IN PARTNERSHIP: Are you looking to retreat from the heat this summer, but don’t want to have to travel too far afield? We’ve got just the place for you.

For a short getaway, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert is the perfect resort to escape to, both offering optimum privacy and a wealth of activities for guests to enjoy during the summer months.

Situated in the heart of Ras Al Khaimah, this sophisticated and luxurious hotel is just a short drive from Dubai, but offers a whole new world of escapism.

Optimum privacy

Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Desert RAK

With 100 Bedouin-inspired villas taking guests back to the country’s archives, each stay at this property is beyond the norm. The all-villa resort provides guests with complete privacy as each has its own private entrance and private pool, with the option for in-villa dining also.

Delectable dining


This summer, the resort has created a special seasonal menu at its award-winning Farmhouse restaurant. Embodying the ‘Farm to Table’ concept, the delectable dishes on the seasonal menu are all made from the freshest ingredients from the hotel’s 450sqft organic chef’s garden, as well as from wild meats and homegrown vegetables.

Adventure awaits

As you recharge amongst the Arabian desert surroundings, opt for an adventurous activity early doors. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures in the early morning and explore the surrounding wildlife via horseback. You may into close contact with the powerful Arabian Oryx, shy Arabian Gazelles or even the Blackbuck antelope. End your horse-riding session on a high note with breakfast at The Paddock Café where the menu is inspired by the 16 horses at the stables.

Relax & revitalise

Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Desert RAK

Nothing says escapism like an indulgent spa experience. Immerse yourself in the Al Wadi Spa’s signature Rainforest experience which combines European hydrothermal culture with Middle Eastern bathing rituals. Featuring 16 stations, featuring a series of steam showers, hammam, Ice Igloo and more, the entire experience will help to cleanse and detox the whole body.

A whole new ‘light’

Explore the desert landscapes at sunset on a guided night walk, enabling you to see the Arabian desert in a whole new light. You’ll be able to encounter the many nocturnal animals that remain unknown to the daylight including desert hedgehogs, wily desert foxes and frog-eyed geckos.

The details

Avail a one-night stay in an Al Rimal Villa with prices starting at Dhs2,200++. This includes a night’s stay in a villa with a private pool, breakfast and a complimentary bird and owl show. For those who wish to stay at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert for longer, opt for a minimum of three nights to enjoy additional benefits and to save 20 per cent.

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