Location: Set on a sandy canopy amongst a shady palm oasis in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the Al Maha resort is the epitome of Bedouin luxury.
Service: Guests will be welcomed with warm Arabian hospitality upon arrival to Al Maha and will receive a personalized and attentive service throughout their stay, right up until the moment they leave.
History: According to legend, Al Maha was a wondrous oasis lost in the desert. A curious wanderer stumbled upon a protruding twig after following his falcon and returned the next day to unearth the spring hidden here and brought life back to the barren desert.
With a fiery-red backdrop of rippled sand dunes that clash against the opal-blue sky, Al Maha resort is an exotic oasis set within the 16-square-mile Conservation Wildlife Reserve of Dubai. Named after the majestic horned Arabian Oryx, the destination rids itself of usual desolate-and-stark desert connotations and is inhabited by unique ecosystems, where both endangered and indigenous animals roam freely and undisturbed. A rich diversity of elusive animal species can be spotted from the resort, giving the feeling of living on safari and escaping to the animal kingdom. Guests can watch the living desert from their magnificent Bedouin suites, where luxury comfort and spectacular Arabian decor provide an indulgent atmosphere. They are a combination of two worlds - one of transcendent, elegant living, reflecting the cosmopolitan vibe of Dubai and one of simpler, Bedouin values from which Arabian traditions stem from. An airy and polished theme runs throughout the resort and to a host of exceptional restaurants. Organic dishes are meticulously prepared by culinary masters and served on outdoor terraces or on top of a pristine sand dune. Balmy days can be enjoyed poolside while drinking in the mesmerising scenery or exploring the mysterious desert where lost tales and secrets remain buried within the layers of time .
Each of the resort’s remarkable suites feature a temperature-controlled private pool, large deck and enviable views over the desert. Four suite options have been decorated with extraordinary attention to detail and Bedouin water jugs and bowls of dates greet guests upon entering their suite to reflect century-old Middle Eastern traditions.
At a small distance from the resort and at 4,037 square feet in size, the Emirates Suites provide a high degree of privacy and tranquility. They feature residential quarters for private live-in staff and a modern kitchen for guests to enjoy freshly-prepared meals in the comfort of their suite. Two generously-sized bedrooms both include custom-made king-sized beds and the living area incorporates a spacious dining area that leads out to the private pool, decking area and courtyard.
As the finest suite at Al Maha, and largest at 5,705 square feet, the Presidential Suite features three large bedrooms with magnificent en-suite bathrooms. Arabian artefacts decorate the walls and water features in the majlis create a serene atmosphere that is recurring throughout the suite. The private staff will ensure guests’ every whim and desire is catered for so that they can relax and become submerged in the seemingly neverending boundaries of the Dubai desert.
Inspired by Arabian splendour, the 1,884-square-foot Royal Suite is a display of luxury Middle Eastern decor with lavish finishes fused with traditional architecture and ornate artefacts. A large airy lounge area leads on to two bedrooms, each featuring a custom-made king-sized bed dressed in delicate linens. Outside is a large terrace with sunloungers, pool and dining area for private alfresco dining.
If the tranquil setting and 24-hour personalized service weren’t relaxing enough, Al Maha resort offers enticing options to journey further into an Arabian sanctuary. The resort incorporates its alluring surrounds through its spa facilities to feature a natural and outdoor feel.
At the Timeless Spa, international professional therapists deliver a wide range of holistic treatments that reflect the traditional and local Arabian values. They are a combination of traditional practices from around the world with modern-day technologies. The spa features a private Rasoul chamber, Hydrotherapy bath, cold plunge pool, swimming pool and fitness center.
The dining options at Al Maha are decadent and exciting. A creative menu offers a culinary celebration of both Eastern and Western cultures and also feature traditional indigenous dishes. All meals are freshly-prepared with organic ingredients from around the world to provide a dining experience that matches the exclusiveness of the resort’s suites.
With dishes inspired from around the globe, Al Diwaan delivers an exceptional dining experience from its alfresco veranda. Here, diners can savour exotic dishes as well as panoramic views over the desert.The restaurant is one that will leave a lasting impression with both its international and local meals prepared to perfection and beautifully presented.
For truly unique dining, guest can opt to dine under the glistening Arabian sky on top of a private sand dune. Flame torches and Persian carpets create a magical atmosphere, while a wonderfully-tempting menu and beautifully-crafted dishes offer a culinary delight on an unparalleled scale.