Banyan Tree Al Wadi Wins Five World Travel Awards and Two MENA Travel Awards in Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 20th 2012 Banyan Tree Al Wadi and its sister resort, Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah, Beach were overwhelmed at the World Travel Awards (WTA) on 30 April with a total of five award wins as well as walking away with two awards at the MENA Travel Awards on 2 May.

The WTA is known as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry,’ and the MENA Travel Awards is known for its ‘quality for excellence’, celebrating and honouring the best of the best in the tourism industry.

Banyan Tree Al Wadi, the desert resort, swept the board with four WTA awards for:

  • Ras Al Khaimah Leading Resort
  • UAE Leading Villa Resort
  • Middle East Leading Desert Spa Resort
  • Middle East Leading Villa with the Al Rimal Deluxe Villa

Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah, Beach won UAE Leading Beach Resort.

The two MENA Travel Award wins included a Silver Award, “Best 5 Star Leisure Hotel” to Banyan Tree Al Wadi, desert resort and a Platinum Award, “Best Spa” to Banyan Tree Spa Al Wadi.

Stefan Buchs, Vice President, EMEA said, “These award wins are a testament to the expertise and passion of our Banyan Tree Al Wadi associates and I am proud of their achievements.   The Middle East is a key development area for Banyan Tree Holdings and we are currently considering a number of hotel management proposals.  We hope these awards will bring continued success to future projects in the region.”

Anders Dimblad commented further, “We are quite simply overwhelmed and ecstatic by these accolades.  Banyan Tree Al Wadi is two years old and since its launch the team has worked tirelessly to create a hotel experience that surpasses expectations, at both the beach and the desert.   We now feel we are reaching this goal but we must work even harder to keep the momentum and ensure guests return time and again, for an unparalleled hotel experience that promotes rejuvenation, inspiration and relaxation.  We want to thank all of our guests and partners for their support over the last two years and look forward to a continued strong collaboration in the future.”


About Banyan Tree  Ras Al Khaimah Banyan Tree Al Wadi integrates seamlessly with its surrounding arid environment, offering 70 Al Rimal Deluxe Pool Villas along with 16 Al Khaimah and 15 Al Sahari Tented Pool Villas. Architecture for the tented suites showcases traditional Arabic design with polished wood, high ceilings and elaborate touches of lattice woodwork.  This contrasts against the neutral colour of the tents and the open rolling desert plains of cattails, ghaf and sidr trees on view from the private decking area and infinity pool at each villa.   The Banyan Tree Spa Al Wadi at the Desert Resort offers an extensive hydrotherapy spa circuit – The Rainforest – with a hammam, vitality pool and 10 spa treatment pavilions.  There are also meeting and banquet services, an activity centre, kids club, a world-class falconry mews and horse and camel stables.


Located just 20 minutes from the desert, Banyan Tree, Ras Al Khaimah Beach comprises 32 Beachfront Pool Villas set on a private peninsula of sand emulating the nomadic tent style of Bedouin tribes.  Each villa is 170sqm with a private terrace, infinity plunge pool and beach cabana, and resides just footsteps from the sea and beyond.   There is also a dedicated spa with six treatment rooms situated at the end of the peninsula with sweeping views out across the ocean and a beach grill restaurant, Sands, set around a large infinity pool.


To date, the Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interests close to 30 resorts and hotels, over 60 spas and over 80 retail galleries; as well as two golf courses.


World Travel Awards

Since the World Travel Awards launch 18 years ago, they have grown into a much sought after international awards programme that encourages healthy competition and stimulates innovation and creativity.  WTA’s 2012 Grand Tour includes regional legs in Dubai, the Algarve, South Africa, Miami and Thailand and the winners of these regional heats will progress to the Grand Final which will take place in India on 12 December 2012.


MENA Travel Awards

The MENA Travel Awards hosted over 700 senior delegates from the hospitality and aviation industry with a total of 81 awards presented to the best brand in 18 different categories from 5 and 4 star hotels, airlines, spas (separately located or within hotels), golf clubs, car rental, duty free, conference & convention locations, Fine Dining Restaurants and tourism projects.  They aim to achieve excellence and eminent endurance in the Middle East Hospitality industry global aspiration, through; annually recognizing and rewarding real virtuosities and superior services in the region. .


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