Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

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Guide Price £2,239 per person
Based on 28 August 19 departure from London Gatwick flying with Emirates, staying for 3 nights bed and breakfast in a Standard Villa (2 adults sharing) including return transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

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


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


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
344 Reviews 80% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 237
  • Very Good 45
  • Average 31
  • Poor 17
  • Terrible 14

What to Expect

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


Jan 20, 2019

Great Oasis to escape to Dubai hustle and bustle... (1 hour drive)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I have lived in Dubai for more than 4 years and whenever I think of breaks away I immediately think RAK! I have visited the Al Wadi Desert resort a handful of times and it has now become one of my go-to places when I have visitors in town to show them a taste of the desert (in a Ritzy Glam way). I was there with my friend 2 weeks ago who was visiting Dubai in January, we had an exceptional lunch at Kaheela where we enjoyed a nice Arabic fare with extremely attentive service. The food and ambience of the restaurants is enough of a reason to travel to Ritz-Carlton RAK, Al Wadi but as icing on the cake, ask the bell hops to give you a driving tour in the golf cars of the resort and make sure to stop into the horse stables. You can also cycle the available bikes around too. Top tip, stay for sunset!
Jan 13, 2019

Best day out for an amazing new year start!!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My family had the most wonderful day at the Ritz Carlton resort to enjoy the first weekend of 2019. The resort being a Nature Reserve is beautifully located centrally in a dessert . The have more then 100 accommodation as villas of an exceptional standard and quality. Anita the front office manager helped us in showing around the property and various activities like falcon riding..that are offered. All the restaurants provide amazing range and variety of cuisines; the choice of food is varied and amazing. The whole team of Kaheela restaurant and his team are always on their toes to provide an excellent support and service in the restaurants. Darcia, greeted us with welcoming smile . The wide choice and selection of menu was truly amazing. There is a variety of food choice in restaurants for soup . They have an amazing selection of salads and self mix up cut veggies as welli loved the beetroot salad .for maincourse as well international options catered to everyones delights.The cheese and veg spring rolls were loved by the kids.Lamb and beef options were also served. All arabic salads..were of great treat. Deserts were totally rellished by my kids.especialy the coconut cookies and chocolate pies. Lastly and not to be forgotten is Amit Arora the GM who truely deserves salutes for keeping standards of service so high and making our day so memorable.His teams, dedication and hard work in maintaining and achieving such extraordinary high-class facilities and levels of service must be commended and acknowledged. This is truly a luxury 5 star resort hotel in performance.
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Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel


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 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.


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.