If you’re not looking to travel very far this festive break, then why not treat you and the family to a seasonal staycation at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert. The resort itself is perfectly aligned with the Arabian landscape, embracing traditional Bedouin heritage in both the architecture and activities. With a choice of 100 private villas, each with their own temperature-controlled pool, you can spend endless hours splashing about or why not take the bikes provided out for a spin.

Set away from the bright lights of the city you feel much closer to nature, where you can spot animals in their natural habitat and spend evenings star-gazing pool side. There are a range of different activities to keep the family entertained during the day including horse-riding and the amazing Ritz Kids club too but this Christmas the team have laid on some special festive ones too.

Christmas celebrations start with the annual tree lighting ceremony where the little ones can interact with Santa whilst you enjoy drinks and canapes as you listen to the in-house choir. There are Festive Afternoon Tea’s available at the resorts dining outlet, Farmhouse, where you can indulge in a variety of sweet and savoury bites along with handcrafted beverages as you overlook the lush greenery around the resort’s watering hole. And for a traditional festive activity, let the little ones get crafty as they decorate the ultimate gingerbread house. Seasonal spa deals are also available throughout December as well as the opportunity to watch your favourite movie under the stars at the fabulous open air cinema.

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert.

Date & Time: Throughout December.

Price: Starting from AED 120 for gingerbread decorating and AED 125 for a Festive Afternoon Tea. Room rates start from AED 4,000 per night. To book please call 07 206 7777 or email rc.rktrw.festive.concierge@ritzcarlton.com.

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