I finally booked a vacation at the Banyan Tree after hearing about it from my wife long before we married.
The place did not disappoint. It was also to my surprise very kid friendly! Kids get free drinks and ice cream at the restaurant - a good way to keep them quiet as you enjoy your own food.
An important thing to note is that there are actually 2 locations. One in the desert and one at a beach.
The beach villas require a boat to access and this part of the resort has only 1 restaurant and one spa.
The main resort, located in the desert has a larger spa, more restaurants, the stables, and the kid's activity area.
They are 20 minutes apart. If anything, this is the only gripe I would really have about this place.
Otherwise, the place gives a unique experience with good accommodations, friendly service, and decent food so you can't ask for much more than that!
We booked 2 villas beside each other. Try to ask for the villas that are further away from the jetty...
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4 July 2012
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Thank you for staying with us recently and for your valuable feedback regarding your stay.
‘An Oasis of Indulgence’ not only for couples also for families.
We are delighted that you and your kids had a unique experience at our Resort.
That you don’t even know what to ask more for fills us with joy and pride.
Thank you for complimenting our Villas, our Cuisine and mainly our cordial service.
The Banyan Tree Al Wadi Team is looking forward to welcoming you back for another lovely family getaway.
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