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This desert escape is perfect for UAE residents

Partner Content: The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert is a unique getaway just 45 minutes from Dubai.

As we look ahead to (yet) another long summer month, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert is offering momentary refuge only 45 minutes away from Dubai. With temperatures typically cooler than the city due to the region’s mountainous topography, there is a plethora of reasons to choose the resort that’s located within a protected nature reserve spanning 500 hectares. A contemporary interpretation of traditional Bedouin architecture, the all-villa resort has plenty to offer. Guests can spend their staycation participating in nature-focused activities, indulging in curated wellness experiences, or simply enjoying a signature in-villa dining experience on their private deck amidst the vast desert landscapes of this luxury property. 

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah

There’s also an equestrian centre on the premises, so you can rise early, when temperatures are cooler, and encounter the wildlife – Arabian oryx, Arabian gazelles and blackbuck antelope included – situated within the protected nature reserve from atop your trusted steed. Alternatively, guided tours in an open top or air-conditioned Polaris are also available to explore the protected nature reserve with your private resort guide while getting up close and personal to the wild flora, fauna and wildlife.

There is a host of amazing dining options and Farmhouse restaurant, is currently hosting a seasonal menu specially curated for summer. This award-winning eatery specialises in wild meats, homegrown vegetables, and fresh ingredients sourced directly from local farmers. Elsewhere, organic produce comes directly from the hotel’s organic chef’s garden and meats are enhanced at the onsite smokehouse.

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah

Opportunities to bathe in nature continue deep into the night, as guests can request a private session with a specialised astronomy expert who will guide them through learning about the solar system, stars, constellations, visible planets and galaxies. Alternatively, a guided night walk is a great way to see the desert landscapes in a whole new light, whilst enjoying the beauty of the evening sky. You can expect to spot nocturnal animals in all their glory including foraging desert hedgehogs, wily desert foxes, and frog-eyed geckos.

As for a more conventional approach to Rest & Relaxation, the resort’s spa combines European hydrothermal culture with traditional Middle Eastern bathing rituals, accented by the one-of-a-kind experience at The Rainforest. Boasting 16 different stations, it’s an aquatic sanctuary in the heart of the desert. The Rainforest is also available for private hire by individuals and couples. The spa itself offers an array of treatments and experiences that focuses on Wellness around its three core pillars of mind, body and skin.  

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah

Incidentally, one night in a traditionally styled Al Rimal Villa starts at AED 2,200++ (including a night’s stay in a villa with a private pool, breakfast, and a complimentary bird-and-owl interaction show). While larger tented villas are also available allowing for an even deeper Bedouin-inspired experience with private pools overlooking the protected nature reserve. Additionally, you can stay at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert for a minimum of three nights to save 20 per cent and enjoy additional benefits.

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