Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa Hotel

, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa Hotel

, Dubai
5 star

Rooms: 30

Emirates Holidays Building - Dubai - United Arab Emirates | 4 303 4222/3
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Pretty hard to beat

from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent four nights at Al Maha just before Easter 2006.
Had very high expectations and – quite surprisingly –
they were exceeded.

We can highly recommend this hotel for those
who appreciate the ”finer things in life”;
privacy and peace in wonderful settings,
excellent food and impeccable service.

If your holidays usually include loads of funny and
noisy activities, active use of all kinds of toys for kids and grown-ups, quick food, night clubs and pubs -
think twice.
You won’t find them at Al Maha – thank god.

Let’s just hope they keep it this way, as
Al Maha is truly a haven of tranquility.

A Desert Oasis

from scottmac1
My wife organised two nights at the Al Maha as a surprise for my 40th birthday and with out doubt this is the best hotel/resort we have ever stayed in.

Fantastic personal service,magnificent scenery,beautiful appointed accomodation and wonderful food make this a must for anyone at least once in their life.

Many places claim to be 5 star,Al Maha certainly is.


from Lynette Flint
We spent two nights here celebrating 50th Birthday what a place it can be as quiet as you like or active.
Staff are the best Field Guides are great fun, rooms spotless, food excellent all staff 1st class will return!!

Paradise Found

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was our third visit to Al Maha and just as memorable as the other visits. We were treated like royalty, all the staff remembering us and not being able to do enough for us. The sheer peace and quiet is an absolute delight after the hectic lives we live in UK. Food wonderful, activities great, spa relaxing. We can particularly recommend Anthony (Bubbles) and Danielle. We are returning August 2006 on our way back from the far east and know we will not be disappointed.


from VeryFrequentTraveler
We stayed at the Al Maha for 2 nights at the beginning of January of 2007. It was an incredible experience. The resort is situated on acres and acres of beautiful desert the is maintained by the royal family of Dubai. My fiance and I have stayed at luxury hotels and resorts all around the world and so we have high expectations for service, accomodations, food, etc. The service was great. The accomodations were excellent - the "tented" suites are so original and comfortable as well as luxurious. The food was good but could have been better - this was the only complaint we had. There is only one restaurant and they like to serve European food (for dinner especially). Since we were in Dubai, we wanted to eat Arabic food! The resort was accomodating to our request by making us a traditional Arabic meal for dinner one night. However, it was not exceptional Arabic food. I would recommend that you try the curry or other South Asian specialties because the head chef is Sri Lankan!
Overall, the Al Maha is wonderful! If you are making a visit to Dubai, this resort is one not to miss!


from ALLondon
We had a 5 night stay here after 2 hectic days in Dubai town.

What a contrast...........

The Al Maha is an amazing place, 40 individual suites in the middle of the desert. The resort is set in a conservation area and it is 9km drive from the main gates. The King actually has a private suite here!

It is owned by Emirates and apparently there are 3 staff to every guest. You are assigned a Guest Relations Co-ordinator (who doesn't do very much to be honest) and a Field Guide who looks after you on your trips. Every suite has it's own private individually heated pool, even better when an oryx drinks from it!

The food is amazing, buffet breakfast and lunch and a 5 course dinner in the evening, prepared by the new executive chef James Webster (English Australian chef). We had 3 very good waiting staff - Mahinda, Joey and Jovy who catered for our every whim. Nothing is too much trouble.

The trips out (which are included) are great, you could do something every day if you wanted to. We did the camel trip, dune driving (take a travel sickness tablet if you're a sufferer!), nature drive and falconry. On the camel trip and falconry, you are given champagne and strawberries whilst watching the sunset, amazing!

All in all we had a wonderful time here and would return and recommend. It's a very tranquil, quiet place.

Absolutely out of this world!

from luxey
We visited here in July as part of our honeymoon and had a fabulous time. The rooms are beautiful with private plunge pool overlooking the desert. All staff are so helpful and kind - nothing is too much bother. It is great having the oryx and gazelle just wandering round. The activities that are available are super although the morning ones very early to avoid the heat. The communal pool is also excellent and just an oasis of tranquility. The food in the restaurant is outstanding and we had fabulous meals. We stayed 2 nights but I think 3 would be ideal. We will certainly be returning again. Well worth going for a special treat. This hotel certainly warrants its 5*+ rating.


from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed 3 nights for our honeymoon and what a place - after the stress of organising a wedding this is just what we needed, peace and luxury. Would recommend a stay here for anyone visiting Dubai and would love to come back - the suites really are amazing. With only 40 rooms the relationship with the staff and guests is great and you get to know them all, the desert and animals make for great views.

Al Maha- fantastic

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in August 05 we had previously stayed in August 2002 for our honeymoon.

Al Maha is absolutely remote and very peaceful. As far as the eye can see there is beautiful desert with oryx and gazelles.

The rooms are enormous and styled as a bedouin tent, The bed was huge and very comfy, there is a TV and DVD player, a writing desk, 2 chaise longues, tea and coffee facilities, a complimentary decanter of sherry, refilled daily, 2 different types of bath robes each, a pillow menu, binoculars, easle sketch book and pencils for sketching, bvulgari toiletries, a big plate of dried fruit and nuts and best of all the infinity plunge pool. Its a good size and you can easily swim a few stokes back and forth.
Lots of wildlife comes close to the rooms but they are very safe, it is fantastic to be chilling out and then see out of the corner of your eye a herd of Oryx looking at you.
Lots of nice birds fly by.

The staff at Al Maha are excellentl. This was our 2nd visit and some of the staff remembered us from our previous visit especially one of the resturant managers, they made us feel so special and on my birthday could not do enough to make sure it was a wonderful day, they even rang me in the morning to wish me a happy birthday, I had cards, cake and champagne complimentary of the hotel, they even sent a card thanking us for returning back to the hotel.
You are assigned your own field guide and guest relations manager so it is one to one service and they look after all your request and whims..You can take part in lots of desert activites such as early morning falconry, horse riding, dune driving and an evening camel ride, with champagne and strawberries watching the sunset on top of the dunes ( it doesnt get any better).

There is no pressure to do the activites, this time i just chilled out where as my husband did lots. It really is your choice.

The dining room is lovely and the food excellent ( they have recently appointed a top english chef).

There is a buffet for breakfast and lunch, the chef is very accommodating and will endeavour to fulfil any special requests.

You can also eat off the room service menu for no extra at lunchtime and have it delivered to your suite.

In the evening there is a 5 course meal with vegetarian options which you can either eat in the dining room or on the deck outside your room.

As ive celebrated my birthdays, honemoon and anniversary whilst staying at this hotel both times i have had the option of dinner on my deck at no extra cost with a lovely bottle of champange comp of the hotel.

I didn't use the spa so cannot comment.
The privacy is fab the suites we stay in are not overlooked, they are all a good space from each other.

I love this hotel, i will be returning again and again..

Great location and service

from mclachlan4321
amazing place, service excellent, food great too. we asked for a special meal one night in the restaurant, and they cooked us the most amazing curry and Meze.

The dune driving is a must, i did it twice as it was so much fun. Excellent staff too.

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Other names for Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa Hotel

  • al maha resort
  • al maha desert resort
  • al maha desert hotel
  • al maha desert dubai
  • al maha
  • Address: Emirates Holidays Building - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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