The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Virgin rating

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

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

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

100 private villas. All with air-conditioning, private swimming pool, furnished sun deck, cosy seating area, 41” interactive LCD TV, Bose music system, telephone, complimentary WiFi access, mini-bar*, tea/coffee maker, safe, silk bathrobe, hairdryer, robes, slippers, separate soaking tub and rain shower, bathroom amenities, iron and ironing board. 

Al Rimal Pool Villa with 1 king-size bed or twin beds, 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: includes breakfast in Kaheela. Guests booked on Half Board can dine-around in participating restaurants and lounges for lunch or dinner (food only); Kaheela, Moorish, Farmhouse, Moon Bar, Oasis Pool & Bar, Kan Zaman BBQ and Shore House (seafood restaurant located at The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach).

Full Board option: includes breakfast in Kaheela. Guests booked on Full Board can dine-around in participating restaurants and lounges for lunch and dinner (food only); Kaheela, Moorish, Farmhouse, Moon Bar, Oasis Pool & Bar, Kan Zaman BBQ and Shore House (seafood restaurant located at The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach).

Al Rimal Enclosed Pool Villa are the same as Al Rimal Pool Villas, with an enclosed private pool, offering maximum privacy.

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 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.

Please note: Al Khaimah and Al Sahari tented villas are available on the Full Board package only. 

Kaheela (International and regional cuisine, open for breakfast and lunch, with buffet and a la carte options). Moorish (tapas style Arabian and Andalusian dishes). Farmhouse (farm-to-table inspired menu, open for dinner). Moon Bar (cocktails and shisha). Paddock Cafe. Arabian BBQ nights at Kan Zanam on Saturday's. Oasis Pool Bar. Destination Dining* options include in the desert dunes including picnics and private barbecues under the stars. 

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. 24-hour fitness centre. Yoga*. Complimentary bikes to use in the resort for the whole family. Nature and bird-watching walks*. Nature drives*. Stargazing*. Archery*. Fishing*. Desert biking*. 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. Complimentary beach access at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach (only 15 minutes away).

Complimentary WiFi access. 24-hour room service*. Concierge. Gift shop. Laundry service*. Complimentary parking.

3 nights minimum stay applies over New Year. No check out permitted on 31st December.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The most unethical Hotel in UAE!

May 25, 2024 Irina O Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The most unethical Hotel in the UAE. Shame on the service personnel they are all scared to take decision and offer solution. I got stuck with my Tesla Car and was very low on the charge and the Tesla support map brought me the this location for potential charge and what a shame! Security guard got scared to offer me to the direction instead… Read more
The most unethical Hotel in the UAE. Shame on the service personnel they are all scared to take decision and offer solution. I got stuck with my Tesla Car and was very low on the charge and the Tesla support map brought me the this location for potential charge and what a shame! Security guard got scared to offer me to the direction instead offered to call Hotel main land line and blocked me out and closed the gate. Sacred Front office staff replied and was terrified of the request to change the car even I offered to pay! Transferring calls back and forth not knowing what to do! Shame shame! Finally I requested to speak to the duty manager in charge after 6 line transfers some one called Mohamed “one more time”, with very poor English also was terrified to take a decision to let us in to charge to some % just be ensure we are able to leave. I had 2 tired kids in my car in the darkness of the desert trying to ask for help to charge the car and we offered the payment! All of this scared people has not spirit of the UAE spirit to find solution to help! To listen to offer hospitality! Running after superficial standards of thier superficial rules just lost all humanity part. Shame and shame again!! Would never ever recommend to anyone to go to this Hotel because this hotel has no soul of hospitality! Read less
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May 24, 2024 A K

Our holiday and experience of the resort and the overall service have been beyond our expectations. It is a charming place, villas are spacious, beautifully designed and there are camels, oryx and gazelles roaming around which was lovely. The dinners were a la carte dining with an excellent menu choice. Kan Zaman restaurant dinner included a… Read more
Our holiday and experience of the resort and the overall service have been beyond our expectations. It is a charming place, villas are spacious, beautifully designed and there are camels, oryx and gazelles roaming around which was lovely. The dinners were a la carte dining with an excellent menu choice. Kan Zaman restaurant dinner included a demonstration of the lamb cooked traditionally underground, which was gorgeous. But what has made our stay special were the staff and attentiveness to all our needs. Special thanks to Pablo, Ella, Poojesh, Rahool and everyone at the resort. Thanks for the surprise special breakfast that you organised for us which was very touching. Hope to be back soon! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Truly Amazing!

May 24, 2024 Sara P

What an incredible stay! Everything was perfect. The resort, villa, restaurants, activities and specially the staff. All the team at the Ritz Carlton, were truly amazing, very genuine, friendly and always with a smile. It was the perfect honeymoon destination and the team made it extra special. Special thank you to Pablo, Rahoul, Samsom,… Read more
What an incredible stay! Everything was perfect. The resort, villa, restaurants, activities and specially the staff. All the team at the Ritz Carlton, were truly amazing, very genuine, friendly and always with a smile. It was the perfect honeymoon destination and the team made it extra special. Special thank you to Pablo, Rahoul, Samsom, housekeeping team and every single person that made our stay unforgettable. Thank you and we hope to come back soon! Read less
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May 23, 2024 Sarah A

Every thing in the hotel was amazing. Everyone was wonderful. Especially pablo he is the best and friendliest!! we celebrated our anniversary here and it was one of the best trips we experienced. The villa was very comfortable, clean. Surely this wont be our last visit. Thank you for having us.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing stay

May 21, 2024 991artemd

This resort has provided us with outstanding exceptional service. Made us feel right at home. The resort has beautiful views and great breakfast. Wahab was so friendly and took great care of us during our honeymoon stay! Highly recommend the Ritz at al wadi desert.