The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

From $1300 in low season
From $2800 in high season

based on 7 nights

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

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

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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Insider's View

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

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

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

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

Definitely attend the free afternoon falconry demonstration. Great to see the birds flying and you might even get a chance to hold them

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

Description

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.

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.

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Accommodation

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.

Childcare

Al Wadi Desert Rash Al Khaimah has a Ritz Kids Club open to children from the age of 4 with a range of indoor and outdoor activities including kids archery, mini falconry and owl interaction, pony rides, bedtime stories under the stars, video games, table games, mini shop and kitchen, fish feeding and a mews and stables tour.

The recreation center is open from 7am to 7pm, with Ritz Kids Club open from 9am to 6pm. Babysitting services are also available on request.

Facilities

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.

Activities

Al Wadi Desert Ras Al Khaimah has an experience center where guests, both families and couples, can sign up for the various options on offer, including archery, falconry, stargazing, sand boarding, horse and camel riding, bicycle rides, desert or mountain safaris, nature trails and bird watching.

Reviews

5

Clare Monro (Staff)

I was really impressed with the Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah. It is fantastically located in the desert, not too remote but it does feel secluded. It has really good activities on offer - archery, falconry, a wonderful spa including the Rainforest experience. The rooms are great and it is lovely having your own private pool. This hotel works well for both families and couples - for families, I'd recommend going for Al Rimal villas as you have a separate sitting room and can close the door with an extra bed for a child. There is also a kids club, with the focus being on wildlife and nature, and getting out and about. The service and food are also really good.

Experiences

  • Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

    Enjoy the exhilarating rides at Dubai's buzzing waterpark Aquaventure, located at the Atlantis The Palm hotel. A fun-filled outing for all the family with wild rides, a shark filled lagoon and attractions for all ages.

  • Brunch in Dubai

    If in Dubai on a Friday, why not partake in the favorite past time of the local expat community and enjoy an ever-so-social Friday brunch. Take your time and enjoy free-flowing champagne and cocktails accompanied by a mouth-watering feast for the palate.

  • Camel Desert Safari

    Experience the beauty of the desert on a camel safari followed by a falconry display and a traditional Bedouin dinner.

  • Desert Horse Riding Experience

    Riders of all abilities are welcome at this equestrian center in the desert, situated amongst the rolling sand dunes where you can visit the horses in the stables or take them out for a unique tour through the desert.

  • Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner

    No trip to Dubai is complete without experiencing a desert safari. Embark upon an unparalleled adventure over the golden sand dunes in a 4x4 followed by a magical evening in a traditional Bedouin camp.

  • Dhow Cruise with Dinner

    Enjoy a romantic dinner aboard a traditional Arabic Dhow while you take in the views of either the old city from the Dubai Creek or the modern cityscape from the Marina under a star lit sky.

  • Dubai Historic Discovery

    Although a relatively new city, Dubai enjoys a rich heritage with a history that goes as far back as the Bronze Age. Take a journey back in time and explore the fascinating roots of this unique country.

  • Dubai Rugby Sevens

    The well-established annual Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, hosted in a purpose-built stadium on the outskirts of Dubai, is a thrilling and action-packed three days attracting rugby fans from around the world.

  • Dune Buggy Adventure

    Perfect for adrenalin seekers, this excursion will allow you to experience the thrill of a wild ride in the golden sand dunes of the open desert in a powerful dune buggy.

  • Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise

    Experience an unforgettable sunrise over the desert dunes whilst you soar over the golden sands in a hot air balloon.

  • Learn to Play Polo in Dubai

    Offering the perfect introduction to the world's oldest and fastest team game, a polo lesson at Dubai's Polo Academy is a great opportunity to learn the rules and the key skills of the game, riding and hitting.

  • Overnight Safari

    Enjoy a magical night away from the busy city life of Dubai under the star-lit skies and surrounded by the golden sands of the Arabian desert.

  • Palm Cruise

    Cruise around this manmade wonder which is not only an architectural feat but also home to some of the most opulent houses and hotels in the country.

  • Seaplane Flight over Dubai

    Enjoy a magical seaplane flight over Dubai and take in the architectural wonders of this ultra-modern city from the sky.

  • Track day at Yas Marina Circuit

    Seize the opportunity of a lifetime and drive a Formula One race car at speed around a Formula One race track at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Choose from a range of super cars and buckle up and hit the track.

  • Visit the Burj Khalifa

    Venture to the top of the tallest structure in the world and enjoy the incredible unobstructed 360 degree views over Dubai from the open observation deck 'At the Top'.

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.

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