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Hotel Banyan Tree Al Wadi Hotel 5 star
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Al Mazraa . Ras Al KhaimahUnited Arab Emirates Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates -
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One of two five-star Banyan Tree hotels in Ras al-Khaimah, the Banyan Tree al Wadi is a remarkable hotel that is fully deserving of its reputation. Nestled a 20-minute drive into the depths of the orange Arabian desert, the hotel is an example of desert luxury. With its tented villas, nature spotting spots and top-notch facilities including the Rainforest Spa, the Banyan Tree al Wadi is a hotel we won't be forgetting in a hurry. Ideal for families and couples seeking a romantic weekend getaway alike, guests who come here are looking for absolute calm and tranquillity in top-notch luxe surroundings.

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    Location 9.23 /10

    The Banyan Tree al Wadi is located in Ras al-Khaimah, one of the seven United Arab Emirates. It is about an hour and a half away from Dubai by car. There are a number of possible excursions guests can book from the hotel; there is also a bus that stops just outside the Rotana Cove hotel, which costs a fraction of the price of an organised excursion. The second Banyan Tree hotel in Ras al Khaimah, Banyan Tree Ras al-Khaimah Beach, is 20 minutes away by car and guests are welcome to spend a day here, making the most of the beautiful beach.

    Located in Ras al-Khaimah's beautiful orange sands, it takes about 20 minutes to drive to the hotel from RAK town.

    Accommodation 9.70 /10

    Modelled on a Bedouin style tent but 'luxed up', the villas come in three main categories: Al Rimal Deluxe Pool (either with a king size bed or twin beds), Al Khaimah Tented Pool (king size bed) and Al Sahari Tented Pool.

    The main difference in the villas is size and view. The Al Rimal Deluxe Pool villas come in at 158m² while the Al Khaimah villas measure 253m² and the Al Sahari villa, akin to a conventional hotel's presidential suite, is the largest accommodation with a main pool surrounded by several villas - perfect for a family or a group of friends.

    All the villas have their own private pool and are designed to a very high standard with a quality finish. Spacious, bright and airy, the main space is decorated with neutral materials and colours, but as the villas have enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, the surrounding desert at different times of the day provides all the breathtaking décor you need. The bathrooms include a luxurious free-standing bath tub and Banyan Tree amenities. Basically, guests staying here won't go amiss for anything!

    Overview 9.70 /10

    Resembling a small desert settlement, the Banyan Tree al Wadi, (al Wadi meaning dry riverbed in Arabic), is the place to go for a luxury desert experience. Located right in the heart of the desert, there is nothing around the hotel, meaning that guests who come here get a real break away from it all. The tented villas are absolutely stunning. Each villa looks out onto the desert and its rich fauna, which includes wild Oryx, gazelles and camels. It isn't unusual to spot the odd falcon roaming by - there is a dedicated area for falcon watching towards the back of the resort after the kids' club and stables.

    The resort itself spreads across a large area dotted with small clusters of activity. Guests arrive at the main building, where there is a private car-park, and where the reception is situated. In this area, you will also find the beautiful Rainforest Spa and the all-day restaurant, Al Waha (see more in the Food and Drink section below).

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    Being deep into the desert, the hotel has had to develop enough food and beverage outlets to keep its guests entertained during their stay. There is therefore a wide range of choice, including Al Waha, Safran, and Sands. The Moon Bar and the Samar Lounge are great for post-dinner drinks while soaking in the tranquil surroundings and starry skies.

    Al Waha, meaning oasis in Arabic, is located in the main hotel block and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you don't like queuing, then get up early for breakfast as it can be extremely hectic. There is a range of international cuisine as well as more local fare. For something a little bit more special, try Safran, the Thai restaurant. Only open for dinner, its setting really makes this place. The entirely wooden structure faces the open desert and a watering hole, which attracts all sorts of wild desert fauna. Sands, the third option, offers an Arabian style BBQ experience and is located on the way to Safran.

    While staying here, guests can also opt for a dining experience elsewhere within the hotel - staff can organise private dining behind Safran and at the top of the Safran Tower, which has become very popular.

    For guests not wanting to leave the privacy of their own room, there is also 24-hour room service.

    Spa 9.7 /10

    The wonderful Rainforest Spa, is easily one of the most impressive hydrotherapy wellness centres we have come across along our travels. People travel from all over the country just to try the beautiful and very elaborate spa.

    Beach

    Although the hotel doesn't have a beach, guests can be transferred over to the Banyan Tree Ras al Khaimah Beach, which is just 20 minutes away by car.

    To know

    Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts is one of the world's best luxury hotel brands. Its Thai origin means that it is one of the best when it comes to service and quality facilities. The group has hotels across the world with a high concentration of properties in Asia and the Indian Ocean.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, horse riding, golf, mountain bike, archery, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The spectacular desert surroundings.
    • The beautiful setting of the Safran restaurant in front of a lake in the desert.
    • The spectacular Rainforest hydrotherapy spa.
    • Wild desert fauna sightings.
    • An activity centre that teaches guests about the desert, its fauna and its flora.

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