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Set in the spectacular desert landscapes which surround Dubai, this luxurious hotel offers Bedouin tent-style suites with first-class facilities and individual swimming pools. It has won numerous awards for its conservation and commitment to its surrounding environment, and guests are given the chance to try traditional activities such as camel trekking, desert safari, horse riding, falconry, archery and guided nature walks to view the stark, beautiful scenery. View the endemic wildlife from the lounge’s outdoor decking while enjoying a cool drink, or simply enjoy a treatment in the state-of-the-art spa.
Set in 225km of pristine desert landscape, within an award-winning conservation area. 45-min drive from the centre of Dubai. Transfer time from Dubai airport: 45 min.
37 individual Bedouin Suites with private, temperature-controlled pool, decorated and furnished in a wonderfully traditional style. All with air-conditioning, satellite TV, DVD, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, in-room safe, hairdryer, 'his and hers' vanity areas, walk-in shower and complimentary water. Bedouin Suites have 1 custom-made super king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping max 3 adults. Royal and Emirate Suites sleeping max 5 adults.
Larger Royal, Emirates and Presidential Suites with added facilities are available on request.
Al Diwaan restaurant with alfresco veranda (Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, with theme menus offering Indian, Sri Lankan and Japanese dishes). Dune dinner. The Terrace Bar. Lounge. Timeless Spa* and leisure centre featuring fitness equipment, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, treatment rooms and a relaxation area outside overlooking the pool. 2 included activities per day from the following: falconry, camel treks, horse riding, archery, 4WD nature walk, Ghaf Tree walk. Library. Gift shop*.
3 nights for stays between 29 Dec '14-02 Jan '15.Book this hotel Back to top
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I got married at Al Maha in November 2013- the setting and extremely hardworking staff made it the most romantic and incredible day. The team went the extra mile to pull it all off- creating three... Read more different beautiful areas for the blessing, welcome drinks and dinner- turning sand dunes into magical venues. Their attention to detail and planning was exceptional. The food was exquisite- and guests were bowled over, only wishing they had larger tummies to fit more in. And in the morning it was a special treat to wake up to the stunning view from our suite. Thank you Al Maha for making our wedding dream come true. Read less
I recoil in horror whenever I stumble across a travel review beset by pithy clichés and empty platitudes. Consequently, I am appalled by my pressing desire to describe the Al Maha Desert Resort and... Read more Spa as ‘the perfect holiday destination’. As undeniably accurate as this vapid expression maybe, to employ it is to descend into the realms of soulless triviality; worse still, such an unjust simplification would debase the magnificent splendour of this ‘Arabian Xanadu’. Situated approximately 65 kilometres south of Dubai, Al Maha’s lavish opulence provides sanctuary from the razzmatazz and fluorescent energy of the vibrant Emirati metropolis. As worshippers of the tranquil, my partner and I found the juxtaposition of unspoiled desert serenity against the vigorous dynamism of Dubai nothing short of astounding. Arriving at the main gate around lunchtime, we were met by our activity supervisor, who also doubled as our driver. He carved his way through the well-worn orange-sand tracks, peeling back the picturesque landscape to reveal Al Maha’s reception area, restaurant, bar, health spa and accommodation villas. Occupying exquisitely crafted grounds - the functionality of which does not detract from their raw desert beauty - Al Maha’s desert terrain was simple to negotiate yet triggered in me an almost tangible, child-like, sense of intrepid adventure through an exotic foreign land. In fact, a greater part of the Al Maha charm stems from its role as a conservation reserve for a menagerie of desert-dwelling wildlife. Separated only by the lens of a digital camera, my partner and I found ourselves living in mutual curiosity with families of itinerant Oryx and ever-inquisitive Gazelle. The privacy of our beautifully furnished villa was as a haven of self-indulgent luxury in and of its own right. The authentic Arabic décor afforded the perfect accompaniment to the enticingly rich furnishings complete with a pair of matching chaise, a writing desk, artist’s easel and the most comfortable king-size bed I have ever encountered – the ample breadth of which easily accommodated my Vitruvian- man-styled sleeping position. The villa’s secluded pool proved all too enticing in the heat of the midday sun; infused with a combination of radiant warmth and breath-taking desert views we were steadily consumed by a gentle wave of unfettered relaxation which triggered a desire for further exploration. The perfect staging post for an inspired collection of desert adventures and traditional Arabian activities, Al Maha prides itself in its comprehensive activity programme. First on the agenda for us was an early-morning falconry display. Captivated and entertained by the expertise of the Al Maha falconers, whose spectacular skill provided ample photo and video opportunities, my partner and I agreed there could be no better way to wet our explorative appetites. Seeking further excitement, that same evening we joined a small band of Al Maha guests and ‘courageously’ set out on a camel ride through the desert. Amused by the impassioned rumblings and rhythmic sway of these gentle beasts, our multi-national wagon-train began our pursuit of the ever-shifting horizon. As we paused briefly for champagne and dates atop a sand dune to welcome in the sunset, my partner and I were absorbed in the ethereal ambience of this priceless moment. Returning for home in the fading light, my eye was drawn to the rustic pallet of the early-evening sand as it steadily evolved from burnt orange, through a rich coffee to finally rest in a cooling dark rum. A combination of light-hearted, camel-mounting-inspired humour, introductory-level desert adventure and delicate romance, this 50-minute round trip is a must-do, especially for those who are yet to experience the impassioned charms of an Arabian twilight. Beyond the organised activity packages, my partner and I were treated to an impromptu tour of the Al Maha kitchen. Embodying Al Maha’s comprehensive attention to detail, our ‘kitchen guide’ (the resort’s Executive Chef) introduced us, personally, to all of the back-of-house staff whilst proudly detailing the day-to-day running of his kitchen, and tolerating our incessant requests for his appearance in an assortment of carefully orchestrated