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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Nov 17, 2019 elliotnotsam2 Park City, Utah

I heard great things about this resort, but our actual stay and service was even better than imagined. The service was fantastic whether it was the guides for activities, the restaurant manager (katherine you are amazing), the waiters, the front desk, the bartenders, the housekeeping team....they were all incredible. 140 employees for 40… Read more
I heard great things about this resort, but our actual stay and service was even better than imagined. The service was fantastic whether it was the guides for activities, the restaurant manager (katherine you are amazing), the waiters, the front desk, the bartenders, the housekeeping team....they were all incredible. 140 employees for 40 suites....including 14 chefs so you can just imagine how well you are taken care of.....Awesome stay. Read less
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Nov 17, 2019 Verna87 Miami, Florida

Let me preface this by saying that I am usually a tough reviewer when it comes to hotels and other businesses. We had a two night stay at the Al Maha and it really couldn't have been better. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable, probably the best service/staff experience I've ever had at a hotel or resort. Special shout out to… Read more
Let me preface this by saying that I am usually a tough reviewer when it comes to hotels and other businesses. We had a two night stay at the Al Maha and it really couldn't have been better. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable, probably the best service/staff experience I've ever had at a hotel or resort. Special shout out to Remy at breakfast and I forget his name, but he was from South Africa and ran some of the activities. Very friendly, professional, and helpful staff. Perhaps what is greatest with this resort is that they do not charge for ridiculous things that other hotels or resorts often charge for. For example, there is no additional cost for the following: room service, bottles of water, coffee, tea, snacks in the afternoon. They could easily charge for all of their activities, or charge a room service fee, or charge $10 for a bottle of water. Because they don't, this is why this resort has five stars on TripAdvisor. We will definitely be returning! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing experience in the dessert

Nov 5, 2019 Kmarrerotraveller

We only stayed for one night and it was the best night of my trip to Dubai. I wished I had stayed for one more night. The hotel offered Great amenities, great food, excellent service, beautiful room with a view to the dessert. The room also had a private pool. We didn’t want to leave the room, it was amazing. Outstanding service from the staff.… Read more
We only stayed for one night and it was the best night of my trip to Dubai. I wished I had stayed for one more night. The hotel offered Great amenities, great food, excellent service, beautiful room with a view to the dessert. The room also had a private pool. We didn’t want to leave the room, it was amazing. Outstanding service from the staff. The Spa and the camel ride with the sunset were a most. Our stayed at this resort was really a memorable experience. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating One of the most tranquil places in Dubai - also for a day at the pool or lunch

Nov 2, 2019 Bas H Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We visited Al Maha for the second overnight stay, since our first stay in 2014. It is still one of the most beautiful and serene places in the UAE it have seen in the past 5 years. This hotel is located on a dune, surrounded by trees and shrubs, which attracts a vast amount of wildlife. Each villa has its own private plunge pool, don’t be… Read more
We visited Al Maha for the second overnight stay, since our first stay in 2014. It is still one of the most beautiful and serene places in the UAE it have seen in the past 5 years. This hotel is located on a dune, surrounded by trees and shrubs, which attracts a vast amount of wildlife. Each villa has its own private plunge pool, don’t be surprised if you have some visitors during the day. Beast thing is to wake up early morning, make yourself a coffee and overlook your pool and desert, to see the sun rise, accompanied by a orchestra of bird sounds. Per night stay, you have 2 activities. I would highly recommend the dune bash, falconry and camel ride. Although i would recommend to stay overnight, the resort also has pool packages available, or you could join just for lunch. Just driving up to the hotel (10 km of dust road) is worth it. You will see on your way the Arabian Oryx and small gazelle. Read less
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Oct 27, 2019 Fabrizio L

Stayed one night to celebrate my wife's birthday. The villa villas are spacious and beautifully appointed with breath taking views and an infinity pool overlooking the desert. Breakfast on the deck was amazing and we had a couple of unexpected cute guests from the local wildlife. Restaurant menu offers a wide variety of options both for lunch and… Read more
Stayed one night to celebrate my wife's birthday. The villa villas are spacious and beautifully appointed with breath taking views and an infinity pool overlooking the desert. Breakfast on the deck was amazing and we had a couple of unexpected cute guests from the local wildlife. Restaurant menu offers a wide variety of options both for lunch and dinner and food was cooked to perfection. Enjoyed the camel ride with sundowners though would have expected a wider selection of hors d'ouevre. Great service from all the senior staff at the reception. Some work to do for the more junior. Would definitely repeat the experience. Read less