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

Dubai Beach, Dubai Beaches and beyond

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 5.0 Based on 1688 reviews

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
  • 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 butler service, 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: 3 meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner, excluding beverages. Guests will also receive 2 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, complimentary mini-bar, champagne and fruits on arrival, 1 complimentary spa treatment per guest, 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: falconry, camel treks, horse riding, dune drives, archery and guided nature walks. Library. Gift shop*.

3 nights between 29 Dec–3 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Trip advisor rating: 5.0 Based on 1688 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfection!

Feb 19, 2019 deamole Nuevo, CA

I am sitting on the deck of Villa #4 as I write this review. I cannot say enough about Al Maha Luxury Resort. It is exceptional in every way possible. I booked 5 nights all inclusive using my Marriott Rewards. Rates were fluctuating between about $1500.00 to $1900.00 per night (all inclusive) during the time we were staying. I chose to book 5… Read more
I am sitting on the deck of Villa #4 as I write this review. I cannot say enough about Al Maha Luxury Resort. It is exceptional in every way possible. I booked 5 nights all inclusive using my Marriott Rewards. Rates were fluctuating between about $1500.00 to $1900.00 per night (all inclusive) during the time we were staying. I chose to book 5 nights because of getting the 5th night free. It is hard to say if 5 nights is too long at Al Maha. I am the type of person who needs to be busy even while on vacation, but my wife prefers to lounge around and relax. At 5 nights you will be able to experience all of the activities that Al Maha has to offer and may become bored. As long as you know this in advance and are prepared then 5 nights should be fine. My advice would be to spend at least 3 nights. Even if you do become bored, the setting, the beauty, the service, and the food all make up for it. The individual villas are very spacious and well appointed. The rain shower head is so relaxing. The bath is large, and the sitting area is comfortable. The king size bed is huge (seems bigger than a typical king) and is perhaps the most comfortable bed we have ever slept on. All this and I haven’t even got to the deck and private plunge pool. All of the villa’s have a secluded private feel to them and it is like you are in your own individual oasis. The views over the desert looking out to the Hotta Mountains are incredible. Dining is amazing as well. For a full board you would expect mediocre quality food, possibly buffet style. This is not the case here. Chef Peter and Restaurant Manager Srini have done a marvelous job. The menu is expansive and the food is top quality. The meals could easily compete with a top rated restaurant. Be prepared to over indulge and gain a few pounds (or kilos depending on where you are from). It is that good! Not to mention you can have just about anything delivered to your villa at no extra cost. I cannot even begin to do Al Maha justice in this review. From arrival through departure we were treated as royalty. Every staff member has service as a top priority. Management has done a truly amazing job with training and developing the staff here. Al Maha should have a top spot on everyone’s bucket list. My only warning is to be careful. The chance you will be hooked and want to return is very high! Special shout out to Airlene, Srini, Chef Peter, Catherine, Maina, and Seonaid, all who made our trip amazing. Read less
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Feb 11, 2019 JimandColette Hillsborough, Northern Ireland

We have visited the Al Maha before and found it to be one of the most relaxing places we have been. This time we had been on a very exciting Safari and needed to chill out before rejoining the real world! The Al Maha was the perfect choice. We were in No 32 which is quite elevated compared to some suites but had a super, unobstructed view.… Read more
We have visited the Al Maha before and found it to be one of the most relaxing places we have been. This time we had been on a very exciting Safari and needed to chill out before rejoining the real world! The Al Maha was the perfect choice. We were in No 32 which is quite elevated compared to some suites but had a super, unobstructed view. Otherwise it was identical to suites we had stayed in before. We found it to be ideal and very private. We did not avail of any of the included activities on this trip as we had experienced them before. We did however pay several visits to the spa and enjoyed outstanding massages. The spa is very tasteful and we would thoroughly recommend a visit. The food is super and we particularly enjoyed the Sri Lankan Curry which is an event in itself. All meals were beautifully presented and served by,as others have mentioned,outstanding staff. Many thanks to Ashok, Roshak, Ariel, Maina and of course Mervyn! On the advice of other reviewers we took lunch on our deck on one occasion which was delightful and was beautifully set up by Imran, thank you Imran. As usual we raided the shop which is top quality and it’s hard to resist coming away with something you don’t need but must have! In summary the Al Maha is a beautiful, peaceful,tasteful hideaway and we love it! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceptional resort....Exceptional staff

Feb 11, 2019 robjessup02 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Arne and his team were first class from the minute we arrived. The Royal suite we had booked for two nights to celebrate a 50th birthday with friends, was just the perfect setting indoors and out. Spacious, luxurious,peaceful and relaxing are just some of the words to describe this place. All the staff without exception, were there to make our… Read more
Arne and his team were first class from the minute we arrived. The Royal suite we had booked for two nights to celebrate a 50th birthday with friends, was just the perfect setting indoors and out. Spacious, luxurious,peaceful and relaxing are just some of the words to describe this place. All the staff without exception, were there to make our stay a truly memorable one.....we will be back again ! Read less
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Feb 8, 2019 Kels2003 Los Angeles, California

I have maybe two favorite properties in the whole world and in our short 3-night stay the Al Maha beat them all. Every detail is carefully curated, from the temperature of your heated plunge pool, to the room service, to the fun excursions, to the delicious food. The setting would be amazing enough by itself with gazelle and Oryx wandering by… Read more
I have maybe two favorite properties in the whole world and in our short 3-night stay the Al Maha beat them all. Every detail is carefully curated, from the temperature of your heated plunge pool, to the room service, to the fun excursions, to the delicious food. The setting would be amazing enough by itself with gazelle and Oryx wandering by your beautiful room, but what really makes this place so special is the people. From the moment we walked in, we were well cared for by Airleen, who seemed to be there at all hours making sure we were having a seamless visit. Seonaid, our excursion guide, went above and beyond to give us personal attention for all of the activities we wanted to do. I seriously don't know when these people sleep, but they have the remarkable ability to make everyone feel like family, and it was truly moving. I can't wait to return and would definitely stay longer next time. Dubai is a lovely big city, but it's just that - another big city. Consider instead staying at the Al Maha where you will experience something truly special. Read less
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Feb 8, 2019 alain l Knokke-Heist, Belgium

As always the hotel is nearly perfection in every way. We can't find something that is not good about the hotel.But what makes the hotel even more exceptionnal is the complete staff !!!!!!! We feel at home with them.