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.
7-hour direct flight to Dubai International Airport, from there the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa is a 1-hour drive away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.