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Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

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Write your own Arabian fairytale in the desert

Beyond the highways and skyscrapers of Dubai, nestled inside the tree-scattered desert of Ras Al Khaimah; Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel is a peaceful Arabian-style retreat in the sand. Made up of luxurious villas — each wonderfully-appointed and with private pools — the resort has an award-winning spa with an excellent hydrotherapy facility called The Rainforest, and exceptional dining opportunities like the Thai restaurant Safran, and Al Waha overlooking a natural watering hole. The wildlife rich surroundings are home to Gazelle and Oryx, while the onsite falconry centre has many feathered residents. Couples will love private dining on the tower and candlelit shisha on the rooftop bar while families will appreciate the kids' club. The Experience Concierge team is at hand, offering a great service to personalise extraordinary programmes to make sure you have a truly unforgettable desert getaway. 

  • All-villa resort in the desert all with private pools
  • Falconry centre with daily shows and interactions
  • Special private dining experiences on the watchtower
  • Award-winning spa with superb hydrotherapy facilities

Top Tips from our Experts

Sheryl

Destination Manager

Be sure to visit the iconic rainforest spa on site. It is really one of a kind and will make your stay even more memorable. 

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

Away from it all

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • Glamping
  • H&J Recommended
  • Hidden gem
  • Luxury Collection
  • Private villas

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Kid's Club
Location Highlights

Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

  • Away from it all
  • Approx. 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport
  • Spectacular desert views
  • Spread out resort
163 Reviews 80% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 99
  • Very Good 32
  • Average 15
  • Poor 8
  • Terrible 9

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Jan 10, 2018

Management work needed ... not yet a Ritz

Dubai

This former Banyan Tree resort could be great. The 'tented' villa suites are sumptuous and spacious; the desert setting is beautiful and the staff ... most of them ... try really hard. But don't expect this to live up to the Ritz brand. This must be ... or should be ... a dream posting for an aspirational manager. Can't comment about the smaller rooms (other than hearing their little pools can be small and dark - there is no common pool) but the big challenge is service. It's inconsistent at best. You can wait a long time for buggies, even at obvious choke points like outside restaurants; room servicing rarely happens magically, like in most five star hotels; never did get our proper complement of bicycles and restaurant waiters vaporise. One other gripe - all the light dimmers and electric curtain controls mean well but you need a separate manual to figure them out. To end on a positive, though, the activity staff were fantastic.
Jan 07, 2018

My 1 year anniversary

I visited the Ritz 2 days ago, and I should say this is the first time i feel motivated enough to put a review on TripAdvisor. Not only was the hotel phenomenal, extremely clean, and incredibly luxurious, but the service was exceptional. In general, all the staff is great and very helpful, but one person (Shadi) stood out and was by far the friendliest hotel staff member I’ve ever encountered over the years, from different countries. Shadi was the true definition of going above and beyond to ensure our satisfaction. He did not leave a request unattended, and was very happy to cater to all our requirements. He was a large contributor in making our 1st anniversary as special as it was, and for that, a special thanks goes out to him. If you decide to visit this hotel, and it’s within your budget, I would highly recommend one of the tented villas. Wow! They’re truly remarkable, and definitely worth the extra few bucks. I will definitely revisit this hotel. Thank you all for the memorable experience.
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Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Facilities

Al Wadi Spa

Al Wadi Spa offers locally sourcedherbs and spices, expert therapists and recuperative hydrotherapy facilities to provide guests with an unforgettable spa experience.

Falconry

Falconry Centre

Enjoy an afternoon Falconry show followed by a nature walk with owl interaction.

Archery Range

Why not start a new hobby and try your hand at Archery. Private and night sessions are available on a request basis.

Bicycles

Enjoy complimentary bicycles to explore the desert surroundings. You can even park your bike outside your villa so you can come and go as you please. Guided rides are available on request.

Fitness Centre

Fully equipped fitness centre is available along with an aerobics and a yoga studio.

Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Room Types

Al Rimal Pool Villa

Complementing the desert landscape, these Arabian mud-brick villas are furnished inside with stylish flourishes, warm hues, and modern conveniences. There is a terrace with private plunge pool and a spacious bathroom with shower and bath.Bicycles are parked outside every villa so you can get to the spa, the restaurants and the bars in no time at all — or just call for a golf buggy to pick you up.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Al Sahari Tented Pool Villa

The Al Sahari Tented Pool Villa is perched away from the rest of the resort and creates a sanctuary of exclusivity and luxury that you'll really appreciate. Similar in design to the Al Khaimah Villa — with its silk draped bathroom and bedroom, spacious deck with private pool — it affords you the additional benefit of a dedicated villa host to assist you with booking activities, private dining and more. Additionally, you'll get a daily 60 minute Rainforest experience in the spa, a 30 minute head and shoulder massage per stay for two, and daily in-villa evening cocktails and canapés, a daily in-villa breakfast, and fruit platters.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Al Khaimah Tented Pool Villa

These private tented villas exude luxury and Arabian mystique. They are made up of two separate wings draped in silk fabrics — one the bedroom with a king-sized bed and living space, and the other a large bathroom with central freestanding bathtub and rain shower. On the spacious deck is a large plunge pool overlooking the dunes, with a daybed for ultimate relaxation.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Food & Drink

Destination Dining

For a truly unforgettable experience embark on a dining journey like never before. The Tower: Enjoy private dining at the top of the watchtower where you will have views of the desert and your own dedicated chef. Desert Dining: Perfect for couples, families and groups. For those seeking a true desert experience, enjoy this customised desert experience with a traditional setting and a selection of menus ranging from light picnics to a seafood feast. Picnic Hamper: For an evening under the stars, head off into the sand dunes where you will be greeted with your own waiter and picnic hamper.

Moon Bar

This romantic Arabian roof top terrace lounge is exquisitely designed overlooking the desertscape and endless sand dunes. Relax on the spacious daybeds while admiring a wild desert sunset.

Samar Lounge

For fine wines and signature cocktails visit Samar Lounge. This double storey cove is a great place to relax on an evening.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast in the all day dining restaurant Al Waha. Service charges may apply.

Half Board

Breakfast in the all day dining restaurant Al Waha. Lunch at Al Waha or dinner at either Al Waha or Safran. Service charges may apply.

Full Board

Breakfast in the all day dining restaurant Al Waha. Lunch at Al Waha and dinner at either Al Waha or Safran. Service charges may apply.

Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Family Friendly Facilities

Ritz Kids' Club

Guests aged 4 years and older can enjoy adventure, exploration and education at the Ritz Kid's Club,learning all about the natural wonders and cultural traditions Ras Al Khaimah has to offer. Activities include camel riding, bird watching and a unique opportunity to care for injured animals before they are released back to the wild. Restrictions: Activities offered with an additional fee include: Kids archery, Mini falconry and owl interaction, pony rides and bedtime stories under the stars.