Examining luxurious sustainability with Ramsey Saarany, GM of Anantara Mina Al Arab RAK Resort

Examining luxurious sustainability with Ramsey Saarany, GM of Anantara Mina Al Arab RAK Resort

Ramsey Saarany, GM of Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort, leads the discussion on luxury and sustainability in hospitality. In this interview, he details how eco-luxury aligns with Middle Eastern travelers’ preferences and how Anantara RAK is responding.

In your opinion, to what extent do eco-luxury resorts resonate with the preferences of travelers in the Middle East? 

Eco-luxury resorts have gained significant appeal among travelers in the Middle East, thus reflecting a growing consciousness toward sustainable and environmentally responsible tourism.

Anantara Mina Al Arab exemplifies eco-luxury resorts, seamlessly combining luxurious amenities with a steadfast commitment to environmentally friendly practices. Moreover, Middle Eastern travelers appreciate the unique features such as sustainable architecture. In addition, its locally sourced materials and energy-efficient technologies provide a luxurious experience and align with guests’ environmental values.

How does Anantara RAK ensure a seamless integration of opulence and eco-conscious practices?

Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort is dedicated to preserving the environment through sustainable practices. Starting with its construction, the resort minimizes landscape disturbance and creatively uses recycled materials. Moreover, focused on conservation, the resort employs measures like using greywater for irrigation and obtaining energy from thermodynamic panels. It also promotes on-site electric vehicle charging for guests.

The elimination of single-use plastics is a priority. The goal is achieved through a water bottling plant, plastic-free amenities in guest rooms and a focus on recycling. Furthermore, organic food waste is repurposed as compost and coffee pods are recyclable. Moreover, sourcing locally and responsibly is a key part of our operational strategy. At Anantara Mina Al Arab, we aim to cultivate fresh produce and herbs in the chef’s garden, thereby reducing our carbon footprint and enhancing flavors for our guests.

Anantara Mina Al Arab actively engages with the community through the Dollars for Deeds program, matching guest donations to local causes. Furthermore, the resort collaborates with the local authorities to protect mangroves, essential for coastline protection and marine life. The on-site discovery center fosters environmental education, while community activities such as mangrove planting and kayaking contribute to awareness and conservation initiatives. Notably, the resort’s commitment extends beyond luxury. Thus, emphasizing sustainable practices for the benefit of both the environment and the local community. 

How are you catering to the demands of new-age travelers?

Anantara Mina Al Arab focuses on providing innovative and personalized experiences to all guests. Furthermore, we offer a range of accommodation options that cater to different demographics. Our buildings, comprising six to eight rooms and suites, are ideal for multigenerational travelers. Taking into consideration the shift in travelers’ mindset, we have curated experiences that create memories, build connections, and promote personal growth. Furthermore, guests can choose from a variety of immersive experiences in breathtaking settings.

Guests can leisurely explore the tranquility of the Arabian Gulf through yachting, enjoying serene sunset sailing on a private charter. Furthermore, the resort’s Dining by Design extends to sea experiences, offering champagne and dinner served on deck by a personal chef. As for adventure seekers, Ras Al Khaimah features the renowned Jebel Jais Mountain, where guests can engage in thrilling activities. Moreover, our team provides customized routes, ensuring breathtaking panoramas and gourmet picnics.

Anantara Mina Al Arab’s private peninsula offers unique experiences, including kayaking into lush mangroves to discover diverse wildlife like sea turtles and flamingos.

Catering to the new-age traveler, we have also developed experiences that promote wellness and well-being. Guests can start their day with morning yoga, indulge in a variety of wellness treatments and choose from a range of healthy menu options.

What role does providing luxurious dining and immersive experiences play in defining a hotel’s success?

Crafting the success of a resort hinges significantly on providing opulent dining and immersive experiences. Hence, Anantara Mina Al Arab offers a distinctive range of gastronomic experiences through its signature private dining concept, Dining by Design. This initiative offers customized experiences, from romantic beach dinners to extravagant family celebrations in the opulent royal overwater villa.

Our team of seasoned chefs has meticulously crafted a selection of delectable menus. Moreover, these menus are tailored to cater to the unique and diverse needs of every guest. In fact, the flexibility extends further, thus allowing customization in consultation with our chefs to ensure a dining experience that surpasses expectations.

To curate these culinary moments, a dedicated butler handles intricate details. Be it a romantic shore evening or a grand villa celebration, our private dining experiences create lasting memories.


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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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