Published on : Monday, November 20, 2017
Following the management agreement signed in late 2016 with RAK National Hotels (RAKNH), a subsidiary of RAK Hospitality Holding (RAKHH), and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert was officially flagged last this month in presence of brand and owner’s representatives. Marking the brand’s entry into the Northern Emirate, the hotel joins three other Ritz-Carlton properties operating in the UAE.
Yannis Anagnostakis, CEO of RAKHH and member of the board of RAKHH and RAKNH, commented: “The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is globally known for its timeless luxury and presence in the best and most strategic locations in the world. We are thrilled to welcome this leading luxury brand to Ras Al Khaimah and we look forward to seeing it contribute to implementing the vision of the Emirate, bringing new standards for hospitality and best in class services to visitors of the region.”
Commenting on the transformation of the resort, Amit Arora, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, said, “We have worked over the past months to create a world-class team of committed Ladies & Gentlemen to provide the highest quality of Arabian hospitality in Ras Al Khaimah. We are excited to start this journey, and aim to adopt the best international practices to exceed our guests’ expectations”.
The property is located on a 500-hectare wildlife nature reserve, and features 101 renovated luxury villas with private pools, offering tranquility, serenity and world-class service with desert escapism. With each bespoke pool villa designed by renowned architect and interior designer, Kristina Zanic, there is a strong focus on traditional Arabic details, highlighting the exquisite theme of luxurious Arabian hospitality with a touch of modern elegance. The hotel also showcases an impressive transformation following a complete extensive remodeling to the lobby lounge in the last few months in addition to the introduction of several new restaurants.
With fully revamped onsite restaurants, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert offers guests and visitors several dining options. This includes the signature Farmhouse, which offers a menu inspired by local, quality produce, allowing guests to choose from a range of wild meats and freshly farmed home grown vegetables, in an open space setting overlooking the desert oasis; Kaheela, which hosts all-day dining serving both international and Levantine Cuisine with buffet and a la carte options; or Lobby Lounge, serving a premium snack menu with hot and cold beverages throughout the day along with a signature Afternoon Tea..
Guests at the hotel can also enjoy an expansive personalized itinerary through the Experience Concierge, which caters to every guests’ tailored interests and desires. The Experience Concierge’s programme is curated around four key pillars highlighting the essence of desert life and Bedouin culture; the Art of Falconry, Equestrian and Camel rides, Nature and Environment activities, and the brand-new Ritz Rangers programme for kids, where children aged four and older can be immersed in adventure, exploration and education with activities throughout the resort.
In line with the theme of keeping local tradition alive, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert also hosts the first Ritz-Carlton Equestrian and Adventure Centre for guests to experience the natural desert landscape on an organized horse trek through 500 hectares of unspoilt nature.
Among the restorations, the hotel launches The Ritz-Carlton Spa, bringing a deluxe touch with an exclusive ESPA product line. For those seeking a decadent spa experience, the spa brings together locally sourced herbs and spices and expert therapists, offering guests the chance to completely unplug and escape in the palatial desert hotel resort. With a variety of royal and deluxe pavilions, The Ritz-Carlton Spa is the perfect setting for an array of treatments offered,
The opening of The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert will shortly be followed by the official launch of The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach in December.
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