We stayed at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi from 05 - 09 Jan, with our two young children. Check-in was quick, just 10 minutes in total and we were driven to our room, which was ready early.
We stayed in a King Villa, which has a beautiful big heated pool looking out on the desert, where you can swim and watch the Gazelle, which roam freely around the resort.
Breakfast was fantastic, with a lovely selection of freshly made juices and a good choice of food. I really liked the outside area of the Al Wadi restaurant and yes there were some flies but we had just stayed at Bab Al Shams before here and there were plenty more there, its just the time of year as its cooler.
We dined at both the restaurants but found the portions at the Thai restaurant to be huge and it was a little cold outside with no heaters, although they do bring you blankets. We also did the in-villa BBQ, which was fantastic, Rashid cooked us a wonderful meal and the Seabass was especially good.
The staff at the resort were especially very good and no request was too much. They genuinely wanted to do all they could for us, much better service than the One and Only, where we also stayed the previous week.
We took part in a number of activities, which I though were reasonable in price. I had a great horse ride one morning and the instructor was very friendly. We also did a family camel ride. Another activity worth mentioning are the free bikes, which are all around the resort, allowing you a fun way of travelling around, without waiting for a buggy. I also used the gym, which was ok but the treadmill was faulty and there were no small free weights for ladies, which I would have like to have used.
We also took advantage of the Spa, having fantastic massages and also enjoying the Rainforest experience; but allow yourself a little more than one hour.
My daughter went to the kids club, which I was a little disappointed with; but mainly because there were no other children for her to play with. Often it was shut up and someone had to come and unlock it. I also found that they let her watch DVD's a little too frequently. There is a fantastic outdoor play area outside though.
One day we went to the sister hotel at the beach. This is literally only 20 minutes away and well worth the trip. You get a short boat ride and we practically had the beach to ourselves. We found the resort to be very tranquil and great for families. We'll definitely be back!
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