Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa
based on 7 nights inc. flights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
per person for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing a Bedouin Suite, on a full board basis, including private transfers.
At a Glance
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.
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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!
To start planning your holiday to Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa
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.
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.
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 artefacts, 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 metres. 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 metres.
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 metres. 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 metres. 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.
Kirsty Harper (Staff)
Al Maha is definitely worth a visit as a break from Dubai and a completely different experience. The suites have infinity pools looking over the stunning sand dunes and wildlife which roam around the reserve, this is a really unique experience. The food is fantastic! I would recommend the camel trek, this is about 25 minutes until you reach a dune over looking the sunset where staff are awaiting with champagne and strawberries. Enjoy the view and then hop back on the camel for your journey back. Also an early rise in the morning is definitely worth it for the dune bashing- just make sure you save your breakfast until after!
Katie May (Staff)
Al Maha lets you experience a little of the Traditional Bedouin life in serious style. The suites are spacious and incredibly comfortable, and the pools a wonderful spot to relax when you aren't enjoying the host of activities on offer. Sit quietly and you may even be rewarded with a passing Gazelle or Oryx! There are a range of activities from the traditional falconry (be prepared to rise early) to the adrenaline fuelled 4x4 dune drive.
Clare Monro (Staff)
I absolutely loved Al Maha! From the moment I arrived, it felt like I was being looked after so well without the service being too intrusive. The Suites are spacious, with wonderfully big beds and the private pools are larger than plunge pools. Being on full board is also great because the food is of a very high standard (be prepared to eat a lot!), and activities are included so it's hard to get bored. The room rates may be high but you are getting a lot for your money so it does make it good value. The conservationists are really knowledgeable as well, and really know how to look after the guests. You have a dedicated conservationist and also a butler so you can book activities through both of them.
Louisa Currey (Staff)
Located just an hour outside Dubai in a large conservation reserve, the Arabian themed Al Maha is a truly peaceful and private desert retreat. The Tented Bedouin Suites all have a private plunge pool, binoculars and an easel for those inspired by the spectacular views.
The 'Al Diwaan' fine dining restaurant serves a range of cuisines, and dinner is a formal 7 course affair. Aside from this restaurant you are able to choose your dining locations from romantic dune dinners at scenic locations to private deck lunches at your own suite.
Al Maha is a traditional Arabian resort where you can spend time relaxing in the spa, trying your hand at falconry or archery, or adventuring into the desert by camel, horse or on foot.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Al Maha is surrounded by spectacular desert landscape in a secluded location. This incredibly exclusive retreat offers a number of activities that I had never experienced before including wildlife drives and archery. The Bedouin Suites are spacious and traditional Arabic in style, with a private pool you will have no excuse not to relax and unwind. The Peaceful desert that surrounds this idyllic hotel is home to the Oryx and all sorts of other wildlife, flora and fauna, which you can discover. The food served in Al Diwaan Restaurant is extremely varied and dining on the veranda with views of the reserve is an experience not to be missed.
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.
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Seaplane Flight over Dubai
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Visit the Burj Khalifa
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Location & directions
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is set in a desert conservation reserve 45-minutes outside the city of Dubai.
How to get there
7-hour direct flight to Dubai International Airport, from there the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa is a 1-hour drive away.
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