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Banyan Tree Al Wadi

Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Banyan Tree Al Wadi is a luxurious desert resort in the emirate of 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 for a few days!

At a Glance

  • A desert resort with 101 individual pool villas

  • Wildlife activities on offer, including falconry and nature walks

  • Access to the beach via the Banyan Tree Beach Resort, with a complimentary shuttle linking the two

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

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

Family, Honeymoon

Insider's View

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

Clare Monro

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!

Clare Monro

Insider's View

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

Clare Monro

Insider's View

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

Clare Monro

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Banyan Tree Al Wadi or take a look at our itineraries to the desert in the UAE


With individual pool villas dotted around the desert landscape, Banyan Tree Al Wadi offers utter seclusion and relaxation, as well as having a number of wildlife activities to give the property a unique feel. The property perfectly merges the local Arabian culture with the Banyan Tree brand's East Asian Zen-like feel to give it a style all of its own.

The individual 1-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.

Banyan Tree properties are known for their spas, and Banyan Tree Al Wadi is no exception. The spa has 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.

With Banyan Tree Al Wadi's location 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 kids club is open to children from the age of four years, and combines indoor and outdoor activities, including bird watching and nature walks. Children under the age of four years can be accompanied by a parent or babysitter.

For those looking for some beach time, there is a shuttle bus connecting Banyan Tree Al Wadi with the Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort about 20 minutes away. Guests can either head to the beach for a day trip, or combine the two properties as a twin center vacation.

Banyan Tree Al Wadi has two restaurants on site: Safran offering contemporary Thai cuisine and Southeast Asian delicacies, and Al Waha which is the international restaurant. 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 and Al Waha, offering shisha and presenting the perfect location for sunset and for star gazing. There are plenty of romantic places for destination dining including the Safran Tower, built as a traditional Arabian watchtower with stunning views over the desert. Guests can also travel 20-minutes to Sands Restaurant at the Baynan Tree Beach Resort on the coast, for international cuisine.


Banyan Tree Al Wadi is home to 101 individual pool villas, stylishly designed to reflect the Arabian heritage of the Emirates, combined with the East Asian style of the Banyan Tree brand. All villas have just one bedroom. There are 70 Al Rimal Deluxe 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 253sqm, and have a large private deck out at the front, making them perfect for sunbathing in peace. The private pools measure 30sqm.

Al Rimal Deluxe Pool Villa

Al Rimal Deluxe Pool Villas are built in the style of traditional Arabian mudbrick houses and measure 158sqm in size, with a separate sitting room in front of the bedroom, and a sliding door 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 23sqm.

Al Sahari Tented Pool Villa

Al Sahari Tented Pool Villas are similar to Al Khaimah Tented Pool Villas, also measuring 253sqm, 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 30sqm.


Banyan Tree Al Wadi has a kids club open to children from the age of four unaccompanied, while children under four years can attend accompanied by a parent or babysitter. There are indoor activities as well an outdoor playground, and outdoor activities including bird watching and nature walks.


Banyan Tree Al Wadi has two restaurants on-site: Safran serving Asian cuisine, and Al Waha serving international cuisine; as well as a Samar Lounge, serving a range of wines and fine cigars, and Moon Bar which has a roof terrace which can be enjoyed in the evenings. There are also romantic destination dining options on-site. Guests can go to the nearby Banyan Tree Beach Resort, around a 20-minute drive away, to enjoy Sands Restaurant.


Banyan Tree Al Wadi has an activity center where guests, both families and couples, can sign up for the various options on offer, including falconry, yoga, horse and camel riding, bicycle rides, desert or mountain safaris, nature trails and birdwatching.

Location & Directions

Desert, 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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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Banyan Tree Al Wadi or take a look at our itineraries to the desert in the UAE

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