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 An amazing place

Jul 4, 2020 davidmacdubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I love this place and having been going on and off for the last 15 years of living in Dubai. It is a stunning location and unique to dubai. Most hotels here are the standard 'bling' but this is very different. I thought i would give the good and the bads The Good - Location is stunning and recommmend the all inclusive as it is the best value… Read more
I love this place and having been going on and off for the last 15 years of living in Dubai. It is a stunning location and unique to dubai. Most hotels here are the standard 'bling' but this is very different. I thought i would give the good and the bads The Good - Location is stunning and recommmend the all inclusive as it is the best value for money. - All you need is bathing stuff as the dinner is bought to you so it is a total relaxing place - Make sure you come with an SUV or similar as the road is fairly rough - The welcome is discreet and quick so you can get to the villa quickly. They are genuinely lovely people - The villas are amazing Tent like structures with a massive ( and i mean really big comfortable bed) with a huge bath and beautiful bathrooms - Recommend villa 41 as the view out from your pool is pure desert - Service and food is excellent. Quick tip bring a bottle or wine or gin as the alcohol and drinks are expensive ( cokes are 25AED ( 5GBP) - Cannot fault the pool or anything however The Not so good - Al Maha is going to need a refurb soon. It is exceptionally clean and well maintained but it is starting to show its age. Nothing very obvious but the sinks are looking tired and the pools are missing a few tiles. Nothing major and it does nothing to detract from the experience but you are paying for a luxurious experience - If you are scared of wildlife then maybe think again. We had hornets in the pool all day. They never bothered us but in the summer this happens. - The Oryx and Deer regularly come in to the enclosure. We loved this and they are beautiful - Drinks are extra for the all inclusive so beware as this is a bit of a sting in the tail All in all this is an amazing experience and you should go. There is nothing like it in dubai apart from Ziggy Bay in Oman. We love it and will keep going back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Quite Simply The Best Hotel In The World

Jun 29, 2020 RydoBurr Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My wife and I had our 15th wedding anniversary at Al Maha and the whole experience was just flawless. Even before we arrived we had an email exchange with Peter the Chef to ensure we had the choices we wanted. You get the feeling the place is special on the drive from the main road to the resort, rolling red sand dunes and loads of animals. Then… Read more
My wife and I had our 15th wedding anniversary at Al Maha and the whole experience was just flawless. Even before we arrived we had an email exchange with Peter the Chef to ensure we had the choices we wanted. You get the feeling the place is special on the drive from the main road to the resort, rolling red sand dunes and loads of animals. Then when we arrived at reception we were met by Agnes who was very attentive(at a 2m distance, of course) and gave us a load of information on the hotel, the location and its conservation policy. Guilia then gave us details of the activities we could take and was very accommodating when we asked her to call us in the morning to see how we felt(some of the activities were at 5:30am). We then proceeded to our Bedioun Suite room, which was, well, WOW! All very traditional Arabic layout and furnishings, plenty of space and with a tented roof. There was a very natural feeling patio/out door space which the gazelles often came to visit. There was an ample outdoor pool, which we spent a lot of the time in, watching the Oryx and camel trains go by on the huge desert plain below. Although we had planned to go to the restaurant we felt there was absolutely no need; we had lunch in the room on the first day and it was full silver service with the staff falling over themselves to cater for your every whim. We were served on most days by Rafique who was so friendly and very keen to please. He spent a bit of time bringing us and setting up various food and drinks. He always laid out the full spread on the table with cloth, silver cutlery and complimentary fruit baskets. Then later in the evening Huebert would take over with the same amount of care and attention, dropping off ice every-time he passed. Al Maha really is the type of resort where you just want to stay in the stunning bedioun tent and be pampered whilst watching the natural world unfold in front of you. I have stayed at many different types of hotels across the world but this place has it all, the location, the exclusivity and most of all the staff. Well done and thank you Al Maha team, we can't wait to come and see you again soon. Read less
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Jun 27, 2020 877bassels Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I was there on my birthday. And I was having the best privet time as well as all the stuff was very helpful and they tried there best to make sure that we have the perfect time and they surprised me when we was in the restaurant with a cake even though we have not told them that we will eat in the restaurant. We was having a total private… Read more
I was there on my birthday. And I was having the best privet time as well as all the stuff was very helpful and they tried there best to make sure that we have the perfect time and they surprised me when we was in the restaurant with a cake even though we have not told them that we will eat in the restaurant. We was having a total private time. Thanks for all the stuff who serve us. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing in everything

Jun 26, 2020 Zaibatsu Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The staff are cheerful, polite, helpful and very friendly. They made our stay more enjoyable. The complimentary desert activities were very nice and the staff carrying them out were very knowledgeable and they loved what they do. Food was amazing. We tried so many dishes and all were very good, except the fish and chips (but who orders fish and… Read more
The staff are cheerful, polite, helpful and very friendly. They made our stay more enjoyable. The complimentary desert activities were very nice and the staff carrying them out were very knowledgeable and they loved what they do. Food was amazing. We tried so many dishes and all were very good, except the fish and chips (but who orders fish and chips in a desert conservation hotel?!) Thank Arshad at the camel ride, Catherine at the restaurant, Kevin and Shahbaz at desert activities, and all the other staff that we didn't get to know their names. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stunning resort full of wildlife

Jun 19, 2020 NICHOLAS T Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Just a fantastic resort - luxury and wildlife in harmony. All of the rooms are private villas, well sized and with generous private swimming pools. The rooms are all elevated, offering great views of the desert and mountains beyond. The beds are large, as is the bathroom - which includes bath and shower and double sinks - and the living room… Read more
Just a fantastic resort - luxury and wildlife in harmony. All of the rooms are private villas, well sized and with generous private swimming pools. The rooms are all elevated, offering great views of the desert and mountains beyond. The beds are large, as is the bathroom - which includes bath and shower and double sinks - and the living room offers a desk, two chez long and a bonus of an art easel and crayons. The highlight is the wildlife which periodically stops by to say hello. Gazelles were regular visitors and the odd oryx passed through and there was an abundance of exotic birds all around. Breakfast was included and served in the room. We requested ours outside and the table was set up beside the pool beautifully with a white table cloth and covered in an abundance of food - pastries, fruit, coffee, eggs of your choice and sides. One activity per day was also included in the room rate - we opted for a camel ride out to a sunset where we were served with a sundowner glass of wine, and a morning nature walk, which was informative and wildlife rich. The resort is huge and one can roam freely amongst the stunning dunes and wildlife. It is a great getaway from Dubai. The restaurant was open in the main hotel building but we opted for in room dining. The menu was very good - middle eastern food and European options available - and the prices were no more expensive than standard in Dubai. Again, we opted to eat al fresco and the dinner table was set up beautifully by our swimming pool. The staff were absolutely fantastic - friendly and efficient. Read less