The Unexpected Al Marjan Island Hotel & Residences to open in Ras Al Khaimah by 2026

Almal Real Estate Development announced the launch of its hotel and residence project on Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah named “The Unexpected Al Marjan Island Hotel & Residences” recently. Led by Almal Real Estate Development, the project will be completed in collaboration with two prestigious brands. The company has recently appointed Palladium Hotel Group, a renowned hotel operator with over five decades of experience and presence in seven countries that manages nine successful brands such as Ushuaïa Unexpected Hotels, to launch the project under the brand The Unexpected Hotels & Residences, a concept inspired of its properties in Ibiza, and the first of its kind in the UAE. The company has also appointed the Design & ARchitecture bureau (DAR) as the lead design consultant for the project, set to manage all aspects of the property’s lifecycle.

Set to be built on Al Marjan Island, the project will be a unique addition to this beachfront locale, offering a blend of sophisticated elements and contemporary design, and delivering the same immersive experience that The Unexpected Hotels & Residences brand is lauded for. The property will boast 422 hotel and residential units, all offering unparalleled comfort and privacy with uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf. Situated less than a minute from the Wynn resort, guests will enjoy extraordinary vistas of both the Wynn resort and the serene sea. Guests can also enjoy an infinity rooftop pool, a vibrant beach club, a spa and wellness centre, pocket gardens, five intimate dining areas offering authentic and international cuisine, and so much more.

The ground floor amenities at The Unexpected Al Marjan Island Hotel & Residences offer an array of experiences, blending leisure, entertainment, and convenience. Guests can enjoy the Beach Club, pool area, retail outlets, and dining options, all designed to elevate their stay. The first floor caters to VIP guests with exclusive suites and private pools, while the rooftop presents indulgent dining at the Rooftop Restaurant & Bar Terrace, alongside serene tranquillity in the VIP Garden Platform and various pool decks and spa facilities for ultimate rejuvenation and entertainment.

Dmitriy Starovoitov, Founder of Almal Real Estate Development, shared his remarks on the launch, stating, “The launch of our Al Marjan project marks a new milestone for us, and we are immensely proud to be shaping the luxury hospitality and entertainment scene in the UAE and Ras Al Khaimah. The collaboration with Palladium Hotel Group through the brand The Unexpected Hotels & Residences reflects our commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences to discerning travellers. We are excited about the possibilities this project brings and look forward to welcoming guests to experience the exceptional offerings and unforgettable moments that will be awaiting them.”

“This project represents a major step forward for Palladium Hotel Group in our aim to offering high-quality and innovative experiences to our guests, and we feel honoured to carry it out with Almal Development and Al Marjan,” stated Jesús Sobrino, CEO of Palladium Hotel Group. “The UAE is paving the way for the expansion of the luxury sector. Therefore, introducing a revolutionary brand as The Unexpected Hotels & Residences, which merges unique experiential elements such as first-class culinary offer, cared design and a wide range of top-class entertainment, represents a major achievement for us. We believe this is a proposal that will match the expectations of the most demanding travellers,” he concluded.

At The Unexpected Al Marjan Island Hotel & Residences, the essence of architectural beauty is reimagined through a dialogue with nature, creating a sanctuary where luxury meets the rhythmic patterns of the sea. Influenced by the serene daytime coastline and the vibrant nightlife, the property’s design employs light-coloured materials to create a clean, relaxed atmosphere. As the sun sets, ambient lighting transforms the space, offering a new, captivating experience. The architecture blends seamlessly with the island’s beauty, providing a tranquil retreat that evolves from day to night.

The Unexpected Al Marjan Island Hotel & Residences exemplifies this transition, utilizing light materials and innovative lighting to reflect the island’s dual nature. Dynamic lighting elements, such as an LED-lit archway and a canopy of backlit fabrics, mimic the sea’s gentle movements, enhancing the sensory experience. This thoughtful design ensures the architecture integrates with the coastal setting by day and comes alive at night, inviting exploration and enchantment.

Since its inception in 2022, Almal Real Estate Development has remained steadfast in its mission to elevate the standards of luxury hospitality and real estate in the UAE. In February, the company won the ‘Private Villa Project of the Year’ award, recognising its exceptional work on the Harrisoni La Mer project, which comprises two luxury villas on La Mer Island. Looking ahead, Almal Real Estate Development envisions a bright future for the industry, where it contributes to the broader economic diversification strategy of the UAE, further strengthening its position in the global tourism market.