Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa
Resembling an ancient Bedouin encampment, the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa is set amid a green and verdant oasis surrounded by one of the Emirates' most impressive dune and desert landscapes only an hour's drive from Dubai.
At a Glance
Beautiful African style luxury safari tents
Enjoy two different complimentary desert activities every day as part of the stay
Dine in the dunes under the Arabian sky at night surrounded by flame torches, seated on Persian carpets
View the indigenous Arabian wildlife from the temperature-controlled infinity pool or sun deck of your villa
An easel with artists materials is placed in every suite for anyone inspired by the view
All 43 suites are extremely private and peaceful
This is how to experience style and stay in luxury in the Desert, you won't be missing your creature comforts here.Scott Dunn team
Located in a conservation reserve Al Maha is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. Make use of the in suite binoculars and the library which is full of fascinating wildlife books.Scott Dunn team
Make the most of the activities on offer. Ride into the dunes on a 25 minute camel trek to enjoy a sundowner and toast the setting sun.Scott Dunn team
Rise early to try your hand at the traditional Arabic art of falconry.Scott Dunn team
At check in you will meet your own field guide for your stay, who can help recommend and book activities for youScott Dunn team
Budding artists can sketch the scenery and wildlife with the easel, sketch pad and pastels provided in the suitesKatie May
Al Maha is an exclusive oasis set within a 225 square kilometer desert conservation reserve. The 42 tented suites are positioned to ensure privacy but also to provide panoramic views of the desert landscape. All have terraces with private pools and look towards the dunes and the watering hole where the Arabian oryx gather during the day.
The interiors are finished with handcrafted bespoke furniture, antiques and artifacts, to create a luxurious take on the Bedouin lifestyle.
Al Maha is on a full board basis with activities included in the room rate, meaning that guests can really make the most of the property.
The Al Diwaan restaurant offers formal international dining options. You can also arrange to have meals in your suite, and dune dinners at an authentic desert encampment are a popular choice. The Timeless Spa offers a full range of beauty treatments and massages as well as housing a fully equipped gym and outdoor swimming pool.
In line with the resort’s mission to bring the heritage of the desert environment and culture to others, a selection of activities are included in the price such as archery, horse and camel riding and guided nature walks, falconry, wildlife drives and desert safaris across the stunning Al Maha landscape. Most activities are included in the room rate but some come at an extra charge. Al Maha employs naturalists and conservationists who have extensive knowledge of the desert environment and the wildlife of the surrounding area to take guests out for the activities.
The Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa offers one Emirates Suite, two Royal Suites and 37 Bedouin Suites all with private pools. Suites feature a private swimming pool (5 x 4m) surrounded by a wooden deck, handcrafted furnishings, antiques and artifacts, custom-made super king size beds, minibar, complimentary water, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV, DVD, data ports, in-room safe and a spacious bathroom featuring a walk-in shower and king size bath.
The Bedouin Suites have one bedroom with a large double bed and are around 75sqm in size, lavishly decorated in Arabian style with their own private pool measuring 5x4 meters. The bathrooms are spacious with a walk-in shower, a king-sized bath and a 'his and hers' vanity area.
The Royal Suites consist of a spacious lounge and two luxurious bedrooms, each with a super king-sized bed. The Royal Suite also has spacious bathrooms and is 175sqm in size. Its private pool measures 7x5 meters.
The Emirates Suites have two bedrooms and a spacious sitting room with a dining area. The Emirates Suites also have an outdoor courtyard and deck, and there is a kitchen. The private pool measures 12x4 meters. The suites also have accommodation for the guests' private staff, such as a housekeeper, security guard or chef. The suites are 375sqm in size.
The Presidential Suite has three large bedrooms and measures 530sqm in size. Two of the bedrooms have king-sized beds and the third is furnished with twin beds. There is a spacious sitting room with a large dining area and an extensive kitchen. The swimming pool measures 10x8 meters. There is a spacious courtyard and also a barbecue setup. The minibar is complimentary and champagne, fruits, a 60-minute spa treatment per guest, private activities including Camel Trek & Sundowners, Private Deck Dining & Desert Picnic are all included. The suite also has residential quarters for the guests' private staff such as a housekeeper, security guard or chef.
Only children over the age of 12 years are welcome to come and stay at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa.
Facilities at the resort include a swimming pool, gym and spa featuring a suite of single or double treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, and also offers yoga classes in the mornings. World cuisine can be enjoyed in the restaurant, amidst the dunes or in the privacy of your own suite.
The resort offers complimentary use of the gym, swimming, archery, falconry, nature walks, desert safaris, horse and camel riding. Activities charged at an additional cost include spa, mountain safari and quad biking.
Location & Directions
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is set in a desert conservation reserve 45-minutes outside the city of Dubai.
When to go
The best time to visit the UAE is between October and November and then February and March, when temperatures hang around the mid-20s and the humidity is under control. While December and January are generally considered the best months to go, the weather over the last couple of ‘winters’ has been unpredictable with occasional cloud and rain.
The month of Ramadan means hotel rates are heavily discounted, but while outside the resort, Ramadan is strictly adhered to, within the resorts you will notice very little difference.
High summer (July and August) means heavy discounted hotels it’s a great option for a cheap getaway but it will be very very hot and very very humid!