Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

Dubai Beach, Dubai Beaches and beyond

The hotel

Set deep in Dubai’s magical dunes and desert landscapes, 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, dune drives, 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.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Set in 225 km of pristine desert landscape, within an award-winning conservation area. Transfer time from Dubai International Airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

37 individual Bedouin suites decorated and furnished in a wonderfully traditional style with quirky touches such as binoculars for spotting the wildlife and an easel and pencils for recording memories in art. Suites are spacious with air-conditioning, satellite TV, DVD, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar*, safe, hairdryer, complimentary water, custom-made king-size beds, seating area overlooking the views, roomy bathrooms with walk-in showers, king-size baths and 'his and hers' vanity area. Best of all for absorbing the desert tranquillity and inspirational landscape are the private outdoor decks with sunloungers and temperature controlled pool. Bedouin Suites sleep maximum 3 adults.

 

 

 

Full Board includes: all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner, excluding beverages. Guests will also receive two complimentary activities per night stay per guest, which can be any of the following: wildlife drive, guided nature walks within Al Maha’s nature reserve, archery, falconry, camel trekking and sundowners, Ghaf Tree walk. Any additional activities are chargeable.

Royal Suites have a private temperature-controlled pool surrounded by a wooden deck, handcrafted furnishings, antiques and artefacts, 2 large bedrooms, custom-made super king-size beds, spacious bathrooms featuring a walk-in shower, king-size bath, a 'his and hers' vanity area, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Emirate Suites have a large temperature-controlled pool surrounded by a wooden deck, spacious lounge with dining facilities, residential quarters for guests' private staff (housekeeper, security or chef), spacious courtyard, roomy kitchen, champagne and fruits on arrival, and a complimentary private deck dining and desert picnic experience per booking per stay, sleeping maximum 5 adults.

Presidential Suites have a large 10x8 meter temperature-controlled pool surrounded by a wooden deck, 3 large bedrooms, 1 with custom-made super king-size bed and 2 with twin beds, extensive kitchen, mini-bar*, champagne and fruits on arrival, private activities including camel trek and sundowners and a complimentary private deck dining and desert picnic experience per booking per stay, sleeping maximum 7 adults.

Larger Royal, Emirates and Presidential Suites with added facilities are available on request.

Al Diwaan restaurant with al fresco veranda (Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, with theme menus offering Indian, Sri Lankan and Japanese dishes). Hajar Terrace Bar (High Tea and cocktails). Dune dinner. Timeless Spa* and leisure centre featuring fitness equipment, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, treatment rooms and a relaxation area. There are two included activities per day from the following: wildlife drive, falconry, camel treks, archery and guided nature walks. Horse riding*. Dune drive*. Library. Gift shop*. 24-hour room service*.

3 nights between 29 Dec–3 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing stay at Al Maha!

Sep 29, 2020 rsterzinar Washington DC, District of Columbia

My husband and I just completed the most wonderful 6-night stay at Al Maha, and we can’t wait to go back. It is really a very special experience. We loved our private villa and pool, where we spent the majority of our time. We had an amazing view of the desert, including an oasis where the gazelles and some oryx would come to hang out in the… Read more
My husband and I just completed the most wonderful 6-night stay at Al Maha, and we can’t wait to go back. It is really a very special experience. We loved our private villa and pool, where we spent the majority of our time. We had an amazing view of the desert, including an oasis where the gazelles and some oryx would come to hang out in the mornings and afternoons. We loved to sit in the pool and watch the animals, including many birds and gazelles hanging around the back of our villa. The room itself is made to look like a tent, and has more of a rustic and traditional Bedouin feel that fits well with the surroundings. It also has a GIANT custom king bed that’s the most comfortable we’ve slept in - perfect for daily afternoon naps. We had room service lunch every day by the pool. We also had the floating breakfast on our last morning, which was a lot of fun! The food was excellent and included in our rate, with more than we could possibly eat at each meal. The Sri Lankan and Indian curries and the beef Wellington were highlights at dinner, but we had a great meal every night and always left stuffed. The service from the dining staff and management was impeccable, especially Srini, Prakash, and Catherine. Prior to dinner each night we’d have drinks in the lounge, where Erick and Yogi made excellent martinis (and remembered our drink order after only our first night at the resort). With pre-dinner drinks, they gave us two different canapés each day, and they were all delicious. The service is really on another level. It’s a small resort, so everyone greets you by name and remembers your preferences. They make every guest feel special, constantly asking if there’s anything else you need, especially Irfan, the Front Office Manager. We also loved all of our activities. Our field guide, Seonaid, was so knowledgeable and happy to answer all of our questions. She even took us on a bonus excursion to feed the horses and see the falcons, owl (Oscar, our favorite!), and eagles. For activities, we did sunset cocktails on the dunes, dune bashing, wildlife drive, nature walk, falconry, archery, and my husband did the horse back riding (only for experienced riders). They were all great, and worth waking up early for those that took place at 6 am to avoid the later summer heat! We had planned to go to Al Maha for only a 3-night stay and then head to Ras Al Kheimah. However, at dinner on our very first night, after chatting with some very friendly and fun regular guests about how special the resort and the people there are, we could already tell 3 nights wouldn’t be sufficient, and we cancelled RAK and extended an extra three nights. Airlene with guest services was incredibly helpful in working with Marriott to extend our stay and allow us to keep our same villa, so while we were on two reservations, it felt like one. Overall, we had an amazing time! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The best hotel in the desert

