With rolling sand dunes whichever way you look, architecture and interiors that pay tribute to the heritage of Bedouins, Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa is the perfect place to escape the bright lights of Dubai in just over an hour.
Arguably one of the coolest locations in the UAE, set in the heart of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve far from the bright lights of Dubai.
Whilst lying in the privacy of your own pool or on your sundeck of your villa, watch the indigenous Arabian wildlife wander past.
Either switch off and enjoy the peacefulness or immerse yourself into two complimentary desert activities on offer to you each day.
While it’s not quite an adults-only resort, no guests under the age of 10 are allowed to stay, ensuring tranquillity is the order of the day.
Al Maha is an exclusive oasis set within a 225 square kilometre 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 artefacts, 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.
When to visit
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Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is set in a desert conservation reserve 45-minutes outside the city of Dubai.
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark
Enjoy the exhilarating rides at Dubai's buzzing waterpark Aquaventure, located at the Atlantis The Palm hotel. A fun-filled outing for all the family with wild rides, a shark filled lagoon and attractions for all ages.
Brunch in Dubai
If in Dubai on a Friday, why not partake in the favourite past time of the local expat community and enjoy an ever-so-social Friday brunch. Take your time and enjoy free-flowing champagne and cocktails accompanied by a mouth-watering feast for the palate.
Camel Desert Safari
Experience the beauty of the desert on a camel safari followed by a falconry display and a traditional Bedouin dinner.
Desert Horse Riding Experience
Riders of all abilities are welcome at this equestrian centre in the desert, situated amongst the rolling sand dunes where you can visit the horses in the stables or take them out for a unique tour through the desert.
Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner
No trip to Dubai is complete without experiencing a desert safari. Embark upon an unparalleled adventure over the golden sand dunes in a 4x4 followed by a magical evening in a traditional Bedouin camp.
Dhow Cruise with Dinner
Enjoy a romantic dinner aboard a traditional Arabic Dhow while you take in the views of either the old city from the Dubai Creek or the modern cityscape from the Marina under a star lit sky.
Dubai Historic Discovery
Although a relatively new city, Dubai enjoys a rich heritage with a history that goes as far back as the Bronze Age. Take a journey back in time and explore the fascinating roots of this unique country.
Dubai Rugby Sevens
The well-established annual Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, hosted in a purpose-built stadium on the outskirts of Dubai, is a thrilling and action-packed three days attracting rugby fans from around the world.
Dune Buggy Adventure
Perfect for adrenalin seekers, this excursion will allow you to experience the thrill of a wild ride in the golden sand dunes of the open desert in a powerful dune buggy.
Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise
Experience an unforgettable sunrise over the desert dunes whilst you soar over the golden sands in a hot air balloon.
Learn to Play Polo in Dubai
Offering the perfect introduction to the world's oldest and fastest team game, a polo lesson at Dubai's Polo Academy is a great opportunity to learn the rules and the key skills of the game, riding and hitting.
Enjoy a magical night away from the busy city life of Dubai under the star-lit skies and surrounded by the golden sands of the Arabian desert.
Cruise around this manmade wonder which is not only an architectural feat but also home to some of the most opulent houses and hotels in the country.
Seaplane Flight over Dubai
Enjoy a magical seaplane flight over Dubai and take in the architectural wonders of this ultra-modern city from the sky.
Visit the Burj Khalifa
Venture to the top of the tallest structure in the world and enjoy the incredible unobstructed 360 degree views over Dubai from the open observation deck 'At the Top'.