Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

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258 Reviews
Guide Price £1,349 per person
Based on 05 October 18 departure from London Gatwick flying with Emirates, staying for 3 nights bed and breakfast in a Pool 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
258 Reviews 80% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 175
  • Very Good 36
  • Average 25
  • Poor 11
  • Terrible 11

What to Expect

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


Aug 19, 2018

Nightmare !


My wife had been asking me several times to try this hotel. She has experienced it with her mother few years back when it was under Banyan Tree brand and she really was amazed by the scenery, the animals and the amazing resort. While talking to other friends, who had recently stayed in this hotel, we started to be worried as it seems their experiences were not positive at all. Nevertheless, someone's experience can differ and we thought we will not let that influence our choice. We stayed in this hotel during the month of June 2018 and unfortunately the stay was not at the level of a 5-star hotel. When we arrived, I requested for a room in a corner, so that we ensure other guests are not overlooking into our swimming pool. The receptionist informed me that we can get such room at an extra cost normally but they will extend it complimentary to us as an exception. We were really pleased about that and were looking forward to it. As it was not the room allocated to us, the receptionist offered us to wait at the main restaurant while the room is being prepared for us and informed us that it will take about 20 minutes to have it ready and that they will come and pick us up from the restaurant. 40 minutes later we were still waiting for someone from Front office. We then decided to go back to reception to find out what the delay was. We had there 5 different people from front office asking us if they can assist us (and no solution) while we were waiting for the receptionist to find out the reason of the delay and we were attacked by flies while seating. Flies everywhere! I understand that we are in the middle of the desert but there are solutions to keep the flies somehow away from the indoor reception. there were lines of dead flies on the couches and near the windows. A more senior front office member informed us that the room will be ready in 5 minutes. He then came back one minute later to tell us that Housekeeping told him now that it will be 10 minutes. We had been offered a late check-out on the next day at 5pm to make it up for the wait on our first day and we appreciated the gesture. 20 minutes later and after starting to lose our cool, the Duty Manager took us with the buggy to our room. When we arrived in the room, we had to laugh in order not to cry. A massive dirty net was covering the view to the beautiful desert. We wanted privacy but we don't come all the way to the desert and not enjoy the beautiful view this resort has to offer. The Duty Manager has taken action to change us rooms and we had to wait for 15 minutes again until we are taken to the second villa. When we arrive in the second villa everything seemed lovely, until my wife looked into the pool. The color was completely yellow and you could not see through. We had to ask the duty manager again to change us the room. The excuse was that, as the room has not been used for a long time, the water had stagnated apparently (such resort runs on 100% occupancy every weekend). We had to wait again another 15 minutes to be taken to our final villa. We arrived in the resort at 2pm and we managed to get into our private pool at 4:15pm. What a trip! The Duty manager tells that he would have loved to offer us an upgrade to a tented villa but they were all occupied. If the hotel is not able to provide that, don't mention it! we didn't ask for it. We thought that all the troubles were behind us and we were wrong. I wanted to have a coffee and use the coffee machine available, it was not working as the coffee machine had a European plug and the wall was a UK plug. there was no adapter. So I called housekeeping that gave me an adapter but both plug where not providing electricity so I had to call them in order to fix that (which they did while we went to the restaurant). There was suddenly no water in the bathroom when I wanted to take a bath. I called engineering and suddenly a brown colored water came in all the sinks and shower and it stayed that way until the next day. The bathtub clogged and more dirt came out of it. I had to call the engineering team again. The next morning, we wanted to call a buggy to go to breakfast with the phones in the rooms, they were not working. My wife had to call the reception with her mobile phone. We decided to enjoy the pool and once we were in it, we realized that housekeeping had taken away our towels but had not replaced them. We had to call them and they arrived 2 hours later (by then we already had used the towels in the bathroom). We sat on the edge of the pool to tan but moved very quickly when we saw that the wall of the pool was infested of bugs which were coming into the pool. The terrace near the pool is covered of birds feces on all the pillars. Privacy is protected between villas with tented poles, in our case one was completely missing and the other one was teared. We decided to leave the hotel at 12pm despite having a late check-out at 5pm. We preferred to be in our home than to spend one more minute into this place. We were so disappointed as we were looking forward to some time together. We have received an apology from the management of the hotel and we were invited to come back to the hotel anytime to experience the true Ritz Carlton service. When my wife asked to come back the following weekend (we stayed from a Friday to a Saturday), our request was refused and we were asked to come during the week or on a Saturday evening, it would be better for them. When you pay more than 650 USD per night, this is completely unacceptable. We will never go back.
Aug 16, 2018


The most amazing place I have ever stayed. Perfect villa/ lodge with big pool and totally private. Views of the desert. Lovely interior design, comfortable big bed, massive bathroom. Excellent customer service from the waiters and delicious breakfast. Will definitely return again soon.
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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.