Sep 25, 2020 H7777NHlorrained

Hands down this hotel is one of the best places ive visted outside of Dubai. The camels and gazelles can be seen everywhere around the resort. The pool was so peaceful and had a stunning view. My friends and I had 45 minute full body massages and I cannot fault them whatsoever. Dont even get me started on the three course meal..one word..perfect!… Read more
Hands down this hotel is one of the best places ive visted outside of Dubai. The camels and gazelles can be seen everywhere around the resort. The pool was so peaceful and had a stunning view. My friends and I had 45 minute full body massages and I cannot fault them whatsoever. Dont even get me started on the three course meal..one word..perfect! Definitely recommend this place the only downside was couldnt afford to stay the night. Hopefully my review may earn me an overnight stay to return back sooner :) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 5-Star Stunning Resort Fell Short of Expectations

Sep 10, 2020 grac3choong Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

We were excited to get away from the cities to seek relaxation and a ‘mental vacation’. And indeed, we were not disappointed. Tucked away in the vast desert, Al Maha is a wonderful choice if you want privacy and an immersive rich experience with nature. Entering the desert conservation reserve towards the resort, we were pleasantly greeted by… Read more
We were excited to get away from the cities to seek relaxation and a ‘mental vacation’. And indeed, we were not disappointed. Tucked away in the vast desert, Al Maha is a wonderful choice if you want privacy and an immersive rich experience with nature. Entering the desert conservation reserve towards the resort, we were pleasantly greeted by oryxes and gazelles roaming in their natural habitat. Upon arrival, Maria welcomed us warmly and drove us in a buggy to our room. The Bedouin-styled room was stunning with Arabic decor, gorgeous bathroom and not to mention the private infinity pool. Mini bar was fully stocked, as well as snacks, coffee and tea. What’s fascinating was to see gazelles walked around our pool and room, drinking from the pool (we were told the chlorine content in was less than 1% and safe for animals). Turned out that there was a small pathway besides our villa 33 which the gazelles frequently used to get around. When hanging around the pool, expect sand in the water and some of the insects (wasps, lizards, beetles and ants) to surround you. Your villa is also not as private as you think it is; you can bump into one of the guests staying next door if they decide to walk out on the desert while you are in the pool. We were hugely disappointed when served moldy toast bread during breakfast so we asked to change it immediately. The server came back with a bigger basket of toast and pastries, thinking we would be impressed. No apology in sight and the poor experience was brushed over quickly. Throughout our stay, the in-room telephone went dead on two occasions. Maintenance team told us it was due to faulty wiring, fixed it and then the telephone went dead again. We had to inconveniently use our mobile phones instead. WiFi connection in the room was another inconvenience; kept dropping and had to reconnect again. Our experience was overall pleasant and hopefully the facilities will be enhanced when we return. The small little details and inconveniences really make a difference in experience so we can’t say Al Maha deserves its five stars when compared to the former Banyan Tree luxury resort in RAK (now owned by Ritz on Al Hamra Beach). Read less
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Sep 6, 2020 zanedubash Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My wife and I were supposed to be be celebrating our wedding reception in Greece this year but due to the pandemic, we had to change our plans. We also didn't want to stay at home on the day so we decided to book Al Maha and spend a few days there. We had heard rave reviews about the property and My Wie and I decided to give it a shot. From the… Read more
My wife and I were supposed to be be celebrating our wedding reception in Greece this year but due to the pandemic, we had to change our plans. We also didn't want to stay at home on the day so we decided to book Al Maha and spend a few days there. We had heard rave reviews about the property and My Wie and I decided to give it a shot. From the moment we entered on to the property to till the time we checked out, the service, amenities and staff were exceptionally amazing. We would like to thank a few of many of the staff who really went out of their way to make us forget why we were Al Maha and not Greece. Mansoor greeted us as soon as we arrived and parked our vehicle. He was friendly and extremely accommodating which made us feel very special from the beginning of what was going to be a magical time. Before we were taken to our room, Irfan greeted us in the lobby and was very kind to let us know that if there was anything we required during our stay, he and his staff would assist us the best they can when they can. Since we ordered at our suite each day, Dushan used to bring us the food and was very helpful and professional in setting up the food table so we could just relax and enjoy the lovely cuisine. Speaking of the cuisine, their dishes are prepared fresh and are well cooked. Particularly, our favorite was the Thai Green Curry with fluffy white steamed rice which we ordered for the 3 nights we were there. (A MUST TRY) Compliments to the chef. One of the activities which every guest gets to choose from during their stay was sundowners which started with a camel ride to and from the location. It was truly amazing and special. being out in the desert during sunset is calming and romantic all at the same time. Our guide was Pubudu and he was again such a friendly and knowledgable person. He made the whole experience for sundowners go from good to excellent. The staff works hard and are lovely happy people to be around. The property is magnificently beautiful and they take guest relations to a whole new level. Privacy and service is what they thrive on and highly recommending this place to anyone who wants a staycation but yet wants that awesome experience. Wish them all the best for the future because we will definitely go back there. As I was telling my wife, this place has spoilt us rotten and it will be very hard for any other place in the UAE to show us that level of service. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Best!

Sep 3, 2020 Mavi B Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We came back to this resort because we consider it the best desert resort in the area. And we can't wait to go back! It is the ideal place to relax surrounded by nature, in a very quiet environment and in the company of typical desert animals. It is exciting to see gazelles and oryxes approach without fear! The swimming pool is comfortable and… Read more
We came back to this resort because we consider it the best desert resort in the area. And we can't wait to go back! It is the ideal place to relax surrounded by nature, in a very quiet environment and in the company of typical desert animals. It is exciting to see gazelles and oryxes approach without fear! The swimming pool is comfortable and perfectly maintained. A note of merit also to the restaurant. All very good for both breakfast and dinner. Room service is also perfect, even as regards the cleanliness and discretion of the staff. Highly recommended !!! Read less