Ras Al Khaimah, UAE - The culinary team at the award-winning Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort & Spa have spent the last 30 days re-creating the famed Jebel Jais mountain complete with a flying Santa on a zipline.
Taking up residence for the festive season in the hotel’s lobby, the structure, which is completely edible, took a month to create with 15 of the resorts F&B team. Head Pastry Chef Thamim and Chef Subrata Kha, the kitchen artist, were the master creators taking inspiration from a visit to the mountains before seeing their creation come to life.
The entire structure is edible with cocoa butter, cocoa powder and chocolate for the rock effect; chocolate soil, chocolate rocks and sugar paste for the roads and even the miniatures are made from fondant icing. The sand is semolina, the village huts are hollow chocolate and the tree leaves are oregano herbs.
Weighing an impressive 130kg (roughly the same as nearly 1,000 apples!), the masterpiece comes complete with a Santa figurine flying down the famed Jebel Jais zipline, and will take centre stage of the lobby till the end of the year.
The resort is hosting a number of festive packages including a gala dinner on New Year’s Eve on the lawn. Belly dancers, tanoura folk dancers and fire dancers will put on show-stopping displays during the evening while a henna decoration hut is available for those wanting to mark the occasion with a beautiful design. A live music event with MTV Hek Menghanneh singer Joe Koueik at its Al Maeda restaurant is also available with a free-flowing Lebanese buffet including mixed grills and contemporary dishes.
Prices for New Year’s Eve start from AED 530 pp for the Lebanese dinner event and AED 750 for the gala package per person.
For bookings this season or for more information, please call 07-228-8844.
About Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa
Located in Ras Al Khaimah, the most pristine of the Emirates, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa is a luxury family beach resort and spa, sprawled over 1.5 kilometers of private white sandy beaches, providing a leisurely pace of living and offering the perfect destination for a family getaway.
A unique location to experience authentic Arabia, the resort with 475 rooms, suites, and villas provides majestic views of the Arabian Gulf, Hajjar Mountains and miles of excellent beaches close to the Bays of Oman. The serene buildings with traditional design features, has a comprehensive food and beverage offering with 9 eclectic and exotic choices. Specialty restaurants include Brazilian, Italian, and international cuisines, with an attractive children and teens menu. Leisure facilities in the hotel include direct access to 1.5 kilometers of white empty beaches and beach club, spa, water sports centre, fishing and snorkeling activities, swimming pools, walking and jogging tracks, a kids club and teens club and plenty of green open spaces and gardens. Start your Arabian adventure here.