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Al Wadi Desert Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Al Wadi Desert, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel, is a luxurious desert resort located in Ras Al Khaimah, close to Dubai. The hotel offers 101 private pool villas, with a secluded feel and a world-class spa. This is the perfect place to escape the world.

At a Glance

  • A luxury desert resort with 101 individual private pool villas

  • Formerly the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, this property is now a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

  • Wildlife activities on offer, including falconry and nature walks in the 500 hectare desert reserve

  • Great for both couples and families looking for a unique experience

  • An award-winning spa with a unique hydrotherapy center called the Rainforest

  • Only 1 hour from Dubai airport by road

Family, Honeymoon

Insider's View

The Moon Bar has a terrace where movies can be shown under the stars!

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Insider's View

I highly recommend dinner at Safran, because it's so lovely to overlook the small man-made lake - and the food is amazing!

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Insider's View

Families are best going for the Al Rimal Pool Villas, as you can close a door between the sofa bed and the bedroom.

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Insider's View

Make sure you request a bicycle, available free of charge, as the resort is quite extensive.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Al Wadi Desert Ras Al Khaimah or take a look at our itineraries to the desert in the UAE


Formerly the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, the Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, now a Ritz-Carlton property, is a luxury desert resort with individual, private pool villas dotted around the desert landscape, offering utter seclusion and relaxation. The resort also has a number of wildlife activities on offer thanks to its position within a 500-hectare, protected nature reserve, giving the property a unique feel.

The individual one bedroom villas are either outwardly designed to look like traditional Arabian mud-brick buildings, or are tented to reflect the Bedouin nomadic feel of the location. Elegantly decorated, interiors combine the plush and ornate with modern clean lines and a fresh feel. Private pools add to the exclusive feel of the property, but it is worth noting that the hotel does not have a main swimming pool.

Guests at the Al Wadi Desert can also treat themselves to a sensual spa experience at the Al Wadi Spa. With 10 lavish treatment pavilions, as well as a unique hydrotherapy center called the Rainforest, where visitors can wander between rooms with pools and showers of different temperatures, ice rooms, steam rooms and saunas, the spa has everything you could need to completely unwind and relax in an oasis of calm and tranquillity.

Located within a nature reserve in the desert, it is the perfect place to enjoy the surrounding nature and wildlife. The property is home to a number of birds of prey, including falcons, two owls and hawks, and an afternoon spent participating in an intimate falconry display is a fantastic way to learn more about these fascinating creatures. There is an activity center where guests can also go camel or horse riding, meet for nature walks, do archery and much more.

The Al Wadi Desert Ras Al Khaimah has two restaurants on site: Safran offering an exclusive fine-dining Indian menu in a distinctly Arabian setting, and Al Waha which offers international and Arabic cuisine in a beautiful setting honouring traditional Middle Eastern architecture. There are two bars: Samar Lounge which has a selection of wines and cocktails as well as cigars, and the Moon Bar which is on the roof terrace of Samar Lounge, offering shisha and presenting the perfect location for sunset and for star gazing. There are plenty of romantic places for destination dining including the The Tower, built as a traditional Arabian watchtower with stunning views over the desert, or even an Arabian or Western-style barbecue under the stars on the sand dunes with your own personal chef and butler.


Al Wadi Desert Ras Al Khaimah is home to 101 individual pool villas, stylishly designed to reflect the Arabian heritage of the Emirates with a modern interpretation of traditional Bedouin architecture. All villas have just one bedroom. There are 70 Al Rimal Pool Villas, 16 Al Khaimah Tented Pool Villas, and 15 Al Sahari Tented Pool Villas.

All villas have modern comforts including a plasma TV, DVD player, mini audio system, wireless internet connection, IDD telephone, air conditioning and an in-villa safe. They also have a mini bar, a hairdryer, bathrobes and a turndown service in the evenings.

Al Khaimah Tented Pool Villa

Al Khaimah Tented Pool Villas measure 253m² and have a large private deck out at the front, making them perfect for sunbathing in peace. The private pools measure 30m².

Al Rimal Deluxe Pool Villa

Al Rimal Deluxe Pool Villas are built in the style of traditional Arabian mud-brick houses and measure 158m² in size, with a separate sitting room in front of the bedroom, and a sliding door that can close between the two giving privacy if the sofa bed is used. Al Rimal Villas can be either twin- or king-bedded. The private pools measure 23m².

Al Sahari Tented Pool Villa

Al Sahari Tented Pool Villas are similar to Al Khaimah Tented Pool Villas, also measuring 253m², but have higher levels of privacy as each one is separated by a sand dune. They also have a villa host, evening drinks included as well as complimentary laundry. The private pools measure 30m².

Location & Directions

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Located on eco-rich Wadi Khadeja, Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost emirate in the United Arab Emirates.

When to go

The best time to visit the UAE is between October and November and then February and March, when temperatures hang around the mid-20s and the humidity is under control. While December and January are generally considered the best months to go, the weather over the last couple of ‘winters’ has been unpredictable with occasional cloud and rain.

The month of Ramadan means hotel rates are heavily discounted, but while outside the resort, Ramadan is strictly adhered to, within the resorts you will notice very little difference.

High summer (July and August) means heavy discounted hotels it’s a great option for a cheap getaway but it will be very very hot and very very humid!

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