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.

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Apr 20, 2019 affanmusaddiq pakistan

Beautifully located in the heart of the desert sprawled over 550 acres natural reserve. There you can fine Oryx that is an extinct species. Beautifully arranged and decorated .Some really hot locations for photography . We took a tent villa that very spacious with a huge private infinity edge pool with a desert view. Very secure property. It gives… Read more
Beautifully located in the heart of the desert sprawled over 550 acres natural reserve. There you can fine Oryx that is an extinct species. Beautifully arranged and decorated .Some really hot locations for photography . We took a tent villa that very spacious with a huge private infinity edge pool with a desert view. Very secure property. It gives you privacy as no one comes around your villa. They have a very organized system of pick and drop from your villa to your desired destination in the hotel by using buggies. Staff is very friendly and cooperative esp. Miss Meena Gautam .I wish her success and recommend her for any job promotion .She gave us so much attention and helped us in everything .Even presented us an enlarged and framed family photo of us with her on our check out. Food was scrumptious.They also gave us the complimentary breakfast to the family of four. Only one sentence in the end,Excellent,excellent,excellent. Read less
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Apr 16, 2019 mrosl877

This property is huge and there is so many activities that one can do while staying here. From the falcon show to stargazing, horseback riding and nature walk/drive, mountain picnic etc. As I had an early flight from Singapore, I arrived at the property really early in the morning, around 7.30AM. Kumari (Front Desk) helped me with the check-in… Read more
This property is huge and there is so many activities that one can do while staying here. From the falcon show to stargazing, horseback riding and nature walk/drive, mountain picnic etc. As I had an early flight from Singapore, I arrived at the property really early in the morning, around 7.30AM. Kumari (Front Desk) helped me with the check-in process and she was really friendly. She took the time to explain about the activities offered and the restaurants. The experience staying here is priceless. The villas are beautiful with a huge private pool that overlook the desert. Definitely a worth taking amazing photos. The weather was perfect. The Rainforest treatment located beside the spa was really refreshing and relaxing. The buffet breakfast at Kaheela restaurant had plenty to offer. You can also arrange half-board or full-board meals during your stay. Al Wadi Desert also offers a shuttle to its sister property at Al Hamra Beach. It’s about 20 minutes and guests get to enjoy the beach over there. There’s just too many great things to talk about. Ras Al Khaimah is one of the 7 emirates in UAE, and I strongly recommend you staying in this property and Al Hamra Beach for an unforgettable experience. I would like to specially thank the General Manager, Mr. Amit Arora, and your team of wonderful ladies and gentlemen for making this stay an incredible one. Thank you to Arshad (Kaheela), Dickson (Concierge), Levy (Adventure Centre), Ibrahim (Guest Services) and Ayu (Spa) for all your kind help and outstanding service. First class to all of them! Read less
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Apr 15, 2019 Nadine S

When they first opened this hotel some 7-8 years ago it was fabulous It was run by the Banyan tree resorts Now Ritz Cartlon They have not renovated or improved anything The furniture worn out , old and shabby Worse is the customer service also went down Extra bed used to be the sofa now they have made it worse and worse It’s a shame this is… Read more
When they first opened this hotel some 7-8 years ago it was fabulous It was run by the Banyan tree resorts Now Ritz Cartlon They have not renovated or improved anything The furniture worn out , old and shabby Worse is the customer service also went down Extra bed used to be the sofa now they have made it worse and worse It’s a shame this is a beautiful resort very serene and tranquil but IT NEEDS LOTS OF RENOVATION! Read less
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Apr 13, 2019 Everett3591 Alexandria, Virginia

Really enjoyed the contrast to Dubai. Seeing both areas gives a great perspective on how rapidly development has taken place. Great hotel staff and very accommodating in every way. We had an excellent message from highly trained staff and received Excellent service from Ganesh with our room and assistance we needed. He has a great attitude of… Read more
Really enjoyed the contrast to Dubai. Seeing both areas gives a great perspective on how rapidly development has taken place. Great hotel staff and very accommodating in every way. We had an excellent message from highly trained staff and received Excellent service from Ganesh with our room and assistance we needed. He has a great attitude of serving others which is what we felt all over the resort. Everett Read less
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Apr 11, 2019 The_Nomad_Bedouin_II Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

The Al Wadi Equestrian Club is a beautiful stables situated in the Nature Reserve in Ras Al Khaimah at The Ritz. All the staff are truly wonderful and make my weekly riding experience amazing. My Guide Veer, is a great, experiences and wonderful with all the animals on the yard. The manager of the stables Joanne is great, very helpful, and… Read more
The Al Wadi Equestrian Club is a beautiful stables situated in the Nature Reserve in Ras Al Khaimah at The Ritz. All the staff are truly wonderful and make my weekly riding experience amazing. My Guide Veer, is a great, experiences and wonderful with all the animals on the yard. The manager of the stables Joanne is great, very helpful, and also an excellent qualified instructor. All the animals are so well kept, and all the horses are very happy. This is one of the best stables I’ve visited in the Middle East. Read less