The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai Beaches and beyond

The hotel

Tranquil and committed to the environment, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert resort has a natural yet sanctuary feel in beautiful surroundings with gazelles and oryx roaming around. Choose from a wide selection of recreational activities and experiences, or simply bask in the surreal aura of the desert's romance. All villas come complete with their own swimming pool, ensuring utter privacy as you bask in the sun’s rays. There’s also traditional tented villas for those who want the full-on Bedouin experience. There’s a dedicated nature reserve on-site, home to Arabian gazelles, camels and oryxes. Children and adults alike will enjoy the opportunity of getting up close to these gentle and fascinating creatures as they wander the dunes at leisure — magical! Also magical is the resort’s spa, offering lavish treatment pavilions, state-of-the-art hydrotherapy and signature treatments including the rainforest experience which comes highly recommended.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Horse Riding
  • Restaurant
  • Villa / private house

Where is it

Located in the UAE’s northern emirate Ras Al Khaimah, the closest desert resort from Dubai International Airport. Transfer time from Dubai International Airport: 50 minutes.

Hotel information

101 villas, all with air-conditioning, private swimming pool, furnished sun deck, 41” interactive LCD TV, Bose music system, telephone, high-speed Internet access, mini-bar*, tea/coffee maker, safe, silk bathrobe, hairdryer, iron and board. Al Rimal Pool Villa with king-size bed and lounge area with sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (subject to extra bed, sofa bed).

Half Board option: guests booked on Half Board can dine-around in participating restaurants and lounges for lunch or dinner (food only). A selection of up to six restaurants are included in the dine-around programme including (subject to opening times) Kaheela, Moorish, Farmhouse, Moon Bar, Paddock Café, Shore House (seafood restaurant located at The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach).

Full Board option: guests booked on Full Board can dine-around in participating restaurants and lounges for lunch and dinner (food only). A selection of up to six restaurants are included in the dine-around programme including (subject to opening times) Kaheela, Moorish, Farmhouse, Moon Bar, Paddock Café, Shore House (seafood restaurant located at The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach).

Please note: restaurants included and opening days/hours are subject to change. Children booked on meal plans must order from the Ritz-Kids Children’s menu available in all restaurants. In-villa dining is not included. All meal plans are based on food only. Meal plan supplements do not have any cash value and cannot be refunded nor cumulated towards future stays.

Al Khaimah Tented Pool Villa with king-size bed, lounge area with sofa bed, terrace with double cabana, sun-loungers, dining table and chairs with barbecue area. Oversized bathroom with free-standing tub and separate rain shower, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Al Sahari Secluded Pool Villa with king-size bed, lounge area with sofa bed, terrace with double cabana, sun-loungers, dining table and chairs with barbecue area. Oversized bathroom with free-standing tub and separate rain shower, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Please note: Al Khaimah and Al Sahari tented villas are on Full Board package. The Ultimate Desert Experience for Tented Villas include Full Board for all guests in the villa as well as one complimentary Al Wadi Experience daily for all guests in addition to the complimentary daily falcon show and owl interaction.

3 restaurants; Kaheela (Arabic and Indian cuisine), Moorish (Spanish and Moroccan tapas), Farmhouse (Farm to Fork concept), Moon Bar (rooftop lounge). Kan Zaman* (Al Wadi barbeque, every Friday). The Al Wadi Tower* (for private dining), Destination Dining* options include in the desert dunes including picnics and private barbeques under the stars. New Oasis Pool & Bar featuring a large swimming pool, Jacuzzi, kids' pool and Ritz-Kidz Splash pool area. The Ritz-Carlton Spa* with indoor hydrothermal pool and the Rainforest Spa experience. Fitness centre. Yoga*. Complimentary bikes to use in the resort for the whole family. Nature and bird-watching walks*. Nature drives*. Stargazing*. Horse riding*. Owl Experience. Complimentary access to the Ritz Kids® club (aged 4 years and above). Feathered Friend experience for kids. Trail Tales experience for kids. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Complimentary WiFi access. 24-hour room service*. Complimentary beach access at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach (only 15 minutes away).

3 nights minimum stay applies over New Year.

No check out permitted on 31 Dec.

* Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Jun 15, 2019 njamil Dubai, United Arab Emirates

It was really the best place for relaxation and enjoyment for family. We enjoyed the private pool and kids were really happy. The villa was amazing, clean and had all the things perfect. The kids also enjoyed in the kids club with the friendly staff in all the facility
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Jun 14, 2019 Munaabdulla

The service was really bad, we booked 3 villas and for the price we payed ( 4400 AED) we expect 5 stars service ( shampoo and shower gels and soaps was provided for 1 person in each villa, slippers wasn't provided, lunch was ordered for 6 people and they send send us 1 yogurt only with the rice) the checkout is too early at 11 AM and when we… Read more
The service was really bad, we booked 3 villas and for the price we payed ( 4400 AED) we expect 5 stars service ( shampoo and shower gels and soaps was provided for 1 person in each villa, slippers wasn't provided, lunch was ordered for 6 people and they send send us 1 yogurt only with the rice) the checkout is too early at 11 AM and when we request to extend the checkout they refuse to extend for the 3 villas just for 1 and their attitude was not proper, further more at 5:00 AM we heard loud voice we couldn't sleep. Anyways am not going to book or stay at Ritz Carlton again and i will not refer my family and friends to book with them, service was better when the management was under banyan tree. Note: We are locals and we deserve excellent service and , we are not staying for free to get this bad service. Maitha Hashim Read less
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Jun 8, 2019 StewartL236 Ascot, United Kingdom

We stayed just one night and had a wonderful time to celebrate my wife’s birthday. I had read some recent reviews about bad service or fixtures being tired, but we did not experience or see such problems. The room was excellent and we had a very comfy bed. The children shared the sofa bed which was large and had doors so they were separate from… Read more
We stayed just one night and had a wonderful time to celebrate my wife’s birthday. I had read some recent reviews about bad service or fixtures being tired, but we did not experience or see such problems. The room was excellent and we had a very comfy bed. The children shared the sofa bed which was large and had doors so they were separate from us. Bathroom is huge and had a very nice bath and shower. Food for dinner and breakfast was excellent. The main hotel pool was really good - great beds, pool bar and separate children’s pool. Little touches make the difference and why you pay the premium: buggy service which was at on call, children provided cuddly toys on arrival, packing the car on departure, valet which got your car and then came and told you inside when it was ready, birthday cake left in the room when we came back from the pool. Recommend for all least two nights to maximise the experience. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An issue after another

Jun 6, 2019 Manaralmajedi Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I came here in our anniversary with my husband for 2 nights. We arrived around 4 which is was later than the check in time. After waiting for 45 minutes they inform us that there is a problem with the pool.As there is a white color in the pool which will need time to clear but oh it’s ok to swim in! The main reason for staying here is for the… Read more
I came here in our anniversary with my husband for 2 nights. We arrived around 4 which is was later than the check in time. After waiting for 45 minutes they inform us that there is a problem with the pool.As there is a white color in the pool which will need time to clear but oh it’s ok to swim in! The main reason for staying here is for the private pool experience. And to make us happy they will give us complimentary drinks! I’m paying in thousands and they are giving me a 50AED solution. After having arguments with them they said they will offer us in upgrade ( which is misleading as it’s the same size room) but in another corner of the hotel. And for them to get it ready, we waited for another hour for that room! They ruined the entire experience we wanted which is unacceptable in a 5 star hotel like the Ritz Carlton! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Below expectations

Jun 3, 2019 Jaiwana Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We felt mislead. The official website makes this place look like a tranquil escape for honeymooners- but in fact we experienced the opposite. We were surrounded by loud Asian families throughout our entire stay. Our room was in a tightly packed row of villas with loud children all around. Our private pool was hot (34C) and had no area for… Read more
We felt mislead. The official website makes this place look like a tranquil escape for honeymooners- but in fact we experienced the opposite. We were surrounded by loud Asian families throughout our entire stay. Our room was in a tightly packed row of villas with loud children all around. Our private pool was hot (34C) and had no area for sunbathing. We tried the public pool, but it turned out to be a very sad place. It had the charm of a military compound in Saudi Arabia, to be frank. Also, the buggy that drove us there was in need of maintenance. The toilet seat in our bathroom was cracked. When we complained they sent us an apology card, but did not offer to fix the situation. Dinner at Farmhouse was very good. But again, it was swarmed with wildly misbehaving children that ruined the atmosphere. They were even running around in the adjacent bar, hanging on the curtains and playing with the table decorations. The staff didn’t dare to intervene. Breakfast was disappointing for a Ritz Carlton. When we checked out, the management were apologetic and offered an upgrade for the next time. But there won’t be a next time. We also didn’t like the checkin policy. Check in at 3pm (you reach your room by 4pm) and checkout at 11am next day doesn’t offer much value or time to enjoy the room. Especially given the high rates. Read less