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The Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Dubai

The location and reasons to visit:

The Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort is about one hour’s drive from Dubai International Airport and is located, well, in the desert. That means lots of local wildlife, such as gazelles, who wander by without too much nervousness of humans. It’s ideally situated for just getting away from things, but there are lots of activities such are archery, camel rides, falconry courses, horse riding, plus of course swimming in your private pool.

Review of the Banyan Tree Al Wadi Hotel, Dubai:

Excellent in every way. Really excellent. Everything from the brilliant people who serviced the room so efficiently every day, through to a wonderful buffet breakfast, Kamar Bar, Moon Bar and the two restaurants.

There is also a shuttle service to the Banyan Tree beach resort, although I didn’t use that service.

Surprisingly for Dubai, alcohol was reasonably priced. Food and service were both excellent. I could not find any faults with the whole resort. Highly recommended.

The villa and pool, just after sunset

The bedroom and study area

The bath and shower-room area

The Bar, where I drank a lot of Budweiser - really, a lot

The Banyan Tree Al Wadi villa and private pool

Set amongst the sand dunes

Sunset from the Moon Bar

Local wildlife just passes by the villa