The five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel is situated within the hallowed sanctuary of Wadi Khadeja in the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
The family-friendly desert resort offers 101 luxurious private pool villas within the 1,250 acres of Al Wadi Nature Reserve, surrounded by wildlife including the legendary Arabian oryx and gazelles. Experienced hospitality professionals are on hand to help create personalised itineraries for guests to enjoy a relaxed and memorable stay.
It’s easy for visitors to experience the culture and ancient arts of the Bedouin, such as falconry shows, camel rides and stargazing, and the equestrian centre is open to both experienced and non-experienced riders. Younger visitors will have plenty to keep them entertained: the Ritz Kids’ Club programme has been curated with a range of adventurous and educational activities that allow youngsters to interact with falcons and owls and to learn the art of archery. Children can also learn how to handle ponies through grooming and riding.
In a similar vein of eco-consciousness, the Heritage Forest is a pilot project that allows guests to contribute to a greener and more sustainable environment by planting a ghaf, the national tree of the UAE, as part of the resort’s corporate social responsibility programme.
Spa facilities include a 24-hour gym and a yoga pavilion, though classes can also be held in the desert at sunrise or sunset. The unique rainforest experience comprises 16 steps of hydrothermal therapy, offering pure bliss.
The hotel has two restaurants offering fresh, organic fare, plus Arabic and international cuisine. Destination Dining at Al Wadi Desert is ideal for a romantic meal, while the Al Wadi tower promises intimacy under a starry sky overlooking the magnificent desert; private dinners or picnics in the sand dunes can also be arranged. The hotel’s rooftop Moon Bar is an ideal spot for sunset cocktails.
Ras Al Khaimah’s hidden gems include the Via Ferrata, the longest zip line in the UAE, and Jebel Jais Mountain for spectacular sunset picnics.
Only 20 minutes from Al Wadi Desert, the hotel is a secluded retreat in Ras Al Khaimah
Need to know
• 101 luxury private pool villas
• 2 restaurants and 2 bars
• All-day dining restaurant
• FarmHouse organic cuisine
• Moon Bar roof terrace
• Moorish lounge and terrace
• The Ritz-Carlton Spa
• The Rainforest
• Ritz Kids’ Club
• Stargazing platform
• Al Wadi Equestrian Centre
• Indoor meetings and event spaces
• Falconry centre
• Tesla car charging stations