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As the soaring gulf temperature takes its toll, don't despair; you can still chill out at the luxurious Banyan tree al Wadi - a new addition to the arabian Desert. a 45-minute drive from Dubai international airport and a 20-minute drive from ras al Khaimah city centre, the resort has not only become a popular destination for quiet weekend getaways but has developed as an attractive place to do business and entertain friends in style.

set within a wildlife-rich nature reserve stretching over 100 hectares and enclosed in a protected enclave of the evergreen ghaf tree, the desert resort is made for taking in the classic views of the golden sand dunes and desert greenery. the arabesque-inspired villas styled in a mix of the traditional and modern each house their own secluded pool. at Banyan tree, the choices are tough: you can relax lying in the sun on the pool-deck or get pampered at the resort's sprawling 3,960-square-metre asian-inspired hydrotherapy spa.

the resort also provides outdoor activities to enjoy with family and friends. From the comfort of your villa you'll discover that the natural landscape is hearing with wildlife. guides can take you to spots where you can view exquisite birds such as the indian roller, blue-cheeked bee-eater and the arabian babbler that are easy to spot in the area.

For the more energetic, the resort can arrange to sail you in a traditional dhow to their brand new Beach Club comprising of 32 chic beachfront-villas. the club offers a wide range of water sport facilities ranging from sailing, wind surfing and jet skiing. golf enthusiasts and corporate guests will be pleased to find that the18-hole championship al hamra golf Club is just a stone's throw from the club.

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Date:Aug 24, 2011
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