holiday photos. Given the pedigree of the kitchen staff (and their state-of-the-art facilities) it is not at all surprising that our dining experiences were truly sublime. The waiting staff oozed professional confidence as they guided us courteously through their curiously attractive menu – an amalgam of traditional Arabic fare balanced with conventional Western-inspired options for the more mainstream diner. Without fail, our meals came alive with colour, freshness and delicately blended flavour; their fine distinction was only to be matched by the exquisite care of the stewarding staff. Upon first arrival it is all-too easy to fixate upon the magnificence of Al Maha’s location. As crucial as location maybe, however, location alone cannot facilitate the classic holiday experience; to do so requires the seamless fusion of place, person and presentation. From our initial encounter with the jovial professionalism of our personal tour guide and his fellow activity supervisors, to the faultless attention of the receptionists, and the bespoke counsel of the waiting and kitchen staff, the Al Maha’s team presented a classically orchestrated synergy of exquisite customer service. Al Maha’s breath-taking location, lavish facilities and Arabian-infused ambience are a must for the culturally-inquisitive traveller who requires the distinguished comforts of five-star service. Our visit to the Al Maha Resort and Spa was truly inspirational. Al Maha has elevated the standard of the luxury holiday experience to unprecedented heights. By day it is bastion of adventurous escapism; as night falls it transforms into a torch-lit pearl of decadent relaxation whose hospitable glow radiates an air of unbridled sanctuary in the harsh ravages of the Arabian Desert. An escape to the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa is the quintessential elixir for the boardroom-weary, the inspiration-hungry or the romantically-inclined; a pleasure paradise of unparalleled standing, the Al Maha Resort rivals the wildest ambitions of the Kubla Khan himself, breathing life into the Coleridgeian dream of boundless hedonism. Read less
Arrived to al maha from airport at 3 am in the morning after 8 hr flight from Dublin , place very quite but Mayat up & ready for us v pleasant & had light meal ready for us in the suite .. We... Read more Arrived to al maha from airport at 3 am in the morning after 8 hr flight from Dublin , place very quite but Mayat up & ready for us v pleasant & had light meal ready for us in the suite ..... We were staying for a week so weren't in a hurry to start any of the activities so relaxed & had breakfast served late on our beautiful deck soaking in the amazing desert views along with v friendly birds & of course beautiful gazelles who weren't too shy !!! Met Beth our field guide who was a mine of information re activities & general knowledge of Dubai to newbies !! We did sundowner , dune bashing , wildlife tour etc with Beth all great trips & made the trip all the more worthwhile as would never do those things if in the city ... Food was outstanding hats off to the chef & his team , hubby has an allergy & they went to pains to make sure he avoided it to nearly reinventing classic dishes !!! Kobe beef & burger fantastic & shrimp curry .....divine Tried spa twice , couples treatment very good both type of massages Lomi Lomi & swedish excellent ! Had abdul( driver attached to resort ) bring us in to city for whistle blow tour & managed to see sights & do some shopping inside of 6 hours including trip to & fro !!! Dubai city looks and felt surreal but think u need to be staying on site there ... Abdul was a great asset & would recommend using him ! Ankoush was our guest co ordinator & really made sure regards the city trip we got it right , we had planned to visit city a certain day & night before he came up to us at dinner & said no way as weather promised bad & was adamant despite my protests & he was right ... It is an expensive place but they go all out to give you a great time if you want to partake in all the various activities & the food is first class so enjoy it if you are lucky enough to go there , btw bring some DVDs as tv not great but they have a good selection in their DVD library , you would need to be here 3 night min with out jet lag to really get a feel for what's going on here , would love to come back .Suite 4 was a great location we had a family of gazelles hanging out nearby most of the time .... Only thing that would improve is maybe a hairdresser service but that's only cos I have impossible hair !!!also emirates who provided car service need to ensure their drivers know where al maha is and also provide them with 4x4 for trip as roads in off the motorway not being upgraded due to being conservative sanctuary !! Read less
My husband surprised me with a stay here for our anniversary! I was so bowled over by the resortI don't know where to start. Check-in was very intimate and thorough. All of the amenities and... Read more My husband surprised me with a stay here for our anniversary! I was so bowled over by the resort...I don't know where to start. Check-in was very intimate and thorough. All of the amenities and activities were explained to us, and the hotel had the cart ready to take us to our room. The rooms here are individual cottages (styled to appear/feel like tents in the desert!) with their own pool. Ours was at the edge of the property, giving us total privacy. We also had a family of gazelles (or "maha" in Arabic) who hung around our cottage, making it so special!! Meals are included, and you can have them either in your room or at the restaurant. They include multiple courses. Alcohol prices are actually very reasonable for Dubai, so we enjoyed a few glasses. We did breakfast in our room, and the presentation when it arrived was fantastic! The resort gives you two activities per night stayed. We opted for the sunset camel ride out to the dunes, where a bar is set up for sundowners. It was so romantic to sit in the sand, gazing out at the sunset with a glass of champagne! We also opted for the early-morning falconry exhibition, which was fascinating and precious all at the same time. Everything was pretty perfect. The only thing we could think that should be addressed is to install a doorbell on the cottages. If you are out in the pool waiting for room service, you won't hear them knock on the door. Read less
After careful planning we were dreaming about our 3 day stay at Al Maha but the day before our trip from Abu Dhabi we received a call from their manager. They tracked us down to our hotel in AD to... Read more tell us that they were expecting terrible weather and although we were welcome to go they offered us full refund (and it is already in my credit card) so we would not be disappointed to be locked indoors in their facilites. It was disappointing because we dreamt about these couple of days but a AMAZING customer service. Read less