Category Archives: Summer Activity

Tips about Rixos Bab al Bahr – Ras Al Khaimah

I have recently stayed at Rixos Bab al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah to celebrate a friend’s birthday and had fairly good stay even though with some downsides.

The booking process was a little problematic. When I called the hotel at 8pm on a week-day, I was informed that the booking was closed because the relevant department works only between 9am-18pm. (!!!)

I called the next morning and after having obtained the information I needed, I booked my room on booking.com since cheaper. The resort offers an all-inclusive package where in addition to a room you receive also unlimited drinks (selected) and buffet meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) included in the price.

However, you are not forced to have the free buffet meal at all times because there are other restaurants available for those tired of the buffet selection, for which it is requested the payment of additional 100 AED/person only.

The resort is very popular among Russian tourists and Dubai’s residents especially during the weekends. When we arrived at the resort, we were warmly welcomed by the door man and then had to line up for the check-in.

The hotel has 600 rooms and to handle the load of visitors checking-in at around 12.30pm there were only 5/6 people. We waited 15 minutes to check-in, a thing that the management should improve in my opinion.

 The girl that handled the check-in was very polite. The room assigned was no. 2554 and a polite staff member escorted me at the room located in the second building while explaining the features of the all-inclusive package and carrying the luggage. Once in the room, I recognized that the Deluxe Room with Garden View I paid for was actually with a parking and construction site view.

I went back to the same girl that checked me in and asked to have another room, possibly with the Garden View I paid for. She tried to ask for a little extra for the “upgrade” but I was resolute and she politely assigned another room, this time with partial sea view, in front of the access road but slightly bigger and with a balcony. I accepted the change and the staff quickly moved my stuff and regularized my position.

Rixos Room with partial Sea View

The premium room I got at Rixos was spacious and well furnished. The bathroom was big and equipped with all the toiletries you might need.

View from Rixos Room with partial Sea View

The partial sea view from room 1438. The road is not very trafficked the balcony offers the possibility to enjoy the sunset.

The resort is nice, with several swimming pools, a nice beach and very attentive and polite staff always addressing guests with a smile. There many ways you can enjoy your stay with bars and shisha places conveniently located in the common area at the center of the three buildings forming the resort.

Rixos by night with pool

Rixos resort is formed by a common area and 3 identical buildings. The lobby and main restaurants are located at the center.

Rixos Main Restaurant by night

The Main Restaurant y night. It is a big area that offers an outdoor veranda for smokers, inside seating and an intermediate area that is covered but with big windows.

Rixos beach

Rixos beach is very nice. The sun beds are maybe too close to each other but sand, water and staff are amazing.

Rixos Garden

Between the beach and the pool there is a green area very well maintained.

The buffet was good in quantity but not in quality. The same selection of cheese, salads and bread was offered at all meals and left overs of dinner were displayed the morning after.

The kids’ selection was mainly a concentrate of junk food with fried chicken, fries and sausages with ketchup available.

 Don’t get me wrong. The food was alright but no one in our group of friends found something wow! Worth getting a second portion.

After dinner, the Mojito Bar serves free mojitos (not really the best I had) and Inferno disco club gives some good time with fairly enjoyable music.

Rixos alternative restaurant

all around the resort there are alternative restaurants and bars other than shops

Rixos Inferno DJ

Inferno’s club DJ. Fairly good music even though the club was almost empty when we were there.

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An alternative Afternoon at Escape Quest – Cluster M, JLT – Dubai

Summer in Dubai might be a bit boring. With temperature ranging between 40 and 50 degrees during the day, there are few things to do during the weekends. You might stay home and relax, maybe inviting some friends over for a drink or lunch. You might go to the Mall or the Cinema or try something else indoor like an exhibition, event, gym session.

The swimming pool could be a good option if the heat is not that strong, but it is not really enjoyable as in the good season. We have tried everything and discarded the Mall option, since in the weekends is usually packed and the swimming pool because crowded and too hot to really relax and enjoy.

In our desperate research of something interesting to do, we found a Escape Quest recently opened in Cluster M – JLT, very close to our Cluster. We have tried a similar one before in Sunset Mall and we liked the concept, even thought the quizzes and puzzles we had to solve the last time, where sometimes illogical and difficult to understand.

Escape Quest - JLT

The Escape Quest welcome room where the owner explains rules and spirit of the game.

This time we were welcomed by two energetic people that explained the rules and what we should expect to find inside the room. I am not going to disclose any trick or anticipate any trouble we had, just note that: (i) In the room you have everything you need; (ii) usually the easiest way to see a thing is the right one; (iii) you have some helps available.

Basically you will be requested to use some clue to generate a code to open a series of locks that will lead you, eventually, to open the door and escape before the given time of 1 hour.

We enjoyed The Explorer’s Library quest that is introduced as follows.

“The intrepid explorer was a collector of all things weird and wonderful and he had a particular fascination with Africa. He was rather fastidious and locked away his favourite things, he also liked to keep his comings and goings away from curious eyes.”

We got stuck two/three times because we were thinking about complex solution to easy problems/clues that were so easy to decipher that we regretted to have asked the owner assistance to solve them 🙂

The nice touch is that the hints are provided through a TV installed in the room and sometimes, if you are completely lost and wasting time in something useless, the owner (who sees you through the security camera) communicates with you via TV. Very funny and challenging.

We managed to escape after receiving 4 helps but a good number of people (around 25 groups out of 1,000) managed to escape without the need to ask for help.

Just a piece of recommendation: it is better to go in 3/4 instead of 2. Sharing the tasks will reduce the time to decipher the clues and increases the chances to complete it without any external help. In two people, you cannot really work on different things, because there is the natural tendency to work in couple. The Escape Quest app, very popular on smart phones, can be an useful training to arrive prepared at the challenge.

Definitely recommended. No Wikipedia, No Google, No technology can help you. Challenge your brain and see if you can escape.