Bedouin-style tented villa at Al Wadi Desert.
Bedouin-style tented villa at Al Wadi Desert.

Al Wadi Desert (a Ritz-Carlton partner hotel), Ras Al Khaimah

If new experiences with your family are high on the agenda, Al Wadi Desert (a Ritz-Carlton partner hotel) should be top of your list. Previously known as Banyan Tree, this luxury resort is within a nature reserve in the UAE of Ras Al Khaimah.

Here you will be immersed in Arabic culture and traditions while enjoying top-class service, staying in luxurious villas, each with a private pool and some with desert views. New experiences for both kids and adults will live with you forever, including nature drives, night-walks and stargazing. There's even the opportunity for private dining amidst the sand dunes!

The kids' club for ages 4–16 years gives junior guests the chance to make friends but also to take part in pony rides, try out kids' yoga, have a go at baking and end the day listening to a bedtime story beneath the twinkling stars. Meanwhile, the spa with its traditional treatments is well some of your own time.

The price of staying here isn't for the faint-hearted, but for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday the Al Wadi Desert is a sure-fire bet.

Location

Al Wadi Desert is around 80km from Dubai airport, and 40km from the border with Oman.

Al Wadi Desert (a Ritz-Carlton partner hotel)

What to expect

Cafe/restaurant
Family rooms
Fitness Suite
Kids club
Spa

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Childcare

Ritz Kids' Club (ages 4–16 years; 9am–6pm).

Accommodation

101 villas and luxury tents, all with private pools and terraces.

Al Rimal pool villas sleep 2 adults + 2 children in 1 king and 1 double bed, with desert view.

Al Rimal enclosed pool villas sleep 2 adults + 2 children in 1 king and 2 twin beds. 

Al Khaimah tented pool villas sleep 2 adults + 2 children in 2 king beds, with living area.

Al Sahari pool villas sleep 2 adults + 2 children in 2 king beds, with desert views.

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Facilities

Childcare (see above).

Kids' activity/play area (open 7am–7pm, with archery, falconry, pony rides, video games, bedtime stories under the stars).

Kids' yoga; baking classes; discovery walks.

Restaurants and bars (plus private dining in the dunes).

Spa; gym; fitness and yoga.

Archery (private and night sessions available).

Biking (complimentary; guided rides available).

Nature and bird-watching walks.

Nature drives (12-hour advance booking required).

Night-walks; stable tours; stargazing.

Concierge and organised excursions outside the resort.