The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert

Seriously swanky desert resort is an outdoor-lover’s dream

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert
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Get closer to nature at this resort tucked inside a 1,235-acre protected wildlife reserve. It is perfect for travellers and families seeking a remote getaway, and is just 45 minutes north of Dubai.

Here, outdoor activities and animal-spotting take centre stage as the hotel’s concierge can arrange desert treks on camel or horseback, private archery lessons, mountain biking, nature drives, an evening of stargazing or encounters with Arabian onyx. Also, don’t miss the daily falconry show – this is the United Arab Emirates after all.

For anyone set on relaxing, there’s a spa with hydrothermal facitilities and luxurious indoor and outdoor pools. There are four dining spots to choose from including the farm-to-table Farmhouse, all-day dining at Kaheela, the open-sky Moon Bar and the relaxed Moorish lounge. You can also enjoy a private dining experience in the Arabian-style Al Wadi tower overlooking the desert – it’s not just the food that’s a feast for the eyes here.

The 101 villa suites at this Ras Al Khaimah resort are luxurious from start to finish. Inspired by traditional Bedouin tents, each villa offers its own pool,
deck overlooking the desert, a spacious lounge area and a bathroom with floor-to-ceiling windows.

For total seclusion and more than a spot of luxury, you’re in the right place.
Wadi Khadeja, Ras al Khaimah,, (07 206 7777).

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