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Ritz-Carlton Debuts Villas on Al Hamra Beach in UAE

Tented villas from The Ritz-Carlton debuted on Wednesday, the brand's second property in Ras Al Khaimah and its fifth in the United Arab Emirates.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced the debut of The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach tented villas on Tuesday, the second luxury resort for The Ritz-Carlton brand in Ras Al Khaimah and the brand’s fifth property in the United Arab Emirates.

“We are seeing an increased desire from today’s luxury traveler for more high-end offerings and immersive escapes in emerging destinations, and The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach is perfectly suited to meet this need,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand leader for The Ritz-Carlton in the press release announcing the debut.

An hour from Dubai and on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach – formerly a Banyan Tree – features 32 tented villas, each with a pool and direct beach access. With a choice of two different types of villas, the Al Naseem Villas feature local design elements inspired by traditional Bedouin architecture, and the Al Bahar Villas include open views and private beachfront access.

“We have been looking forward to the reopening of our beach resort under the management of The Ritz-Carlton and to giving guests truly memorable experiences,” said Frederic Savoye, President of Hospitality Business, Al Hamra Group LLC.

ABOVE: View from a boat leaving The Ritz-Carlton Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach.

Activities at the resort include paddle boarding, fishing trips on the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, and sunrise or sunset yoga.

“We are thrilled to introduce the legendary Ritz-Carlton service, which combined with state-of-the-art facilities, elevated restaurants, and unique spa concepts, will offer the best in beachfront luxury to guests from all over the world,” Frederic Savoye said.

ABOVE: Private dining experience on Al Hamra Beach.

Resort guests can recharge at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, a seaside area offering holistic treatments and dedicated treatment pavilions. The Ritz-Carlton branded spa offers a select menu of local, ocean inspired treatments prepared with flowers and native spices. The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach also has the Ritz Kids program for younger travelers, and two fitness centers are also available.

ABOVE: Villa exteriors at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach.

Shore House restaurant, which boasts sea views, serves fresh seafood from the Arabian Gulf and cuisine prepared with a local twist; the restaurant prides itself on fresh catches from the sea and local produce. Meanwhile, exotic sundowners are served every day at sunset on the bar lounge. Those who want a more private dinner experience can choose to dine on the beachfront, in a secluded beach cabana overlooking the waters of Ras Al Khaimah or on the beachfront.

ABOVE: Al Hamra Beach from the new Ritz-Carlton.

Additionally, guests wanting to explore The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert can do so with a daily shuttle bus traveling to and from the two resorts. Activities such as nature walks through the Al Wadi Nature Reserve, archery, or wildlife entertainment with owl and falconry shows can be arranged.

ABOVE: Shore House restaurant.

Aside from the Al Wadi Desert destination, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach joins Ritz-Carlton’s three other UAE properties: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, and The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Center.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to this stunning beachfront resort, which features the best of its destination together with the iconic Ritz-Carlton experience,” said Lisa Holladay.

Formerly a Banyan Tree Hotel, the newly refurbished villas were taken over by Ritz-Carlton last year.