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, 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, 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, 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, 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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating True luxury and 5 star service - can't wait to go back!

Jul 5, 2020 Sandhu93

We visited the hotel for a short 2 night stay and loved every minute of it! Upon Arrival we were offered a choice of gold elite gift (breakfast/experiences). We opted for the breakfast and very glad we did as the selection & service was wonderful! Each room is a villa with a private pool and has a true middle eastern luxury style - the bathroom… Read more
We visited the hotel for a short 2 night stay and loved every minute of it! Upon Arrival we were offered a choice of gold elite gift (breakfast/experiences). We opted for the breakfast and very glad we did as the selection & service was wonderful! Each room is a villa with a private pool and has a true middle eastern luxury style - the bathroom was the most beautiful I have ever come across! We stayed in one of the Al Rimal pool villas which faced onto the nature reserve. I believe there are also enclosed Al Rimal villas (for maximum privacy but no view) & the Tented villas which looked incredible! We were celebrating my birthday on this trip and the hotel went above and beyond to acknowledge it! We were gifted a lovely cake with candle in our room as well as a box of lovely Ritz Carlton macaroons to acknowledge our gold elite status and a yummy fruit bowl. The outstanding trait of this resort was the helpfulness and professionalism of the staff. Everyone at the hotel went above and beyond to make our stay special and unique. A few examples were the delicious aloo paratas the breakfast chefs whipped up for us, a wonderful desert sunset drink on our second evening organised by Meena, Abdul Salam and Kahura and an amazing tour of the grounds with Abdul Salam which included a trip to the stables. It was also really lovely to get to know some of the staff and their backstories during our visit. Everything about this resort is wonderful and we have already booked to go back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Terrible , really terrible and scary

Jul 4, 2020 300sameha Jordan

I found 15 cm Scorpion inside my swimming pool, my 5 years old kid was half a meter awat from it. Then a 5 cm Spider was moving around my 1 year old kid. That was really terrible and scary. The worest thing was the management response when they informed me to accept such thing in the forest !! OMG.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Paradise in desert

Jul 2, 2020 YBandurko Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you are a couple looking to escape for an isolated quiet and beautiful place out of the city, then this hotel which has it all and is highly recommended! Spacious beautiful and clean villa with a private pool, amazing food, amenities, views - the list is endless!!!!! In addition you will get amazing and awesome service. All the staff were so… Read more
If you are a couple looking to escape for an isolated quiet and beautiful place out of the city, then this hotel which has it all and is highly recommended! Spacious beautiful and clean villa with a private pool, amazing food, amenities, views - the list is endless!!!!! In addition you will get amazing and awesome service. All the staff were so friendly and professional, and our special thanks to Sabina, Goraf and Joseph for all their care and nice WOW gestures. Thanks a million once again for this unforgettable experience and we will be going back for sure! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely Private Pool Villas

Jul 1, 2020 Wanderer794656 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you're looking for a relaxing desert escape look no farther. We stayed at a tented villa and it was one of the best private pool setups I've ever seen - completely private and peaceful. The tents/rooms were luxurious and massive and very comfortable. We had room service both nights because it was so nice just to sit out by the pool and eat and… Read more
If you're looking for a relaxing desert escape look no farther. We stayed at a tented villa and it was one of the best private pool setups I've ever seen - completely private and peaceful. The tents/rooms were luxurious and massive and very comfortable. We had room service both nights because it was so nice just to sit out by the pool and eat and watch the stars. Highly recommend the spa rainforest experience as well - great to do in the middle of the day when it's too hot to be outside. All the villas provide bikes as well, and there are tons of paths to ride and explore the grounds on - we saw plenty of camels, goats, oryx and birds. Read less
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Jul 1, 2020 12345joud

I've visited al Ritz for about 4 times now, it honestly a wonderful experience, extremely wonderful staff, specially at the kahela restaurant for breakfast. Feels like home, Definitely recommend, amazing vibes 👍🏻💕