Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2 Reviews

Al Maha Desert Resort
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 222% more than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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  • chizz's Profile Photo

    Secluded Luxury!


    I had heard from several friends here in Dubai that Al Maha Resort and Spa was the ultimate in luxury and seclusion, so my husband and I just had to try it - if only for 1 night!
    All accommodation is in the form of individual suites that range from the pricey to the extremely pricey. They all have their own individual temperature-controlled pool too, which is great if you are a couple or family that values it's privacy. There is a nice spa too and a small gym, but I did not have time to try them out.
    Check-in is at 2pm, but we arrived around mid-day to take advantage of our stay and have some lunch, as we were only booked in for 1 night over the weekend. It is recommended that you call the resort when you pass Exit 37 on the road from Dubai to the resort, so that your Field Guide can be there waiting for you to take you to the resort in one of their 4x4 resort vehicles. The resort is located some 4.7 kms after Exit 37 - just after Exit 50 on the Dubai/Al Ain Rd (E66), where you will see the Al Maha sign board.
    Once we arrived at the car-park, our Field Guide was indeed waiting for us and drove us the approx. 15 minutes into the desert to the resort.
    Here you are escorted to the main building of the hotel and served a cold juice and cold towels. The Guest Relations person will then tell you about the resort and ask which activities you would like to do (there are 2 free activities included per person, per night's stay - options are: Wildlife Drive, Camel Trekking, Falconry, Nature Walk, Archery, Horse Riding (need to be an experienced rider for this) and a Desert Safari). We chose the Desert Safari and the Camel Trekking.
    We were told that our suite was ready early, so we were taken to there by golf cart, although our room was quite close to the main part of the hotel.
    Our tented- ceiling Bedouin Suite was lovely and faced out over a water hole in the desert where many Arabian Oryx were resting in the shade of palm trees. You entered the suite through a small hallway which had a desk with coffee machine complete with flavoured coffee pods of many different flavours. There were many bottles of complimentary still water and a few items were free in the mini-bar, such as M&M's and Chocolate covered dates. Prices for other items in the mini-bar were steep as they usually are (as I remember, miniatures were around AED40/50).
    The bedroom was very elegant and decorated in Arabic style with hand carved Omani furniture and handicrafts - it opened out on to the pool and deck area too via double patio doors, which was nice. There was a pillow menu, where you order the type of pillow that you prefer and an artist's easel with pastel crayons, for if you should wish to make a drawing of the landscape. There is also free WIFI available and a good selection of TV channels.
    The bathroom was again decorated in an Arabic style with a large tub and separate rainforest shower. Bath products were from the resort's Timeless Spa and had a lovely fragrance. My only complaint was that there was no shower gel, but the shampoo was very mild and could be used for this purpose. There were many towels in the bathroom of all sizes. A hairdryer was provided too (stored in the hallway desk) and a illuminated mirror for the ladies to apply their make-up.
    The private pool was of an adequate size for a couple - but not really of a size to swim lengths as exercise. There is a resort pool however, which of course, is a lot bigger. The outdoor deck is spacious and comes complete with 2 sun loungers (for the Bedouin Suite). There are large towels for use outdoors and there is a small table and 2 chairs too.
    Well, after inspecting the room, we decided to go for lunch (which is included as part of the Full Board basis of the resort - you can also choose to eat meals in the comfort of you suite or have a meal in the desert for an extra fee!). The restaurant overlooks the desert and has an outdoor dining terrace too (for evenings and the cooler months). The lunch selection was in the form of a buffet and also had a few a la carte options too. The buffet included items such as: various salads, cold meats, smoked salmon, soup and several hot dishes such as braised beef and fish, vegetables and mashed potatoes. The a la carte options had various pizzas, sandwiches, etc. There were also several desserts such as: chocolate mousse, fresh fruits, Bread and Butter Pudding, etc.
    All in all the lunch was tasty, although I was not that hungry. Still water, coffee and tea are complimentary - other drinks are charged. The dress code is casual for lunch.
    After lunch, we went into our pool for a while and relaxed on the deck, before going to reception to meet our Field Guide for the camel trek at 6pm - (you will be informed of the timings of your activities when you check in). We were then taken to the desert area by the spa where all the camels were waiting for us - there were maybe 20 people doing the activity. The sun was setting as we made our way to the distant dunes and when we arrived we were met by staff serving sparkling wine, fruit juices, a sparkling date drink and strawberries. We took many photos as we watched the sun go down and then headed back to the resort, the tour lasting around 1 hour.
    After this, we headed to the bar for a few drinks and a couple we met had shisha on the outdoor terrace. Drinks were reasonably priced at the bar - as I remember, beers were around AED22, which is quite good for Dubai!
    Dinner was served from 7-10pm and we decided to dine on the outdoor terrace of the restaurant by candlelight. The dress code is smart/casual for dinner, which means closed shoes for men, long trousers and a collared shirt or National Dress. The meal is a 5 course affair which started with Amuse-Bouches and Bread Bites, we then chose our starters of Pan Fried Scallops and Lobster and Prawn Bundles, followed by sorbet and then the mains of Fillet of Beef and Prawns - dessert was Chocolate Mousse and Vanilla Creme Brulee. Again, still water, tea and coffee are included, other drinks are charged. The meal was very nice indeed, especially the steak and shrimp. The menu can be viewed here:

