Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah

A newly conceived desert property set 20 minutes away from the city of Ras Al Khaimah and an 18-hole championship golf course amid a magical backdrop of glistening dunes, Banyan Tree Al Wadi is a large resort that offers a distinctly individual and tailored feel.

Commanding 250 acres of land, 150 of which are dedicated to a wonderful nature reserve, the feeling of space here is incredible.

An all-pool villa concept, 31 of which feature tented villas with flowing canopied ceilings, guests can escape into their own slice of desert life, complete with unique luxurious touches, and relax in style. New to the resort is the Beach Club comprising 32 Beachfront Pool Villas that are only a short drive from the main resort, followed by a dhow boat ride. Each villa has direct access to a private beach plus a secluded terrace, plunge pool and covered gazebo.

As one would expect there is a sumptuous Asian-inspired 3,000 square metre Banyan Tree Spa, complete with award-winning therapies and treatments designed to rejuvenate the senses. Other activities include archery, bike riding, falconry and horse riding. Make use of the fitness pavilion, allow children to run wild at the Kids Club or visit the private beach club just a short drive away.

International and Thai cuisine under the stars provide a delicious accompaniment to the amazing unspoilt views, while Sands caters to the guests of the Beach Club by serving light snacks and daily dishes.