Ritz Carlton Al Wadi

We know, we know – the Ritz Carlton Al Wadi is not technically in Dubai but actually neighbouring Emirate Ras Al-Khaimah, but it’s a mere 28 miles from Dubai Airport so we’re going with it!

Geographical anomalies aside, this is, in our humble opinion, one of the best places to stay in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and particularly perfect for families.

There are 101 individual villas - all with their own pools - dotted around a beautiful 250-acre nature reserve where gazelles, oryx and camels roam. The villas have arabesque décor and furnishings with the top of the range Al Khaimah and Al Sahari styles also featuring Bedouin style tented canopy roofs.

There are several dining options, including Al Waha, serving international dishes and local Arabian specialities; Safran for excellent quality Thai fare; or private barbeque dinners arranged to order. Watering holes include the Samar Lounge for cocktails and above it the roof terrace Moon Bar where guests can stargaze, drink mint tea (or more cocktails) and smoke a shisha pipe.

Activities on offer at the hotel include 4x4 desert safaris, camel rides and falconry, and there is also a fantastic spa with a great range of treatments on offer.

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