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Luxury desert & spa escape at Banyan Tree Al Wadi, UAE

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With UAE‘s magnificent Al Hajjar Mountains as a backdrop and undulating views of eco-rich Wadi Khadeja, the Banyan Tree Al Wadi is a luxury desert and spa escape that lies only 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport, says Assif Majid.

Amid stretches of desert sand in tranquil Wadi Khadeja, the luxury Arabian hotel is destination with a difference, complete with an Asian-inspired hydrotherapy spa facilities, a dedicated nature reserve, as well as private beach access.

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Offering 101 rooms in a spectacular setting, guests at this chic fortress are invited to camp under the canopied ceiling of the expansive beachfront pool villas, reminiscent of a Bedouin-style dwelling. Spend a lazy morning lounging on the comfortable day beds with a book, cooling off with a refreshing afternoon dip in your personal plunge pool or relax and retire to your elevated beach cabana.

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As the sun dips, there are a variety of tempting restaurants to suit every taste, ranging from a Western style BBQ, cooked and served at the pool side villa by a personal chef and butler, to a more authentic Arabian experience at Al Waha Restaurant which serves up a popular local dishes and specialities.

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Need some R&R? Then head to the luxury award-winning spa where adults are able to take time out to indulge in lavish treatment pavilions and state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facilities. This oasis of indulgence holds true to traditional Arabic architecture, blending harmoniously with the rolling dunes of the desert. Book yourself in for the Royal Banyan – this signature therapy features a massage where a herbal pouch dipped in warm sesame oil, complements the East-meets-West massage techniques to improve blood circulation and muscular tension – book us in!

Banyan Tree Al Wadi, P.O. Box 35288 Al Mazraa, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, banyantree.com/en/al_wadi

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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March 21, 2014 | Asia Ras Al Khaimah Travel UAE | View comments

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