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.
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?