    After dinner, we walked back to the suite and went into the pool again and took a few more night shot photographs of the suite, etc.
    The next morning we woke up early to take some photos of the sun-rise over the desert (must admit, we love to take photographs!!!). We then had to meet our Field Guide for our Desert Safari at 6.45am. This was great as we were taken over the dunes by 4x4 vehicle and arrived at some stunning dunes over a lovely landscape. We climbed the dunes, took lots of photos and spotted Gazelle, Arabian Oryx and a giant lizard on our way back to the resort for breakfast. We both had the Full English Breakfast which was very good from the a la carte menu and there was a selection of buffet items too on offer. The dress code for breakfast is casual.
    After longing around for a few hours and taking a last dip in the pool, we checked out of the hotel and headed back to Dubai, after a lovely stay!!! I would highly recommend the hotel to couples, friends and adult family members. It is very pricey though and no children under 12 are allowed. It is great for peace and tranquility!!

    Unique Quality: Exclusivity and the remote location in the desert. No children under 12 allowed too. Suites are lovely and you have your own pool. All meals are included and 2 activities pp per night's stay.

    Directions: Just after Exit 50 (Murquab) on the Dubai/Al Ain Road (E66). Here is the link for driving directions from Dubai.

  • northsea's Profile Photo

    Unique Experience


    We paid ourselves a 3 nights stay in this resort to celibrate our anniversery of 40 years of marriage. This resort is situated about 45km from Dubai city, in the middle of the desert.
    When we arrived at the resort, we had some kind of negative impression, but after they showed us our room, and made a round-trip of the property, we felt in heaven. The service was top.
    Exept for alcoholic drinks, everything was included in the roomprice, also all amenities.
    It's worth the experience for 2 our 3 nights, but don't go in the high peak-season, then it's overpriced.

    Unique Quality: The rooms were build as a Bedouin tent, whith a great comfort. Outside there was a terrace with a small private pool, overlooking the desert.
    During the day you could chose out of amenities like falcon demonstrations (fly to the lure) - camelriding - desert safari - and even birdwatching.
    The food was OUTSTANDING.
    The evenings were beautifull, sitting on the terrace while the gazelles and white oryx came on a footstep to your room.

    Directions: In the middle of the desert.
    Distance from Dubai : 45km

More about Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa

Al Maha is an experience not to be missed

by TripAdvisor Member Stena

We have stayed in some wonderful resorts before (e.g. The Datai in Langkawi, Malaysia), but this location was the best. We had read previous reports in Trip Advisor about this resort and the recommendation that Suite number 11 is very secluded. We were lucky enough to be allocated this very suite number. The views of the desert were uninterrupted and the oryx often came to drink water from our pool or to lie under the shade of the trees near our suite. There is a main pool, but the hotel doesn't readily advertise this. The suites are spacious and well maintained. You can truly escape from all the pressures of life in this hotel. We had stayed 6 nights at the Ritz Carlton on Jumeirah Beach before we came to the Al Maha and it was wonderful to come somewhere which was so tranquil and private. The private pool which came with the suite was large but be warned, that there can be sandstorms which blow all the sand into the pool. The staff at the hotel are extremely friendly and the waiting staff in the restaurant make a real effort to get to know the guests. The food in the restaurant is excellent. The waiter Roshan discovered that we are partial to a curry and arranged for the chef to make us a special Sri Lankan feast - it was delicious. The activities, which are provided free of charge are excellent esp. falconary & camel rides! We did things we never dreamed we would do, such as the camel ride or the 4 by 4 drive over the sand dunes. We would highly recommend this resort and cannot find any faults with the facilities, service or the staff. Wonderful - well done Al Maha!

