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 Fantastic oasis

Jan 26, 2020 odo381 Copenhagen, Denmark

Tranquility and luxury in the middle of the desert. Hide away 45 minutes drive from Dubai. High level of service in very friendly atmosphere. Good, international kitchen. Accomodation in secluded, seperate beduin - like luxury huts. Twenty years old. Refurbishment and update called for. Frequent drone activity by primarily Chinese guests… Read more
Tranquility and luxury in the middle of the desert. Hide away 45 minutes drive from Dubai. High level of service in very friendly atmosphere. Good, international kitchen. Accomodation in secluded, seperate beduin - like luxury huts. Twenty years old. Refurbishment and update called for. Frequent drone activity by primarily Chinese guests despite by resort marketed not allowed. No good. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful Property

Jan 14, 2020 NevskyNY New York City, New York

We had a wonderful time here. The staff and accommodations are wonderful. Often the staff anticipated our requests. The location and nature is amazing. Great food. The daily activities are fun and informative with great guides.
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Jan 13, 2020 axriyadi Boston, Massachusetts

Ok well, nothing’s perfect, but Al Maha comes very close! Everything was top notch! Delicious food with excellent varieties. Beautiful property. Clean. Mostly excellent service. Our guide was friendly and helpful. The waitress at the restaurants remembers my drink of choice. Addressed by name whenever possible. Definitely going back in the near… Read more
Ok well, nothing’s perfect, but Al Maha comes very close! Everything was top notch! Delicious food with excellent varieties. Beautiful property. Clean. Mostly excellent service. Our guide was friendly and helpful. The waitress at the restaurants remembers my drink of choice. Addressed by name whenever possible. Definitely going back in the near future (probably in the summer as in the winter the rates are very high and i can’t stand the FLIES!) There was some service mishap in regards to check out but that was rectified so I won’t even bother with the details. This is a one of a kind experience that every luxury traveler should experience at least once in their lifetime! Oh, but please stop hitting the camel. Its not nice. Next time I’ll probably skip the camel ride since, as nice as it was, i feel bad for the camel. See you soon AL MAHA! Read less
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Jan 5, 2020 drshnpatel Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Best hotel ever. Pictures don't do it justice. You get your own villa, with 100 percent privacy. The pool outside of the villa was the highlight of the stay, along with the super-sized bed, which probably the most comfortable I've ever slept on. The service was top notch, and the food was incredible (even as a vegetarian myself, which they have… Read more
Best hotel ever. Pictures don't do it justice. You get your own villa, with 100 percent privacy. The pool outside of the villa was the highlight of the stay, along with the super-sized bed, which probably the most comfortable I've ever slept on. The service was top notch, and the food was incredible (even as a vegetarian myself, which they have special menus for). The activities were fun -- Duncan was great at explaining and showing us around. Overall, this was more than just a hotel stay, it was an experience. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A unique experience with a few missing touches!

Jan 5, 2020 radhikamp

My husband and I were really looking forward to this trip! Everything from the drive up to the property is very unique and very exotic! They have a completely different food menu for vegetarians which I really appreciated! We did their evening sun downer complimentary activity which was a really nice experience! We had taken the full board… Read more
My husband and I were really looking forward to this trip! Everything from the drive up to the property is very unique and very exotic! They have a completely different food menu for vegetarians which I really appreciated! We did their evening sun downer complimentary activity which was a really nice experience! We had taken the full board experience, which was great as they even let me order breakfast in the room under that without me having to pay extra! Improvement areas: while the outdoor pool is great the wet set inside the complete pool on the floor is a real let down, it really spoils the experience, they need to definitely get a cleaning mechanism filter in the pool to figure this out. The bathroom fixtures definitely need an upgrade! Overall a must visit and definitely unique experience! Read less