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By Chris Boyle

Located in tranquil and eco-rich Wadi Khadeja, Banyan Tree Al Wadi rests amidst 100 hectares of private nature reserve, home to a fascinating array of indigenous plant and wildlife.

Set against the magnificent Al Hajjar Mountains, this oasis of indulgence offers an integrated resort concept comprising spacious all pool-villas, over 40,000 square feet of Asian-inspired hydrotherapy spa facilities, a dedicated nature reserve and daily access to a private beach resort. A wildlife enthusiast’s paradise, the award- winning retreat also offers guided nature walks, desert safaris, horseback riding and a special falconry program.


Number of rooms in suite: One

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Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of baths: One luxurious bathroom, of equal size to the bedroom, complete with a walk-in rain shower, deep bath- tub and space for in-villa spa treatments

Suite style: This lavish, Bedouin-chic pool villa retains the natural feel and privacy of its desert setting. The infinity pool, built with deep blue mosaic, represents your own personal desert oasis. Inside, flowing canopied ceilings and modern luxuries merge seamlessly with Arabic artwork and antiques.

Key selling points: From private check-in with your villa host and in-villa spa treatments, to a personal, temperature-con- trolled pool and terrace dining, this romantic hideaway is de- signed to promote escapism and a heightened sense of being.

Number of suites in hotel: 101

  • Square footage: 2,723
  • Nightly rate: About $1,120 (varies seasonally)


Experience a sanctuary for the senses at Banyan Tree Spa Al Wadi, where a holistic approach draws upon centuries- old Asian traditions.

Ten intimate treatment pavilions blend romance and serenity with exotic sensuality. The Rainforest, a hydrothermal circuit with hammam and vitality pool, is the first and only complete hydrothermal experience in the UAE.

Signature treatments: Royal Banyan, Royal Wadi

Spa Manager Patpichaya Kultan,



Saffron Tower for Two: For the most intimate of tête-à-têtes, ascend to the dramatic Saffron Tower where a personal butler will orchestrate your dinner overlooking soft sand dunes.

Manager Kailash Rana



SaffronSignature Thai Restaurant: Dine on authentic Thai cuisine alongside views of the nature reserve’s watering hole where the wildlife gathers at sunset.

Destination Dining: Set atop vast sand dunes, this unique ex- perience offers a night of desert dining under the vast Arabian sky. In true Bedouin style, sit across from a brilliant campfire while partaking in traditional dishes.

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