Luxury in the Desert

by janiebaxter about Al Maha

Al Maha meaning “Arabian Oryx” is a luxury desert oasis and with 40 Bedouin tent style suites with Arabian antiques and handcrafted furniture, set in the sand dunes and desert with the Hajar Mountains behind. Al Maha is a member of The Leading Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

The reserve has gazelles and Arabian Oryx as well as over 400 species of birds.
We stayed in one of the Bedouin Suites which had a bedroom, spacious bathroom and sitting area with a private temperature-controlled swimming pool surrounded by wooden deck, and views of the desert. Often in the afternoon the Oryx come to drink from the pool.
The Al Diwaan restaurant has breakfast, and lunch buffet and five course set menu for dinner with Mediterranean and Arabic cuisine. You can also have en-suite meals and picnics.

There is a bar, vast Swimming pool overlooking the desert, Pool bar, Majlis (traditional Arabic meeting areas), Lounge for afternoon tea, library, art gallery, spa and gym. Traditional Arabian sports - archery, falconry, camel rides, horse riding and the more modern one of "dune bashing." The guides are well trained in all the field sports and are extremely knowledgeable about the birds and the wildlife of the area.
Fabulous luxury in the desert!

one of best worlds Spa resort

by erikute3534 about Al Maha resort

perfect! absolute wonder. Love this resort, pitty is very expensive and when gets affordable is too hot :)
Price is high but includes all your meals, use of Spa, water, juices near main pool, and even a trip/things to do per day! unique, in dessert resort with all those animals around... is just peaceful, beautiful place for rest

al maha, or burj al arab

by sophia_1 about al maha, or burj al arab

5000dhs only 7 * hotel in the world !!! and i think its one of the biggest hotels in the world too.


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Contact Detail of Hotels in Dubai :-)

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Having the contact detail of hotels gives you the opportunity to contact them directly and do your reservtion, either by using their web site/email or calling them on phone (however some may not have web site/Email and the only way is calling them). The contact details are accurate as the date of posting!!
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Al Amal Hotel
P.O.Box : 41456
Telephone : 2271999
Fax : 2232344
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Al Andalus Hotel
P.O.Box : 4248
Telephone : 2722113
Fax : 2725248
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Al Baha Hotel
P.O.Box : 96854
Telephone : 2271267
Fax : 2271268
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Al Daghaya Hotel
P.O.Box : 94857
Telephone : 2353046
Fax : 2353045
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Al Dar Hotel
P.O.Box : 48717
Telephone : 2214330
Fax : 2248083
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Al Fursan Hotel
P.O.Box : 15916
Telephone : 2717800
Fax : 2736271
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Al Hashemi Hotel
P.O.Box : 13228
Telephone : 2233333
Fax : 2214717
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Al Kameelia Hotel
P.O.Box : 22363
Telephone : 2211622
Fax : 2210930
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Al Karnak Hotel
P.O.Box : 5118
Telephone : 2268799
Fax : 2252793
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Al Kawakeb Hotel
P.O.Box : 28490
Telephone : 2712283
Fax : 2717114
Website: Email : Al Khaima Hotel
P.O.Box : 120135
Telephone : 2260585
Fax : 2295259
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Al Maha Hotel
P.O.Box : 57644
Telephone : 2250222
Fax : 2250676
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Al Marwa Hotel
P.O.Box : 92381
Telephone : 2289991
Fax : 2277474
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Al Noor Hotel
P.O.Box : 77102
Telephone : 2737208
Fax : 2737209
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Al Qaid Hotel
P.O.Box : 1962
Telephone : 2222238
Fax : 2271541
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Al Rabia Hotel
P.O.Box : 7314
Telephone : 2733663
Fax : 2735563
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Al Ras Hotel
P.O.Box : 56183
Telephone : 2266448
Fax : 2269225
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Al Sabkha Hotel
P.O.Box : 83038
Telephone : 2351666
Fax : 2269897
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Al Sahil Hotel
P.O.Box : 21748
Telephone : 2268111
Fax : 2260602
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Al Shamal Hotel
P.O.Box : 4173
Telephone : 2290111
Fax : 2290222
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Something went missing

by TripAdvisor Member MatiLondon

We went to Al Maha for three days in March 2006 on our return from Cocoa Island, in Maldives. In fact Al Maha was the reason for our trip to that part of the world. We read all the reviews and were very excited to go. It is true that the setting is beautiful, rooms are delightful and service impeccable, but there was something missing to make that place to be longing to return. May be because we travelled to numerous lodges in Africa, which would have similar settings but where one is in constant expectation to encounter wildlife around, Al Maha, seemed a bit sterile. We thought that the activities were done in far too large groups to create a special atmosphere especially sunset champagne on the dunes(which in fact was sparkling wine!). The food was below our expectations: typical of a hotel food. In summary: we enjoyed the stay but would not go back.


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Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates