I recently had the opportunity to spend a weekend at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort Ras Al Khaimah. The event was scheduled for November 27 – 28 to preview the collection of the upgraded Ebel Wave watches, as well as to check out the amenities at the resort. The resort is fully equipped to provide guests with a magnificent experience in the Arabian Desert landscape. Every amenity was offered, both at the event level and individually, making this one of the most relaxing and enjoyable weekends I’ve spent recently.
My driver who transported me to the resort picked me up at 4 pm at my Dubai Media city office. I was expecting Arabian nights and an oasis of peace at the first UAE desert resort to provide an all-pool villa concept, and I was not disappointed. The integrated facilities include Asian-style hydrotherapy spa, an interactive nature reserve, golf course and access to the private Ras Al Khaimah Beach.
Check-in time was at six pm and I had time to check out my villa, which featured every imaginable comfort. At 8 pm dinner was served in a beautiful desert set-up. During this time, we were shown the collection of Ebel Wave watches and were able to try them all.
The EBEL Wave collection is a revolutionary 2014 interpretation of the 1977 EBEL Sport Classic. It maintains the DNA of the iconic wave bracelet but energizes it with more modern and dynamic design elements. The case profile and the wave-shaped links are bolder and most distinctive while retaining the sensuous, fluid lines and curves so emblematic of EBEL.
This new collection will appeal to the modern, chic woman and man looking for a strong yet elegant identity watch that exhibits the highest quality finishing and details for which EBEL is renowned.
Available for women and men, with 30mm and 40mm diameter cases respectively, both watches are crafted in stainless steel and 18K yellow gold. The bezel of EBEL WAVE Lady is adorned with 58 diamonds (0.377 cts) in VS quality, and its feminine dial in white mother-of-pearl displays a further 8 diamonds. The two-toned stainless steel bracelet wraps its wave-shaped links delicately around the wrist, expressing a second-skin feel. For gents, the watch is offered with a silver-toned galvanic dial with applied EBEL symbol at 12.00 and a date window at 3.00.
The next day, I had plenty of free time to enjoy the resort. After breakfast (another delicious meal), I had some free time before my spa treatment to walk around the resort and dream of a longer stay. At the spa, I have chosen The Rainforest, which is a concept that incorporates 16 unique hydrothermal therapy experiences, including an ice igloo, brine cavern, herbal sauna and rain walk.
The resort offers several other unique experiences, including a desert camel ride, a falconry experience and a sunset cruise. After my lunch at 2 pm I had time to relax in the private pool in my villa until check out time. The car and driver returned me to my Dubai home relaxed and refreshed.