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
  • 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.

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May 19, 2019 FlyingB1975 New York City, New York

Let's get the obvious out of the way first: It is not cheap. That is were the bad things end. The "tents" and are amazing. The staff are super-friendly, the service top notch. The chance to see wildlife without getting up from your sun lounger by the private pool is wow. The food is amazing. Oh and did I mention the staff and the service? On… Read more
Let's get the obvious out of the way first: It is not cheap. That is were the bad things end. The "tents" and are amazing. The staff are super-friendly, the service top notch. The chance to see wildlife without getting up from your sun lounger by the private pool is wow. The food is amazing. Oh and did I mention the staff and the service? On the price: It includes breakfast, lunch & dinner. And that in turn includes things like steak and lobster. That doesn't make this a cheap place to stay, but it sort of makes it a little more reasonable. Loved it, hope to be back. Read less
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May 19, 2019 BHart86 San Francisco, California

Al Maha is exceptional. I really mean that. I find that most five star properties fall short of expectations on some level. Al Maha is a notable exception, and I’d give six stars if I could. Regarding the property, the resort is 20 years old and in a pretty harsh climate. Even so, the physical infrastructure is impeccably maintained down to the… Read more
Al Maha is exceptional. I really mean that. I find that most five star properties fall short of expectations on some level. Al Maha is a notable exception, and I’d give six stars if I could. Regarding the property, the resort is 20 years old and in a pretty harsh climate. Even so, the physical infrastructure is impeccably maintained down to the smallest detail. And while the setting, buildings, and food are excellent, the hotel really shines with its service. From our host, Youssef, down to the housekeeping staff, the staff goes above and beyond at every touch point. Executing at that level is insanely difficult, and it should be celebrated when you find it (we left Al Maha for Al Bustan Palace Ritz and were sadly brought back to earth). A few examples to highlight: I was planning a small birthday surprise for my wife, and it felt like the entire hotel staff was aware of my plans and provided help in keeping it a secret. Additionally, one of us fell ill (very minor), and I had inquiries ranging from a call from the hotel manager, a call from Youssef on his night off, room service checking in on us, and an email checking in again after we left. If you stay in Dubai, stay at Al Maha and experience hospitality at its best. Read less
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May 17, 2019 Holly S

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights recently as part of a bigger trip. Can't speak highly enough about the resort as a whole and warmth and professionalism of the staff. From the moment we arrived until we left we were treated like royalty. Despite the harsh desert conditions the facilities were immaculate and housekeeping was top notch.… Read more
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights recently as part of a bigger trip. Can't speak highly enough about the resort as a whole and warmth and professionalism of the staff. From the moment we arrived until we left we were treated like royalty. Despite the harsh desert conditions the facilities were immaculate and housekeeping was top notch. Food was also superb! We enjoyed the included activities and found the guides to be very friendly and knowledgeable. We definitely hope to return some day in the future and highly recommend for anyone who is considering. Would also love.to know what was in the welcome drink we were served upon arrival...best welcome drink we've ever had! Read less
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May 15, 2019 vivai Dortmund

Five Star Hotels in Dubai are mostly inconsistent concerning their services. I don’t know any hotel that could deliver an immaculate service – except the Al Maha. We were at the Al Maha for five days and we enjoyed every one of it. The suites were flawless. I saw many pictures before and the suite met my expectations. The service was stunning –… Read more
Five Star Hotels in Dubai are mostly inconsistent concerning their services. I don’t know any hotel that could deliver an immaculate service – except the Al Maha. We were at the Al Maha for five days and we enjoyed every one of it. The suites were flawless. I saw many pictures before and the suite met my expectations. The service was stunning – and consistent. Our waiter Kiran did a wonderful job and his female Kenyan colleagues were outstanding. Everything came so natural and we felt at home from the first moment. Also the food was so good! I could not resist eating too much every meal because it was delicious. Thanks for our very special last dinner and the kitchen tour and the meeting with the people behind the scene. I have been in Sri Lanka already twice and the Sri Lankan meal felt like easting there. At first I was not sure if five days in the desert could be a bit boring but there were a lot of things to do. Especially the rangers from South Africa are outstanding. They are very knowledgeable. We know now why there are unicorns. We did all the tours and we liked all of them. I want to thank Nathan and Gregg. I personally enjoyed the horseback riding the most. It is so cool to ride in the midst of the desert. It is totally different than being in a Jeep. My rides were the most memorable experiences there. When I look at the photos that Nathan took for me I feel very happy. I want to thank the whole team for making our holidays so special! Read less
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May 14, 2019 Bonvoy B Hong Kong, China

Al Maha Resort was one of the best Marriott hotels I have yet experienced. This mystic desert retreat really gives you a taste of Dubais nature and scenic beauty. Check in - Easy arrival and check - in all thanks to the Al Maha staff. Room - End suite with a panoramic view of the desert and all the wild Al Mahas. Room was spotless and room… Read more
Al Maha Resort was one of the best Marriott hotels I have yet experienced. This mystic desert retreat really gives you a taste of Dubais nature and scenic beauty. Check in - Easy arrival and check - in all thanks to the Al Maha staff. Room - End suite with a panoramic view of the desert and all the wild Al Mahas. Room was spotless and room service was timely and delicious. Activities - There is a massive activities list you can find located in your room upon arrival. The resort offers many options such as camel riding, falcon training, and more. Restaurants - There is a nice restaurant located next to the lobby open for breakfast lunch and dinner and right next store you can find the evening bar overlooking the desert. Overall, very impressed and can't wait to return! Read less