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3 May 2015


Ah the mini break! I haven't indulged in one of these for a long time because, truth be told, I don't like to leave Roger and Rose, (Goodness knows how people leave children! I can barely leave my dogs for 24 hours!) but it was high time that we got away for a change of scene.

We ended up 1 hour down the road at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi in Ras al Khaimah. The scenery here is very different to Dubai - rolling dunes of red sand, wild oryx and camels roaming freely and relative silence.

The Banyan Tree is a villa-only resort which means that each "room" is effectively a little house complete with a private pool. It's fantastically anti-social and private with the likelihood of seeing other hotel guests limited to meal times only. Without wanting to sound like a right pair of miseries, this is why we chose it - although longer than a couple of days in an environment like this would make us crazy.

The villas are enormous - and we stayed in the cheapest one - with sitting areas, a dressing room and a decked terrace by the pool. This is where most guests stay during the day - there isn't a communal pool on offer at this hotel - and so I followed the trend, flopping on the sun lounger and reading.

In the evening we walked out to visit Moon Bar (shisha, tapas and drinks) and watched the sunset. It's all very rose-mantic.

Having said all this would I recommend it? Probably not. Although there are elements of it that are lovely (the architecture of the reception and the sheer size of the villas) a stay costs (minimum) of £500 a night which makes the tired looking fixtures and fittings, infestation of flies within indoor restaurants and average food unacceptable.

If you are looking at this region for honeymoon/special occasion purposes then I would push you away from Banyan Tree and advise looking at somewhere like Six Senses Zighy Bay (Oman) or Sir Bani Yas Island (Abu Dhabi)….the latter is a destination next on my mini break hit list :)

Anyway, review done, here's some pictures from the weekend!

Shameless selfie featuring my new Dior Technologic sunglasses :) These are silvertone/black - although lenses look different depending on reflection. 

Villa 303

Mouille swimsuit that I am in love with and I typically hate swimsuits as they make me feel like a frump/disappear up my bum because they never fit my long body. 

Moon Bar and Samar Lounge for sunset

The resort; day and night

...and the best part of any trip away - coming home to these two! Fatboy (Roger) and Slim (Rosie).

I hope you all have had/are having a great weekend!

What shall I blog about next - my new foundation love, my hair extensions or something else?


  1. You had me at "It's fantastically anti-social"!
    Pictures look beautiful and sounds like the perfect mini break! :)

    1. haha i am so glad I am not the only one that likes a bit of anti-social time :)

  2. Wow, the villa looked amazing. Shame it didn't deliver! Love the bathing suit! I'm a sucker for ruffles. I would love to hear about your new foundation love next :) x

    It's That Time For ... April Favourites! 

    1. Thanks Jess! It was almost there but not quite perfect enough for the $$$$ I'll get preparing the post :)

  3. Roof terrace looks sensational Laura. Antisocial translates to heaven!

    Would love to know about your hair extensions, I remember those tape ones you posted about a while ago & they looked amazing!

    Demi (www.beautyandotherdrugs.com) x

    1. Yay! Another vote for anti-social :) haha

      I got tape again but I completely love these - perfect weight/length. I'll get on with the post :)

  4. Ohhh! Tell us about your extensions, please!

    1. Will do! I think that will be tomorrow's post :)

  5. Wow, your snaps look fantastic! Shame it didn't live up to your standards. Having a private pool sounds bliss, there's nothing worse than flying somewhere beautiful to have to listen to god awful music blasted around a pool #foreveragranny x

  6. If you hadn't mentioned it in your text, i would never have been able to tell there were downsides by looking at your beautiful pictures.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  7. It does look beautiful though! Maybe the fixings and flies added 'character'? :-s
    I vote for New Foundation love!

  8. Such lovely photos, looks like a great mini break!! :)


  9. What a perfect deserted piece of scenery!! Heading out to the middle of nowhere can be a challenge when you actually switch off from everything. Looks more than luxurious still and I'd give that setting sun an A+.

    Megan || www.ohheyblog.com

  10. Looks like the perfect mini break. Pictures look fab. Best part about coming home is the doggies. Katie x


  11. I completely understand about not wanting to leave the dogs. We haven't been on vacation for about 5 years pretty much for that reason. (Plus they're needy little guys) :) The pictures of the place are lovely!

    She Likes to Shop

  12. Looks nice & relaxing...for a night or 2. I'd be scaling the walls after that. Can't wait to hear about a new foundation love, although I'm hoping its something I have already tried or own. I'm weak and won't be able to stop myself adding to shopping basket ;-)

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  14. Our dogs are the big reason we do not travel, too. We refuse to board them (bad experience the one time we did) and don't know anyone else where we live (family is on the other side of our country) to watch them. We just do mini day trips or take our dogs. I hate being away from them and with one being a rescue, she hates me apart from us more than the other.

    I would love to hear about your new foundation love. Foundations are one of my favorite things to try and read about it. And blushes, and eyeshadows... well, everything it seems, huh?

    -Nicole at Proud Product Junkie

  15. The pictures look beautiful - shame it didn't live up to expectations. Sir Bani Yas is on my list, it looks amazing! x

  16. I love the sunglasses, they're fab! When you're in Abu Dhabi or Dubai you sometimes forget that if it's all getting a bit too much you can just hop in the car and drive to peace and quiet haha. x

  17. I would love to hear about your new foundation love!

  18. Wow! This looks unreal! Cannot wait to get away! xx


  19. This looks like a divine mini break. Unfortunately I'm no where near there:-( But I'll be going on my own little holiday soon! x

  20. The exterior and scenery looks really amazing, but if the interior is really as battered as you say, it's probably indeed not so fun to spend this amount of money...

  21. Where do you usually leave your dogs while you're on the break? I also have a dog (and a cat for 5 days now!) and it's a big issue for a traveller like me.

  22. Oh my god! Soo beautiful! I´d wish to be there immediately :) Great pictures.
    Love, Sabrina

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