys Kids’ Club for fun and games, including arts and crafts and a mini disco, and leave the teens to their own devices at the dedicated Teens' Club while you escape to the adults-only infinity pool, laze on the 450-metrelong soft sand beach, or book in for an afternoon of hands-on therapeuti­c bliss at the Turkish-inspired Avitane Spa.

It’s a short hop from your sun lounger or water slide to access the resort’s impressive clutch of seven dining venues, ranging from super casual to upscale stylish. Theme nights are a highlight at all-day buffet dining concept Seven Heights, while signature a la carté restaurant, Lalezar, is the home of authentic Turkish cuisine.

Add to that seafood specialiti­es at Fishbone, Aja’s pan-Asian delights, all things carnivorou­s at Meatpoint, and classic Italian at L’Olivo, and you can travel the world on a plate.

Day-to-night entertainm­ent is a Rixos trademark, and the winter season sees evenings brought to life with live music, dancing, acrobatics and shows held in the multi-purpose amphitheat­re. Plus, with six bars serving up sundowners, nightcaps and everything in between, the fun never stops.

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