Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Write your own Arabian fairytale in the desert

Beyond the highways and skyscrapers of Dubai, nestled inside the tree-scattered desert of Ras Al Khaimah; Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel is a peaceful Arabian-style retreat in the sand. Made up of luxurious villas — each wonderfully-appointed and with private pools — the resort has an award-winning spa with an excellent hydrotherapy facility called The Rainforest, and exceptional dining opportunities like the Thai restaurant Safran, and Al Waha overlooking a natural watering hole. The wildlife rich surroundings are home to Gazelle and Oryx, while the onsite falconry centre has many feathered residents. Couples will love private dining on the tower and candlelit shisha on the rooftop bar while families will appreciate the kids' club. The Experience Concierge team is at hand, offering a great service to personalise extraordinary programmes to make sure you have a truly unforgettable desert getaway. 

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Away from it all
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Tripadvisor rating 494 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • All-villa resort in the desert\
  • all with private pools
  • Falconry centre with daily shows and interactions
  • Special private dining experiences on the watchtower
  • Award-winning spa with superb hydrotherapy facilities

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 101 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • Glamping
  • H&J Recommended
  • Hidden gem
  • Luxury Collection
  • Private villas

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Kid's Club

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

  • Away from it all
  • Approx. 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport
  • Spectacular desert views
  • Spread out resort
494 Reviews 80% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 342
  • Very Good 68
  • Average 38
  • Poor 22
  • Terrible 24

What to Expect

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Jan 19, 2020

A wonderful relaxing stay

Having arrived a day late due to a flight cancellation my daughter and I were given a very warm welcome from staff here. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The room was spacious and lovely and the setting was perfect for what we were looking for. A short relaxing break with some sunshine and things to do. We really enjoyed having bikes to cycle around the resort and had an amazing time horse riding before breakfast. Food was excellent in both restaurants and breakfast too. The only slight downside was the music at the pool which was pounding out and seems completely unnecessary and incongruous in this quiet setting. Thank you to all the staff and we would both love to come back!
Jan 08, 2020

New year in the desert

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

We arrived here on the 30th December and stayed for four nights. We stayed in an Al Khaimah tented villa which was beautiful. The rooms were very spacious and the outside area with the pool was huge with plenty of outside furniture. The pool was lovely and warm. The food was excellent. We are vegan and at the buffet the chef always prepared something special for us. The food at The Farmhouse was also excellent, especially on New Year’s Eve, the selection and quantity were very good. It was no problem at all that wee were vegan, we were very well looked after. We did a couple of activities which were good, the animal feeding drive and The Rainforest which was a very relaxing walk through spa area (we did that three times!) Bikes were provided at the villa which was great and we enjoyed using them but if you wanted you could call for a buggy which always arrived almost instantly! Finally the staff were excellent, always asking what they could do to be of help. We would love to return.
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Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel



Falconry Centre

Enjoy an afternoon Falconry show followed by a nature walk with owl interaction.

Horse and Camel Riding

Enjoy a camel ride on the desert dunes as the sun begins to set for a traditional Arabian experience. Set out in the lateafternoon and meander through charming valleys, which span over 500 hectares before enjoying a sundowner at the base of the dune while the sun sets. If you love horses don't miss a visit to the Equestrian Centre, which is home to over 30 horses and camels. Experienced stable staff will take you on a journey around the stables and tell you more about the resident horses.

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Fitness Centre

Fully equipped fitness centre is available along with an aerobics and a yoga studio.

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Archery Range

Why not start a new hobby and try your hand at Archery. Private and night sessions are available on a request basis.

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Enjoy complimentary bicycles to explore the desert surroundings. You can even park your bike outside your villa so you can come and go as you please. Guided rides are available on request.

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Al Wadi Spa

Al Wadi Spa offers locally sourcedherbs and spices, expert therapists and recuperative hydrotherapy facilities to provide guests with an unforgettable spa experience.

Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Room Types

Al Rimal Pool Villa

Complementing the desert landscape, these Arabian mud-brick villas are furnished inside with stylish flourishes, warm hues, and modern conveniences. There is a terrace with private plunge pool and a spacious bathroom with shower and bath.Bicycles are parked outside every villa so you can get to the spa, the restaurants and the bars in no time at all — or just call for a golf buggy to pick you up.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Al Sahari Tented Pool Villa

The Al Sahari Tented Pool Villa is perched away from the rest of the resort and creates a sanctuary of exclusivity and luxury that you'll really appreciate. Similar in design to the Al Khaimah Villa — with its silk draped bathroom and bedroom, spacious deck with private pool — it affords you the additional benefit of a dedicated villa host to assist you with booking activities, private dining and more. Additionally, you'll get a daily 60 minute Rainforest experience in the spa, a 30 minute head and shoulder massage per stay for two, and daily in-villa evening cocktails and canapés, a daily in-villa breakfast, and fruit platters.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Al Khaimah Tented Pool Villa

These private tented villas exude luxury and Arabian mystique. They are made up of two separate wings draped in silk fabrics — one the bedroom with a king-sized bed and living space, and the other a large bathroom with central freestanding bathtub and rain shower. On the spacious deck is a large plunge pool overlooking the dunes, with a daybed for ultimate relaxation.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included




Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Food & Drink


Safran is a signature restaurant offering contemporary Thai and Southeast Asian delicacies.

Al Waha

This restaurant offers both popular international and local cuisine.

Destination Dining

For a truly unforgettable experience embark on a dining journey like never before. The Tower: Enjoy private dining at the top of the watchtower where you will have views of the desert and your own dedicated chef. Desert Dining: Perfect for couples, families and groups. For those seeking a true desert experience, enjoy this customised desert experience with a traditional setting and a selection of menus ranging from light picnics to a seafood feast. Picnic Hamper: For an evening under the stars, head off into the sand dunes where you will be greeted with your own waiter and picnic hamper.

Moon Bar

This romantic Arabianroof top terrace lounge is exquistely designed overlooking the dessertscape and endless sand dunes. Relax on thespacious daybeds while admiring a wild desert sunset.

Samar Lounge

For fine wines and signature cocktails visit Samar Lounge. This double storey cove is a great place to relax on an evening.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast in the all day dining restaurant Al Waha. Service charges may apply.

Half Board

Breakfast in the all day dining restaurant Al Waha. Lunch at Al Waha or dinner at either Al Waha or Safran. Service charges may apply.

Full Board

Breakfast in the all day dining restaurant Al Waha. Lunch at Al Waha and dinner at either Al Waha or Safran. Service charges may apply.

Al Wadi Desert, A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel

Family Friendly Facilities

Ritz Kids' Club

Guests aged 4 years and older can enjoy adventure, exploration and education at the Ritz Kid's Club,learning all about the natural wonders and cultural traditions Ras Al Khaimah has to offer. Activities include camel riding, bird watching and a unique opportunity to care for injured animals before they are released back to the wild. Restrictions: Activities offered with an additional fee include: Kids archery, Mini falconry and owl interaction, pony rides and bedtime stories under the stars.