Monday, October 15, 2012

HOTEL CHECK UAE/DUBAI, part 6, Banyan Tree Al Wadi



MAGICAL DESERT EXPERIENCE WITH OWN POOL.

Absolutely amazing and unique – tented pool villas among desert sands. We stayed 3 nights in an Al Khaimah Tented Pool Villa. A place to luxuriate in total privacy and peace.

We ordered room service every day to lunch by the pool and enjoy it in utmost privacy. This privilege was not too expensive – prices much like Stockholm. Espresso, water and tea are free every day, and they had a nice selection in the mini bar to enjoy. The terrace was a great place to be, open and sunny.







The rooms are very spacious with wooden floors. There is a huge bathroom with separate shower and a roomy bath tub. It also has two wardrobes and two washbasins and you get a bathrobe and slippers.



Altogether there are 101 pool-villas among the desert dunes: the 158 sqm Al Rimal Deluxe Pool Villas with traditional mud brick architecture, and the 253 sqm tented pool villas (Al Khaimah & Al Sahari), in the style of Bedouin tents. Our favourite was our own Bedouin-style Al Khaimah Tented Pool Villa. Just 20 mins away from the desert resort, the beach club offers 32 Beachfront pool villas also emulating the nomadic tents of Bedouin tribes.

DINING
The desert resort has two restaurants. The Asian restaurant Saffron was our favorite. The Arabic restaurant Al Waha offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also organize a lovely barbeque at your villa or out in the desert.


BEACH
The beach is not too far away. The Banyan Tree Beach Club is about 20 minutes by car, and the shuttle is free for the guests. The pool villas at the beach are smaller but have the same design from outside and a small plunge pool.


FACILITIES
At the main building the resort offers a lovely and very spacious Banyan Tree Spa. We had a 3 hour spa treatment (called Egyptian Beauty), a truly luxurious experience. The Rainforest experience gives you a sensational walk through a series of showers and different saunas.
Other facilities include equipped gym, aerobics & yoga rooms. Activities include horse riding, camel safaris, bike trails, archery, and learning adventures at the Kids Club.

LOCATION
Wadi Khadeja in a 60 ha nature reserve.


WHO SHOULD STAY
Great for couples and smaller families who want to relax in serene ambience. The Al Sahari Tented Pool Villa can take 2 adults + 3 smaller children. Al Rimal Deluxe Pool Villas are smaller but you can get interconnecting rooms.

HOW TO GET TO BANYAN TREE AL WADI
45 minutes by car from Dubai International Airport; 2 hours from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

SUMMARY
After a few days in the city of Dubai this is a great place to go to just relax, enjoy the spa and some of the activities. It´s a magical place out in the desert.





See also our later blog on this marvellous desert experience  with private pool.

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